Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Random - Indie Board Games
A quick note before I go to bed. If I could turn everything into some sort of card-based game, I would. Fighters, RPGs, street racing, heck I almost joined Weight Watchers because of that awesome card system they had for keeping track of your points (I'm 5'8" and weigh 130, so this would probably kill me). Needless to say, few things capture my attention like shuffling and drawing. Earlier tonight, as my girlfriend and a good friend of mine were playing a three-player game of Innovation, I was reminded of my love for all games indie and how that spills over to my hobbies that don't involve electricity.
So, would you believe there's the board game equivalent of XBLIG?
That's right. Based out of Madison, WI, The Game Crafter really can be best described as you just read. It's a print-on-demand site for card and board games. Aspiring developers can design their own awesomely awesome game, upload the designs to TGC's site, and either order copies for themselves at cost or have others buy the game from TGC itself, setting the price and splitting the profit with said site. It's an amazing idea, and one I've been looking into myself, but much like XBLIG there's little to no control over what ends up available. As true as it is that you'll find some absolutely amazing card games like this one here, you'll also end up knee-deep in shameless copycats and cash-grabs. You can look at what games sell the best, and with prices between $10 and $30 that's usually a good indicator of non-suckitude. In addition to this, the site has its own forum complete with reviews and such but, as with anything on the internet, talk is cheap.
The main thing about The Game Crafter, though, is that it gives developers both a creative outlet and a way for them to see how their game does on a larger market than their friends and family. I won't say that everything in that store is gold, nor will I say that the site handles the flood of games the best. But anything that gives the indie developer a chance is a win in my book.