Gather the best of the Questing Dolls in this Quick Card Game.
Combines Set Collection with Steal That elements to a final thematic scoring. A whiplash fast game taking only 8-12 minutes to complete.
In Dungeoneering Dolls, the days of high adventuring (and lost adventurers) came to an end as a famous artificer designed magical miniature golems to fulfill all the kingdoms tasks. Helpful and fashionable, soon collecting Dungeoneering Dolls became a craze and now you, as a collector, have to build out the best set you can.
Gameplay revolves around having a hand of cards featuring Dungeoneering Dolls in one of many classes and strengths. You will play them in front of you where any player can potentially steal them before your next turn. If the doll remains as your turn begins, you may put it in your collection. Stealing the dolls is as simple as discarding an equal or stronger card of a dominant class, and claiming it for their own collection. As soon as the draw deck shows the job board, you reveal and award players quests their collections can fulfill.
Game Details Complexity: Gateway Players: 2-4 Players Time to Play: 8-12 Minutes Ages: Players 8+ Components: 70 Poker Cards (56 Dolls, 14 Quests) Expandable Content: 16 Poker Cards (10 Dolls, 6 Quests) 4 Custom Chits (Player Aids) Rulebook: Google Drive Link
Accolades: Dungeoneering Dolls was completely hand drawn and painted with watercolors. This game was included in the Village in a Box Kickstarter project ran by The Game Crafter. It was also chosen as a Staff Pick.
Save the Galaxy in the Arcade Inspired dice game.
Combines Push Your Luck with Set Collection and Module Expansions
They came from the Ares System in such a number that our strongest outposts fell in minutes. Soon after, our empire was crushed. Fortunately, on Outpost Titan XII, the experimental fighters, XJ-203 were ready. Now the fate of our entire system rests in the hands of a few pilots.
Modeled after classic arcade games, Galaxy Dice features a push your luck mechanic at its core where three explosions means a game over. Use your dice to tackle stages, building towards a battle with an epic boss. Defeat them and gain a Boss Die, making further turns even more powerful. Defeat 3 Bosses to push them back to the Ares System and save the galaxy.
Module Expansions helps add variety to the game and make it easier or harder as you like.
Game Details Complexity: Casual-Core Players: 2-4 Players Time to Play: 45 Minutes Ages: Players 10+ Components: 10 Custom Dice, 108 Poker Cards, 30 Plastic Tokens, 1 Glass Bead Expandable Content: Possible but feel like Base Game has a lot of variety. Rulebook: Game Crafter Rulebook Host
Accolades: Galaxy Dice was my first design contest win, winning the Arcade Challenge at The Game Crafter.
Haiku: The Card Game
Create Profound or Profane poetry in this Arty party Game.
A surprisingly deep party game.
Everyone is familiar with the Western Standard Haikus (5, 7, 5 Syllables). In this game, you’re given a hand of cards with which to craft your poems as the basis. Included in this game are 6 variants to adapt the party game to the form your group wants to play.
Gameplay variants range from simple cooperative to complex bluffing. Since majority of the games utilize the same common components, many variants can be created and the game core, the fun of Haiku creation, carries throughout.
Game Details Complexity: Party Players: 2-6 Players Time to Play: 15-60 Ages: Players 10+ Components: 180 Poker Cards, 6 Jumbo Cards (Variant Rules), 60 Prestige Tokens Expandable Content: Seemingly unlimited. Rulebook: Game Crafter Rulebook Host
Accolades: The fact that Haiku attempts to put truth and meaning into a game is very unique and worth sitting down to the table to play. -FatherGeek
Build and Rebuild empires in this Thematic Deck-Building Puzzler.
A completely unique game of building up and tearing down empires. How you build your empire determines how you score and what new tiles are added to your bag.
Every king hopes for the best for their lineage but each new generation must strike out on their own, contending with their own unique challenges and forging an empire to last.
Hex Ages is a deck-building puzzle game where players draw tiles from their bags and add them to their kingdom. Each tile has districts of 5 cultural markers and by connecting and closing the connections, your relevance in these areas increases, winning new tiles for your bag. You will then define which Age it is, that scores in one of 10 unique ways in both positive and negative ways. Upon completion, tear your empire apart and build again in the new era.
Game Details Complexity: Core Players: 2-4 Players Time to Play: 45 Minutes Ages: Players 12+ Components: 80 Hex Tiles, 4 bags, scoreboard, 9 Chip Tokens, various scoring bits. Expandable Content: Self Contained. Rulebook: Game Crafter Rules Hosting (outdated version)
Ice Dice Baby
Would you like to roll a Snowman?
Frenetic dice rolling with multiple variants.
It’s a snow day which means a play day. The children scrambled from their houses, ready to roll the best snowmen on the block. In some contests, the fastest builder wins while others focus on destroying the joyful snowmen. No matter the version you play, Ice Dice Baby is a blast.
Each player is given a Head, Body, and Legs die with which to match the various snowmen cards. This game features a wide variety of play options.
Game Details Complexity: Gateway, Casual Players: 2-6 Players Time to Play: 15 Minutes Ages: Players 8+ Components: 18 Custom Dice, 72 Snowmen Cards Expandable Content: Possible but feel like Base Game has a lot of variety. Rulebook: Game Crafter File Host
Surge through the South American Jungle to retrieve the Relics first.
A casual Tile Laying and Path Finding adventure for the family.
As part of the hit show, Inca Rush, you’re set to explore and retrieve 6 separate relics. You’ll come across many twists, turns, dead ends, water hazards… and altar. Don’t get greedy and wander too far off on your own as being close to other teams may help you sneak the win.
Inca Rush is a classic tile laying game where players are drawing and exploring a massive jungle. Since each team can only take one relic per altar, this leaves the rest up for grabs for local competition to swipe. There is even a “poacher” variant where one team can only get their relics from stealing from other teams.
Game Details Complexity: Casual Players: 3-6 Players Time to Play: 45 Minutes Ages: Players 8+ Components: 80 Hex Tiles, 6 Player Mats, 6 Car Tokens, 36 Team Flags, 36 Relic Tokens Expandable Content: Have not considered it Rulebook: Game Crafter File Host
Accolades: Inca Rush was a finalist in the Map-Building Challenge on The Game Crafter
Great Food. Bad Ingredients.
A dice drafting game of grabbing goods as they go bad.
As a chef contestant on a hit TV show, your job is to whip up fabulous dishes as fast as possible with a new hitch, the fridges broke and all the food is going bad fast. Hustle to get your ingredients and bake up the dishes. Use Pepper and Special Sauces to help break the rules.
As players choose ingredients from the dice pool, it causes all other players to rot their ingredients of those types. Timing when to get what dishes becomes a key element as hate drafting could ruin your chances of finishing a dish. The first player to complete their recipes will win.
Game Details Complexity: Casual-Core Players: 2-4 Players Time to Play: 30-45 minutes Ages: Players 10+ Components: 5 Jumbo cards, 42 Square Cards, 12 Chef Standees, 13 Dice, 42 Wood Ingredients Expandable Content: New Chefs/Abilities. Rulebook: Not Available
Accolades: Currently entered in the Geekway Game Design Competition
Brew up a good time in this Bubbling Trick-Taker.
This trick taker features variable trumps, set collection, and even selling potions.
The Magical Market.. home of the Potioneers. These dabblers of drafts meet up to vie for components and customers seeking potent brews. Such a high trade for a person such as yourself but can you be the very best?
In Potioneers, players will be winning tricks to buy components necessary to brew up potions that the customers want. Seems like a lot but it all begins with winning an auction (trick). Soon, as you collect components, you’ll match recipes you’ve gathered and hopefully your customers will grab them up.
Game Details Complexity: Core Players: 3-5 Players Time to Play: 45 Minutes Ages: Players 10+ Components: 6 Jumbo Cards, 24 Domino Cards, 32 Mini Cards, 36 Poker Cards, 1 Brewmaster Token Expandable Content: Self Contained Rulebook: Game Crafter File Hosting
Accolades: Potioneers came in second place at The Game Crafter’s Trick-Taking Challenge.
Science and Profit combine in the year 2199ad.
Uses elements of Blind Bidding and Resource Allocation.
In the future, nobody researches for the betterment of mankind anymore. The money simply isn’t there, and so the necessary research is left to the major corporations all running their own Space Labs. Specialize in certain fields while making the most money to win in this auction game.
In Space Lab, you’re bidding on shuttles which contain not only your victory conditions, but the supplies necessary to complete your research. Getting highest bid means first dibs at additional supplies and lab purchases but less money to actually spend on such things. After 5 rounds, the game is over and your shuttles determine your final score.
Game Details Complexity: Casual-Core Players: 3-6 Players Time to Play: 45 Minutes Ages: Players 10+ Components: 72 Domino Cards, 36 Poker Cards, 6 Jumbo Cards, 232 Wood Cubes (reducable), 80 Chips, 2 Start Tokens Expandable Content: Reverse of Expandable, the components can easily be reduced. Rulebook: Google Drive Link
Accolades: Was picked up and later dropped by a publisher due to their release schedule.
High Stakes Poker in the Speakeasy.
Combines Poker and Deck-Building Elements.
You’ve hustled and made your way to an exclusive poker tournament in the back alley Speakeasy. Now with a little luck and a bit of cheating, you can make your way to victory.
Speakeasy Hustle follows two distinct phases. The first, you’re using your Poker Cards to purchase new Poker Cards for your deck heading into the second phase, the Showdown Phase, where you hope your deck can give you a winning hand.
Game Details Complexity: Casual-Core Players: 1-4 Players Time to Play: 60 Minutes Ages: Players 10+ Components: 150 Chips, 200 Poker Cards Expandable Content: Self-Contained Rulebook: Google Drive Link
Accolades: Includes an award winning solo mode.
Build your Drafty Zoo.
Card Drafting, Set Collection, Tile Laying, and Moving Meeple.
You city needs tourist and what better way than an award winning Zoo? It’s now your task to choose the right additions to your Zoo to make the most amount of points.
Zoo Choose is a drafting game about building up and out your Zoo. Match exhibit types to make an impressive display for visiting Zoologist or even forego expanding to advertise and claim end game scoring bonuses.
Game Details Complexity: Casual-Core Players: 2-4 Players Time to Play: 45 Minutes Ages: Players 10+ Components: 96 Zoo Tiles, 45 Scoring Cards, Wood Meeples, Cubes, and Discs. Expandable Content: Self-Contained Rulebook: Google Drive Link