Boardgame Bud


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Board Game Bud was founded in March 2018 as a place to showcase some of the incredible board games I’d been playing at the time.

We’ve got a lot of fantastic stuff in the pipeline for 2020 – including the launch of Tinderblox with Alley Cat Games, the Kickstarter for Unbearable – our first self-published game – and numerous podcast appearances and seminars at gaming conventions around the world.


Hey buddy, my name’s Rob, and I’m the Creative Director of Board Game Bud – the chap behind the game designs, community, and marketing guff.

What started out as a hobby soon became a passion; after years of playing tabletop games, I decided to have a crack at designing them. Fast forward a year, and that went well beyond my expectations – with a mass market game signed for a publishing deal, and winning multiple contests. I knew all that time ‘wasted’ playing games would come in useful… eventually.

Easily the best part of my job is introducing new players to some awesome games, and watching their faces light up. Between the out-pour of support from the community over on Instagram (@boardgamebud), and the wickedly talented hobby game designers I’ve met in competitions and at conventions, I feel lucky to be in such a supportive niche.

Wanna collaborate, meet up at a board game cafe, or just chat games? You can always find me at, or direct message me on the @boardgamebud Instagram.

Tom Parker


Hi, I’m Tom and I’ll be working with Rob to make the Board Game Bud business a reality as the Managing Director. My main function here will be to handle everything ‘business’, and really free up Rob to focus on the ‘creative’ side of what we do. This means that I’ll be the guy ultimately responsible for handling any partnership opportunities, supplier and customer relations and making sure the business is well-oiled from a financial/legal perspective.

I’ve been working primarily in IT hardware and B2B software over the last 8 years since I met Rob at Plymouth Uni, and have worked with some big names in the IT industry. Rob and I also had a crack at a start-up business a few years back which never quite got off the ground, due to us both moving on to begin our salaried careers after Uni. This venture with Board Game Bud is a reincarnation of our previous partnership, and big departure from the industry I’m used to, but as an avid computer-gamer and novice board-gamer I’m super excited to get involved!

If you’d like to chat with me about a commercial relationship opportunity, my (virtual) door is always open and I’d love to have that discussion – pop me an email on