Schouten Gaming Services is a freelance Dutch board game company run by Joey Schouten, specialising in roll-and-write games. SGS provides board game design, development, graphic design, Kickstarter copywriting, and layout work, among others.


Inkwell Games

In 2018, while studying MSc IS Game Studies, Joey Schouten started Inkwell Games as the development side in the Netherlands together with Odin Phong, who would spearhead publishing from the US. After releasing ‘Dice and Ink Vol. 1: A Roll-and-Write Anthology’, Inkwell Games moved to publish GRBLD, designed by Joey Schouten, which was unfortunately cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the closure of Inkwell Games in 2021.

Starting Schouten Gaming Services

Not content with leaving board games, Joey founded Schouten Gaming Services (SGS) in 2021. Having picked up a set of skills after having gone through the entire design, development, and crowdfunding process, Joey would offer various services to assist independent board game publishers. However, the global shipping crisis in 2021 complicates matters, making small-scale board game publishing a difficult affair.

Mobile Development

Instead, SGS pivoted back to its roots in being a Roll-and-Write board game publisher to develop digital Roll-and-Write games for web and mobile. Pour Decisions is the first of these digital roll-and-write board games, to be published by Dutch mobile development company Eris BV. The second game, Project Lunar, has just started development and builds and expands on the work done for Pour Decisions. This iterative design process creates a framework for roll-and-write games and should allow for games in this genre to be developed more quickly, and with more polish. Pour Decisions, Project Lunar [working title] and future games are developed with the support of Patreon supporters. After the global shipping crisis subsides, there are plans to bring the games created in this time period to Kickstarter to crowdfund a physical release, with special attention towards sustainability.



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Team & Repeating Collaborator

Joey Schouten
Founder, Designer, Developer