A New Game Design Contest!
Earlier this year, we ran a 72 hour Kickstarter over April Fool's Day. We called it Meta Games for Small Pockets, but it was pretty clear that it was a joke. Mind you, it wasn't JUST a joke - we also made two solid games. Games that were also jokes. But totally real games!
The feedback from those jokes games was so positive that we are at it again! The response to Deck Building: the Deck Building Game in particular sparked a lot of great jokes discussion from the community, and that has inspired us to run a game design contest! Note: this is totally NOT a joke. And so, announcing:
That's right! For this contest, we're looking for games in which the title of the game AND the core mechanic of the game are the same. Need some inspiration? Here is a list of mechanics from Board Game Geek. Anything in there spark your creativity? We hope so! (Feel free to use game mechanics not from this list, as well!)
We're looking for games on the lighter weight side - games that would fit in our $10 "Rabbit" size box, or our $20 "Monkey" size box.
Send your submissions to Christopher@greaterthangames.com by the end of Monday, January 18th 2016. Submissions should include at least an elevator pitch and a prototype rulebook. The more complete a game, the better the submission will be!
The submissions will be judged by myself, Chris Kirkman, and Peter Hayward. We will begin going through the submissions after the deadline ends! If multiple people submit the same game idea or overlap the same game mechanic, the best game design using that idea/mechanic will win!
At least one (if not more!) games from this contest will be published by us via another 72 hour Kickstarter over April Fool's Day 2016! Don't miss out on this chance to make bad joke game design history!
To give you an idea of what sort of game we're looking for, let me tell you about the game that Peter Hayward and I are co-designing.
Multiple players play as automobile mechanics, all working together to fix cars. However, one of them has been hired by a rival auto-shop to undermine their efforts and make this auto-shop go bankrupt. You must work together, fix the cars, and attempt to reveal just which one of you is the Traitor Mechanic. That's right: Traitor Mechanic: the Traitor Mechanic Game. Get the idea?
Now go make some jokes games!