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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, a collection of upgraded components is an accessory. A card with alternate art is an accessory. Not all accessories will receive a separate listing.

What will receive an accessory listing?

An accessory must be specific to a game to receive an entry.

  • 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., Tannhäuser: Equipment Cards
  • Replacement bits / cards - Must be related to a specific game. e.g., Dominion: Base Cards
  • Alternate art - Must be related to a specific game. e.g., Star Realms: Blob Fighter Alternate Art Promo Card
  • Game-specific storage and organization - boxes, bags, dice binders, box inserts, component trays (exception: CCGs, please see below)
  • Playmats - Must be related to a specific game. e.g., Machi Koro: Playmat
  • Overlays and frames - Must be related to a specific game. e.g., Azul: Overlays
  • Conversion kits, that convert one edition of a game to another (probably newer) edition of the game, are considered accessories, even if they add new rules or change game play. This is also true for items that convert a game to a different game (if that game is also available separately).

What will not receive an accessory listing?

  • Game pieces not specific to a game - e.g. generic dice, cubes and wood bits, timers, card sleeves, component stands, 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.
  • Storage solutions not specific to a game
  • Storage and organization for CCGs - e.g. deck boxes
  • Card sleeves
  • Fan merchandise like t-shirts, mugs, etc. (except for those used in game play, like in Munchkin)

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:

Accessory vs expansion?

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. Some accessories may become expansions in later versions and their status may change.

If you need to submit an expansion instead, please see the BGG Guide to Game Submissions.


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

Designer, Artist, Publisher

When entering a new item, submit any needed people and companies first, and then wait a few minutes for the system to catch up. Then when you create the item, you can link any pending people or company submissions. After the item is approved, different admins approve the people and company submissions. People or company submissions are not approved until they have a linked and approved database entry. The pending people/publishers won't be visible until they are approved, but they are there. You will get a geekmail as each part is approved.

  • If a designer or artist is Uncredited, please enter it as such. It will show up as (Uncredited).
  • If a game is available as downloadable content (such as for a Print & Play), choose Web published. Enter Self-published for tangible output produced by the designer, either directly or on their behalf.

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