War Elephant Racing is now available on Indiegogo

"More fun than a sack of nuts!"

War Elephant Racing (W.E.R.) is a fast paced game of chance and skill. War elephants will be bumping and crashing into each other on a tight course sending the others into a spin that will cost them crucial game points. Players must carefully balance a number of objectives, be quick with reactions, and recognize all of the scoring combinations to be able to beat their opponent. It is a game where experience counts for a great deal although a little bit of luck always helps. New and young players will be able to jump in fairly quickly and give the vets a run for their money.”

Support War Elephant Racing on Indiegogo Today!

Only 24 Hours Left to Support Monsters & Knights on Kickstarter!

Monsters & Knights is a tabletop card game for 2-6 players. Players compete to slay the most monsters or eat the most knights. Monsters & Knights is a fantasy themed hand management & trick taking game similar to classic card games like pitch or spades.

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Monsters & Knights can be played in a casual mode or advanced mode. 

In casual mode, players will play all the cards in their hand each round using monsters/knights to eat/slay other monsters and knights already in play. At the end of the round they will add up the points for their slayed monsters, or eaten knights and continue to play rounds until one player or team reaches a set number of points.

The advanced mode adds additional game play mechanics enhancing the level of strategy for players looking for a more complex game.

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Rules are available to download on the Kickstarter page or at www.crazyjoesgames.com

With your help, we can reach our stretch goals and release new cards for the game! Please let your friends, family, and gaming groups know about Monsters & Knights! Thank you for supporting indie board game designers!

Click here to support Monsters & Knights on Kickstarter!

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.

Unpub and Protospiel come to the west coast!

San Jose, CA will be hosting the first ever joint Unpub and Protospiel event May 9th-11th.  It has been several years since a Protospiel was held on the west coast. Designers are encouraged to bring prototype board games to be play tested.  Get feedback from other designers and a wide variety of gamers. Learn from industry experts. Network and discover resources.

Industry guests include Ted Alspach (Bezier Games, One Night Ultimate Werewolf, Ultimate Werewolf, Suburbia), Matt Leacock (Pandemic, Forbidden Dessert, Forbidden Island, Roll Through the Ages), Aldo Ghiozzi (Impressions Game Distribution), Richard Bliss (Host of Funding the Dream podcast for Kickstarters), Grant Rodiek (Farmagheddon, Hyperbole game design blog), Rob Daviau (Betrayal at House on the Hill, Risk Legacy, Risk 2210 A.D.) and others.

$40 for designers, free for players. 

Details and registration at: www.boardgamebuilders.com

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We expect a lot of designers from the TGC community to attend. Post a comment here and let everyone know if you’re going to be there! :)

All hail the Large Circle Chit! At long last you can have your own custom circular punch outs in your game. They are full-bleed, and double-sided, and measure 1.25 inches wide by 0.07 inches thick (about 2mm).  They’re awesome for custom currency and counters of any kind in a game. You’ll get 77 in a sheet for $9.49, which comes out to about 12 cents per chit. Enjoy!

All hail the Large Circle Chit! At long last you can have your own custom circular punch outs in your game. They are full-bleed, and double-sided, and measure 1.25 inches wide by 0.07 inches thick (about 2mm).  They’re awesome for custom currency and counters of any kind in a game. You’ll get 77 in a sheet for $9.49, which comes out to about 12 cents per chit. Enjoy!

Gamer’s Remorse reviews Turbulence by Andrew Enslow.

Bulk Pricing Changes

Many of our costs have increased lately, and this has led us to make some hard decisions. As a result we’re having to reduce the discounts we offer on bulk pricing. This primarily is due to three factors.

  1. Paper prices have increased. The company that manufactures 90% of our paper has informed us of a large rate hike in the cost of our paper.
  2. Equipment costs have increased. The price of parts for the machines we use to print and cut our products have increased dramatically over the past 18 months. 
  3. Employee wage increases. As our crafters gain more experience we pay them more. This means you get higher quality games, and they get a better quality of life. 

We’re able to absorb these costs in our regular pricing. However, there is very little margin on our bulk pricing, so we are not able to absorb those cost increases there. Thank you for your understanding.

Mystery Challenge Winner Announced

Sinister has won the Mystery Challenge, just barely edging out Refuge. Congratulations to Mark “Shmitz” Major of Whirling Derby Games for winning his second contest at The Game Crafter.

Our judge, David Sheppard, has graciously provided a detailed analysis of how he reviewed the finalists. If you’re looking for even more information, he’s also provided his notes about the initial thoughts of the games directly after their first play through.

We’d like to thank all of the contestants, and especially David Sheppard for judging this contest. Don’t forget, our next contest is already under way.

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 was recently featured in this article on the American Express OPEN forum website. Give it a look if you’re interested in reading about people who turned their hobbies into businesses.

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!

Say hello to Large Hex Chits. They measure 1.25 inches point to point, and are printed full-bleed double-sided. They come 77 to a sheet for $9.49, which comes out to 12 cents per chit. Enjoy!

Say hello to Large Hex Chits. They measure 1.25 inches point to point, and are printed full-bleed double-sided. They come 77 to a sheet for $9.49, which comes out to 12 cents per chit. Enjoy!

Gamer’s Remorse reviews Trade Fleet by IcePack Games.