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Dominic Crapuchettes
United States
Bethesda
MD
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North Star Games designs party games that don't suck! Play them with your non-gamer friends over the holidays.
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First there was Hearts, then there was Spades, and now we bring you Clubs. The suit of clubs finally gets some respect!
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North Star Games designs games that both gamers and non-gamers can enjoy together over the holidays.




About me:
My family did not watch much TV. We played board games instead. We had family night every night of the week, and 3 - 5 of those involved some sort of game. I still have copies of several games that I designed when I was 11. When I was 13, one of my games (Kabloogi) was banned from school because too many students played it during class. My final project during my senior year of high school was a business plan for a game company. That was the only thing I could think of that I wanted to do with my life.

My gaming interests have ranged from role playing, to competitive strategy (played on the Magic pro-tour for several years), to light Euro games, to party games. I have less time now, so I prefer the lighter games - especially ones that I can teach and play with my wife and other non-gamer friends.

I used to captain a commercial fishing boat in Alaska. When that industry crashed, I started thinking seriously about the board game company I had always dreamed about. After several years of research, and several years of business school, I raised money and started North Star Games. Our goal is to design games that you can play with your non-gamer friends and family. I keep searching for that elusive design which is simple enough for non-gamers, and still keeps my interest even after multiple plays (non-gamers want to play the same game over and over).

I posted a popular geeklist that recounts my story: North Star Games: it all started on a sinking ship in Alaska. I am also trying to be semi-regular with my blog about North Star Games, game design, board games, entrepreneurship, and other stuff.

I got married in 2008 and Daniel was born in 2010. I am blessed in life with a family that I adore and a job that I love. Unfortunately, this means I am not able to play games as often as I would like.




My wife, Karen, and my son, Daniel (at six weeks old).



This is me and Daniel working on a prototype.




My Favorite 10 Games:


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User Details for domcrap
Registration Date: 2002-12-09
Last Profile Update: 2013-11-19
Last Login: 2015-07-27
Country: flag United States
State: MD
Town/City: Bethesda
Website: www.NorthStarGames.com
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