Holiday Buying Guide for MWGames – 2014

Merry Christmas 2013 from Matt Worden Games

Order by December 3 to get it by Christmas!

Currently, I sell the majority of my games through … here is the link to the games I have available there: (For an explanation of what print-on-demand games is about, and why I use it, click here.)

In a recent news announcement, TGC has stated that in order to get games in time for Christmas, you’ll want to order them by the end of November. (Technically, they say December 3rd is their suggested deadline, but I think that may be pushing it this year as they get really, really busy in the run-up to Christmas.) With that said, if you are considering buying any of my games for friends and family this year, here are my recommendations … Continue reading

Winner Selected for “Late Christmas Present” Game Give-Away

Matt Worden's Games at TheGameCrafter.comMy first post of the new year announced a game give-away called “Late Christmas Present.” To enter, you had to make a comment (or tweet or FB me) with someone you would like me to send one of my games to.

I had 10 entries that met the criteria (I’ll give the list of entrants at the end of this post), and randomly selected a single winner.

The winner of the Late Christmas Present Game Give-Away is Scott Metzger, who would like me to send a copy of Jump Gate to his friend Dave. I will be contacting Scott directly on how to arrange delivery of the game to Dave.

Thanks to everyone who played along, and to everyone who shared info about the give-away via the various social media! 🙂

Now, here’s the list of all entrants … Continue reading

Right out of the Gate for 2014: “Late Christmas Present” Game Give-Away

Matt Worden's Games at TheGameCrafter.comOver the Christmas/New Year break, I picked up a few more Twitter followers, putting me over 1500. In celebration of that milestone, along with a fun way to start out 2014, I am going to be giving away some of my games.

Here’s the surprise: No purchase necessary. No “likes” or “follows” or “pluses” or “shares” or any of those types of things necessary either. 🙂

So, what sort of rigmarole will I put you through to be eligible? Simply: I want some direct feedback … and I want you to be generous, by suggesting someone *else* I should send a game to.

Here are the formal rules: Continue reading

2013 Reflections and a Holiday Pause

Merry Christmas 2013 from Matt Worden Games

It’s time for me to put the game operations on pause until after the New Year. I’ll likely still be on Twitter and Facebook during the next couple of weeks, but I don’t plan on doing much with moving my game designs forward, or posting about things until we’re into 2014.

So, it seems like a perfect time to look back at the fun and excitement that’s been had over the past year, and to mention a few things that I see coming up in the near future.

Let’s start with a walk through the 2013 calendar. Continue reading

Subtilla and Blaster Waves BOTH Make the 2014 GAMES Top 100 List


Subtilla, mid-gameI received word last week that this year’s GAMES Magazine Top 100 would contain 2 of my games! 🙂

Joining Jump Gate (2011 Game of the Year) and Dicey Curves (2013 Top 100 list), both Subtilla and Blaster Waves are on the 2014 GAMES Top 100 list!

Blaster Waves Setup to PlayYou can see them in’s annual list (click here … scroll to the bottom of that page).

This has me really excited, along with a couple more fun announcements coming up in the near future. Stay tuned!! 8)

So, hey … how ya been?

Matt Worden Games Logo

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here.  It’s summer time and everything seems to be going on at once.

I’ve been coaching my daughter’s travelling softball team, and working the day job.  I’ve spent a little time working on game stuff, but not enough.  And, there’s been a severe lack of camping and fishing so far.  But we are hoping to get that to change in July & August.

My game-related priority right now is to get the DANGER! Expansion for Dicey Curves finalized and published via TheGameCrafter.  I’ve sent my rules draft over to a few designer friends for review and got some very good feedback, which I need to incorporate.  So, yes — very, very close now.

My secondary game-related priority is to get copies of Subtilla out to reviewers so that people can get to know that one better.  And, my third priority has to do with getting a couple of my current prototypes ready for testing in front of other designers.

There are two up-coming games-related trips that I had put on my calendar for this summer:  Protospiel, a couple weeks from now in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and GenCon Indy, in the middle of August.  Not sure I have the funds or time to make both … so, I may skip Protospiel and use the time to go camping/fishing/canoeing with my family.  We’ll see how are plans go.

Also … I have a computer-based game project brewing … not exactly sure of the form that it’s going to take yet, but I’ve broken open my Visual Studio again for the first time in quite a while and I’m tinkering … so, let’s see what comes of that.

That’s all for now.

Subtilla Stealth cache: The Winners

Subtilla, mid-gameWell, that was fun!!

Today, the Subtilla Stealth cache finders/keepers give-away (rules hereclues here) came to an end, as the physical cache was found.  The final location was in the woods along the walking path north of the driving range at the Eagle Lake Youth Golf Center in Plymouth, MN.

The instant winner, by finding the cache, was Dan Peterson, from Brooklyn Park, MN.  I will be shipping out his copy of the game in the next couple of days.

The following 4 “eFinders” sent me e-mails naming the correct location: Jaime Habel (Iowa), Cameron Roberts (New Zealand), Brenden Johnson (Minnesota) and Hank Panethiere (Illinois).

Of those eFinders, the winner of a copy of Subtilla through random drawing is Brenden Johnson, from Lakeville, MN. Once I get his address, I will ship his copy out as well.

Check out the official BGG thread for more details around the clues and how Dan went about finding the cache.

Keep an eye out for another give-away like this sometime in June! 🙂

Subtilla Stealth cache: The Clues [COMPLETED]

Subtilla Stealth cache - the box

(Last Update: Monday, May 1, 2:21 pm — THE CACHE HAS BEEN FOUND!  Need to do a final tally on the eFinders.)

The Subtilla Stealth cache (pictured to the left) has been hidden, somewhere out in the world, and we are looking for 2 winners:

#1 – Whoever physically finds the box

#2 – A randomly selected “eFinder” among those who e-mail me the right answer

For full RULES information, CLICK HERE.

The clues for this finders/keepers puzzle will all be listed in this post.  I’ll be giving out new clues about once per day until the thing is found.  I will be updating this post as each clue becomes available.

If you are in the mood to discuss things, you can do that in 4 different ways:

  1. Post a comment directly to this blog using the form at the bottom of this page
  2. Join in on the main thread at Board Game Geek:
  3. Post comments to the related item on my Facebook page:
  4. Talk amongst yourselves, using whatever means you’d like. 😉
eFinder Scoreboard (final standings):
eFinders: 6
Correct City Guessed: 6
Correct Location Guessed: 4

So … here are the clues:

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Subtilla Stealth cache: The Rules [COMPLETED]



The clues were in another post: CLICK HERE.

I will be putting out the first clues for the Subtilla Stealth cache later today (once I’ve actually hidden the target).  So, I thought I would use this post ahead of time to specify the rules around how this thing will work.

Finders/Keepers: This time, due to the package size/content/value/etc., I will not hide the actual game out in the world … instead, I will hide a VHS tape box (a picture of what you’ll be looking for will be shown in the clues post).  Inside it will be a note about how to claim your free copy of Subtilla. The person who finds the box and contacts me according to the info on the note will be sent a copy of the game on me.

Here are some general points about where the box will be found … not really “clues”, just guidelines:

  • It is somewhere in Hennepin County, Minnesota
  • It is on land that is for public use and not overly difficult to get to
    • Please read and follow any signs regarding local ordinances/laws/rules, especially around official “open” hours and public use areas
  • There is only 1 box that is hidden … the note inside will give you all the information you need to claim your free game … please take the box and note with you to treasure forever (no littering!)
  • There are no other tricks or gotchas to this give-away … you do not need to buy anything or make any promises or sit through any presentations … you find the box and contact me and I’ll send you a game: simple as that!

NEW – “eFinder” Winner: There will also be a second winner of a free copy of the game.  This winner will be drawn from everyone who e-mails me a specific description of where they think the box is hidden.  The description has to be good enough that it could be handed to someone in the area and they could figure out where to find the box just from your description.

The details around being an eFinder are:

  • You need to e-mail your location guesses to me at
    • Include your name, your location (general city, state and/or country is fine), and the description of where you think the box will be found
    • If you want to include other info around how you are known on the Internet (website, BGG user name, etc.), that would be cool too
  • I will NOT reply to your e-mail to tell you if you are right or wrong or “close” or “warm”, etc., or give any other sort of direct help
  • DEADLINE: I need to receive the e-mail before the physical finder/keeper has contacted me
  • You *MAY* (and are encouraged to) revise your guess by e-mailing me again, as long as I get it before the deadline and you make it clear that you’ve e-mailed me already and that you’re just updating your location description
  • From all of those e-mails that guessed correctly, I will randomly draw a single winner of a copy of Subtilla
  • Again, as I stated above:  There are no other tricks or gotchas to this give-away … you do not need to buy anything or make any promises or sit through any presentations … if you are the winner selected from those who guess correctly via e-mail, I’ll send you a game

Any questions so far?  Please let a comment below and I’ll do my best to answer it.



“Subtilla Stealth cache” Finders/Keepers Give Away Coming Soon

Subtilla, mid-game

In the coming days, I will be hiding a copy of Subtilla somewhere out in the world … most likely in the Minneapolis suburbs and providing clues as to where you might find it.

It’ll be similar to what I did in February with the “Jump Gate geocache” give-away.

I will have “lost” that copy of the game somewhere … give out clues that should help you figure out where it is … and then it’s “finders keepers” at that point.

I did learn my lesson from last time … this one will be trickier! 😉