Why JG3 is More than Just a Components Update

Render of JG3 Box Cover

[quick note: if you’re a BGG user, I posted this over at that site too and would appreciate a “thumb” if you have one to spare – thanks!]

If you read the blog items that I post on my website, you know that I’m rather scatter-shot with what I write about.  I always have multiple projects going on at the same time, and I sort of blab about whatever is currently going through my head on which ever project currently has my attention.

As I read back through my posts about the new edition of Jump Gate, I realize it would be difficult to put together a big-picture summary of everything going on with this game … so I figured I’d write it down as plainly as I can.

tldr: The 3rd Edition of Jump Gate improves nearly every facet of the game — components are better, rules are cleaner and fit the theme better, gameplay is tighter and more consistent between numbers of players.

I wanted to do 3 things with this edition: Get back to a POD-delivered game via the shop at TheGameCrafter.com (I’d had my fill of self-fulfillment with the 2nd edition), make use of the best packaging and components available there, and attempt fix the main gripes and inconsistencies players had pointed out with the original versions of the game.  So, here is what resulted … Continue reading

Final Tweaks to JG3 Before Launch

Jump Gate, 3rd Edition, Full Final Box ArtI’ve spent the past week focusing on getting the 3rd Edition of Jump Gate (“JG3”) ready for the shop at TheGameCrafter.com.

I went into detail a few posts back about how this edition will be different from the earlier editions.  Since then, as I did final testing and worked on how to present things in the rules, a few more things have changed.

Not a whole of earth-shaking changes … for example, not quite as drastic as removing the title-object from the scoring (already did that 😉 ) … but a few needed changes to finish tightening things up.

Here’s the list: Continue reading

Back At It!! (summer 2013 edition)

Jump Gate, 3rd EditionSo it’s been a few weeks … errrr, a month. 😉

Summer always gets me overly busy into fun things that aren’t necessarily game related.  So, I’ve been off doing that sort of thing over the past month — camping, canoeing, hanging out with the family, mowing, weeding, grilling, visiting family and friends, etc.

Bedroom TV Cabinet, Top OpenI even picked up a new thing: woodworking!  During June, I built my first piece of supposed-to-look-good-furniture, pictured to the right.  It’s a TV & linen cabinet for the corner of our bedroom, made to match the new bedroom set we recently bought as a 20th wedding anniversary present to each other.  My wife did the cool stain & poly work.  I also have to give thanks to Chevee Dodd, who turns out to be an experienced woodworker and general fix-it guy … lots of good advice from him.  Also, from the folks at the lumber yard in Mayer … good folks there, and good lumber too. 😉

But, I’m guessing that if you’re reading this site, you probably don’t care that much about my camping and woodworking exploits … you’d really rather have me talking about games.  So, here goes … Continue reading

Introducing: Thunder Run to Gratis-3

Thunder Run to Gratis-3As I went into great detail about in my previous post, I am planning to release an updated edition of Jump Gate by the end of June.

In the meantime, TheGameCrafter.com has a game design contest that I plan to have an entry ready for.  It’s due by mid-June, so that means I’ll be putting my attention from now until then on my contest entry.

I’ve actually been working on the game since the drive home from Protospiel-Milwaukee back in March. While at that design get-together, I had just finished playing Tuesday Night Tanks with Chevee Dodd and Brett Myers (yes, I like to link things and drop names … it something I just do), and we were sitting around talking about our favorite super-trashy, blow-stuff-up games (which is what TNT is about — if you like that sort of thing, click on the link and buy a copy).

Brett brought up Thunder Road, which I have never played … but I have watched a game of it, and it fits that bill perfectly.  Check out the pictures of the game and tell me that doesn’t look like a ton of metal-crunching fun!  And then I said “I should make something like that … in space!” And so my brain got to work on that very idea. Continue reading

A Smaller, Better Jump Gate (3rd Edition) Coming Soon

Jump Gate, 3rd EditionI’ve been working on a new edition of Jump Gate for the past few months.  This new 3rd edition will be available via TheGameCrafter.com’s online shop(Until the 3rd edition is released, that link will take you to the 1st edition.) My projected release timeframe is the end of June 2013.

I’ve made a number of changes to the game, both in aesthetics and game play.  It will ship in TGC’s “Small Pro Box,” which is a lovely little thing (full print with bleed and wrap) that measures in at 5.5″ x 3.5″ x 1″.  While not officially a “travel edition,” this could certainly be treated that way, since the box very easily fits in a backpack or a glove box.

This (very long) post will be going into great detail on all of the changes, including showing off some of the new artwork, and discussing the rules tweaks. Continue reading

FreeStarter Results

FreeStarter GroupLast week’s freestarter silliness on Twitter was a ton of fun for the four of us designers that put it on!

With it came some great results.  We gave away 8 games (2 sets of 4 games), posted “get to know us better” interviews, amped-up the (somewhat) witty banter between the 4 of us, and gained a number of new followers in the process.

The winners of the games were announced here: http://hyperbolegames.com/2013/05/24/freestarter-and-the-winners-are

The interview posts for each of us can be found here:

I hope everyone had a great time with this … we sure did.  Now see you all on Facebook or Twitter or at GenCon! 🙂

FreeStarter Game Design Community Group Hug Giveway

FreeStarter Game Design Community Group Hug Giveway

I’ve been chatting over past couple weeks with a couple of game design friends — namely Grant Rodiek from Hyperbole Games, AJ Porfirio from Van Ryder Games and Chevee Dodd — about how we all met through the online game design community, and that most of  us already have almost 1000 Twitter followers (Chevee is … special 😉 ).

FreeStarter GroupWe wanted to have some sort of event to celebrate this and share some of our games with those who are following us on Twitter, Facebook, etc.

So, we came up with the overly silly “FreeStarter Game Design Community Group Hug Giveway,” where each of us are giving away 2 games for two different drawings:

The Serious Gamer Drawing … The entrant who wins this will receive free copies of:

The Casual Gamer Drawing … The entrant who wins this will receive free copies of:

Entering the contest is easy. Follow these 2 Steps!

1. Follow each of us on Twitter:

2. Email Grant at grant@hyperbolegames.com. Tell him which drawing you wish to enter: Serious or Casual.

The drawing for both sets of games will take place on the morning of Friday, May 24th.  So , make sure you are registered before then!

If you are anti-Twitter for some reason, we can make that work out as well … we each have a website/mailing list and/or Facebook page as well as our Twitter accounts — we just want to spread the online connectedness love in one way or another.  So, if the Twitter thing seriously doesn’t work for you, send me a note and we’ll find a way to go you in.

FINALLY … for those of you that DO follow us on Twitter, you’ll be seeing links to discussions and other silliness as the week unfolds … please join in and help make things even merrier. 🙂

Jump Gate, Second Edition, Now Available for $14 via eBay and BGG

Box top artwork for 2nd Edition of "Jump Gate"

You can now get Jump Gate, Second Edition, for $14, from either eBay or the BoardGameGeek.com Marketplace.

Order at either of those online shops will be a direct order from me.  So, I’d be happy to add a message inside the box cover if you’d like me to.

Artwork for "Jump Gate" 2nd Edition Box BottomRETAILERS (both online and FLGS): Send me an e-mail if you would like to have Jump Gate available via your store … I think you would like the wholesale pricing!


Thoughts on a Third Edition of Jump Gate

Early Draft of Sand Resource card for Jump Gate, 3rd EditionI’ve been thinking for a while now of repackaging the TGC edition of Jump Gate.  I’ve been updating the graphics with an eye to getting everything to fit into TGC’s new Small Pro Box (which is their best packaging option at this point, hands down).

But with the new edition, there are a number of other things I am thinking of tweaking in the game.  Here’s a quick list — and I’m looking for feedback and thoughts on these changes … Continue reading