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Yort
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On the subject of handmade games. It seems to me that the conventional wisdom is that a game is crap until it gets published. That no one would want to own a handmade game. While it is true that getting a game published is a way to show its worthyness, I think the potential for quality in a handmade can go beyond that of published games. Think of your favorite game, and then think about how you would feel if you could (legally of course) get a copy that was bigger (no undersized scoring track here), with bigger, more detailed pieces, and a wooden box, that would resist crushing and never get a split. Would you be interested?

Now what about a game that seemed really cool, but you had never seen it before and it was fairly unique?

I have no idea of how this man's business was doing, but I saw a vendor at a renaissance festival who was selling his handmade games. The big detraction for me was that they were all the standard amerifare. Otherwise it was cool to see the different wood hues, and hand craftsmanship. I don't think handcrafted should be limited to basic and abstract. I guess I had a fantasy of living like a gipsy and making my games for a living.

Your thoughts.

CloudBuster
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I disagree.

Yort wrote:
On the subject of handmade games. It seems to me that the conventional wisdom is that a game is crap until it gets published. That no one would want to own a handmade game.

I couldn't disagree more with your statements. To say a game is crap unless it's published is ridiculous. On the flip side, I've played lots of published games that are crap.

To say that no one would want to own a handmade game is also an odd generalization. It sounds like that renaissance festival dude had some nice, quality merchandise. It also sounds like you might've been interested if he had made a cool version of WizWar or some other boardgame other than Monopoly or Trouble. Do I have that right? If I'm right your statement that no one would want to own a handmade game doesn't make sense. You said yourself that the biggest reason you didn't buy anything was because of the game itself, NOT because it was handmade.

So...go for it! Live like a gypsy and make good quality, handmade games that won't get you sued.

Is that why you posted this topic?

Dralius
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Wood U Buy It?

Being able to sell a hand crafted game is going to depend on finding people willing to spend the extra money for an all wood edition of game X. Game X is great in cardboard but is it twice as good made out of wood?

Some games, especially abstract games look fantastic done in wood or even metal for that matter. For thematic games nice artwork on cardboard usually does a better job.

schtoom
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Niche Games

Sometimes the novelty of having something that you are truly interested in makes purchasing such a thing worth it to a person. I mean, I bought the old school Transformers Monopoly with the metal figures because it was frickin' Transformers Monopoly. I think it really comes down to "Do I love this version of Game X?" and "Do I love it so much that I'd pay for this stylized/different/abstract form of the game?". If it were Care Bears Checkers, probably not for me. Transformers Monopoly had me at Tr-.

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