AlakaSLAM - Only 5 Days Left on Kickstarter!

Push aside that dusty grimoire, pull a racquet out of a hat, and come on down to the greatest tennis competition of all … the AlakaSLAM!

AlakaSLAM is a 2 and 4 person micro card game where you play as a sorcerer competing in a legendary tennis match.

In Singles or Doubles, you’ll face your opponent across the net. Choose your shot carefully, because the cards you use to aim also determine if your ball snags in the net, flies out of bounds, or sets your opponent scrambling. Cautiously build up your mobility or strike aggressively with powerful Enchantments. A well-made shot could spell success… but miscalculate and forfeit the point! To win, you’ll need to the first to score 3 points.

AlakaSLAM is available now on Kickstarter. We’re very excited to say that thanks to our wonderful backers, we’re 100% funded! Contribute now to get a copy of the game and to reach cool stretch goals like character abilities and a 3-player variant. Thank you for your support!

Click here to support AlakaSLAM today!

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.

TGC Community Game Night @ Gen Con 2014

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At Gen Con 2013 we launched our first ever TGC Community Game Night and it was a huge success! We sold out tickets for our 40 person event and had a blast playing a bunch of games from designers in the community. So we’re making this an annual event!

This year, we’ve reserved space for 60 people and we’re excited to see all of you and your new creations! :) The event will run on Friday, August 15th from 8pm-Midnight.

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This is an official Gen Con event and so you’ll have to buy a $4 ticket to participate. You can purchase these online at https://www.gencon.com/events/54981. Please be sure to purchase one in advance as we expect to sell out.

If you plan to attend, please join/RSVP one of our events on Facebook or Google+ so our community can see who’s going!

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Our event will take place at Marriott Ballroom 1. We will provide additional details and directions once we get additional info from Gen Con event management. It’s connected to the convention center and within walking distance.

We’re also planning to host our 3rd Annual Community Social Night on Saturday, August 16th. Additional details for this will be announced soon.

Chat with Phil From 5th Street Games

Tonight at 8pm US Central time chat with Phil, the owner of 5th Street Games and sponsor of our new contest, The 5th Street Challenge. Join us in The Game Crafter Chatroom tonight to get all your questions answered about the new contest, Phil, 5th Street Games, and the meaning of the universe.

5th Street Games is teaming up with The Game Crafter to create a contest with the ultimate prize: a publishing deal for your game! Welcome to the 5th Street Challenge.

5th Street Games is an indie board game publisher based in Salt Lake City with a steadily growing library of titles (nine and growing!). 5SG is looking for another game, and has once again turned to The Game Crafter.

All 5SG titles are quick-playing, easy-to-learn, and fun for gamers and non-gamers alike. Their games are targeted at families with players ages 8 or older.

Fun for gamers and non-gamers for 5SG means solid filler for gamers that can act as a good gateway game for a non-gamer. Think of a 5SG titles as bait for people new to the board game hobby that gamers will still enjoy playing.

All 5SG titles have a touch of whimsy and cartoonishness to emphasize games are supposed to be fun (Scottish Gentleman werewolves, living crops, things of that nature). The whimsical element can be in the mechanics, art, or (ideally) both.

All 5SG titles have some small element of ‘take that’ to help hook non-gamers that are more familiar with games such as Risk or Uno. The ‘take that’ shouldn’t be overly mean-spirited as to knock a player out of a game, nor should it be the main focus of the game play.

Rules

All entries must comply with the following rules:

  • Game should play in 30 - 45 minutes, for ages 8+, for at least 2 - 4 players (more is okay, solitaire mode is okay, too).
  • The basics of the game should be teachable in five minutes. More detailed turn structure and such is fine, but the core mechanics should be conveyable quickly.
  • Card games are allowed, but board games are preferred.
  • Game size matters less than the game being fun with high replay value.
  • The game can be competitive or co-op. It cannot have a player elimination mechanic or turn loss.
  • The game must have a cost of $39.99 or less.
  • You are welcome to use any components available in The Game Crafter Shop.
  • A rules document or booklet must be downloadable from your game’s shop page and must also be included in the game itself.
  • The game must be publish ready, meaning it has a logo, backdrop, shop ad, action shots, description, and cool factors. It must also have all images proofed, and have packaging (any of our boxes will do).
  • This must be a new game created for this contest. It cannot have existed on TGC prior to the contest.
  • All artwork must be your own, commissioned by you, licensed to you, or in the public domain.
  • All entries must be submitted through TGC’s game editor (by clicking on the “Contests” button) no later than Noon UTC on September 1, 2014.
  • Contestants may submit multiple entries to this contest. Each entry will be judged separately.

Prizes

Grand Prize: The winning game will be published by 5th Street Games!

2 Runners Up: 5th Street Spread. Every title currently available from 5th Street Games. (Castle Dash (TGC TITLE), Crow & the Pitcher, Farmageddon (TGC TITLE), My Happy Farm, Jungle Ascent, Baldrick’s Tomb (TGC TITLE)).

This article is full of great examples and figures showing solid growth in the board game industry and game sales!


MERCER ISLAND, Wash. — Dan Shapiro sold a company to Google and worked at Microsoft. His name is on nearly a dozen technology-related patents.

But when it came time for his latest venture, Mr. Shapiro turned to technology to produce something decidedly low-tech: a board game for children.

Technology, by all rights, should have killed old-fashioned games, which can never equal the eye-popping graphics, visceral action and immense online communities of today’s video games. Yet the opposite has occurred. Largely because of new technologies, there has been a creative outpouring of games by independent designers like Mr. Shapiro.

“It has unlocked a whole generation of innovative gameplay experimentation that just wasn’t feasible before,” he said.


Click here to read the full article

Krash Karts: The Table Top Kart Racer ends this Sunday, June 8th!

You can view the Kickstarter page for Krash Karts here.

As the designer of Krash Karts, I would like to take a moment to thank TheGameCrafter.com community for their pledges, help, and support for my Kickstarter campaign. This community had a large hand in allowing my first ever campaign to be a huge success, reaching far passed my expectations! I cannot thank you enough!

To those that haven’t heard about my campaign, Krash Karts is what I like to call table top gaming’s answer to Mario Kart. It features items much like kart racing-inspired video games in a very hectic and very competitive racing environment, but a very fun and light-hearted one too. It also features a game mechanic that I feel is very unique, in that the track players race on is designed by them based on their own choices, all while they’re racing on it mid-game! It opens up the ability to force a player to take the long side of a corner, or align or create epic short-cuts. The game really allows a lot of underdog wins and keeps everyone in the race.

There are a lot of table top racing games out there that allow randomization of the track as you’re racing mid-game, or allow players design it before playing, but no game offers the mechanic of allowing players to choose, let alone so constantly, how the track evolves mid-game.

What else distinguishes Krash Karts from others is that it’s an easy to learn, easy to set up, and easy to pick up and play game where you can really screw with your friends and family. It offers just the right balance of simplicity and strategy that really makes it available to a large audience. You can play it with your family Friday night, and then bring it to your friends house Saturday night to play between bigger games.

Click here to support Krash Karts on Kickstarter today!

So thank you TGC community, and thank you to all backers! Let’s see where we can take this campaign!

-Sean

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.

Queue Time is Less Than A Week

Over the past month we’ve been working ridiculously hard to bring the our average queue time down to less than a week. Due to higher than normal order volumes this was a very difficult challenge, but we’ve finally achieved it! We now have our production queue. As I write this our queue time is 2.6 days! 

Forum Maintenance

Game Crafter forums will be undergoing emergency maintenance tonight beginning at 9pm Central.  It will last for approximately 4 hours.  We’re sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

TFC Semi-Finalists Have Been Chosen

The Flux Capacity Challenge semi-finalists have been chosen. It is now up to TFC’s staff to narrow the 20 semi-finalists down to a handful of finalists.

War Elephant Racing - Only 8 Hours To Go!

War Elephant Racing is a fun mix between Cribbage and Munchkin that’s fun for the whole family! Thanks to those that have jumped in so far. We will be shipping games shortly after the campaign ends and we receive the funds. We know you will enjoy the game! If you haven’t supported the game yet, you only have 8 hours left to do so!

Click here to support War Elephant Racing today!

We’re pleased to release our new hearts and red crystals. Enjoy!

Gamer’s Remorse created an unboxing video for Legacy - The Card Game.

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