Board Game Rulebooks

I provide one-stop technical writing, editing, and layout services for tabletop game rulebooks. My blended background in writing, layout production, and game design gives me the skills to map out how a rulebook will look and feel from start to finish.

We often call out bad rulebooks for games, but this one is SO clear, it tells you EXACTLY what to do.... One of the best rulebooks I've ever seen.

Tom Vasel, Dice Tower review of Tammany Hall 2020 edition

I am always blown away by not only how professional and thorough Jeff is, but how creative and resourceful he is when he tackles rules – just the best!

Peter Vaughan, Cardboard Alchemy (Flamecraft)

The rules just made so much more sense after Jeff edited them. Jeff has a way of finding the most concise phrase, while still capturing every angle of each rule. Highly recommend.

Jay Cormier, Off the Page Games (Mind MGMT)

My Services

I offer the following services, either as a package or individually:

  • Technical Editing: I collaborate with your development team to revise your rulebook and written components, emphasizing clarity, consistency, and writing style
  • Example Design: I work with your graphic design team to create step-by-step visual examples that help readers understand the nuances of gameplay
  • Player Aids: I work with your graphic design team to create visual aids that help players learn and recall key information
  • Game Development: I guide the game from design concept to final product, streamlining and polishing gameplay through playtesting, data analysis, and iterative design
  • Rulebook Layout: I provide professional print-ready layout in Adobe Creative Suite, including visual examples, diagrams, and informational hierarchy
  • Rules Consultation: I review your final rulebook and provide recommendations to address potential pain points, improve readability, and clarify visuals
  • Usability Testing: I perform live rulebook reads with real players to collect and analyze data about how they interpret rules

Need a Rulebook?

As a full-time contract professional, I have flexible availability and can work around your production schedule. I work remotely from Ottawa, but you can catch me at many US board game conventions. 

To request an estimate for your project, view layout samples, or just say hi, use the contact form below!

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