Print and Roll Games - a self-publisher's diary

This is a project that I've been considering for quite some time now - so it's exciting to be finally embarking on it. I've been designing games for about two years now. I particularly enjoy dice allocation games such as Alien Frontiers, Troyes, Lords of Vegas and Castles of Burgundy and have been working on a range of dice based games of my own. I have looked at conventional publishing and self-publishing but found that the cost of repeatedly shipping dice would make the games rather more expensive than I would wish. So, I hit on the idea of a print and play website - providing the rules, boards, cards and everything that you would need to play the games, except the dice. As a gamer (first tabletop then euro-games) I already had a large selection of dice and have found a great many affordable sources for the few that I was short of - I hope that this will be the same for plenty of other gamers. I currently have two games coming towards the end of beta-testing and two more at the early prototype stage. I hope to be posting new games over the coming months and years. Each one will be available for a few pounds (GBP) and will use common and readily available dice and counters. I hope to have the site fully up and running within the next couple of months with the first two games available to buy. As soon as the site's up and running, I'll post a link on this blog. Adam Taylor June 2012
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Gentle reader, it seems like mere moments ago that I last wrote to you. However, a quick glance down the page tells me that it's six months since my last post.

Many projects have been started since then. Some of them were quickly abandoned, some are still occupying most of my waking thoughts but only now have a finally finished one!

After months of playtesting, Fiefdoms is now available as a free download at www.printandrollgames.com/fiefdoms. A BGG entry will follow shortly.

In addition to this development (it never rains but it pours) www.goodlittlegames.co.uk, created by friend and fellow designer Brett Gilbert, is now up and running and features an all new version of solitaire printandroll game Muses.

goodlittlegames is a microgame print-and-play site. All of the games are designed with only eighteen cards or less (and sometimes a couple of dice or generic counters) so printing and cutting is kept to a bare minimum. This is a really great site hosting some excellent games (mostly by rather more established designers than me, including Michael Fox and Tony Boydell). I highly recommend that you check it out.

I'm currently working on two other games in the goodlittlegames mould, which I'll be submitting for Brett's consideration in the next couple of months so look out for future posts. Hopefully at a shorter interval than six months this time!
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