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Custom Printed Bi-Fold Game Boards Now Available!

The Game Crafter - Custom Printed Bi-Fold Game Boards are now available!

Ever since we introduced the Quad Fold Game Board, people have been asking for smaller and larger versions of it. Today we’re introducing the new Bi-Fold Game Board. It’s just like the quad-fold, but 2 fewer panels. It’s printed edge to edge on one side (9 x 18”) and has that beautiful black textured cover on the back. Download the templates to get started.

Introducing Crowd Sales!

Song Froggy - A crowd sale at The Game Crafter

In the beginning you either found a publisher or took the super risky route of self-publishing. Then crowd funding came along and mitigated much of the risk of self-publishing, but introduced a whole slew of it’s own risks. We felt there had to be a better way, so we created crowd sales.

The Combat Stack.

The Combat Stack

One of the things I thought was interesting when I taught about the Lottery Method of conflict resolution is that EVERY element that's put in has a chance to be pulled. If you have a tumbler full of small pieces of paper and half of them are affirmative, half are negative, there's a 50/50 chance on either outcome. But the beauty of it is that this...tumbler is customizable.

The beginning...

Kismet logo

I just got signed to Victory Point Games to publish my new game.

I've been an instructor of game design on many levels. I've worked in the game industry as many roles. I have always wanted to create a card game as that is my favorite genre of game; it's wholly constructed, but beautifully random.

Announcing Crafter Con 2015

After much prodding from our community, we are pleased to announce Crafter Con 2015. Crafter Con is The Game Crafter’s very own game design convention, and 2015 is Crafter Con’s inaugural year. We know you have questions, so we’ll do our best to answer them.

Announcing Protospiel Madison 2015

Protospiel Madison 2014 - Hosted by The Game Crafter

The Game Crafter is bringing Protospiel back to Madison again this year with Protospiel Madison 2015! Last year we had over 80 attendees, and this year we’re expecting even more. If you are a game designer and you want honest feedback from other game designers, this is the event for you to attend! Save the date: October 23-25, 2015.

What I didn’t do on my Christmas vacation.

I’m fortunate that I get quite a bit of time off for the holidays, 11 days this year including weekends. I had planned to use some of that time to catch up on my design work.

This is what I had planned to accomplish and didn’t get done.

Create a Vassal Module for Order of the Wand

Test Order of the Wand with out of state game designer friends

Review my projects file to purge dead end ideas and revisit better ones.

Work on at least one of those better ideas and create or update prototype for testing.

Test, Test, Test…

Pocket Sports Baseball


Working on some new games/ideas, while waiting for NEW games to arrive mid Jan.....

I've had a PnP version for Baseball up on BGG for a short time now, but this flow chart might help for a speedy pick up on the game play.

I tend to make games up in Excel first, then transfer over to a dice map with words on die faces.

I won't post the rules, you can find on the BGG game entry

Break Time: Game Ed

Well as the title of this blog post suggests, I took a break today to learn about some other games that I have heard of - but never played.

The three (3) games that I have taken the time to watch being played are:

  1. Ticket To Ride
  2. Small World
  3. King of Tokyo

Of these three (3) games, the one that I found the most interesting was Small World. I usually like to play Fantasy games and this one is rather cool with all its races combined with a random special ability.

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by Dr. Radut