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Fun Stuff: Making Games with Kids

Kid's Game - Climby's Tree House

Today I brought some of my game-making supplies along on a visit with my family. I have two young twin nephews (age 6) and we sat down for a bit to make games together. Here are two of the results.


This is my nephew's version of the simple dice game Hungry Jack, which I had taught them on a previous visit. This version uses a single six-sided die, but it's otherwise a faithful rendition. Note that the number 4 spot is - in his words - the dead spot, and chips go there until the end of the game.


The Game Crafter is running its Board Game Candy Shop at Gen Con 2019! (booth 2555)

The Game Crafter - Gen Con 2019 - Board Game Candy Shop Booth

The Game Crafter is running its Board Game Candy Shop at Gen Con. It's in the same booth as last year (2555) and we'll have 300+ different game pieces for sale at just $.25/gram. Fill a full bag and get 50% off that price! Details and exhibit hall map at:

New Board Game Pieces - Citizens

The Game Crafter - Board Game Pieces - Citizens

We added a limited supply of Citizens to our Board Game Pieces Shop! There are 5 colors available and the 17mm Meeple was included in the photo for scale.

This is just a small collection of the 2,100 different board game pieces, game accessories, and game upgrades we have in our shop. Swing on by our website and check out everything we have to offer board game designers. Have a great day!

New Board Game Design Contest at The Game Crafter - Mint Tin Challenge

The Game Crafter - Board Game Design Contest - Mint Tin Challenge

Got a few unruly kids at the restaurant while you wait for your order to arrive? Need a gaming experience that’s shorter, portable and way more durable than the others you are used to? Don’t know what to do with the downtime between heavy games at game night? Mint tin games are your answer!

Mint tin games learn quick, play fast, are portable and use highly durable, metal containers that easily fit in a pocket. Mint tin games are a unique take on the micro game theme and are perfect for gamers of all types!

Headhunter Campaign and Game Update

For those interested in our game Headhunter and the progression of our project:

We recently promoted our first product, Headhunter, through a Kickstarter campaign. Here’s an update on its status, plus some exciting news!

First, Headhunter will not fund on Kickstarter. We abandoned early on our pursuit of this because soon after our launch, we were contacted by a private investor who is now funding our base project. So, we have canceled our campaign.

New Board Game Pieces - Light Bulbs

The Game Crafter - Board Game Pieces - Light Bulbs

We added Light Bulbs to our Board Game Pieces Shop! They are made of wood and come in 5 colors. We look forward to seeing how you use these in your game designs.

The Game Crafter's 10 Year Anniversary Celebration... Continues!

The Game Crafter - 10 Year Anniversary Celebration! (We're giving away over $10,000 in TGC gift certificates!)

A few weeks ago we promised to give away over $10,000 worth of gift certificates as part of celebrating our 10th anniversary. Well, we’ve done that. However, the month is only half over, so we’ve decided to give away $10,000 more! Let’s continue the celebration all month long!

New Board Game Pieces - Future Tank

The Game Crafter - Board Game Pieces - Future Tank

We added this Future Tank to our Board Game Pieces Shop! It has a futuristic look that we think people will love. Right now it’s only available in this tan color at 17mm Meeple for scale. We also have 8 colors of standard tanks in our shop as well.

Early Bird Badge Prices for Protospiel Madison 2019 are ending July 31st!

Badge prices for Protospiel Madison 2019 go from $50 to $65 as of July 31st. Save yourself $15 and register early at If you are a board game designer, this is the place to be.

How board game publishers can use The Game Crafter's print on demand service as a contingency plan at game conventions

This is a great article by AnSR Games that talks about how board game publishers can use The Game Crafter’s print on demand service at conventions. Specifically as a contingency plan for when a publisher sells out of copies at the convention and people still want to purchase the game at the show.

AnSR Games is a indie game publisher in The Game Crafter community and they will be attending a Locally Crafted Games Fair (LCG Fair) in St Louis, MO on July 13th.

Read the full article at

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by Dr. Radut