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    Game #4/12 - Those Magnificent Men - an adventure game with programming

    TTM - lord nostro

    Those Magnificent Men

    An 18 card adventure game with programming for 2-4 players.

    In 1923 a coalition of nations embarked on a convert mission of genocide. Deep in the Pacific Ocean the last of the strange forms of Man (Vampire, Warewolf, Merman, Mummy and Tinman) tried to fight off the invaders.

    You play as the captain of a three man pilot crew of a bi-plane delivering goods, rescuing survivors and shooting down the invaders.

    Files for playing:


    My new expansion set

    Hopefully capitalizing on my recent sales success, I'm launching a new Heroes & Treasure expansion Kickstarter next week, titled Ice & Flame.

    There is a lot of "Fire & Ice" out there and some "Frost & Flame" (which I do love as a name), and even a very obscure song about "Ice & Fire", but "Ice & Flame" is pretty rare.

    Anyway, if anyone would like to follow along, the pre-launch page is:

    Board game design process

    While I can hardly call me an amateur game designer I still am a Design professional, and what got me into the hobby is my interest in the design process itself.

    I've started writing down some thoughts on the subject, taking my half-baked game as a reference to talk about how I do design and specially how I've adapted my design process for boargames.

    I hope it is of use for some of you, at least to get you to think about your own process and what tools and methods do you use and which one could you incorporate.

    Design proces of the game "Projectile"

    This time, I decided to type away my idea's in a little blog.
    It is kinda from scratch as I type. Although, there is a design path that I follow.

    Seeing as how this game, should one day be public.
    If I ever get that far (life isn't easy and forgiving when growing older)

    The rules should be as simple as possible.

    This is regarding a wargame. Which I like to call Projectile, for now.
    The name has been used before. But at least, it regards projectiles when looking at the mechanics.

    Goal in the game
    A player needs to defeat its opponent through combat.

    Virtual Protospiel - This Weekend!

    Virtual Protospiel at Con of Champions 2020 - This Weekend!

    The Virtual Protospiel at the Con of Champions is a board game prototype convention event that takes place online in a digital format, allowing board game designers from around the world to test their games together and fight the spread of COVID-19.

    Participants will need to buy a badge for the Con of Champions to participate. Get full details at

    New Digital Magazine

    I was contacted by Lake the creator of Everything board games about his new digital magazine. It looks awesome. Hopefully some of you can contact him and get featured in his bi-monthly. Hope all is well with everyone. Sorry for being so Distant during the Pandemic!! Just spending lots of time with family.

    Resuming Production at The Game Crafter

    Good news! We resumed basic operations at our production facility today. We will begin by getting all urgent orders out the door. Then we will proceed with working on all other orders in the sequence in which they were received. We’ve got quite the backlog thanks to all of our amazing customers, but we will work hard to get them out as quickly as possible.

    In distribution!

    I'm happy to say Heroes & Treasure is now being sold through Indie Press Revolution, which will help get it into game stores once there are game stores open again.. They sell online too, though.

    Purveyors of fine role playing games for the discriminating adventurer.

    Dice, sigh

    I'm doing a second printing of Heroes & Treasure, and the colored blank dice which were in stock when I did the first printing are no longer in stock.

    Which means I have to either print 10k dice at a time (per color), or get hit with a $60 (per color) charge for the creation.

    Just one of those things I didn't really budget for. I decided to do 10k of one color and 5k of each the other colors, which will give me enough dice in storage to make an additional 1500-unit run in the future, should I be successful enough to warrant that.

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    by Dr. Radut