Additional Mystery Challenge Prize

We’re pleased to announce that as an additional prize the winner of the Mystery Challenge will get a spot at our booth at one of our premier gaming events to showcase their games. If you win you can choose from either a spot at our booth at Gen Con 2014, or our booth at Phoenix Comicon 2014.

Jason Beane from Malevolent Donut was a featured designer at The Game Crafter booth during Gen Con 2013. While demoing his game, he was invited to participate in an interview with the Geeks Out After Dark podcast.

The Game Crafter Community Social is TONIGHT!
We had almost 40 people attend The Game Crafter Community Game Night last night and it was awesome! It Next year we’ll plan on hosting an even bigger event!
 
TONIGHT is the TGC Community Social and it will be a great time. No tickets required! We will be meeting up at Scotty’s Brewhouse in downtown Indy. It’s only a few blocks from the convention center and is a 5 minute walk.

Time: 7pm-??? (feel free to come early, we’ll get there at 6:30)

Location: Scotty’s Brewhouse Downtown Indianapolis. Address:1 Virginia Ave #100, Indianapolis, IN

The Game Crafter Community Game Night at Gen Con 2013 is TONIGHT!

As a reminder, The Game Crafter is hosting its 1st annual Community Game Night tonight at 8pm! You need to purchase a $2 event ticket or a $2 generic event ticket from the Gen Con website. (we prefer you buy an official event ticket so Gen Con management knows this event is popular and deserves meeting space going forward.)

Date: TONIGHT

Time: 8pm-10pm

Location: Room 308 at JW Marriott Hotel. It’s connected to the Indianapolis Convention Center via skyway (2nd level) so it’s an easy walk to get there. You can see an interactive map of the JW Marriott at http://www.jwindy.com/meetings/interactive. (click on the “3rd level” button in the lower left corner and you’ll see the layout of the floor and room 308.

Hey everyone! The Game Crafter booth is open for business at Gen Con 2013! We are at booth #1931. We have game parts, custom printable components, sample games, and our 8ft tall robot Cog! Jason Glover will also be joining us as the featured designer from 10am-2pm and he will have all his awesome games with him!  Come on over and see us!

TGC’s Schedule for Gen Con

We are just 2 days away from Gen Con 2013 and we’re excited for this year’s event! This is the first year that we’ll have a 20’ x 10’ endcap booth in a main aisle and we’re expecting heavy traffic! Our booth in the exhibitor hall will be open for the entire con and you can find us at booth #1931. (If you look at the exhibitor hall map, find the big gray label for “Exhibit Hall H”. Booth #1931 is right above the “A”.)

In our exhibit booth you’ll find a nice assortment of games, parts, printable components, boxes, and maybe even a few “sneak peek” products that we haven’t released yet! You’ll also be able to talk to TGC staff and snap a photo with the new-and-improved Cog! (If you haven’t met him yet, he’s an 8ft tall steam-powered robot that enjoys being our community mascot.)

Every year we also like to have Featured Designers from The Game Crafter community and this year is no exception! We really enjoy having designers around because they can show off the amazing games they create through TGC and are able to provide excellent advice to aspiring game designers. Featured Designers get 4-hour time slots and the schedule is as follows:

Thursday 10am-2pm :: Jason Glover
Thursday 2pm-6pm :: Chevee Dodd
Friday 10am-2pm :: Christopher Gaizat
Friday 2pm-6pm :: Jeremy Southard
Saturday 10am-2pm :: Mark Major
Saturday 2pm-6pm :: Jason Beane
Sunday 10am-4pm :: Minos MacDuff 

Other Gen Con Events:

We have a great community and we love meeting up with everyone at Gen Con! Last year we launched our first event, The Game Crafter Community Social, and it was a great time! So, we’re doing it again and that means it’s the 2nd Annual TGC Community Social Night! We’re meeting up at Scotty’s Brewhouse (on the outdoor patio) again this year and it’s going to be a blast. If the weather turns out to be bad, we’ll announce an indoor location right here on news.thegamecrafter.com.

One community event wasn’t enough and so this year we launched the TGC Community Game Night! This is a great opportunity for you to meet up with other members in the community and then crush them in your favorite games. :) This is an official Gen Con event and so you need to buy a $2 event ticket to participate. Full details (location, cost, tickets) are available here. Bring your favorite games and prepare to have a great time!

If you aren’t going to Gen Con this year, stay tuned to our news page and social media channels as we’ll be providing updates, photos, videos, and more.

See you in Indy!

Gen Con is almost here! Only 15 days to go!

The Game Crafter staff will be exhibiting at booth #1931 so be sure to come visit us and get a photo with your favorite 8ft tall, steam-powered robot and TGC community mascot, Cog!

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Don’t miss out on our community events:

Gen Con 2013 TGC Community Game Night

We are hosting a TGC community game night on Friday, August 16 (the second night of Gen Con). This will be a great opportunity for you to meet other members in the community, play games, and have fun! So bring your games and plan on having a great time!

In order to reserve meeting space, we had to create this as an official Gen Con event and you need to buy a $2 Gen Con ticket before you arrive to the event. Buy tickets at https://www.gencon.com/events/42490.

If you plan to attend, we ask that you also RSVP on our Facebook or Google+ event pages so we know how many people to expect. Right now we have room for up to 40 people.

Our room has been assigned and we’re in room 308 of the JW Marriott Hotel. It’s connected to the Indianapolis Convention Center via skyway so it’s an easy walk to get there. We will provide directions on how to get there once we’re in Indianapolis and can check it out ourselves.


Gen Con 2013 TGC Community Social

The third night of Gen Con (Aug 17) we will be hosting the TGC community gathering at Scotty’s Brewhouse. This is a great outdoor restaurant/bar with a nice view of downtown Indianapolis. Last year we had 20 people attend and we are expecting that to be MUCH larger this year.

Please join/RSVP this event on Facebook or Google+ if you plan to attend so that we can get a count for the number of people coming. More details will be announced as we get closer to the event. Scotty’s is roughly 3-4 blocks from the convention center.

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We look forward to seeing everyone at Gen Con 2013!!

Get Your Gen Con Orders In Now

A lot of people have been asking about when they should place their Gen Con orders to ensure that they arrive before they leave for Gen Con. The answer is that it’s never too early. In fact, if you can, order now, that way you can inspect everything and still have time to place a follow-up order in case you forget something.

TGC Community Game Night @ Gen Con 2013

If you are attending Gen Con this year, you’ll be happy to know that we are hosting a TGC community game night on Friday, August 16 (the second night of Gen Con). 

In order to reserve meeting space, we had to create this as an official Gen Con event and you’ll have to buy a $2 Gen Con ticket for the event. (Badge and event registration can be done now at www.gencon.com.) This will be a great opportunity for you to meet other members of The Game Crafter community, play games, and have fun! So bring your games and plan on having a great time!

If you plan to attend, please RSVP on our Facebook or Google+ event pages. Right now we have room for up to 40 people so be sure to RSVP as soon as possible.

Our room has been assigned and we’re in room 308 of the JW Marriott Hotel. It’s connected to the Indianapolis Convention Center via skyway so it’s an easy walk to get there. We will provide directions on how to get there as we get closer to the event.

Gen Con Indy Exhibit Hall Map Is Now Available!

The Game Crafter will be exhibiting at Gen Con 2013 and this will be our fifth year! The Exhibit Hall map is now available and we are excited to announce that we’ll be at Booth #1931. The booth will be the same size as last year’s 20ft x 10ft booth but it will be on an endcap! This means we’ll be on a main aisle and enjoy visibility on 3 sides. We’ve got a great location, a superstar like Cog, and tons of new products to display so we think it’ll be our best GenCon yet!

Click here to view the Exhibit Hall map. 

As we get closer to the event, we will be contacting all of the Featured Designers (from the Indiegogo Campaign) so that you have all of the necessary details.

Gen Con 2013 - TGC Events & The First Exposure Playtest Hall

The Game Crafter will be returning to Gen Con this year and we’re going to have another 20x10 exhibitor booth! We’ll also be hosting the 2nd Annual TGC Community Social and a Community Game Night! If you plan on attending any of these events, please RSVP on the links above or by visiting The Game Crafter Facebook events page.

Our friends at Double Exposure, Inc are once again running the First Exposure Playtest Hall. This event space allows designers and publishers to preview and test their newest creations before they go live. Scores of all-new role playing games, story games, board games and card games will be represented in the Playtest Hall. The event is free for gamers who want to playtest titles. Game designers and publishers can purchase blocks of time for their games to be featured and tested.

The full-length and official announcement for the First Exposure Playtest Hall is available here.

Be a Featured Designer at GenCon 2013

We were saving a Featured Designer @ GenCon spot for the winner of the Map Builder Design Challenge. This was Danny Devine and his game, Mob Town. However, Danny is unable to attend and so we have added it as a new $200 perk in our Indiegogo campaign. We only have 1 spot available and it will be the last one we offer. (the other 6 sold out within days of launching the campaign) The perk description is below:

Featured Designer @ GenCon
This perk allows you to be a featured designer for half a day at GenCon 2013. You can hang out in the exhibitor booth with staff and demo your games on your own table.

Click here to see our campaign

Should TGC Run An Event at GenCon 2013?

Gen Con is always an exciting event for our team because we get to see so many of you from the community and meet a thousand new people who haven’t heard about us! 

Last year we held a community gathering at Scotty’s Brewhouse and it was a great success. There were about 20 people on the outdoor patio and we had a great time eating, drinking, and hanging out! We plan to do this every year and the details will be posted closer to Gen Con.

So with the success of last year’s gathering, we wondered if you, the community, are interested in having us host another type of event during Gen Con. We can reserve a space/room and use it for just about anything. Maybe you’d like a design workshop, prototyping room, or just a place to play games with other people in the community?

Let’s hear those ideas/feedback!

Mike Tresca of the National RPG Examiner talks with JT at Gen Con.