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2012 has been The Game Crafter’s best year yet, but I will not miss it. Why? Because 2013 is going to be even more spectacular! But in order to put that into perspective, let’s take a look at everything that happened in 2012.

We moved to our new facility, upgraded our printer, and implemented even more robots, which all reduced drift, decreased production time, and increased overall quality. We even brought a robot to Gen Con.



We added over 300 new game pieces, including our new line of vintage game pieces, blank versions of all of our printed products, and grab bags.
We also added a bunch of new printable components:

Booklets (Small, Medium, Large, and Jumbo)
Mats (Invader, Half)
Square Shards
Cards (Tarot, Jumbo, Mini, Micro, Business, and Bridge)
Tarot Tuck Box
Custom Dice
Tiles (Small and Large Square, Large and Small Hex)
And we updated our medium game box to have a new insert, and our large game box to have an insert and a fully printed wrap.

In partnership with our community we’ve also been able to achieve amazing things. We’ve inducted a whole bunch of people into the Hall of Fame(https://community.thegamecrafter.com/hall-of-fame) for finding success either through Kickstarter or being picked up by a traditional publisher. We’ve run a handful of successful contests(https://community.thegamecrafter.com/contests). We sponsored more than a dozen of you to go to a game convention(https://community.thegamecrafter.com/publish/marketing/spons...). We worked with several reviewers to get the word out about your games, including our friends at The Gamers’ Table(www.thegamerstable.info) and Father Geek(www.fathergeek.com).

We’ve also made a bunch of changes to the site including:

Improved parts search.
Single-Sign-On for third party apps.
Better shipping calculations.
More shipping options including Flat Rate, Parcel Post, First-Class, and Will Call.
Gift certificates.
A more streamlined game editor.
Bulk pricing.
Introduced Community Curators who have some admin rights on the site.
Show a game cost breakdown so you can see line item details about how we charge you for your games.
Estimated ship dates.
Queue status dashboard. (at https://www.thegamecrafter.com/status)
Mandatory publishing waiting period.
Color proofing tools.
We also achieved our 10,000th customer this spring, and our 15,000th customer this holiday season.

While we’ve reached the end of this retrospective, this is only the beginning. We have no doubt that 2013 will be an even more amazing year than 2012. We’ve already got dozens of new products planned for you. And you are what The Game Crafter is all about. We serve at your pleasure. See you next year!
 
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