Note: This list is specifically for Game Design. For a full list of Game Development Tools, go here For the sake of everyone's interest, here is a list of useful tools and applications that help you designing your game: Project Management & Collaboration: - Trello: Team management and project planning - Pivotal Tracker: Per Project management, has a task point system and completion velocity tracking. Free for one user - Wigio: A free online group collaboration program - Base Camp: Project management and file sharing tool - Google Hangout - To discuss designs with a distributed team - Evernote: is great to easily write your game idea, code idea .. everything! - Podio - RealtimeBoard: Digital whiteboard for collaboration and project management - Padlet - Slack: Text based chat app that uses a channel system for team mangament and discussion Diagram / Graph drawing: - MS Visio: highly recommended! - Lucidchart: Online program to draw graphs (technology trees or diagalogues) - yEd Graph Editor: Free cross platform graph editor - Dia: A free program to easily draw graphs (technology trees or diagalogues) - FreeMind - Free Mind Mapping Software. If you don't know what mind mapping is I highly recommend you learn! - DrawIO: Online free web program to draw diagrams, intergrated with cloud services like Dropbox and Google Drive Writing: - CelTX: Free web-based scriptwriting tool - Scrivener: Writing tool Image Editing: - Photoshop: Probably the most wide-spread option in the game industry - GIMP: Free alternative to photoshop, with plenty of features! - Inkscape - To draw mock-ups of UI's in real-time using Google Hangout - Paint.Net: Intended as a free replacement to the basic Paint program in Windows 3D Modelling: - Blender: Free 3D modeling with lots of great features - Sketchup: Free 3D modelling tool aimed at architecture. Can be very useful to quickly draw some level designs or layouts! Screen Capturing: - ScreenPresso - For capturing screen shots, design ideas, gameplay, mockups, errors, ... - Puush: Capture screenshots of active window or a selectable area, automatically copies link - CloudShot: Screen capturing addon for dropbox - ShareX: Screen capturing software with lots of features - Open BroadCaster Software (OBS): An open source screen recorder with a lot of customizability and integration with streaming services like twitch and youtube. File Sharing: - Dropbox: get up to 50GB for free when also installing the app on your smartphone! Also automatically syncs local files between multiple devices (referral link, get 0,5GB extra!) - OneDrive: get 15GB for free with your Microsoft account (referral link, get 0,5GB extra!) - Google Drive: get 15GB for free with your Google account (but online created documents dont use this free space) Misc: - Articy: Draft: All-in-one game design tool - Audacity - Free Audio Editing & Recording Software - Moqups: UI/UX wireframing tool, free and web based - ProtoIO: Web based prototyping tool for (mobile) UI design Oh, and don't forget that the old pen & paper also are extremely useful game design tools! Other Game Design Resources: ArtStation is the new cghub, if anyone needs inspiration/ideas A nice blog for game design: http://gamedesigntools.blogspot.com Youtube channel with many Game Design topics: Extra Credits If you have any suggestions, please comment and I'll add them to the list!