top of page

Thanks for checking out Small Box Games!


Small Box Games is me, John Clowdus, doing what I love: creating weird card games.  I’ve been doing this since 2007.


I make games to create.  From the way a game looks, to the way it plays, to the smallest, seemingly insignificant text wording; everything is carefully crafted.  A physical game that’s available for sale, and available for you to purchase and play, is the end result of that process.


That does not mean you’re going to like the games I publish, or that there aren’t typos every once in a while.  I try my best to under-promise and over-deliver, but if you’re expecting a super polished game similar to what you’d receive from a bigger publisher, or using familiar mechanics, or featuring a specific type of rule book presentation; you might be let down.  And that’s ok!  But, if you like one of my games, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll like others as well.


Most of my design focus is on two player, small form card games (almost always just a deck of 54 cards).  With the variety of density, settings, and mechanics available on this site through monthly preorders (and the occasional Kickstarter project); there’s a lot to choose from! Whether you like plants, streamlined set collection games, odd alien worlds, or text heavy head to head games; I aim for one of my games to be among your favorite two player games.  I do design and publish games at different player counts every once and a while, and occasionally, games that are more than just cards.

The games I design and publish through Small Box Games are never available in retail.


Each game available on features a link to the full rules, a TTS mod, and a how to play video; they may not be of the highest quality, but they’re there!  Please excuse the simplicity of the non-game digital content offered.


If you receive a preorder from Small Box Games: I packed it. 

If there’s a problem with your preorder: I’ll do what I can to fix it. 

If you have a rules question for one of my games: I’ll answer it.

To keep up to date on what Small Box Games is working on, please sign up for the SBG mailing list, follow SBG on Instagram, become a fan on Facebook, or join the conversation on!

Whether you've been around since 2007, or you're just now checking out my games, thank you for taking a look at what I make!


bottom of page