Utrecht Game Lab

Tools and Materials

At Utrecht GameLab, we focus on accessible and, for the most part, freely or cheaply available tools that do not require specialized technical knowledge or skills.

Tabletop Simulator

Tabletop Simulator is a physics-based and networked tool to play and (co-)design analogue games of all sorts by creating or repurposing game assets and (optionally) scripting in-game behavior.

Board Game Prototyping Material

For board game prototyping, we use a growing assortment of dice, tokens, LEGO pieces and reusable materials from commercial board games.


NanDECK is a free and easily accessible tool to create cards or other boardgame materials like tiles or tokens via a markup/scripting language similar to HTML.

Other Tools

  • https://www.gbstudio.dev/
  • Twine
  • Bitsy
  • https://www.flickgame.org/
  • Idle Game Maker