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It brings me great heartache to be forced to withdraw my entry from this contest due to breaking the rules. I couldn't find a mint tin. shake (Deploying sarcasm detection units. robot Boop-beep-boop!)
All I found was this tiny tic-tac box.

Hey look, it has a game in it. Rules, components, cards, and everything. Huh. (I'll have to verify that there's no kitchen sink in there.) cool

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Major disclaimer: The fact that the game can fit in such a tiny box is absolutely no indication of its quality. The fact that good things have been known to historically come in small boxes has no bearing on this matter. Indeed, this may well be the exception to the rule. - Professor M, not in this particular EverSquad Game

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I will be following this contest with much attention !

One thing I haven't seen in the rules of the contest and I would like to suggest : that would be cool if designers were providing a cover for their mint tin game. I would love to have that and not need to devise ones of my own in order to identify the games my growing stack of tins contain. Last year, a few désigners did provide them. What do you think ?
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Since Shei and I (LlamaDice) had a lot of fun with the GenCan't contest, we're going to try be here!!
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Here's my entry for the contest: Hanoi
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Brenoit wrote:
I will be following this contest with much attention !

One thing I haven't seen in the rules of the contest and I would like to suggest : that would be cool if designers were providing a cover for their mint tin game. I would love to have that and not need to devise ones of my own in order to identify the games my growing stack of tins contain. Last year, a few désigners did provide them. What do you think ?
I think this delves more onto the art side of things, and less on the design.

I don't want people turned away from the contest because they have to provide a cover they consider sub-par.

I see this contest more as a challenge to create a great game that fits inside the tin - not to also provide a label for the outside.

But that's just my 2 cents.
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In case anybody want's to get some extra tins without having a pile of Altoids laying around. You can buy them from Specialty Bottle Co, that's where I buy tins for my prototypes from.

http://www.specialtybottle.com/metal-tin-containers/hinged/t...

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jblaske wrote:
In case anybody want's to get some extra tins without having a pile of Altoids laying around. You can buy them from Specialty Bottle Co, that's where I buy tins for my prototypes from.

http://www.specialtybottle.com/metal-tin-containers/hinged/t...

Thank you for this! Though they are cheaper per unit than most other places I've found the added cost of shipping can be a bit steep for a low quantity order. For example, when I checked to order 10 tins the shipping was nearly equal to the cost of the tins. I'm in St. Louis, MO and their site says that they can ship from Nashville, TN so the shipping seems to be the breaking point for me, even though they are relatively close. I am bookmarking the site though in case I build up an order big enough to warrant the shipping cost.

My current solution is Amazon, especially if you have a Prime membership. The cheapest set I found (both per unit cost and still available for the free Prime shipping) was this option. My order is scheduled to arrive today so I'll post to let everyone know if the size and specs align with an Altoids tin.
 
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TyGuy22 wrote:
jblaske wrote:
In case anybody want's to get some extra tins without having a pile of Altoids laying around. You can buy them from Specialty Bottle Co, that's where I buy tins for my prototypes from.

http://www.specialtybottle.com/metal-tin-containers/hinged/t...

Thank you for this! Though they are cheaper per unit than most other places I've found the added cost of shipping can be a bit steep for a low quantity order. For example, when I checked to order 10 tins the shipping was nearly equal to the cost of the tins. I'm in St. Louis, MO and their site says that they can ship from Nashville, TN so the shipping seems to be the breaking point for me, even though they are relatively close. I am bookmarking the site though in case I build up an order big enough to warrant the shipping cost.

My current solution is Amazon, especially if you have a Prime membership. The cheapest set I found (both per unit cost and still available for the free Prime shipping) was this option. My order is scheduled to arrive today so I'll post to let everyone know if the size and specs align with an Altoids tin.
Both of these suggestions are slightly bigger than the required size. I guess if there's a tiny bit of space then you could say technically it would still fit? Also, the Amazon one is short, and that's my major tipping point here. I need all of that 0.83"
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djayshaggy wrote:
TyGuy22 wrote:
jblaske wrote:
In case anybody want's to get some extra tins without having a pile of Altoids laying around. You can buy them from Specialty Bottle Co, that's where I buy tins for my prototypes from.

http://www.specialtybottle.com/metal-tin-containers/hinged/t...

Thank you for this! Though they are cheaper per unit than most other places I've found the added cost of shipping can be a bit steep for a low quantity order. For example, when I checked to order 10 tins the shipping was nearly equal to the cost of the tins. I'm in St. Louis, MO and their site says that they can ship from Nashville, TN so the shipping seems to be the breaking point for me, even though they are relatively close. I am bookmarking the site though in case I build up an order big enough to warrant the shipping cost.

My current solution is Amazon, especially if you have a Prime membership. The cheapest set I found (both per unit cost and still available for the free Prime shipping) was this option. My order is scheduled to arrive today so I'll post to let everyone know if the size and specs align with an Altoids tin.
Both of these suggestions are slightly bigger than the required size. I guess if there's a tiny bit of space then you could say technically it would still fit? Also, the Amazon one is short, and that's my major tipping point here. I need all of that 0.83"
I'm hoping that the dimensions used on the Amazon item are rounded numbers so that it's easier to search for the item and give the buyer the generic rough dimensions instead of the precise specifications. I'll take and post pictures of an example from my order next to an Altoids tin to show any inconsistencies between the two.
 
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3. Entries must have reasonable proof that they will fit into a mint tin.
Why not just paper craft a box to spec? Loses the aesthetic, but fits the rule.
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TyGuy22 wrote:
jblaske wrote:
In case anybody want's to get some extra tins without having a pile of Altoids laying around. You can buy them from Specialty Bottle Co, that's where I buy tins for my prototypes from.

http://www.specialtybottle.com/metal-tin-containers/hinged/t...

Thank you for this! Though they are cheaper per unit than most other places I've found the added cost of shipping can be a bit steep for a low quantity order. For example, when I checked to order 10 tins the shipping was nearly equal to the cost of the tins. I'm in St. Louis, MO and their site says that they can ship from Nashville, TN so the shipping seems to be the breaking point for me, even though they are relatively close. I am bookmarking the site though in case I build up an order big enough to warrant the shipping cost.

My current solution is Amazon, especially if you have a Prime membership. The cheapest set I found (both per unit cost and still available for the free Prime shipping) was this option. My order is scheduled to arrive today so I'll post to let everyone know if the size and specs align with an Altoids tin.
I came home for lunch to find my order waiting for me. The tins from Amazon are very nice. The quality of material and craftsmanship is excellent and each tin is individually wrapped to protect the exterior finish before being bulk packed into a single box.

Unfortunately the size is slightly off from the standard Altoids mint tin. As the pictures show, the Amazon tin is shorter in length and height and slightly wider front to back. The change in proportions is enough to alter how my game's components would fit, as shown in the examples. While the tins are not exactly the dimensions of an Altoids tin I am satisfied with the purchase and will happily be using these blank tins for handout promo playtest copies of S.O.A.P.

Specialty Bottle may indeed be the way to go for a closer exact size. I may have to double check the cost plus shipping versus buying bulk packs of Altoids from the local store to harvest tins for play test copies. My mason jar of "sacrificial mints" is beginning to overflow!


S.O.A.P. in Altoids tin:

S.O.A.P. in tin from Amazon:
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ehh...close enough
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Brenoit wrote:
I will be following this contest with much attention !

One thing I haven't seen in the rules of the contest and I would like to suggest : that would be cool if designers were providing a cover for their mint tin game. I would love to have that and not need to devise ones of my own in order to identify the games my growing stack of tins contain. Last year, a few désigners did provide them. What do you think ?

Not sure it should be a requirement, but if some designers are looking for some free help (knowing that you get what you pay for), I'd be glad to create Altoids-like covers for your game. Just geekmail me with details.

Here are some from previous Mint Tin contest entries of mine:
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It would be fun to create other similar looking covers.
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For anyone in the UK still struggling to find some Mint Tins, I've found these guys really helpful, and in keeping with the idea of giving your game a snazzy title/logo, it has an open 'window' at the top, so you could slip a bit of paper or card in the top of your tin to ensure the name of your game is revealed inside the window.

That's what I intend to do just as soon as I'm satisfied that the cards for my game are going to fit in the tin properly!

Hope this link is helpful:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/10-x-Altoid-Size-Tins-Hinged-Windo...

(Sorry, I don't seem to be able to get the Custom Link feature to work)...
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I shouldn't...

but I should...

but I REALLY shouldn't......

(I'll rinse out my Altoids tin just in case.)
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I take it, are games entered in previous contests allowed to be entered into this contest?

ALSO are there any resources or tutorials for fitting your rule books into such small spaces?
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xhunterko wrote:
I take it, are games entered in previous contests allowed to be entered into this contest?

ALSO are there any resources or tutorials for fitting your rule books into such small spaces?

My version of this question is: can I re-theme and rework a game I entered in a different contest back in 2011?
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I REAAALLLLY shouldn't, but anyways,

[WIP] Mint Condition (2017 Mint Tin Design Contest) Idea Phase

This may or may not actually become anything, but we'll see.
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xhunterko wrote:
I take it, are games entered in previous contests allowed to be entered into this contest?

ALSO are there any resources or tutorials for fitting your rule books into such small spaces?

Designs that have been withdrawn from other contests are allowed to be entered into this contest.

Designs from the 24h contest are allowed to be entered to encourage designers to continue working on their games past the 24 hour window. Designs entered into other contests are ineligible.

A design that is re-themed and significantly or fundamentally changed is allowed. However, the goal here is to create new games specifically for this contest to help inspire new ideas and to work with a given set of constraints.

Hope this helps clarify. Thanks for the questions!
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I decided to make EverSquad: Incursion available with larger cards. They'll fill the tin now. (Still enjoyed seeing it all fit into a tic-tac container, but sometimes, a bit bigger is fine too. And, it may help those with fading eye-sight actually be able to see the game.) Both versions are available from my WIP Original Post.
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All righty, thanks for answering!
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[WIP] Farmintin' - 2017 Mint Tin Design Contest - Contest Ready components have been uploaded and are ready to be played!
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I am submitting my game Experimintal to the contest. It is in the idea phase.

Experimintal is a dice-chucking area control game.
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I guess I'll toss my hat into the ring with Thief: https://boardgamegeek.com/article/26793746#26793746
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Greetings from Italy ... I try with this little idea ...

https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1840542/wip-chlamys-2017-mi...
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