Community Discord Facebook Group Subreddit Art Tests Auctions Contests Site Ideas Board Game Blueprint The Official Game Crafter Podcast Designers Hall of Fame People Recent Accolades Recent Reviews Announcements News Newsletter
contest header image

The Survival Challenge


This contest is complete, and the winner has been chosen.

{{entries.objects.length}} Entries

Game Ad Game Name Crafter Point Votes Status
{{}} Winner! Finalist Semi-Finalist

Contest start date: {{wing.format_datetime(}}

Grey Gnome Games presents The Survival Challenge

You must design a game where the players are in a dire situation and must SURVIVE! Maybe they are in a post-apocalyptic setting having to find the bare necessities in order to stay alive another day. Perhaps, they are trapped in an underwater sea lab with radioactive sharks on the prowl. Or maybe the players are trapped on a distant moon with only a few days of oxygen left. Hey! I like these ideas! What about a party of adventurers in a dungeon that forgot to pack a lunch?

The idea is that the players are up against the game itself and must survive. Now the players could be working together, or it could be every person for themselves. In either case, the game must be the source of most of the challenges.

One last twist! Your entry must come housed in a Small Pro Box. This challenge will force you to design small and to trim the fat from your game.

Jason Glover of Grey Gnome Games will be personally judging all entries.

To qualify, your game must comply with all of the following rules:

  • Your game must implement the theme: Survival.
  • Your game must come housed in a Small Pro Box.
  • You are welcome to use any printables or game pieces available in our shop to create your game.
  • The cost of your game cannot exceed $29.99.
  • A rules document must be downloadable from your game's shop page and also included in the game itself. Can be in booklet or document form.
  • The game must be publish ready, meaning it has a logo, backdrop, shop ad, action shots, description, and cool factors. It must also have all images proofed, and have packaging.
  • This must be a new game created for this contest. It cannot have existed on TGC prior to the contest.
  • All artwork must be your own, commissioned by you, licensed to you, or in the public domain.
  • All entries must be submitted through TGC's game editor (by clicking on the "Contests" button) no later than Noon UTC on November 30, 2015.
  • Contestants may submit multiple entries to this contest. Each entry will be judged separately.


You retain all rights to your game and are welcome to sell it in our shop before, during, and after the contest, regardless of the outcome of the contest.


The winner shall receive all of the following prizes:

  • Consideration for publication by Grey Gnome Games Inc.*
  • Automatic Showcase status on
  • 100,000 crafter points.
  • $50 of shop credit on
  • $100 in Cold Hard Cash (paid via Paypal)
  • An opportunity to judge the next contest.
  • Induction into The Game Crafter Hall of Fame.

2nd place will win:

  • $50 in Cold Hard Cash (paid via Paypal)

3rd place will win:

  • $25 in Cold Hard Cash (paid via Paypal)

* Consideration for publication is open for discussion. Commitment to publishing the winner automatically is not fair to the designer or the publisher. If there is a good turnout for this contest and an entry fits the bill, then I will certainly give the winner a hard look. Who knows, maybe more than one contract could be handed out.

Contest start date: {{wing.format_datetime(}}

Community Chat