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New Sanity Tester - Ken Franklin

The Game Crafter - Sanity Tester - Ken Franklin

Please welcome our newest Sanity Tester, Ken Franklin.

Ken has been designing and collecting games for 55 years, and published his first Apple 2 game in 1980. During his 40 years in military, academic and family medicine, he published 5 more titles for desktops and iPhones. He recently retired from medicine to focus on game design. His first tabletop title, “The Mansky Caper,” will be released by Calliope Games this summer.

What is a Sanity Test?

New Game Pieces - 14mm Discs

We now have 14mm Discs in our online parts shop! They are made of wood, measure 14mm x 4mm, and are available in 11 colors at

Kickstarter gotchas

I spent quite a lot of time thinking about my rewards and stretch goals and manufacturing and shipping and how everything would work together. I'm confident that even if I'd sold 5000 copies, I wasn't going to add anything that would hurt me.

But it's very easy to hurt yourself with too much success, particularly with stretch goals. I was a backer of this Kickstarter campaign:

New Game Pieces - 8mm Wood Cubes - Now 24 Colors Available

The Game Crafter - Board Game Pieces - 8mm Wood Cubes - Now 24 Colors Available!

We have added more colors of 8mm wood cubes and that means we now carry 24 different colors in our shop! Browse our collection at

Quick tutorial for making custom chits

Chris at Mind Flayer Games made a quick tutorial for making custom chits at The Game Crafter. Watch it at

The Game Crafter Official Podcast: Episode 170 - Steve Aramini and The Game Crafter

The game Crafter - The Game Crafter Official Podcast

JT and Jeff get a very specific listener request. So join JT and Jeff in welcoming Steven Aramini to the podcast; by request! Steven has entered and won multiple contests on The Game Crafter. Steven also has several published games under his belt, despite calling himself a designer newbie. Tricky Tides, was a contest winner and will soon be on Kickstarter.

Listen to the podcast at

Down The Rabbit Hole, A Reflection on mt Journey into Game Design, Part 1, The Delusion

Down The Rabbit Hole,
A Reflection on my Journey into Game Design, part 1,
The Delusion,

It's hard to believe that almost 12 months ago now i was scrolling through kickstarter while walking my dog that i thought. F*** me, some of this stuff has funded? How? I can make better games than this! The more i looked at different tabletop games the more inspired I got. I have since evolved as a designer (i like to think like a magicarp) but here is my story.

Headhunter: Hilarious Hires from History game update

Headhunter Logo and Characters

Headhunter: Hilarious Hires from History game update.

Photos of the game prototypes, example cards, and artwork. The pictured prototype contains 162 cards and 1d4. The Complete game will contain 250 cards and 1 die. The die will either be a 1d4 or a custom d6 with sides of 1-2-2-3-3-4. Test copies are in the process of being sent out for review. Also, playtests continue with the hard-copy prototype instead of only a print and play.

The Game Crafter Makes 15 Different Types of Custom Playing Cards

The Game Crafter - Make 15 Different Types of Custom Playing Cards at The Game Crafter

The Game Crafter can make 15 different types of custom playing cards. All cards are die-cut, have rounded corners, and are printed in full color on both sides. All cards are printed on 12" x 18" sheets of 305gsm black-core card stock (as is used in popular trading card games like Magic: The Gathering), and this gives them a nice texture and good heft. Decks of cards can be any size and they are printed at our facility in Madison, Wisconsin.

Visit for templates and product info

Tutorial Video - How to Make Custom Engraved D6 Dice at The Game Crafter

The Game Crafter - Custom Etched Acrylic Dice are now available at The Game Crafter!

We have a new tutorial video at that shows you how to make your own Custom Engraved D6 Dice at The Game Crafter. You can make either Wood or Acrylic Dice.

This step-by-step video will guide you through the entire process of downloading the template, adding artwork to it, building your game, uploading your files, and completing the purchase. We then ship you your own custom D6 dice!

You can get started by visiting our Custom Engraved Dice help page at

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