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. 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. 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?"
What will not receive an accessory listing?
- 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 has been 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:
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.
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