Three easy tricks to make public domain art work better for your game

There are lots of free sources of high resolution, public-domain images out there. Many of the best pieces to use are illustrations from old books or oil paintings.  And lots of new designers try to use those in their games.  There’s usually one problem: just slapping them onto a card […]

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Where do I get art… for “free?” [an ongoing list]

It’s common when trying to make polished prototypes to go in search of free art to flesh out that idea.  New designers, not yet ready to sink lots of money in their game, often struggle to find good art, photographs, or illustrations to use. And more importantly, some times, high […]

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Desolate: Review

If you haven’t heard, Fairway is judging a contest at The Game Crafter: The Solo Game Challenge. What better time for him to review a new, solo game from Grey Gnome Games available from The Game Crafter: Desolate. Desolate is a one-player only survival game from Jason Glover and Grey […]

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Animus: Review

The multiverse has fractured and strange, powerful beings from across time and space have invaded our universe. Fairway takes control of a team of these beings in an attempt to take control of the universe in this review of Animus. Animus is a two-player, card-drafting and combat game. The game involves […]

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Creating Renders of Your Cards

In this brief tutorial, I show you how to use Powerpoint and Gimp to create quick renders of your cards that you can use for campaign pages and your rule books. This tutorial assumes you’re using something like The Game Crafter’s templates and that the cards you’re looking to render are […]

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Library of Cut Out Shapes

I’m going to create a library of cut out shapes that you can use on any of The Game Crafter’s custom punch out templates. Please follow and like us:

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Creating Custom Punch Outs from Images

The Game Crafter recently announced the ability to create your own custom punch outs. That means you can make custom, cardboard shapes. I’m going to imagine that most people want to create shapes that look like some image they already have. The “trick” to make this happen is to create […]

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Free Poker-sized Card Templates

Starting game designers waste a lot of time trying to build reasonable-looking prototypes for their cards. I started to create some card templates to assist others.  I’m making the card templates free. And, as I get the urge to make more, I’ll continue to grow the number of poker-sized card templates. Please follow […]

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Writing Game Rules – A Recipe

There’s no magic system or formula for writing good rules for your games. Each game has its own quirks, its own vocabulary, its own gameplay.  However, I’ve found that there is a general pattern to how you can think about rules. I’ll call it my recipe. Please follow and like […]

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