Gamehole Gauntlet


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The Challenge

There are 3 doors before you. Each most likely leads to your peril. However, for the bravest and most talented among you, it will lead to glory! Choose a door. Choose wisely.

Door 1. Design a board game that is styled as an RPG style adventure. The setting doesn’t matter. It could be science fiction, fantasy, post apocalypse, or a world you create. But it must feel like a mission that the players either work separately or co-operatively to complete.

Door 2. Design a game making extensive use of The Game Crafter’s (any small punchouts. You must use at least 5 different small punchouts (different sizes count as different types). The punchouts may include new small punchout types that are introduced during the contest. The good news is that all of our punchouts are mix and match on a single sheet, so they won't add to your cost significantly.

Door 3. Design a co-operative game with a traitor element. That is to say, all of the characters in the game think they are working together, but secretly one or more of the players has his or her own agenda.

Bonus points if your game is able to use all 3 doors!

All of the following rules must be followed to the letter:

Round 1 Judging

Your games will be vetted through The Game Crafter’s community voting process. This will require some crafter points to vote. The voting process will narrow the list of entries to 20 semi-finalists.

Round 1 Prizes

A sanity test performed by The Game Crafter’s Sanity Testing staff. This is a $30 value for each test, or $600 in prizes. In addition, if you pass the sanity test you’ll earn a sanity test accolade.

Round 2 Judging

Our Round 1 Prizes will also turn out to be our Round 2 Judges. The games will be ranked according to the scores they achieve in their sanity test (we'll be ignoring the video part of the Sanity Test scores). The top 5 games will become the finalists. Their games will be printed and moved on to Round 3.

Round 2 Prizes

The finalists will be played by The Game Crafter owners and those to be found worthy will get a coveted Staff Pick accolade!

Round 3 Judging

As stated the prize for round 2 is a chance at a Staff Pick, but The Game Crafter owners will also be the judges for Round 3! They will be judging your games on the following criteria:

Artwork 1 point for appeal 1 point for how well it presents the theme of your game
Rules Clarity 1 point for setup instructions 1 point for game play instructions 1 point for auxiliary items such as examples, FAQs, back story, etc
Originality and Creativity 1 point if we feel we haven't played this game before 1 point if we think you merged theme and mechanics in interesting new ways
Engagement 1 point for being able to get into the game quickly 1 point for feeling little or no downtime during the game 1 point for desire to play the game again
Bonus 1 point if you were able to merge all 3 criteria for this contest into a single game

Each judge will add their criteria from the above chart, and your scores will be averaged to determine a winner.

Round 3 Prizes

Rodney Statue

The winner will receive the following prizes:

✠ The announcement of the winner will be made during Gamehole Con. While you need not be present to win, you will need to be present to collect these prizes.

What are the Rodneys?

Great question. They are the name for our just launched Gamehole Con game design award.  If you look at any of our annual logos, you will see an armored fellow squaring off against some foe.  At Gamehole Con command central, we have always called that guy, Sir Rodney.  So, that will be the name of our game design awards.

You also get this logo to put on your game as the winner.

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