About us

Ion Game Design (ION) is a Swedish board game developer, publisher, & board game consultant agency. We believe in the potential of board games as an artform, an excellent form of social relations, and a creative tool. Since 2018 we also publish all Phil Eklund's games under the label Sierra Madre Games (SMG). Together, we develop educational board games covering a broad range of subjects in science, history, prehistory, and natural history.

There are the three main divisions in the product portfolio of Ion Game Design:

ION - Under this label we publish games for a broader audience that still offer quite a bit of complexity.
ION:SMG - Under this label we mainly make “heavier” historical & scientific board games in the “hobby” category.


ION:LIGHT - Under this label we publish our lighter games, geared towards family settings, with a lesser degree of complexity, without losing the real world inspiration in our designs.

In addition, in line with our vision to spread the wonderful world of board gaming experience to as many as possible, we also have a segment about collaboration

ION:VENTURE - We will from time to time work with potential projects alongside our main labels through consultancy in (board) game design, development of games outside our three main focus areas, partnerships with other board game developers and developers of digital games and game related activities such as fairs, conventions, competitions, demonstrations to promote it’s games and generally expand the hobby, or business ideas that do not necessarily include game design but that do include games.

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