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    Honey, She Has A Name!


    I asked and you guys answered!

    I have polled you guys, my social media, and everyone in the BoardGameGeek forum to figure out both the name of my animation game and the art style.  We had quite the list to choose from, too!

    I'm not going to type out all of the names again, but if you'd like to see what the options were, you can see the original poll here

    The final decision for the name? Well, it is:

    Back To The Drawing Board: Amalgamate, Animate, Dominate!

    And the winner is... {attached to this post!}

    So why not decide the name and art style for myself, you ask?

    New Board Game Pieces at The Game Crafter - More Meeples

    We have added 4 new colors of 16mm Meeples to our Board Game Pieces Shop! These are made of wood and the colors are Light Purple, Natural, Pink, and Light Blue. Browse our collection at

    Don’t forget that we also have Large Meeples and Mini Meeples too!

    What's Next?

    So, all my files for Heroes & Treasure are at the manufacturer, though I had to change the format on a couple things.

    New Board Game Pieces at The Game Crafter - Flame, Logs, and Smoke

    The Game Crafter - Board Game Pieces - Flame, Logs, and Smoke

    We have added some HOT new game pieces to our Board Game Pieces Shop! These parts allow game designers to have an easy and modular way to build fires in their game. The 3 components are the Flame, Logs, and Smoke. See them at

    The Flame token is orange and can be used flat on the table as a fire token (without a base). It can also be snapped into the Logs to make a campfire, or the Smoke to make an uncontrolled fire.

    New Board Game Pieces at The Game Crafter - Large Sheep

    The Game Crafter - Board Game Pieces - Large Sheep

    We have added Large Sheep to our Board Game Pieces Shop! As you can see, these sheep are pretty big compared to the 16mm Green Meeple we included for scale! They are made of plastic and are mounted on a wood base. They are available in 4 different colors (Blue, Red, Yellow, Green) and can be purchased separately. See them all at

    These sheep are unique oversized pieces that also can serve as great eye candy for your office or game room!

    Video Progress!

    Showing off my current progress sketches for my card game 'Animation Amalgamation' (WORKING TITLE) (it's youtube)

    Done! (-ish)

    Heroes & Treasure Back of Box

    All my files have been uploaded to the manufacturer.

    I think everything's in the right formats and sizes.. I'm sure they'll let me know if I missed something.

    Mostly delivered PDFs, though my cards for some reason were 50-100MB as PDFs, even if I didn't save with layers, and anyway would've needed the fonts installed, so I saved those as TIFF files and poof, 5MB each.

    Total asset size was just under 1GB.

    New Board Game Pieces - Resource Tokens

    The Game Crafter - Board Game Pieces - Resource Tokens

    We have added some new resource tokens to our Board Game Pieces Shop! These are made of wood and are a great fit for resource management games where you need various types of food, livestock, and natural resources. In this release we have a Bull (Orange), Pig (Pink), Bread (Light Brown), Bread (Dark Brown), and a Fish (Yellow)

    We also have a collection of premium resources that add a nice finishing touch to your game. They can also be used as a game upgrade for many popular mass market titles that you already own.

    New Board Game Pieces - Ingots

    The Game Crafter - Board Game Pieces - Ingots

    We have expanded our collection of Ingots by adding 5 additional colors (Orange, Red, Blue, Yellow, and Brown) to our Board Game Pieces Shop! These new parts means we now offer 9 colors of ingots and you can see them at Don’t forget that we also have two types of premium metal ingots too!

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    by Dr. Radut