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BGDF is partnered with the Board Game Design lab - an effort by BGDF user Gabe Barrett to create and curate regular content for game designers.

The Board Game Design Lab:

  • Curates articles from around the web, guiding users through the process of game design and publishing.
  • Publishes a podcast, with insightful interviews with industry veterans
  • BGDF is happy to have Gabe in our community, and his contributions to the site through BGDL.

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    Crafter Con Live Stream! (October 17th from 9am-9pm CT)

    The Game Crafter - Crafter Con - 2019 Schedule

    Crafter Con is The Game Crafter’s very own game design convention and it happens TOMORROW!
    (Oct 17th) Its focus is on education to make you a better game designer. It features a track of seminars and workshops with industry experts.

    The event has sold out, but you can watch the live stream on several of The Game Crafter’s social media channels from 9am-9pm CT. (note the breaks for lunch/dinner)

    Facebook - https://facebook.com/thegamecrafter

    Youtube - https://youtube.com/thegamecrafter

    Twitter - https://twitter.com/thegamecrafter

    Don’t forget, Protospiel Madison begins the next day and runs from Oct 18-20. You can still get badges at www.protospiel-madison.org.

    PROTOSPIEL MADISON - Starts in 3 days! (Oct 18-20)

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

    PROTOSPIEL MADISON - STARTS IN 3 DAYS!

    The country’s best game design convention comes to Madison, Wisconsin on October 18-20.

    Game Designers: Get professional level feedback from other designers. Over 100+ other designers in attendance so you’ll have the opportunity to playtest your designs many times throughout the weekend. You’ll also have access to a TGC Designer Table full of blank components and game pieces!

    Gamers: You get to play the latest games and help shape them before they hit the shelves of stores or the pages of Kickstarter.

    Quest Adventure Cards(tm) — 2nd Edition

    Starting from a philosophical viewpoint, I guess the real question is: What do I want the Second (2nd) Edition of "Quest" to be like?!

    Contrary to most of today's Collectible Card Games which are ALWAYS about "Battling", "Quest" is a more subtle game.

    It's not about A BATTLE, it's about AN ADVENTURE!

    Like Magic: the Gathering (Magic) there are colors that define the ORIGINAL Card Game. Familiar colors of Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue and Purple. Both Primary and Secondary colors of the normal color spectrum. Of course even in the original game, each color had a meaning.

    Heroes & Treasure: Arena -- card game rules

    Heroes & Treasure Arena, Heal Spell.png

    This is a combat card game in the style of M:tG / Pokemon / etc., but aimed at ages 6 and up (basic readers). This is obviously not final.. I'm using this to organize stuff that needs to be organized.

    The overall plot idea is that, within my Heroes & Treasure world, there's an event like the Olympics, where teams come and compete across species/enemy lines.

    There is one shared deck for both players, 108 cards.

    Deal 10 cards to each player. Player chooses 3 cards to discard out of the game, face down, and keeps 7. (Maybe second player gets 11 instead of 10?).

    Crowd Chat - Live stream tonight at 7pm ET with Dan Letzring

    The Game Crafter - Crowd Chat with Cassie Elle - Live Stream Show on Monday Nights

    Tonight on Crowd Chat, Cassie will be interviewing Dan Letzring from Letiman Games to discuss his most recent Kickstarter, Adventure Tactics! Adventure Tactics brought in over 1400 backers and over $100,000 in funding. They will be discussing the marketing techniques and decisions behind the campaign tonight, at 7 PM EST, on all the Game Crafter channels!

    Watch it live at crowdchat.live or on The Game Crafter’s Twitter, Facebook, or Youtube.

    Ravenhall's Town Crier #9

    Here is the new prototype for the Town Crier. Clearly, it is not complete, but it's a good preview of the new format. We've been a bit busy with the kickstarter campaign, making the game with the manufacturer, and working on the website, but at least we got a bit of a preview done. (It's not on our website because it's under construction). Check it out!

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/10_rsVhhSX9qoxHA5ZkuUXop6UbAzdIN2/view?u...

    -Austin

    New Game Box Available - Jumbo Hook Box

    The Game Crafter - Board Game Boxes - Jumbo Hook Box

    We are pleased to announce our new Jumbo Hook Box! This is similar in design to our Poker Hook Box, but larger so that it can hold our 3.5″ x 5.5″ Jumbo Cards. It is made of 16pt matte card stock and holds 36 Jumbo Cards. It is fully printed on all sides, which means you can print your rules on the inside of the box! Learn more at https://www.thegamecrafter.com/publish/product/JumboHookBox36

    New Board Game Pieces - Dark Gold Indented D6 Dice

    The Game Crafter - Board Game Pieces - Dark Gold Indented D6 Dice

    We added these Dark Gold Indented D6 Dice to our Board Game Pieces Shop! With this new addition, we now have 15 different colors of Indented D6 Dice. Available at https://www.thegamecrafter.com/parts/d6-indented-blank-dark-gold.

    They work perfectly with our Dice Stickers and you'll find more info on that at https://help.thegamecrafter.com/article/88-dice-stickers. The indentation on each side of the dice protects the sticker during rolling. 17mm Meeple for Scale.

    Another reason to go to Protospiel Madison!

    The Game Crafter - Protospiel Madison - Free Components for Designers!

    The country’s best game design convention has come to Madison, Wisconsin on October 18-20. Welcome to Protospiel Madison!

    Game Designers: Get professional level feedback from other designers. Over 100+ other designers in attendance so you’ll have the opportunity to playtest your designs many times throughout the weekend. You’ll also have access to a TGC Designer Table full of blank components and game pieces!

    Gamers: You get to play the latest games and help shape them before they hit the shelves of stores or the pages of Kickstarter.

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