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3rd Annual MicroGame Print and Play Contest

2016 Geeklist:
https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/212530/microgame-contest-...
2015 Geeklist:
https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/189413/microgame-design-c...
2014 Geeklist:
https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/174502/2014-microgame-con...

Here we go again!

I love the challenge of using limited components and cards.
This year the restriction is everything needs to fit in the required box.
The box is a top load poker sized box, a template will be provided
It doesn't matter how many components you use,
as long as they fit in the box.

I would like to challenge you to make a micro game.
There are not many restrictions.
Read rules below.

Deadline
Contest starts - June 1st, 2016
Contest ends - Aug 31st, 2016
Voting ends - Sep 30th, 2016

Rules
1. Design a game that fits in the box specified.
2. The game needs to be a "Print and Play" file
3. Each game needs a logo (this will also be your game title pic)
4. You can include components such as dice, meeples, and chips.
5. Rules are recommended to fit on Cards (2.5x3.5, 64x89mm). No Max.
6. You may get an artist to help with the artwork if needed.
7. You must have permission to use all artwork.
8. You will retain all rights to your game.
9. You may enter more than one game.

Prizes
You will be judged in the categories below.

There will be 100gg in prizes + other people's contributions.
1st - 30gg
2nd - 20gg
3rd - 10gg
Best art - 10gg
Best theme - 10gg
Most innovative - 10gg
Funniest - 10gg

Voting
This year I will just post a poll on this thread, it is the easiest way.
The voting is for the people's choice award.


Current People's Choice Prize Pot: 100 gg

1st - People's Choice
2nd - People's Choice
3rd - People's choice
4th - People's Choice
5th - People's choice

All the money donated will be equally divided between the top 5.
I suggest everyone who enters throws money in the pot.
It will help the contest grow.
If you believe in your game, you will get it back.

The reason I did this is that in some of the contests I have been involved in, a person who is more popular will get votes because more people know them.
This hopefully eliminates that.
If it is the same, then great!

If you have a few extra gg, throw them in the pot!

Files
I will create a geeklist with the entries.
Post your entries in the WIP thread.
I suggest using dropbox or google docs
Also upload a logo pic into your gallery and post a link.

Help
I will be here to answer questions and I will make rule modifications if needed.

I can't guarantee any games will get published because of this contest.
But, it's very possible.
A few games were published from contests I was involved in last year!



Experience
If you want to know about my background:
https://www.facebook.com/Hackogames
https://www.flickr.com/photos/hackwelder/sets

All your opinions are welcome.


Thanks,
Enjoy the contest.

Hack


Contestants:
Games List!

1. Looting MiniSkull Castle - George Jaros
2. Dapper - Lucas Geriach
3. Build a Better Bot - Robin Gibson
4. The Dragons' Game - Michael Brown
5. Draftcard - Kevin Harris
6. Cake Duel - Haltao Mao
7. Map Unfolding - Slovakia Steph


Results

1st - Looting MiniSkull Castle - George Jaros (30gg)
2nd - Cake Duel - Haltao Mao (20gg)
3rd - Build a Better Bot - Robin Gibson (10gg)

Best art - Dapper - Lucas Geriach (10gg)

Best theme - Looting MiniSkull Castle - George Jaros (10gg)

Most innovative - Looting MiniSkull Castle - George Jaros (10gg)

Funniest - Dapper - Lucas Geriach (10gg)


People's Choice Award:

1st - People's Choice - Looting MiniSkull Castle - George Jaros (26gg)
2nd - People's Choice - Cake Duel - Haltao Mao (26gg)
3rd - People's choice - Build a Better Bot - Robin Gibson (26gg)
4th - People's Choice - Map Unfolding - Slovakia Steph (26gg)
4th - People's choice - The Dragons' Game - Michael Brown (26gg)




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Re: 2016 Microgame Print and Play Contest





File ai:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/wn821vfcul6hf0c/box%20template%20f...

File PDF:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/157dqywoit238qe/box%20template%20f...

Monster deck is a standard poker deck.
The box has a little more height and will probably fit 60 cards.
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Re: 2016 Microgame Print and Play Contest
I'm assuming a 54-card game would fit in the poker deck box.

Would that make it qualify as a microgame for purposes of this contest?
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Re: 2016 Microgame Print and Play Contest
Jeffrey Henning wrote:
I'm assuming a 54-card game would fit in the poker deck box.

Would that make it qualify as a microgame for purposes of this contest?


Yes.
We have had so many discussions on what qualifies as a microgame. For this contest, it's whatever fits in the box.

You can also use the box as part of the game.
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Re: 2016 Microgame Print and Play Contest
This sounds pretty fun. Can I enter something that's been/will be in the 24h competition?
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Re: 2016 Microgame Print and Play Contest
vialick wrote:
This sounds pretty fun. Can I enter something that's been/will be in the 24h competition?


Thanks for bringing that up.
I would say no, what's the point of that.
Make something new or finish something else you have.
I am not completely against but since I am an active 24 hour contest guy I would rather not see the same game again.
I would try something cool with the box or go for innovative or funny.
Just a thought.
Good Luck.
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Re: 2016 Microgame Print and Play Contest
Hackogames wrote:
vialick wrote:
This sounds pretty fun. Can I enter something that's been/will be in the 24h competition?


Thanks for bringing that up.
I would say no, what's the point of that.
Make something new or finish something else you have.
I am not completely against but since I am an active 24 hour contest guy I would rather not see the same game again.
I would try something cool with the box or go for innovative or funny.
Just a thought.
Good Luck.


That's fine . The idea that's been forming in my head may be a bit too complex for the 24 hour contest anyway.

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Re: 2016 Microgame Print and Play Contest
Cool!

I have an idea, but it would require 25 tiles, the same number of tokens, and maybe a dozen cards. So whether it will fit in the box will depend on how thick it is. Can you post the dimensions?

Cheers!
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Re: 2016 Microgame Print and Play Contest
Can you fit dice in there?
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Re: 2016 Microgame Print and Play Contest
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Cool!

I have an idea, but it would require 25 tiles, the same number of tokens, and maybe a dozen cards. So whether it will fit in the box will depend on how thick it is. Can you post the dimensions?

Cheers!


Bare with me a few days guys. I got the template but I can't download it till Monday. The box is a little bigger than a tuck box and it can fit dice.
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Re: 2016 Microgame Print and Play Contest
I posted a pic above. The box is the one the printer sent me as a sample, but I requested a slightly bigger box. Tall enough for 80 cards. Should we use the box I requested or the one here. I was debated extending the height a tad to allow for a row of dice. What do you think?
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Re: 2016 Microgame Print and Play Contest
Would definitely be great to make it just a tad bigger than a deck of cards so that there's room for a row of dice or small tokens or something.

Something like this is great, has standard dimensions, and is pretty easily acquired by just about anyone:

https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B003VLDP6Q/?tag=article-boardgam... - 3.5"x3.5"x7/8" box

They also have them that are a tiny bit bigger (4"x6") that I use for some of my micro games - they'll hold two decks of cards and 8 dice, but maybe that's too big...

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I kind of like the idea of it having either space for a deck of cards, or dice, but not quite both. But then people could always use mini-cards in that case. I like the standard deck box size. Either way, I'm intruiged. But also doubtful I'll come up with idea while focusing on other projects. Watching to see what people do though!
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I'd be fine with pretty much anything around that size.
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Re: 2016 Microgame Print and Play Contest
gjjaros wrote:
Would definitely be great to make it just a tad bigger than a deck of cards so that there's room for a row of dice or small tokens or something.

Something like this is great, has standard dimensions, and is pretty easily acquired by just about anyone:

https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B003VLDP6Q/?tag=article-boardgam... - 3.5"x3.5"x7/8" box

They also have them that are a tiny bit bigger (4"x6") that I use for some of my micro games - they'll hold two decks of cards and 8 dice, but maybe that's too big...



I want to keep it as small as possible, because it is a micro game. it is a box in my line I am developing. I wanted to make it a little beeper, but didn't plan on making it taller really. You can always use small dice or use large dice and square cards.

I do like the idea of a plain white box people can order from amazon and put their game inside though. I could add a square box to my line. I assume not many people will make a box from the template, but who knows?
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Re: 2016 Microgame Print and Play Contest
I will share this with you. I am making a box line for my games.
H1 is A the small cardboard envelope that can fit up to 10 cards, for my 8 card game series.
H2 is going to be a top load box that fits about 20 cards for the 18 card games. I could do a tuck box but the printer doesn't like that size, too small. A top load is really cute. I have one sample but it is long and skinny.
H3 is a standard poker card tuck box.
H4 is the box for this contest which I wanted to fit 80 cards max. Like I said, I could do longer but I want to keep it small and cute as well.
H5 is the largest of the small box games. It can fit about 150 cards. 2 decks of h3 fit nicely inside with room to spare.



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Oooh, a top loading box for the 18 card games is a lovely idea! I love this line up.
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Hackogames wrote:
I will share this with you. I am making a box line for my games.
H1 is A the small cardboard envelope that can fit up to 10 cards, for my 8 card game series.
H2 is going to be a top load box that fits about 20 cards for the 18 card games. I could do a tuck box but the printer doesn't like that size, too small. A top load is really cute. I have one sample but it is long and skinny.
H3 is a standard poker card tuck box.
H4 is the box for this contest which I wanted to fit 80 cards max. Like I said, I could do longer but I want to keep it small and cute as well.
H5 is the largest of the small box games. It can fit about 150 cards. 2 decks of h3 fit nice leech inside with room to spare.





Could you show pictures of the H4 box with a deck of standard poker sized cards in it so people can get an idea of the inside dimensions? What I like about the 3.5"x3.5" box idea is that it works well with a few different sized cards/tiles and a standard 3.5"x2.5" deck of cards has room for a few dice (I think six standard dice would fit), or a few tokens or meeples or cubes. But not enough to make this a big game, or even to push it out of the microgame size. It's even smaller than Greater Than Games' Rabbit sized box, which is pretty tiny...
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I've got an idea for a game that uses 60 mini cards, 4 dice and 12 chips/coins. Do you think all that would fit?
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I like the idea of having just enough room for a standard deck of cards, and having to use fewer cards if you want to fit some dice or other tokens in there. Keeps the challenge similar to previous years with never enough room for adding everything.
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AlexCannon wrote:
I've got an idea for a game that uses 60 mini cards, 4 dice and 12 chips/coins. Do you think all that would fit?

If mini cards fit in half the box then I think so.
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I like the idea of having just enough room for a standard deck of cards, and having to use fewer cards if you want to fit some dice or other tokens in there. Keeps the challenge similar to previous years with never enough room for adding everything.


i agree
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Please do post your box templates. I would so gladly replace my tuckboxes with your lift-up boxes (so, so tired of crushing my sleeves and the edges of my cards with the tuckbox tabs.. argh). Apologies for taking this thread off tangent.
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Re: 2016 Microgame Print and Play Contest
Rick: Was working on one for myself. Will PM you a link to a test template.

As for this contest, are people working on any interesting entries? I feel like I need to make something, but I think my inspiration is a bit tapped still.

Amusingly, I noticed that Arctic Dash actually should fit in that deckbox. I'm making up some solo/co-op rules for the Solitaire contest, to go along with the 3-5 player race rules, but I think I'd feel a bit odd tossing that into this contest at the same time.
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I was thinking of entering my micro-tile game The Labyrinth of Konoso from the 24 Hour Contest in May, since I've continued working on it and made some changes - but as per the 24 hour contest rules, I can't post the updated version until July. And I need to measure the tiles to make sure they would fit in the box.
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