Board game world

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Board game world
description Online portal for board and card games
owner Brettspielwelt GmbH
Originator Alexander Zbiek
Published 1998
status active

The BSW (proper spelling and "BSW" or "BSW") , short BSW is the web portal BSW GmbH in the Internet , where you free online board games and card games can play together with other people. It is mainly financed by payments from the publishers whose games are made available there. A Java program serves as the interface as a client or the browser so that the BSW can be used under many operating and computer systems.


The basic idea for the board game world came from Alexander Zbiek (ARMistice) in 1998. The first game in the board game world was The Settlers of Catan .

In 2004, the board game world received the People's Choice Webby Award in the "Games" category .

Games offer

Around 70 games with various variants for several people, so-called multiuser games, and over 15 games for one person each, so-called single-user games (as of September 2009) are offered. Some games were also offered in the BSW shortly after their publication. Several games have been removed.

You can play as a guest or as a registered user. There are over 300,000 registered users, around 2000 of whom are online at the same time in the evening. Instructions for every game offered can be found on the BSW website . You can also ask other users via chat to explain a game. Some users volunteer as tutors .

During the regional qualifications for the German team championship in the board game 2002, there was the first opportunity to qualify online in the board game world.

List of multiplayer titles

List of single player titles


The board game world is operated by menus, icons, by clicking on the elements of the world or by commands entered into the main chat. In this way, users can cross the online world, search for other players and start games.


There is a medieval metagame in which the players organize themselves in virtual cities, assign offices and expand their cities. Whoever joins a city participates passively in the metagame or actively by exercising an office. In addition, the residents of a city form a community with their own chat areas. At the moment there are over 200 cities with a total of over 5000 inhabitants (as of February 2007). For participants in the metagame, there are additional commands for city, guild and office use.


Every registered user has a secular or clerical rank. A clerical rank is obtained if more than a third of the points are earned through single-user games, otherwise one has a secular rank. Reaching the ranks depends not only on the points earned, but also on the number of games played and a game-specific, as well as secret factors. At the moment the highest rank awarded is W21 or K21. In addition, there are further commands for a higher rank earned to facilitate the game control or for expanded possibilities in the community. Cities can individually design the rankings that apply to them.


German is the main language spoken at the BSW. Other languages ​​are actively considered and a noticeable proportion of the players come from non-German-speaking countries. Many games and much of the user interface are translated into several other languages. Various foreign language communities have come together in their own cities (EnglishTown, Japanese Isle, KoreaTown, De Lage Landen etc.).

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Board games on the Internet (PDF; 11.7 MB)
  2. Webby Award Winner 2004
  3. ↑ Game instructions, divided into current, archive and single-user games
  4. List of the organizers of the regional qualification for the German team championships in the board game ( Memento of the original from September 26, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /