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18 Card Challenge - Here Comes the Judge

Posted by Mike Mullins on

Note: Mike is a frequent collaborator and has judged many of our design contests, but his opinions remain his own. Odds are pretty good he knows what he's talking about, but nothing in his columns constitutes official Button Shy policy.  - Jason What's All This Then? Welcome gamers, designers, and friends, to the first in a series of posts taking a closer look at the 18 Card Challenge. After viewing 228 entries for the September contest alone, I realized I had quite a few pieces of advice for future entrants.  Once I'd made up my mind to write something,  I took...

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The 18 Card Challenge - October: Create an 18 card game that doesn't use a table or surface.

Posted by Jason Tagmire on

Holy moly. September was WILD and we received 228 entries for the Identical Card Game challenge. We've already started judging and it's amazing to see what everyone has come up with. As you may know, we're doing this as a video series and we just posted the teaser trailer for the series. If you want to follow the progress of the submissions and results, check it out and follow along. As for October... the new challenge is up! Yes, we are doing this every month. :) OCTOBER CHALLENGE: Create an 18 card game that does not use a table or...

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September Design Challenge: Create an 18 card game where every card is identical.

Posted by Jason Tagmire on

This is the first of our new series of design challenges. They're small monthly contests for 18 card designs but with some unique additional restrictions. And we're starting off with a real hard one. Create an 18 card game where every card is identical. What does that even mean? Well, it means you have one card design, repeated 18 times. Like a Magic the Gathering deck full of zero-cost counterspells, where two players just counter each other over and over again. Ok terrible example. How about a game of poker with just aces. Nope. See how hard this is? Some...

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Introducing Seasons of Rice

Posted by David Wiley on

Button Shy is proud to announce that the next game to hit Kickstarter in our Wallet Games series is Seasons of Rice, a 2 player game designed by Corry Damey. Seasons of Rice is an 18-card game where players will be Cambodian farmers expanding their rice paddies to ensure the most bountiful of harvests. Players will be drafting cards and placing them into their expanding Landscape area to close off Paddies in order to score the most points by the end of the game. CHOOSE YOUR ANCESTOR WISELY The very first thing you get to decide in a game of...

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Tussie Mussie Preview

Posted by David Wiley on

Button Shy is proud to announce that the next game to hit Kickstarter in our Wallet Games series  is Tussie Mussie, a 1-4 player game designed by Elizabeth Hargrave (designer of Wingspan). Tussie Mussie is an 18-card game where players will be collecting small bouquets of four flowers, known as Tussie-Mussies. During the Victorian era, where this fad originated, the flowers were assigned meaning and used to communicate with friends or lovers - in this game, the flowers are assigned methods of scoring and will be used to try and obtain the highest score. I CUT, YOU CHOOSE Whether playing...

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