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Carlos
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Hey folks, I haven't seen on BGDF any mention of this web site (which I learned of from Offworld, which in turn got it from Raph Koster's blog), and I would love to know what those of you with more business sense than me think of it. From my journeyman's perspective, it looks pretty interesting, though I am wondering a little about the price of things.
http://www.thegamecrafter.com/

Brykovian
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The original discussion was

The original discussion was through a Blog posting by JT of thegamecrafter.com ...
http://www.bgdf.com/node/1770

I thought I'd try it out for a couple of my niche games that I don't plan on pitching to any publishers, and for prototyping designs that I will eventually try to get published.

The per-piece pricing is just a bit high for publishing games for others to buy, imo ... but I'm guessing that the piece pricing might drop as they get a better handle on what will be popular pieces and be able to buy in more bulk.

I think their card printing services look very good. I'm not 100% sold on the style of board or packaging ... but they'll probably be "good enough" to get niche games out into the public without having to self-produce.

I can say that the customer service seems extremely good ... with JT and a couple other TGC folks posting directly and quickly to their forums in answering questions, and responding quickly to direct e-mails as well.

Once I've actually received my own games to look at, I'll let you know more.

-Bryk

larienna
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I don't quite understand

Do they publish games physically or electronically?

Is it some of of online game engine?

Brykovian
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larienna wrote:Do they

larienna wrote:
Do they publish games physically or electronically?

Is it some of of online game engine?


It is physical print-pick-and-pack-on-demand. They have a set of standard game pieces (several kinds of pawns, dice, cars, houses, etc.) and print cards and boards (although the boards are made from the same stock as the cards).

They assemble the game and ship as each order comes in.

-Bryk

Jason William
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I recently created my first

I recently created my first game (2 person card game) and uploaded all the files to The Game Crafter.

Once all the files were there I went to check out (you can buy your own game at cost and then set your own price for the game for everyone else) and the shipping made the overall price a little more than I wanted to spend for a simple card game.

I then sent my files to ArtsCow and had two sets made and shipped cheaper than one set from The Game Crafter. However, that was after I applied the coupon that ArtsCow sends its members.

Without the coupon, I think the prices would be similar.

You can check out my game at The Game Crafter. It is called "Make An Offer".

http://www.thegamecrafter.com/games/make-an-offer

You can also check it out on Board Game Geek. I have uploaded the files there so you can print n' play it.

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/55387

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