Mix & Match Chits Matrix

The Game Crafter recently introduced the idea that you can mix and match chits on a single sheet. Thank you lasers. You can select up to ten different slugs on each sheet. If you use ten or fewer slugs, then you’ll only be charged for a single sheet.  This matrix tells you how many of each type of chit fits on a single slug. Continue reading “Mix & Match Chits Matrix”


Isabelle’s Blood Cells

Isabelle was playing when she fell and hurt herself. She’ll be okay, but she needs your help to stop the bleeding and get rid of the germs.

ibc-boardAs Isabelle’s blood, you and your friends move through Isabelle’s circulatory system to heal her. But you also need to do everything else the blood does when she gets hungry, exercises or does her homework.

There are three different ways to play Isabelle’s Blood: as a puzzle, cooperative, or player versus player. You can pick any of them.

Isabelle’s Blood is for 1 to 4 players ages 12 and up. It takes about 20 minutes to play. Continue reading “Isabelle’s Blood Cells”

Starving Artists

With less than a week to go, I’ve entered Starving Artists in the survival contest at The Game Crafter. Starving Artists is a game for 2-4 players. It takes about 15 minutes per player to play.

degasIn Starving Artists, you are a painter trying to become famous. On your turns you gather your paints and canvases and try to sell your completed paintings for more paints and, most importantly, more food.

You complete paintings by applying the “paints” (which are game cubes) to your canvases. The more complicated the combination and the more paints required to complete, the more food and paints you can collect. Continue reading “Starving Artists”

FAQs: Getting Started with The Game Crafter

If you’re just getting started with The Game Crafter, you probably have many of the same questions that others have had.

This list of questions is meant to help dispel some of the confusion and mystery. It is not, however, a step-by-step walk through.

This page is no longer being updated. You should instead visit my personal site:

Fairway 3 Games – Frequently Asked Questions: Getting Started with The Game Crafter.

Sneeze: New Cards

Got some feedback on the first version of Sneeze cards and have since updated all of them.

Here’s an example of a before and after of one of the germ cards:

blark-blue  into Sneeze Update

As you can see:

  • Added the color of the infection directly to the card.
  • Highlighted the science information and made it larger and more young-person friendly.
  • Increase the font size all around.
  • Added a little depth to the infection card.

Similar changes happened to other cards.

Doubling Down on the Crowd Sale

[Update: Thanks, JT, for fixing the bug]

The Game Crafter is running their crowd sale for The Captain is Dead and for its sequel, Adrift.  To maximize your own purchase and get some savings on shipping, you should really add one or two other games (maybe even your own prototype).

The system isn’t exactly intuitive.  Here’s how you can do it:

  • Add ALL of the games you want to purchase to your basket, first.  For example, go to Sneeze and click “Buy.”  Your cart will show Sneeze.

Sneeze added to cart.

  • You’re brought to the Buy The Captain is Dead – Adrift page

Buy the Captain Is Dead Sale Page

  • Here’s the tricky bit –if you don’t do this you get an error — scroll down and make sure you select your “Shipping Address”. [Update: this is no longer required.  Thanks, JT]
  • Once you add your address or select the correct one, go back up and Now, click “Attach a Cart.”

  • If it attaches successfully, you should see your cart items, shown below.  If you does not include your games, click the “Detach Cart” and try adding the games again to your cart and come back and retry this step.

  • Last steps: fill out your shipping information and credit card details and scroll down and click “Approve Purchase”

A few other things:

Once you have an approved purchase, nothing is charged or shows up in your purchases until the end of the Crowd Sale. You can “Manage Your Purchase” from a link on the crowd sale page:

From the manage purchase page, you can also cancel, but why would you want to do that?