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BGG Guide to Accessory Submissions

What are accessories?

Accessories are items or add-ons that are used in games, but do not add rules or change the game play. For example, card sleeves are an accessory. A dice tower is an accessory. A collection of upgraded components is an accessory. A card with alternate art is an accessory.

What is an accessory?

An accessory must be specific to a game to receive an entry. A quick test of whether an item is an acceptable accessory is to ask, "Is this item specific to this game alone and used in game play, without adding rules or changing the game play?"

Thing
Description
Component upgrades
Must be related to a specific game. e.g., Ticket to Ride Halloween Freighter
Player aids / references
Must be related to a specific game. e.g., Tannhauser Equipment Cards
Replacement bits / cards
Must be related to a specific game. e.g., Dominion Base Cards, Star Realms: Blob Fighter Alternate Art Promo Card
Alternate art
Must be related to a specific game.

What is not an accessory?

Some publishers will create a set of upgraded components but package them with a scenario or expansion rule-set; this is an expansion because of the rules, not because of the components. A mere set of replacement pieces is not an expansion, and will not receive an expansion entry. Some accessories may become expansions in later versions and their status may change.

Thing
Description
General/Generic game pieces
e.g. dice, cubes and wood bits, timers, card sleeves, component stands, tote bags….
Miniature products without new rules
e.g. additional miniatures or books with background material
Books
Novels, painting miniatures, histories, biographies, will not be accepted. Books written in direct support for the game will be given consideration.
Generic storage solutions
component trays, organizers and similar products
Cards sleeves
there is discussion on this, and how to practically implement it

Accessories not specific to a game can be found in Miscellaneous Game Accessory, Miscellaneous Card Game Accessory, and Miscellaneous Miniatures Game Accessory.

See the threads below for information about creating custom versions:

Submission Requirements

Accessory submissions must have been released separately when the entry is submitted.

  • We will not approve components of other products as accessory entries.
  • We will not approve unreleased products as accessories.

When submitting an Accessory entry to BGG you must add a link that shows the item was released separately in the Admin Notes (publisher webstore, online store, etc.)

  • Kickstarter / Crowdfunding links for extras and stretch goals are not acceptable (many items announced separately end up being released together). If an item was a separate add-on, it may be added once released.

This will help us determine:

  • expansion or accessory
  • should the submission be approved or declined

Version Guidelines

The name of the game should not be re-iterated in the version nickname. For more information about version nicknames, please see the Versions Guidelines


Pending Queues
https://boardgamegeek.com/items/boardgameaccessory/pending
https://boardgamegeek.com/items/bgaccessoryversion/pending

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