Overview Tinkerbot Games is a small publisher with 3 members, none of whom work full time for the company. Everything we do is evenings and weekends. This year (2017) we had our first proper stand at the UK’s biggest board game convention, the UK Games Expo in the NEC in Birmingham. The following information is […]
Last weekend Tony and I helped to run a Curry and Board Gaming fundraising event for our local theatre group (which we and my wife are members of). It was a lot of fun but we learned a few good lessons about running a board gaming event for ‘non-board-gamers’.
Ok, so you’re probably at this page because you’e wondering what a board game design hack is. Here’s the general idea: What’s a design hack? A design hack is an event where like-minded people get together to share ideas, discuss new concepts and have an opportunity to practise their design skills. We’ll be taking this […]
This week I’d like to talk about an article from my new board game design go-to book, the Kobold Guide. In this article, Rob Daviau (designer and co-designer of Risk 2219 A.D., Heroscape, Axis & Allies:Pacific, Risk Legacy, SeaFall and more!) talks about intuitiveness in game design. The example Rob uses is an experiment he […]
When I started working on my first design I made a monumental cock up and, after speaking to other designers, I’ve discovered I’m not alone in this. Prototyping. It’s really easy to get excited by your first design and you want to get stuck in as soon as possible. You know it’s going to need […]
This week I read a wonderful article, an interview with Bruno Faidutti (Citadels, Red November, The Queen’s Necklace, the list is enormous) by ‘AndHe’ Games. Bruno answers with such honesty in his replies to the interviewer questions, and I just can’t get his final statement (about life not being a game, but a mess) out […]
Some of you may already know that the three of us are working on Ghostel. It’s Bevan’s design but Me and Tony are helping him out with development. We’re getting ready for the Kickstarter campaign and got onto the subject of this blog post: Game Art So naturally, with 3 people working on a project you’re eventually […]
Hi folks! This week is the second half of my look at Game Designer vs Game Reviewer (see my last blog for a recap if you missed it!) so I’ll just get straight into the cons of mixing these two elements of the table top industry. A designer can sometimes view a game how THEY […]
On Friday 12th June, Tinkerbot Games held it’s first Design Hack at the Katiwok Restaurant in Cardiff. For the full details of what a ‘design hack’ is then check out this link, but in a nutshell a Hack is a short presentation concerning an aspect of the design world, followed by a workshop (the hack) where […]
So last week I got the sad news that 5th Street Games has had to file for Bankruptcy. As a big user of Kickstarter for funding their game production, this has led to several projects entering the zone of no fulfilment. This includes one I myself backed, the cute and intriguing Ghosts Love Candy. The former […]
Hi all! So this week’s post should be short and sweet, as we made a big announcement on the podcast regarding Ghostel, a board game we’re hoping to bring to the general public in the near future. I won’t repeat what was said, you’ll just have to pop over to the podcast and give it […]
http://media.blubrry.com/talkingtinkerbots/tinkerbotgames.com/wp-content/uploads/podcasts/Talking_Tinkerbots_Ep_20.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:20:17 — 73.5MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSSIn this episode Gino and Bevan discuss the Dos and Don’ts of board gaming etiquette! Also Bevan interviews Kara Gander about her Kickstarter campaign ‘The Bespoke Geek’ for geeky clothing, and we give you a Ghostel update.
This week I’d like to look at the mechanics used for scoring points. For those who haven’t had a go at Ghostel, players roll dice at the start of each night to determine how scary they are. The players then place their dice on the people in the house, trying to equal or beat the […]
Today the Imagination Games (IG) Awards were released and we’re very proud to announce that Ghostel was awarded a Silver Award for Family Games. Imagination Games used the following criteria for the Family Game category: The key element of a good “family” game for us, is that everyone can play it… with everyone else… […]
Hi there folks! For what is probably my last design blog piece for Ghostel, I wanted to look at the part of the game which gives the most variety to game play, the Spookie Favours. These are cards bought from The Ghost in the Attic during the Day Phase. Each one allows you to bend […]
In one of our podcast episodes I described how we may have found a way to save $7500 in the cost of producing a board game with miniatures. I’m going to summarise the main points here because I know not everyone listens to podcasts. We approached board game manufacturers to get quotes on the cost […]
So for today’s blog piece, I want to touch on a notion that’s been tickling at the back of my brain box ever since I made the decision to put pen to cardboard and design my own board and card games; is it OK to be a Game designer AND a Game reviewer? Before I […]
A few weeks ago myself and the rest of the Tinkerbot crew attended the UK Games EXPO, the biggest hobby gaming event in Britain. Last year we had an absolute blast, including demonstrating a couple of games we’d entered into the Redesign Competition and had the good fortune of reaching the Finals with. Well, this […]
This weekend I celebrated my 31st rotation of the Sun on this little blue-green planet of ours, and to make it special me and a few friends visited one of the first board game cafes in the UK, Thirsty Meeples of Oxford. Needless to say, I was pretty excited! I dashed ahead of the rest […]
This infographic may be useful to people planning a board game Kickstarter campaign. For everyone else it’s an interesting look at the timeline for fulfilling a campaign like ours. On January 26th 2016 we launched the Kickstarter Campaign to produce our game Ghostel. We set ourselves a deadline of fulfilling all pledges by the end […]
http://media.blubrry.com/talkingtinkerbots/tinkerbotgames.com/wp-content/uploads/podcasts/Talking_Tinkerbots_Ep_10.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 31:29 — 28.8MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSSIn episode 10 of Talking Tinkerbots: 0:26 – Kickstarter is leaving Amazon 13:40 – The games we played/got over the holidays 15:50 – The clumsy cat and the radiator
http://media.blubrry.com/talkingtinkerbots/tinkerbotgames.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Talking%20Tinkerbots%20Ep4_1.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 41:18 — 37.8MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSSAll three tinkerbots are joined by game designer and kickstarter campaign runner Jon Adams of Cartography! Also on this episode: – Board Game Mashup follow up – The best of the suggested mashups from our listeners. – Feedback – The […]
http://media.blubrry.com/talkingtinkerbots/tinkerbotgames.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Talking_Tinkerbots_Ep_5.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 43:08 — 39.5MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSSThis week is brought to you by Gino and Bevan! On this episode: – A Board Game Magic Moment about Christmas games for Niblings (Feed the Woozle: http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/130624/feed-woozle) – Bevan tells us about an episode of The Apprentice all about Board […]
http://media.blubrry.com/talkingtinkerbots/tinkerbotgames.com/wp-content/uploads/podcasts/Talking_Tinkerbots_Ep_15.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:02:52 — 57.6MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSSIn episode 15 of Talking Tinkerbots: 0:24 – Finding Tony 1:02 – Follow-up: Luck in board games 5:08 – Why tweets are 140 characters 14:48 – Exciting news! 21:35 – Tabletop Day 25:10 – More things speeled wrong 26:25 […]
Bevan’s Bit Last weekend myself and the rest of Tinkerbot Towers were lucky enough to attend a board and card game design event known as Chaos Unpub (check here for more details). We got the chance to meet many great designers and play-testers, show off a few of our own designs and check out the […]
http://media.blubrry.com/talkingtinkerbots/tinkerbotgames.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Talking_Tinkerbots_Ep_27.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 57:58 — 53.1MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSSBevan and Gino host with special guest Mike Barnes from Who Dares Rolls. They discuss BGG ratings, Who Dares Rolls and Gino talks about the power of Thumbnails for Kickstarter Campaigns on our new section Getting Kicked!
On 06 Jan 15, Kickstarter announced they would be moving from Amazon payments to a new service called Stripe. KS reported that this would speed up payments, both for Creators (who would no longer need to wait for Amazon to approve a business acocunt) and for Backers (who would no longer be directed to Amazon’s […]
Hi all! For this week’s article, I’d like to discuss the use of variable difficulty on the human visitor cards used to occupy the ghost house. Right at the beginning of Ghostel’s development, I always intended there to be different difficulties of humans in the house, with a corresponding increase in victory points. This was […]
Last year we had the 10×10 Board Game Challenge. The challenge was to pick 10 board games you want to play more of, and over the year 2014 play those games 10 times each. The purpose of the challenge was to encourage people to play more games over the year. This year we decided […]
Hey folks! So things are really hotting up on the Ghostel Kickstarter campaign and I just wanted to give you guys and gals an update. So the big question is: When will we be going live? Well, the campaign itself is done in terms of all the elements needed to get us going. However, there […]
For Christmas, I was given a copy of ‘The Kobold guide to Board Game Design’. After being assured by the gifter that it wasn’t given as a comment on my abilities as a designer (not that this even crossed my mind, I need all the help I can get!), I got to consuming the knowledge […]
http://media.blubrry.com/talkingtinkerbots/tinkerbotgames.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Podcast-Magic-Moments-Ep-0.m4aPodcast: Play in new window | Download (8.2MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSSIn this pilot episode Gino talks about Board Game Magic Moments – Moments where something has happened in the board game related world which makes you smile. Gino talks about his favourite Board Game Magic Moment when a father has gone to […]
I love March, despite the mixed up weather and never knowing if I need a coat or sun cream, as it has one of my favourite days of the year in it…pancake day! This month, I suggest serving either classic pancakes or american-style pancakes with any of these games.
http://media.blubrry.com/talkingtinkerbots/tinkerbotgames.com/wp-content/uploads/podcasts/Talking_Tinkerbots_Ep_26.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 27:56 — 25.6MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSSBevan solo-hosts for this super-special bonus episode of the podcast. He first gives an update of the campaign (spoiler: it’s mega-close!), then rolls into an interview with Rachel Dobbs, the graphic designer who has put together all the art […]
http://media.blubrry.com/talkingtinkerbots/tinkerbotgames.com/wp-content/uploads/podcasts/Talking_Tinkerbots_Ep_7.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 38:24 — 35.2MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSSIn episode 7 of Talking Tinkerbots: – We’ve had even more feedback, including a new Magic Moment! – My cat gets stuck in my laptop – Someone we know won a thing! – We discuss games that we don’t get to the […]
http://media.blubrry.com/talkingtinkerbots/tinkerbotgames.com/wp-content/uploads/podcasts/Talking_Tinkerbots_Ep_18.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 52:28 — 48.0MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSS0:08 – We read out hate mail 2:40 – Tiger-grrs 3:30 – Bananas 7:15 – The UK Games Expo review 20:00 – XCOM competition winner! 23:20 – Tinkerbot Spanner of Approval 25:18 – John Robertson of The Dark Room interview 30:35 – […]
http://media.blubrry.com/talkingtinkerbots/tinkerbotgames.com/wp-content/uploads/podcasts/Talking_Tinkerbots_Ep_22.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:01:20 — 56.2MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSSThe whole gang is back! We have a look at the awesome year of gaming that was 2015, Bevan puts Gino and Tony through their paces with a 3 round quiz on the industry in 2015 and we finish […]
http://media.blubrry.com/talkingtinkerbots/tinkerbotgames.com/wp-content/uploads/podcasts/Talking_Tinkerbots_Ep_12.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 33:40 — 30.8MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSSIn episode 12 of Talking Tinkerbots: 0:30 – Feedback and follow-up about The Game Crafter’s Crowd Sales system 7:15 – We were on The Dice Tower! 8:40 – Sorry Huw… 9:45 – Tony’s Board Game Magic Moment 11:50 – Tinkerbot […]
http://media.blubrry.com/talkingtinkerbots/tinkerbotgames.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Talking-Tinkberbots-Ep1.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 27:45 — 25.4MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSSThis episode features all three tinkerbots: Bevan, Gino and Tony. In this first full episode Gino tells of a listener submitted Board Game Magic Moment (Moments where something has happened in the board game related world which makes you smile) […]
Five days into April and we’ve already had scorching sun and hailstones! The seasons are definitely changing and I’ve started to think about when to plant out the seedlings that have been growing quietly inside, so this month’s post is inspired by the seasons and growth.
Hey folks! Next week Tinkerbot Games will be attending the Chaos Unpub event in Sutton Benger, Wiltshire. Run by games designer Miles Radcliffe (of Chaos Publishing) and writer David Inker, this promises to give many designers a fantastic opportunity to meet and greet with peers as they tweak their latest creations and get the feedback […]
http://media.blubrry.com/talkingtinkerbots/tinkerbotgames.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/TT-Episode-3-Season-3-FINAL.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 49:31 — 45.3MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSSBevan and Gino are joined by guest host Jamie Gibbs from Geeks in Wales, where we talk about escape rooms and the escape room style board games now in vogue in the industry, and Jamie’s work in promotion of […]
http://media.blubrry.com/talkingtinkerbots/tinkerbotgames.com/wp-content/uploads/podcasts/Talking_Tinkerbots_Ep_8.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 18:38 — 17.1MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSSIn episode 8 of Talking Tinkerbots: – We went to a Christmas party and won stuff! – We played Waggle Dance and loved it! – We want you to nominate someone who has made the biggest contribution to the board game industry this […]
Hi folks! By now you’ve probably guessed I like a board game or two, and if you’re reading this you also know we at Tinkerbots are aspiring to become published game designers ourselves. We have a couple of titles getting pretty close to meeting you guys and gals out there (more on this soon, I […]
Howdy! If you’re reading this, you’ve made the first step to becoming a Helperbot. The helperbots are a group of like-minded board gamers looking to join our little community and help out with play testing, conventions and other promotional work. Each time we have something exciting to do, the Helperbots will be offered a chance […]
http://media.blubrry.com/talkingtinkerbots/tinkerbotgames.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Podcast-2_1.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 16:30 — 15.1MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSSIn this episode Gino introduces a new segment about board game design “From Design to Delivery”. Gino first explains the design background of each of the Tinkertbots and then relays how one simple question to a board game manufacturer […]
I love the two long weekends we have in May, an extra two days to play games, regardless of the weather. The first bank holiday is May Day so these games are themed around needing help. As always, we’d love to hear what games you’ve been playing over the bank holidays. Red November sees up […]
Are you going to the UK Games Expo 2015 in Birmingham? Do you want to win a copy of XCOM: The Board Game? If you answered YES to both of those questions, then you’ll be happy to know that we’re giving a copy of XCOM for FREE to one lucky person at the EXPO! Click […]
Hey folks! So last weekend I had the pleasure of attending the BattleQuest Games Day set up by Andy, owner of the local Horsham game store BattleQuest Games. Andy was kind enough to allow me to take Ghostel along to show off the latest prototype in the hope of gaining some last minute feedback and […]
TT #9 Xmas Special – Tinker Tactics (Free Microgame!), The Board Game Quiz, Xmas Games and Top Contributors of 2014
http://media.blubrry.com/talkingtinkerbots/tinkerbotgames.com/wp-content/uploads/podcasts/Talking_Tinkerbots_Ep_9.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:06:03 — 60.5MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSSIn episode 9 of Talking Tinkerbots: 1:45 – Bevan recommends games to play at Christmas 12:40 – Gino explains the Camel Up/Cup thing 20:15 – Christmas Boardgame Quiz 40:20 – Tinker Tactics (Free Microgame!) 50:30 – Top Contributors to the […]
http://media.blubrry.com/talkingtinkerbots/tinkerbotgames.com/wp-content/uploads/podcasts/Talking_Tinkerbots_Ep_19.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 50:19 — 46.1MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSSIn this episode Gino interviews Kim Brebach about his Kickstarter campaign for tactical dexterity game MONSTROUS. Take a listen if you’re interested in commissioning artwork, making critical funding decisions and more lessons about running a successful campaign.
The Tinkerbots are going to Cardiff! Well, that’s no big surprise really as one of us is based in Cardiff and another is nearby. BUT specifically, we’re going to be at the Rules of Play TableTop Day event! Yes, you can join us on Saturday 29th April at the Angel Hotel for board games and […]
https://media.blubrry.com/talkingtinkerbots/tinkerbotgames.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/S04E01-Talking-Tinkerbots.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download () | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSSRob Daviau, Emma Larkins & Matt Leacock – Game Design & Pitching Panel Discussion Join host Gino from Tinkerbot Games as we hear from our panel of board game design experts as they share their insights and experiences about designing and pitching […]
http://media.blubrry.com/talkingtinkerbots/tinkerbotgames.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Talking-Tinkerbots-Ep3.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 26:40 — 24.4MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSSGino and Bevan talk about Board Game Mashups! The episode begins with our latest board game magic moment from listener Richie Janukowicz. Then we discuss board game mashups – merging multiple games into one super-game! Following on from this Bevan […]
Last month, I was lucky enough to play a test version of Throw Throw Burrito and I loved it! In this card/agility game, players aim to get sets of 3 to earn points, but there’s a twist…if you get a set of burrito cards, you start a version of burrito dodgeball and whoever gets hit […]
http://media.blubrry.com/talkingtinkerbots/tinkerbotgames.com/wp-content/uploads/podcasts/Talking_Tinkerbots_Ep_14.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 38:24 — 35.2MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSSIn episode 14 of Talking Tinkerbots: 1.00 – The best method ever for picking a topic 2:08 – Luck in Board Games 23:45 – Ghostel!
Happy Halloween everyone! For a bit of halloween fun, can you find all 10 of the spooky things hiding on the Ghostel box cover? Click the image to download a high-res version of the file and see if you can find: All Four Ghosts A Snake A Doll A Clown Face Three Spiders
Hi folks! So last week I posted an update which included my unfortunate realisation that at some point in the last few months I’d hit something all designers dread; Writer’s Block. Now this really sucked, but I was super lucky to have a very supportive family and friends around, in particular my wife who helped […]
The Tinkerbots are going to the UK Games Expo with Free Stuff! What are we going to be doing there? A few things! Ghostel – We will have a demo of Ghostel on display for you try, and copies of Ghostel available for you to buy! Board Gaming Accessories – We’ll be selling a variety […]
TT #13 – Aether Magic: An interview with Jeff and Lee of Happy Mitten Games (inc the Jumanji Question!)
http://media.blubrry.com/talkingtinkerbots/tinkerbotgames.com/wp-content/uploads/podcasts/Talking_Tinkerbots_Ep_13.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:12:50 — 66.7MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSSIn episode 13 of Talking Tinkerbots Gino and Bevan interview Jeff and Lee from Happy Mitten Games about their experiences so far in their Kickstarter campaign Aether Magic. We discuss: A secret campaign update! Hear it here first! Asking […]
Bevan takes a look at the news of a Portal boardgame being released by Valve and Crytozoic:
September is a time for new beginnings, and back to school so this month I’ve suggested some word games to play with friends. Given the season, and the amount of vegetables we had in the garden, I recommend serving with one of the soup recipes here. Use a cup rather than a bowl so you […]
Hello and welcome to the inaugural episode of what I hope will be a series of vlogs on board game design. This one is a simple pilot where I go over what I hope to achieve with these little videos and try to engage with the community in a different way. Enjoy!
http://media.blubrry.com/talkingtinkerbots/tinkerbotgames.com/wp-content/uploads/podcasts/Talking_Tinkerbots_Ep_11.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 30:12 — 27.7MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSSIn episode 11 of Talking Tinkerbots: 0:32 – Bevan’s board game magic moment 5:30 – Crowd Sales from The Game Crafter 21:15 – UK Games Expo! 22:20 – Meeting people in real life 24:20 – Jamie’s blog about podcast 25:47 – The Tinkerbots […]
“I think a lot of people are really going to enjoy this one” – Tom Vasel
This weekend was one of those rare ones where the schedules amongst my gaming friends matched up and we were able to get together Saturday for some tabletop cardboard-based hijinks. Amongst the great games we played (Ticket to Ride, Risk Legacy, Waggle Dance) was unfortunately a bit of a stinker, the deck builder Kanzume Goddess. […]
I think October is my absolute favourite month, mainly because I love Halloween! This post brings us to a year of great games and good eating so enjoy this selection of spooky games and recipes to go with them. First off, make your best “woooooooo” ghost impression for Ghostel (shameless plug – this is available […]
MONSTROUS is a gloriously illustrated deluxe Greek Mythology game from new publishers Good Games Publishing. We reviewed the game and also interviewed designer and publisher Kim Brebach on our podcast. If you hadn’t already guessed, we like the game (we gave it 3 out of 3 approval spanners) and in fact I’ve even backed it […]
Hello! For my first proper episode, I thought I’d share one of the mantras I try to follow when thinking about new designs, plus I show my love of white boards and star wipes. Want to get involved? Send us your comments, links and videos, we’d love to know what you think and what you […]
For the first blog piece, I thought I’d start at the very beginning: why a ghost game? Well, in a bizarre twist, it was actually the mechanics of Ghostel that I designed first, with the idea of a haunted house just kind of wrapping neatly around them. So where did the mechanics come from? Well, […]
Exciting news in Tinkerbot Towers! Recently the latest issue of Tabletop Gaming Magazine was released and guess who appeared in it?!….go on guess….no…..no…..YES! It was us! Well, it was Bevan to be specific and his game Ghostel! Check out the nice things they had to say about it!
This year was our first time at the UKGE as proper stallholders, we had tables and everything! We tried to make a time-lapse video of setting up the stand but we had to stop halfway through, still, this is what we got. (Note Tony doing the setup while Gino does all the heavy lifting). […]
WizKids have announced the release of their latest Dice building game, Marvel Dice Masters! Using the critically-acclaimed Quarriors ruleset as a basis, MDM will see players building their team of heroes from the Marvel universe, along with special powers before attempting to smash their opponent into the floor!
http://media.blubrry.com/talkingtinkerbots/tinkerbotgames.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Talking_Tinkerbots_Ep_6.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 29:23 — 26.9MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSSGino, Bevan and Tony are all present in this episode! This week: – We’ve had the biggest feedback ever and we discuss what we can do to improve our podcast – A magic moment about old friends and new games […]
This weekend should have been the UK Board Games Expo and guess who had an article in the magazine! As it isn’t going ahead right now, I’m posting a series of articles that pair some of the 2018 winners of the UK Board Games Expo awards with a recipe to make your next games evening […]
Hello Tinkerbot Fans! I’m afraid I’ve been away from this blog for far too long, and I can only apologise for slacking off. To tell the truth, the last few months have been pretty manic. I took over full time care of my own little Tinkertot, which has been an amazing experience (I promise not […]
Hello! Managed to make it to Episode 2, and in this one I fill that gap in my whiteboard with a new idea I’ve been noodling around in my head, Helping Me, Helping U. Enjoy! Want to get involved? Send us your comments, links and videos, we’d love to know what you think and what […]
This post is an analysis of some data from our Kickstarter campaign for Ghostel. It may be useful for future campaign creators. The information we’re going to discuss: Total Backers Total Pledged Average Pledge per Backer And this will be analysed in 3 different areas: Countries Source/Referral Pledge Levels
Bonfire night, fireworks, plots. November is a brilliant month for spending time with family, so many activities to do, and of course this includes board games. Here are my suggestions for great games to try in November and I’ve also included ideas for snacks to help get your gaming night off to a bang.
2014 was a great year for games, and I was very lucky to get a chance to play A LOT of games. Some were great, some were terrible, and some just went past with nary a blip on the Game-O-Radar. Since it’s a new year though, I’d like to start on a positive, hence my […]
http://media.blubrry.com/talkingtinkerbots/tinkerbotgames.com/wp-content/uploads/podcasts/Talking_Tinkerbots_Ep_21.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 9:07 — 8.3MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSSIn this short and sweet episode Bevan is going solo! There’s a quick set of updates of all that happening on the upcoming Ghostel Kickstarter campaign, and a few shout outs to a couple of industry chaps and chapettes […]
In this series, I’m pairing 2018 winners of UK Games Expo Awards with tasty recipes. Enjoy! Ticket to Ride: New York 8 This game is a great introduction to the Ticket to Ride franchise – 2-4 people can experience drawing tickets and then collecting cards to claim routes and the smaller map of Manhattan (and […]
So today all of the finalist teams were invited to Leisure Games in London for the opportunity to have their game playtested (via Playtest UK) and receive feedback. One of the initial judging panellists welcomed us to the event as we arrived. There’s nothing quite like the following conversation to get the day off to […]
http://media.blubrry.com/talkingtinkerbots/tinkerbotgames.com/wp-content/uploads/podcasts/Talking_Tinkerbots_Ep_16.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 51:19 — 47.0MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSSThe tinkerbots interview featured guest John Coveyou. John is a successful board game designer and kickstarter campaign runner! He shares with us some excellent insights into running a crowdfunding campaign as well as design tips so if you’re one day hoping […]
The Winners Have Been Picked! Yes, that’s right! Do you remember this competition we ran? The one about getting your face into a game? Well here are the winners! What was the plan? Here at Tinkerbot Games we’re currently on the earliest stages of artwork with our artist Tyler Johnson for our board game Ghostel. We’re going to have […]
This week I thought I’d look at one of the more thematic elements of Ghostel; the Phobias. Update: Since the writing of this blog, the Phobias have been renamed as scare tactics. The Phobias started as an evolution of the ghost theme, and were a clear candidate for thematic shoe-horning: I knew I wanted Phobias […]