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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Beta Than Ever

Adam Taylor
United Kingdom
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Wow, really? September of last year? I can't believe it's been eight months since my last post.

As usual in these interstices I was distracted by Life, the Universe, Everything and Gaming. However, a visit to the UK Games Expo in Birmingham yesterday and a really positive playtest of my latest design, Golden Age (provisional title), has inspired me to get my arse into gear again and get some more print-and-play designs out into the world.

Of Golden Age, more anon: I'm hoping to have a finished version by the end of summer but if you've read this blog before you'll know how it usually goes with my best laid plans.

For now, I've just published a Beta version of Mephisto on my website: Mephisto is a solitaire dice-allocation and manipulation game that I've been working on for some months now (previously called Faustus and, briefly, Mephistopheles). I discussed it in my last post and asked for playtesters. Based on the feedback of those who contacted me, I've made some refinements and clarified the rules and now I'm hoping to get some more feedback.

This is a quick, fun (hopefully), solitaire game. It requires minimal printing (just 18 cards on two pages) and roughly 9 standard D6s.

Please feel free to have a go and if you have any comments geek-mail me or e-mail
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