Game metadata manager
The Game Metadata Manager is the portal for managing tags and media for your games. This page exists both on Production and Studio:
- Game Metadata Manager (production) - manage game tags and media once the game has reached private alpha and beyond
- Game Metadata Manager (studio) - manage game media before the game reaches private alpha
Note: once your game is in private alpha, and you are using the production Game Metagata Manager, the metadata on studio is never automatically updated. On the studio game page, there is a button to pull images from production if you need to: "Sync metadata images from production".
Game media consists of all the images which are used to represent your game on Board Game Arena, outside of the art of the actual game.
Whilst working on your game on the studio initially, you can manage media from the studio: Game Metadata Manager (studio).
Once your game first hits private alpha, the media is copied over to the production site, and from this point on, all media changes must be effectuated over there: Game Metadata Manager (production).
For guidelines on the positioning of elements of the title, see: Media:Title guidelines.png.
Whilst working on your game on the studio initially, you can manage tags from the gameinfos.inc.php file.
Once your game first hits private alpha, the tags are copied over to the production site, and from this point on, all tag changes must be effectuated over there: Game Metadata Manager (production).
Note: this will change in the future to be more consistent.
Images used to be served from the/img folder of your game's repository. All of these files (those prefixed with
game_) are now deprecated and can be deleted from the folder. Any changes to these images will not be picked up.
Tags used to be managed by changing the tags in gameinfos.inc.php. These tags are read only on the first deploy to production, from which point onwards tags must be editted using the Game Metadata Manager on production.
The Game Metadata Manager will play an increasingly important role in managing a BGA implementation in the future.
It is planned that:
- more metadata (such as publisher and designer names, or presentation text) be managed here
- tags be managed exclusively this way (removing the initial dependency on gameinfos.inc.php)