5th Street Challenge Finalists

Phil has narrowed the list of 20 semi-finalists down to just 7 finalists.

He’s also provided a spreadsheet with feedback about each of the top 20 games.

Dear Unruly Mob,
We shall not give in to your threats! We’ve added a security detail to JT (Cog always has JT’s back, and we’ve flown Colin in from Portland). We will release the details of the 5th Street Challenge on our own terms, not terms dictated to us under duress. The Captain Is Dead, but we stand strong! 
Sincerely,
The Game Crafter

Dear Unruly Mob,

We shall not give in to your threats! We’ve added a security detail to JT (Cog always has JT’s back, and we’ve flown Colin in from Portland). We will release the details of the 5th Street Challenge on our own terms, not terms dictated to us under duress. The Captain Is Dead, but we stand strong! 

Sincerely,

The Game Crafter

Mark “Shmitz” Major to Judge the Time Challenge

Mark Major, known on the site as Shmitz, owner of Whirling Derby Games, and creator of amazing titles such as Zerpang!, Jupiter Rescue, and Sinister will be the official guest judge for the Time Challenge. The contest has just begun, so enter today.

Time Challenge

Fall is upon us. The kids are headed back to school, the crops are ready to be harvested, and the leaves will soon be changing on the trees. It is about this time of year that I always think of the changing seasons, more than any other time of year. And that leads us to the premise for this contest. We want you to design a game where time is a resource to be managed. For example, where you can actually manipulate time, like you can in games like Red November. Other games for research include Chronos Conquest, Village, Seasons, and T’zolkin.

Perhaps you are a farmer performing your fall harvest, and instead of making a worker placement game, you have to choose where to put your time. Will you spend time getting your barns ready for a harsh winter, or will you harvest that last field of grain so you have something to sell?

Or instead maybe you run a scary theme park. Will you spend time cutting a corn maze, training more actors, building more props, or even an entirely new haunt?

Maybe you’ll go far out and make a game about time lords bending time to their will. Or how about a game that allows you to go back in time a few moves/actions/turns to undo an unanticipated outcome?

Whatever you decide to do, welcome to the Time Challenge! Read the complete rules here.

5th Street Challenge Semi-Finalists Announced

Voting has finished and the finalists in the 5th Street Challenge have been announced. Thanks to the community for voting, and all the contestants for entering. Phil from 5th Street Games now has his work cut out for him narrowing the list of semi-finalists down to a list of finalists. 

Voting Begins in the 5th Street Challenge

We’re pleased to report 65 entries in the 5th Street Challenge. It is now time for the community to vote on which entries are the best. They must narrow the field from 65 to only 20 semi-finalists. This is going to be a tough job, as there are some amazing looking games in here. 

The Flux Capacity Challenge Finalists

Here are your Flux Capacity Challenge Finalists:

Josh also provided a spreadsheet showing how he narrowed the list.

Congratulations to all of our finalists. Good luck in the final round of the competition. 

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.

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.

The Flux Capacity Publishing Challenge Voting Begins

For nearly 3 months our community has been working on entries for The Flux Capacity Publishing Challenge. The grand prize is a publishing deal with The Flux Capacity. Your job is to narrow the 30 entries down to just 20. 

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.

The Game Crafter is a semi-finalist in the Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest

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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 :)

Mystery Challenge Finalists

Our judge, David Sheppard, has narrowed the list of semi-finalists down to seven finalists. They are:

He also provided feedback for the entire top 20 in this PDF.

Congrats to the finalists. Good luck to each of your games as David plays them to determine a winner.