A New Look at Board Game Central

A New Look at Board Game CentralWe're proud to unveil the new Board Game Central!

If you've been here before, you'll notice that everything looks different, but hopefully not unfamiliar. You should still be able to find what you're looking for without too much trouble.

The goals for the redesign were:

#1: Make the site more pleasant to use. The old design was functional, but was definitely showing it's age. The new design is more modern, more attractive, more functional, and should be easier to maintain.

#2: Make the site more useful. Board Game Central began as a simple portal, a collection of links to other board game sites on the web. Helping you find the best board gaming sites on the web is still a major part of our mission, but we want to expand on that, adding unique, interesting, and compelling content of our own.

#3: Focus more on online games. At this site's inception, online gaming was pretty primitive, so we chose to focus on board game software that you download to your computer. Today, online games are a major part of the board gaming experience, more so than downloads. We plan to expand this section considerably over time.

#4: Clear out the dreck. Over time, web sites come and go. As a webmaster, it's difficult to keep on top of that. The result: broken links. The new site will hopefully make it easier to monitor and fix link rot. (If you find a broken link, please let us know!)

Here are some additional things that have changed with the new design:

  • A new logo!
  • An easier-to-use dropdown menu system.
  • Added a bunch of new links (and plan to add many more).
  • Improved site search.
  • Transitioned the board game news section to a custom blogging platform, to hopefully make it easier to maintain.
  • You can now comment on most pages (not just the news), which will allow you to ask questions and discuss games.
  • Improved and streamlined feedback and submission forms, which should make it easier to suggest new games, report broken links, and ask questions.
  • Easier to share content from this site with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, or other social networking sites.
  • Easier to track new board game releases.

We're pretty proud of the way the new site looks and feels, and hope that you agree. We look forward to makign this a place you'll want to visit often!

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