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18 Card Challenge - Lights, Camera, Pitch!

Posted by Mike Mullins on

Remember the disclaimer from last time? Still applies. Mike's opinions are worth listening to, but are not official Button Shy policy.  - Jason I've Got the Talking Stick Again! Welcome back to our look behind the curtain of the 18 Card Challenge. Today I want to address the second most common question topic: the pitch video. Many of you were looking for a "how to", while others asked about ways to stand out and make it through that first selection phase.    This genius homemade phone stand (from this list) is the perfect photo to introduce this segment, because everyone can make...

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18 Card Challenge September - The top 20 games!

Posted by Jason Tagmire on

We've narrowed down the 228 submissions to a top 20, and here they are. Congratulations to everyone that made it this far and thank you to everyone that submitted. This doesn't need to be the end of the road for games that didn't make it. We encourage you to keep designing and keep challenging yourself. Maybe this is the spark for something bigger? Maybe you've started on a new design and will come back to this in time? It's all forward movement and very awesome. If you want to know why some of these made it (and deduce why others...

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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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