Jeff Provine at Blogcritics.org is now reviewing games from The Game Crafter
Jeff Provine is a contributor to the editorial site Blogcritics.org and his focus is tabletop games. His reviews analyze mechanics, aesthetics, and audience appeal. Jeff has reviewed lots of games in the past and in 2014 he’s started to review several indie titles from The Game Crafter community. (Villages, Plague, Zerpang!, and Sandwich City)
If you’d like to submit your game for review then you can visit our Reviewers page and contact Jeff. He’s usually able to review several games per month, but you’ll need to email him and confirm the details.
The Game Crafter is pleased to announce a new line of supersized game pawns! These game pawns will help you step up your game and have some real fun. Bigger pawns, bigger play! Supersized tokens coming soon!
“You are hanging from the side wall of a shaft that leads down to a large cavern and the earth is shaking around you. When you started out the day you were on a grand adventure with a team of professionals looking for artifacts in a newly discovered cavern. About the time you reached the bottom, the ground began to shake and tremble. At first you thought to push forward thinking it was nothing. As the shaking got stronger you remembered that only one person could fit through the entrance of the shaft. Not wanting to get stuck in the collapsing cave you started scrambling for the climbing gear. While getting your gear ready you find your rope has been tangled by one of the explorers. This will be a cut throat climb to get out first or die.”
Cave escape is a push your luck dice game where players are trying to get out of a collapsing cave by trolling dice to move farther up the track and earn adrenaline. Adrenaline helps players by enabling them to use their abilities and or buy special dice to help them go farther or hinder the other players.
We only have $1,250 to go to make our stretch goal. This will enable us to upgrade to a telescoping box.
Note: This article is being promoted on TGC News because the designer is participating in The Game Crafter’s Crowd Funding Promotion. If you would like to be promoted by The Game Crafter then read the details here.
Our new Sanity Test service has been in operation for just over a week and already many people have been using the service to improve their games. William Mandry of Mandry’s Gaming Co. has already used it twice on his game Survivalistic. On the first test Survivalistic scored a respectable 71, but after making the suggested improvements William managed a magnificent 93 on the second test!
Poorly written rules are the #1 reason people won’t crack open your game a second time. You owe it to your players to get tested. Check out the Sanity Tests today.
The Game Crafter is a semi-finalist in the Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest
The Game Crafter is currently competing in the 11th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest. There were 292 entries submitted and only 52 were selected to advance to the semi-final round. The Game Crafter and the other contestants are currently being evaluated and the top 24 business ideas will move on to the next round on April 9th. We think we’ve got a pretty awesome business (and community) here but we’ll see what the judges say! Wish us luck :)
The Gamers’ Table has been a long time friend and supporter of The Game Crafter community. In late 2011, they launched a new independent edition of their show, (sponsored by TGC), and have aired 68 episodes so far. Most of these are from The Game Crafter community and they have done so without charging designers a dime. They do it for the love of games and because they enjoy supporting indie board game designers.
The Gamers’ Table is looking to raise $4,000 to cover their costs and keep the shows on the air. The Game Crafter is pledging $250 to the cause and we’re asking everyone in the community to step up and help them achieve their goal. This is a great opportunity for us to come together and help fellow members in our community.
We’re pleased to announce a new category of products called Chits, starting with the Large Square Chit. Chits are also known as “punch-outs” and “cardboard tokens” in certain circles. It is best to think of them as miniature tiles. Chits are great as counters, for tile games such as Mahjong or Scrabble, and even as resources or obstacles to be placed on a board.
They are 2mm thick, printed double-sided, and are full bleed. They come 77 to a sheet for $9.49 which makes the cost per chit 12 cents.