Making Board Games Episode 8: The Story of Arnak

This is it…the grand finale! We’ve made it to the eighth and final episode of our epic Making Board Games documentary series. It’s been a long road and a lot of hard work behind-the-scenes (thanks Eleni!). We’re so thrilled to have you following along with us as we journey through CGE’s history and unique approach to making board games!

In this episode, we take a deep dive into the story of Lost Ruins of Arnak, then touch on other recent CGE releases that have launched in the years since. You’ll also learn a lot about how and why we do things the way we do as a company.



Among other interesting Arnak-related stories, this episode explores:

  • The surprising success story of a the debut game from new designers Mín & Elwen being launched during a global pandemic
  • What it’s like prototyping, testing, and polishing games at CGE in preparation for their launch
  • All the lore and worldbuilding tucked away behind-the-scenes in Arnak vibrant art style and creative direction
  • The creative process behind both Arnak expansions and what each adds to the core experience
  • And much more!

Beyond Arnak, this episode also briefly looks at the relaunched version of Galaxy Trucker, Starship Captains, Deal with the Devil, Kutna Hora. It also looks at CGE’s philosophy as a publisher and how we do things differently from many other board game companies.

We hope you enjoy this episode, and don’t forget to check out the previous installments in the YouTube Playlist.



Making Board Games Docuseries goes through untold stories and a behind-the-scenes view of Czech Games Edition (CGE) and the board game scene in general in the last 2 decades, from developers, artists and designers who bring life to the games to board game reviewers and community members who have played and loved these games, this documentary series is a celebration of the board game hobby!

If you want do dig deeper into the documentary, you can also read a filmmaker diary from the creator of this series, Eleni a.k.a. Cardboard Rhino.