The Game Crafter is proud to be a supporter and sponsor of Board Game Jam. Contest winners received TGC gift certificates.
Kevin Makice is a contributor to the GeekDad section on Wired.com. He recently produced and self-published his game, Party On!, through The Game Crafter website. After completing the whole process of designing a board game, he was inspired to share his experience with others. In writing this article, Kevin interviewed JT Smith of The Game Crafter as well as Will Emigh and Ian Pottmeyer from Studio Cypher.
This article is pretty long but it’s full of great insight, experiences, and helpful tips for game designers. Read it here: http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2013/01/from-brainstorms-to-boards-using-the-game-crafter-to-polish-ideas
Mike Tresca of the National RPG Examiner talks with JT at Gen Con.
Tox of CritsHappen interviews JT at Gen Con 2012
Matt Worden is featured in Games Magazine!
Matt Worden is featured in the July 2012 edition of Games Magazine! (pages 75-76) Matt has been a loyal member of The Game Crafter community since we opened our doors in 2009 and we’re really impressed with what he’s been able to accomplish. This interview is well deserved after his game, Jump Gate, was selected as the “Traditional Game of the Year” in Games Magazine. Not bad for a guy just self-publishing a game through The Game Crafter! :)
In the interview, Matt talks about the games he’s designed, resources that have made an impact on his game design approach, and the merits of The Game Crafter. (Thanks for spreading the good word about TGC!)
Here’s a link to the digital publication of the issue:
Matt’s full blog post about this exciting event is here:
The Rise of “Indie” Games
The Game Crafter is featured on Wired.com in an awesome new article by GeekDad contributor, Dave Banks. This article is excellent because he managed to cover all of the basic details about what we do and the offerings we provide. He even mentions YOU (our awesome community) and the new RPG challenge!
If you have a moment, check out the story and post your comments below the article. We would greatly appreciate it if you would post a comment and/or testimonial so that Wired.com readers will see a long list of happy game designer feedback! :)
If there are other websites/publications that you think TGC should be featured in, reply to this post and we’ll do our best to make it happen!
The Zap! Game & The Game Crafter Featured on White Bear Press
The Game Crafter Attends GRAPH EXPO 2011
The Game Crafter team was on-site at this year’s GRAPH EXPO to find the latest and greatest in printing and production technology. The GRAPH EXPO website says it best on their website:
“GRAPH EXPO is the year’s largest and most exciting display of ‘live’ running equipment in the Americas. Watching a machine run and participating in a demonstration teaches you things you just can’t learn by sitting in a conference room or looking at a brochure. This show is a problem-solving adventure designed to help you make informed purchasing decisions.”
Being a pioneer in the print on demand game publishing industry is not an easy thing to do and many have failed. The Game Crafter has been successful because we create solid, automated processes that are useful to a wide audience of game designers. Because of this automation, we save tons of money on people/labor and can produce high quality products at low prices.
At GRAPH EXPO, our staff were able to meet with vendors, run live demos of their machines, and even do test runs with our own paper and product! This is extremely helpful because it allows us to see how it would work if we had the equipment running in our facility. The Game Crafter staff visited over 50 booths and were overwhelmed with all of the options and technology available.
We found some amazing technology at GRAPH EXPO and made a purchase that we truly believe will improve the quality of our products and allow us to handle larger volumes of orders and keep up with the greater demand for our service! Combined with our powerful web-to-print publishing platform, we’ll really be able to do some exciting things in the future!
Going Cardboard: A Board Game Documentary
Going Cardboard is a film about the new board gaming, a phenomenon going on right under your nose, probably in your very community! This film will take you into that world to meet the players and designers responsible for this radical departure from technology. And you just might discover it’s the hobby for you.
The documentary is nearing completion and was successfully funded thru Kickstarter.com. They received $15,180 (337% of the funding they requested!!) and we were thrilled to see this project get the funding it deserved!
The Game Crafter was contacted by the director, Lorien Green, and she mentioned that she liked the concept of the TGC website and thought it meshed well with the content in the film. Since her documentary includes self-publishing and board games, we knew this would be a great partnership opportunity!
When the DVDs ship out to customers, they will include a copy of Reiner Knizia’s Shoot-Out board game, (which includes bullet counters, a d-20, two cowboy meeples, and the cards you need to play), and a DVD insert from The Game Crafter! We have high expectations for this documentary and know that it will reach a huge, worldwide audience. We’re so thankful that Lorien is providing us with this opportunity and we will continue to spread the word about her documentary whenever possible.
Be sure to visit www.boardgamemovie.com to watch the trailer and get the latest updates on the upcoming documentary.
The Game Crafter @ Protospiel West
Protospiel West is a con for game designers and developers, a “con within a con”, as part of Gateway (Strategicon). It will be held over Labor Day weekend (Sept 2,3,4) at the Sheraton LAX Airport Hotel in Los Angeles, CA.
There will be two special sessions in Protospiel West. The first is about getting published / using Kickstarter and will feature Ted Alspach (Board2Pieces), Eric Burgess (Boardgame Babylon PodCast), and Jeff Siadek (Gorilla Games) amongst others. This session will be held Saturday at 2 PM PST.
The second is about self-publishing / Print-On-Demand and will be held on Sunday at 2 PM PST. Blue Panther, Board Games Now and The Game Crafter will be represented in this session.
If you’re attending the con, be sure to stop by and visit the sponsored table for The Game Crafter. There will be some sample product as well as some free swag!
For more information: