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Escape Room Challenge - Game Design Contest

The Game Crafter - The Escape Room Challenge - Board Game Design Contest

Don’t forget to get started on your entires for The Game Crafter's Escape Room Challenge!

Nak Muay: Sharing ideas for a Muay Thai card game

I wonder how this is best done? Aside from the rather interesting way that MT bouts are scored (but that should, I think, be part of the game) my feeling is this would be a bidding fest.

Rounds perhaps divided into 10 sections.

Choose your attack for the first section (body kick, elbows, etc). Present attack with a bid.
Best bid succeeds and scores/ damages

Attacks have 2 different ranges: outside or clinch. E.g. Kicks would be outside, knees would be clinch range.
A reversible card on the table reminds players what the present range is.


So I've talked quite a bit about the various micro-games, how they are unique in genre and player count/coop/competitive. While they are the core of GameCon, they are still just a piece of the game.

Players will also receive Merch (ie draw Merch cards) throughout the game. Players draw a Merch at the start of each round, and may get additional Merch through the mini-games (typically from winning mini-games).

Merch have 3 possible uses:

PAX Unplugged and setbacks.

Hooray for me! I'm going to PAX Unplugged this month. I thought I was going to miss it due to not getting a booth but Unpub Network allowed a second chance. It kind of sucks as I've been told they're cramming 22 people into a VERY tight space. Mainly because I'm banking $800 on this venture before the con even starts. I AM working a prevailing wage job building the mexican/American border crossing building so that is helping my wallet.

Protospiel Madison 2017

The Game Crafter - Protospiel Madison - Board Game Design Event in Madison, Wisconsin

Get your badge to Protospiel Madison 2017 before they sell out. Note: we have sold out every year! Get yours at

Promo video for Protospiel Madison:

Free Paper & Chipboard Products for Game Designers - (ONLY November 8th @ 8am-5pm CT)

The Game Crafter is giving away a bunch of miscellaneous paper and chipboard products because we don’t need them. We think game designers will love using these for prototyping and it’s a much better option than just sending them to recycling! (We will be bringing a bunch of other blank stuff to give away at Protospiel Madison too! So be sure to get your tickets to go to that.)

New Game Pieces Available: Roosters & Henhouses


The Game Crafter has added more game pieces to our online parts shop! You’ll have the start of your very own gaming barnyard with these new henhouses and roosters. The roosters come in 5 colors and the henhouses come in 6.

Component Studio Tutorial: How to change a color of an icon via variable

Aaron Gresham, (aka "Tomrel" in The Game Crafter chat channel), created a new Component Studio tutorial that shows how to change a color of an icon with a variable.

The full tutorial is available at

If you've never used before, it's a app created by The Game Crafter that rapidly speeds up development of new tabletop games. There is a 3-day trial when you signup and if you use promo code "firstk" you'll get 50% off the paid subscription.

BGDL 39 - Daniel Aronson: Graphic Design and Its Effect on the Player Experience

Daniel Aronson, professional graphic designer and game designer, discusses the importance of being intentional with all the graphic design in your game. We talk fonts, color choices, layouts, branding, and more in this information full episode.

Check it out here:

New Game Pieces Available: Thick Halma Pawns

The Game Crafter - New Game Pieces Available: Thick Halma Pawns

New game pieces in our online parts shop! This time, we've added a new style of Halma Pawn (Thick) and they are really nice. There are 7 different colors and they're available here.

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by Dr. Radut