A Brief History of Time, the Ultimate Card Game

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Travel through Time and Answer History Questions

Place Historic Facts in chronological order to score! This is the first set of this radical game. It includes 108 historical facts from 4.5 billions years ago to somewhere in the futur. Yes, it can predicts the futur!
No Computer allowed to find out the correct answers!
No picking at the back of the cards (The answers aren’t there anyways)
Future Expansions will include :
* A Brief History of USA
* A Brief History of Quebec
* A Brief History of future

A Brief History of Time
30 minutes
2-7 players
Age 12 & up

A Brief History of Time, What’s in the box :
108 Historic Facts Cards
6 jumbo Rank Card
1 Rule book

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TimeLines, a game of time travelling

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Repair the Space Time Continuum

You are Time Travelers, you suddenly realize that a breach in the Space Time Continuum has created a new timeline.

In order to restore the Space Time Continuum, you must move back and forth through the day reconnect with your other self by opening and closing Time Portals and applying Time Effects during 24 hours.

Good luck.

Timelines is a time traveling game for 2 to 4 players aged 8 and up. A game will last 30-45 minutes in the real world.

They say to make a video about your game is a good idea! This is my first video with narration. Let me tell you the challenge is INSANELY harder than it looks! Hope you will like it anyway and thank you for your understanding!

 


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How to prepare yourself for a TGC Designer Table Event

TGC Designer Table Galasoft GamesFirst, let me introduce myself, my name is Gaetan Lanthier. I am 42+1 y.o. (I love 42). I am a Chemical Engineer and a Web Strategist. I am a proud father of 2 adorable girls and husband of a wonderful wife! A couple of years ago, I started to create card games and tabletop games with my youngest daughter. Our dream became a reality when we found a company called The Game Crafter.

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The Game Crafter (TGC)© is a print-on-demand game publishing service that allows anyone to create, publish, and sell games without going through a traditional game publisher. TGC was launched in July 2009, and was an immediate success. TGC currently offers games for sale in a dozen categories, ranging from educational to party games. People from around the world are using TGC to create and publish games for public sale, and for private use with their friends, families, or students.

But more importantly, TGC offers to their developers the opportunity to grow their own business by helping them to promote their games. Asides from an API and a convenient and easy to use online shop, they do have a program called « Designer Table Sponsorship« .

How to prepare yourself for a TGC Designer Table Event

First, you have to create a game (or more!). That’s probably the hardest part and it will probably be the subject of another post. So let say you have designed a game and published it on TGC.

Second, you have to find an event, a convention of some kind where you will be able to promote your game and TGC. Because yes, you will become an ambassador! That part is easy and fun because it gives you a story to tell to your potential customers. Participants will want to know how it works, if it is complicated (of course it isn’t!), etc. You will engage in a conversation where no other competitor will be able to. And you might convince some of them to buy games or create their own! Know that you are a part of a community where game designer and the publisher are in a win-win situation. What more can you want!

Of course, if at the same convention, other game designers are also part of the TGC Community don’t worry, it’s even better! You’ll be able to exchange and learn even more!

The event doesn’t have to be Comicon or Gencon! A local community event will do.

Then, you have to comply to TGC rules for a « Designer Table Sponsorship« . Honestly, it’s mainly common sense. The toughest one is that:

  • You must submit your application no later than 45 days prior to the convention, and preferably much sooner than that.

For the rest, refer to TGC Website for the details.

How to REALLY prepare yourself for a TGC Designer Table Event

I’ll tell you my story. My wife is a polymer clay jewelry artist (she is also a Chemical Engineer and a senior scientist)! In November 2012, she attended a craft show in Montreal, Qc. My daughter and I squatted a part of her table to display our first game « Thieves of Coins« . We weren’t very well prepared but we ordered 25 copies of it! We sold 15 and made beautiful Chirstmas gifts for the whole family and friends with the remaining games!

This year, we got ourselves our own table, just beside hers. But we did more than that. We contacted TGC to get a sponsorship. Their answer was quick and very friendly. Of course they accepted because we met all their requirements. So we received a couple of weeks before the convention:

  • Three TGC branded T-Shirts.
  • One TGC branded table cover.
  • about 100 TGC brochures.
  • Ten $5 TGC gift certificates.

We also took many actions to help us promote our event:

  • Order multiple copies of each games you created. Have all of them tested thoroughly before the event. That will also be the subject of another post.
  • Create a Facebook Event. It’s easy to invite all your « friends ». Many won’t come but you get interesting surprises sometimes!
  • Promote your Facebook Event with Facebook Ads. For 30$, I got more than 200,000 prints, 93 clics. Not bad!

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  • Send invitations at work to your colleagues, your boss, even the president of your company (you never know)
  • Tweet about your event regularly (I may have failed that part, at least on the « regularly »)

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  • Prepare a price list if you have more than one game. Make sure to include Shipping and Duties (if you live outside the US like me).

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  • Prepare a promo sheet. It helps people to understand your game.

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  • Make yourself nice business cards. It helps you connect.

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  • Organize a draw. We organised a draw. 5$ a ticket. If we sell 4, we give away a game of 20$ value. If we sell 8, 2 games. If we sell 16, 2 games of 20$ and 1 game of 40$, etc. We don’t make any extra money but we may sell more games!

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  • Make some Demos. We will have our own copy of each game to show to people and even play a game or two with them.

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Finally, the hardest part is the waiting. Our show will be on November 16 and 17. I can’t wait to write about it and tell you how it went! If you live nearby, you are more than welcome to come (or to visit). If you happen to know someone at Comicon Montreal, send me a private message, I’d be happy to talk with them for next year!

From dream to reality (a story of Game Design)

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It all started on a rainy day during our 2010 vacation in Quebec’s Laurentians area, Canada. My youngest daughter, she was 5 y.o. at the time, was playing alone with ordinary playing cards: flipping them, talking to the Queen, you know that kind of stuff. Then she came to me saying: « Daddy, come and play with me, I invented a game! »

An idea became a game

She explained to me me the basic rules of what would become « Thieves of Coins ». I grabbed a piece of paper and took notes as she spoke. I questionned some of the rules, helped her to find a purpose for the game. We ended up brainstorming. We found a way to start the game, to distribute the cards, what to do with the play or discard cards, give some special abilities to others and so on. I wrote down a complete set of rules. We played a couple of times and back home again with Grandma and other friends.

A whole year passed! Then, one Friday night, during supper time, I made a joke: « Hey, Imagine if you published your game! » Her eyes started sparkling and she couldn’t finish her meal. We went downstairs and looked on the Internet for a Printing Service, such as lulu.com who can print your book (if you are a writer!).

Finding the right supplier

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We stopped at a site called thegamecrafter.com. I must honestly say that it was exactly the kind of services we were looking for. I told my daughter that we would work on the details later on because it was already 10 PM, time for her to go to bed! As she went asleep, I tought to myself: « In what kind of mess I am now? I am not a drawing artist, I am an engineer! »

The next morning, I woke up at 7 and found my daughter in front of the computer, she had been drawing beautiful characters on Powerpoint for more than an hour! I told myself: There is something to do here!

Thieves of Coins

Designing a game

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So we sat together the rest of the morning and drew characters, cover, etc. Then we got to the fun part. I explored the Game Crafter web site. Since it was a simple card game, I chose the Poker Size Card and the tuck box Templates. I downloaded the PNG file. I used an open source drawing program called Paint.Net (it’s free and easy to use).

From PowerPoint to Paint.NET, I simply used the copy and paste feature. I use Layers a lot. Layers (in Paint.NET or Adobe Photoshop) allows you to draw on different layers, therefore you can move each object separately, use transparency (or opacity) and apply effects. etc.

The Template is very important. I use a 50% opacity to see my model with the template in the background. That way, I make sure my design fits perfectly in the model!

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I wrote the rules using a card template and used the front to write the French version of the rules.

I saved all the files and used The Game Crafter Engine to build my game. It has a very intuitive interface and easy to follow steps to create a game.

Once uploaded, I placed my first order! The toughest part is the waiting. Being in Canada, it looks like it’s a far far away country but what can we do about it! Anyway, I was able to keep track of my order during production time and travel time as well! So it helped.

From dream to reality

Finally, the game arrived and my daughter was very pleased to see that her work, her idea, became a reality. The impact was immediate! Right away, she began a second, a third and a fourth game! Surely, I was there to adjust the rules in the making, to finalize the designs, to write the complete rules but the initial ideas always came from her.

In 2012, we attend a small trade show in Montreal held by Le Cercle des Fermières du Québec (Anjou) where no less than 15 games were sold! We even got the visit of our Federal Deputy for Honoré-Mercier, Ms. Paulina Ayala. We intend to expose this year again!

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More games to come

We like the idea so much that we continue our journey! In only 2 years, we have expanded our collection to 8 games including 3 tabletop games. tabletop games take longer to design but offer more possibilities! So our games include more strategy. We now create booklets, boards, sophisticated rules. We even began to create Polymer Clay Pawns. And the more we create, the more fun we have!

Family Game Nights

In our family, Family Game Nights quickly became Family Let’s Create a Game Night!

Galasoft's Game with The Game Crafter

The Game Crafter

From the Game Crafter Web site:

The Game Crafter (TGC)© is a print-on-demand game publishing service that allows anyone to create, publish, and sell games without going through a traditional game publisher. TGC was created in 2001 by JT Smith, who used the original site to showcase a few games that he had created in his spare time. In 2009, the opportunity to offer TGC as a print-on-demand service for the public was realized when Plain Black Corporation, creators of the open source content management system WebGUI, realized their software contained everything necessary to turn their love of games into a much needed service for game lovers everywhere.

TGC was launched in July 2009, and was an immediate success. TGC currently offers games for sale in a dozen categories, ranging from educational to party games. People from around the world are using TGC to create and publish games for public sale, and for private use with their friends, families, or students. The site provides a number of templates to help game creators design their games, forums for discussion and help, dozens of game pieces to choose from, and a game publishing wizard to walk game creators through the publication process.

Based on site activity in the first week alone, The Game Crafter has already filled a void in the game industry. The Game Crafter continues to actively develop the site to integrate new features for future inclusion. To stay informed about new game releases and TGC appearances at venues near you, become a fan of TGC on Facebook and follow it on Twitter.

 

[UPDATE: 2013-08-17]:

This blog post was mentionned on The Game Crafter’s blog on http://news.thegamecrafter.com/post/58334318268/from-dream-to-reality-a-story-of-game-design and on a Game Developper blog, esmayaandme.com : http://esmayaandme.com/father-daughter-team-create-family-card-games-and-were-not-talking-about-ourselves/