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A topic by Cherry Picked Games created Dec 02, 2015 Views: 906 Replies: 19
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My name is Kaylee and I'm part of Cherry Picked Games, a small tabletop game company located in Seattle. I wanted to introduce CPG and start a thread for the small community of physical games on itch.

Last spring CPG released our debut title Catalyst, a tabletop RPG that takes place in an alternate-present after a demon invasion brings about the apocalypse. Our second game is on Kickstarter right now. Drink! is a light-weight party game about hanging out with friends and having fun. We would love your support, whether through backing the Kickstarter or spreading the word, and also want to meet other tabletop indie devs (or fans of the genre).

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can a general topic for promoting tabletop games / "physical games" ? i make those too! i do a game about designing magical fashion for witches and some little storytelling games.

it would be cool to see more print-and-play stuff and pdf-format rpgs (the kind you'd get on drivethrurpg) on itch. i wonder if "physical games" is the best catch-all name for this category? i noticed that the physical games page lets you sort by genre, but they're the same genres digital games get. ("role-playing" is still useful here, but probably "platformer" isn't.) dunno if there's enough interest in that part of the site that it'd justify changing it.


Shameless self-promotion aside, this was intended to be a general topic for tabletop games. :-)


Seeing there be an actual category for physical games when I was browsing on here got me started on working on a tabletop RPG idea. I'm hoping to have a solid beta rulebook by the end of the month. I have 10 races (most of them original; Humans exist, but rather than being the 'average' race, they have the highest Toughness and heal faster than others) and 21 classes (which is why this has been a pain to balance).

Rather than there being actions per turn (like D&D and Shadowrun with Free Actions and Complex Actions and whatnot), a character has Action Points they can use each turn (to better reflect the amount of time/effort certain actions take). Although this sounds somewhat complicated, it's also a d2 system and I'm working on equipment and how to keep that fairly simple as well. The spell system is killing me right now, but I may end up making it something similar to Shadowrun's method to keep my designs from spiraling too far out of control.

I'll probably post here once I have it all in a properly sorted PDF. I'm always down to talk about writing and design, btw.


I actually just Kickstarted a card game I made for Itch! Over the summer I made a print-n-play game called Tiny Swords. It did well enough that I decided to expand it and now it's getting printed as a real-deal game! Not only that, but I got double the funding I asked for, which means I can do a WAY larger print run than I originally planned.

As for the game itself, Tiny Swords is a pocket-sized spin on Rock-Paper-Scissors. In it, players try to find and remove their opponent's Sword Cards. To do that, players engage in a Duel, a game of RPS using a card with a Duel Type on it (the square, triangle, and circle shapes above). Whatever cards get used during a Duel stay revealed, and whoever wins the Duel gets to attack their opponent's hand first. Players take turns picking and revealing each other's cards until someone finds a Sword Card. Tiny Swords are made of Blades and Hilts (which can be used as extra Duel Cards in a pinch), and Charms, which all have different game-changing powers. Some even activate when they're removed from the game, like a trap card! I started with 4 swords, but the final game on Kickstarter has 20 swords, each with their own Blade, Hilt, and Charm. I also wrote a ton of extra game modes, so people can play in tag-team with 4 people and other cool stuff. It's been super fun to make, and I'm really excited to see the final boxed game.

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Oooooh, I remember Tiny Swords! I was, like, "are you kidding me? this is a brilliant idea!". Glad it was a successful campaign! :)

i was literally just looking at the kickstarter (i was looking up the tiny swords itch page for a talk i'm giving on print & play games at the local library next week). i had no idea you were kickstarting a version until just now. congratulations! i still haven't actually played the game - i felt bad printing out the beautiful pastel cards on my black and white printer. so thank you for solving my problem, i guess!

Thank you! That talk sounds excellent, will you be recording it or putting it online at some point?

dunno if it's gonna be recorded but i'll probably post the slides!

Congrats on the Kickstarter! Tiny Swords looks adorable, I'll have to grab a copy when it's printed

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A quick question about paper formats. I assume it is ok to release print&play material in A4? Don't think I can buy US letter around here for test prints.

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Why would it be a problem? I suspect not everyone who buys PDFs prints them out in order to play, and if they do, Letter and A4 paper are close enough in size that you'll just have some weird margins. For what it's worth, my own Tales of Space and Magic is typeset on A4, and nobody has complained yet. :P

Of course, that goes for tabletop RPGs. If you're talking card games or some other type of material that requires scissors, you'll need to either leave enough of a margin, thus wasting paper, or else make two versions of the game. And the latter is a big can of worms.

Yeah, It's about cut out materials. I am asking because I have never seen a letter fomat in my life. :D Got no feelign for it. If A4 is widespread n the US I will just go with it. And ignore letter until there is demand.



Me either, all I know is that Letter paper is a little wider and shorter than A4. This might help plan for an error margin (heh).


Yeah, A4 is hard as heck to get in the states unfortunately. I think you can get it at specialty paper shops and japanese bookstores, but other than that, I haven't seen it. I would just put safe areas on your prints so they can be safely cropped to fit both paper formats.

Thanks. I will work something out.


I put my print and play game called Edge of the Sky up on some weeks ago. It's a game where you build the board during the game, similar to Carcassonne (I totally love that game BTW), but you explore the world yourself with your air balloon and try to find three of the same type of element on each of the various islands before your opponents do.

It's pretty good so I've been recommended by multiple people to try and take the thing further- which is where I'm stuck. I could try to mail some publishers, but since I've already put this prototype up on I guess that will cause publishers to hook off, not to mention finding one will take a lot of time. Or I could try kickstarting it, but it's probably way more business and responsibility than I can handle, if it gets funded at all.

So if anyone could share advise on that? Feedback for Edge is also very welcome since it still needs some fine tuning. Thanks in advance. :)

I'm still new to this business myself, but I'd argue you might as well give it a shot and contact publishers anyway. If anything, you can show them what the audience for your game looks like already (if people have been downloading/buying your game), and that you've been taking feedback into consideration. Beyond that, you could look into a company like Print and Play to make your own polished prototype. These days, though, it'd likely be more painless to just Kickstart your own small-print run.

Thanks to the advise, I guess I'll go ahead and contact publishers then. Audience of the game is mostly my family and relatives currently, I could try to increase it a bit. And I guess I can link them to my Trello board or changelog which holds all my iterations to show that I'm actively concidering feedback.

Print and Play also looks very cool, if all else fails I'll just order some copies from there.

I don't have much experience with publishers, but having run a couple Kickstarters I could give you some pointers with that. Sites like Print & Play or the Game Crafter are fine if you just want a couple copies, but they become prohibitively expensive if you want to actually start selling your game.

I'm happy to do consulting, just send me an email: