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Jonathan Gilmour Explains Why He Loves The Game Crafter

We had a chance to talk to Jonathan Gilmour at Grand Con last year. Not only is he an accomplished professional game designer with amazing titles like "Dead of Winter", "Dinosaur Island", and "Kids on Bikes", he's also a great human being and a member of The Game Crafter community. He's been using our service for several years now and we asked him why he loves The Game Crafter. Watch his testimonial video on youtube at

In addition, he is now head of game development at Pandasaurus Games. Check out all their games at!

Our Gen Con 2019 Experience

We’re all back home now and trying to recover from 4 busy days of Gen Con. As in past years, this was a great show for us and you can read about our experience at

We include details about:

- The Game Crafter Community Social
- Our Board Game Candy Shop Booth
- The Game Crafter Community Game Night
- Our vendor table in the First Exposure Playtest Hall

For those of you who missed Gen Con and our Board Game Candy Shop, we are happy to announce that we will be running it at PAX Unplugged. :)

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!

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