Austin Board Game Designers and Play Testers

There are many board game designers and companies in Austin. Big ones like Steve Jackson Games (of Munchkin Fame) and Fireside Games (of Castle and Dead Panic Fame) and small ones like Albino Dragon and unpublished designers like me. Because of this I started the Austin Board Game Designers and Play Testers Facebook and Meetup Groups. If you live in Austin you should join both.

Austin Board Game Designers and Play Testers

Austin, TX
4 Game Designers

This is a group for people who are creating their own board games and folks who want to play games before they come out. If you are a designer or a play tester in Austin you a…

Next Meetup

First Play Testing Meeting (and Kickstarter Panel)

Friday, Jan 16, 2015, 7:00 PM
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7 reasons GTG latest Kickstarter failed (and why they should restart with only the comic book)

Cosmic Contest

Greater Than Games (GTG) just canceled their latest Kickstarter 2 days before it would have ended. They were at 70% and moving slowly. So should they have canceled? Should they restart? Here are 7 reasons that I think it struggled and why they should restart half of the campaign.

1. December and January are the 2 slowest months on Kickstarter. The other project I’m following this month is also struggling despite having a huge following.

2. No videos and lack of response in the comments. 8 out of 92 comments were made by GTG the last one being on December 18th (project was canceled January 5th). This showed a lack of interest. I have been following GTG’s last few campaigns and this one was the only one where I felt they didn’t have their heart in it. I understand they were spread too thin with all of the other stuff they were working on like the Sentinels of the Multiverse iPhone game, Steam Version of Sentinels of the Multiverse, shipping Wrath of Cosmos, prepping for PAX South and Christmas. I just think they picked a bad time of year for everyone. Continue reading

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New Cards for Dragon Rider

One of the games I have been working on is called Dragon and Rider. It is a 2 or 4 player game where you take on the role of either a Dragon or a Dragon Rider working with a partner (or yourself in the 2 player game) to bring down your opponents in aerial combat. The gameplay was really fun but the cards were ugly.

-Fire- Dragon and Rider Card Template 4 player

Ugly Card

This card was so ugly and complicated it made the game feel like a mental exercise instead of a fun card game. It was even more ugly before the picture. So how did I fix it? I removed all information from the card except the information that was needed to make good decisions. Continue reading

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18 Board Games to Start Your Collection

Sentinals of the multiverse

Lots of people have been asking me what games I would recommend to people looking to start getting into board games so I made this list. I would not say everyone should get all of these (except maybe Sentinels of the Multiverse) but they are a good place to start. Before buy any game you should do a google search to find out more about it. Most games you can find video reviews and rule books so you can see if it is the game for you. There are a lot of good board games but not everyone will like everything. This list covers a wide variety of different types of games so you can find one you and your game group will like. If one or more of these games looks interesting just like on the name and it will bring you to the BoardGameGeek page on it. is like the Wikipedia of board games.

  1. Sentinels of the Multiverse is a cooperative, fixed-deck card game with a comic book flavor. Each player plays as one of ten heroes, against one of four villains, and the battle takes place in one of four different dynamic environments. If you want to be a Super Hero this is the game for you. Continue reading

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The Importance of Neutrality


I have noticed, especially on the internet, that people love to have opinions about things. You can’t mention a topic without people jumping to one side or the other. What does this do? It separates us and divides us as a nation, a church and as friends. Now I’m not going to say standing for your beliefs and debating politics is wrong but I would like to make the point that we need to pick our battles.

I am a debater, coming from many years competing and winning awards. One thing that I learned is that arguing and debating are exhausting. It is hard to be constantly defending your position. What makes it worse is that people often take their ideas way too seriously. Some people think they are the sum of their ideas. Others think that their ideas are separate from themselves. It is very easy to take things personally when debating if you are the sum of your ideas. My debate coaches often said “attack the argument, not the man,” which is only truly effective when the debater and ideas are separate. Continue reading

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Stone Castle Games


Do you like board games? Do you like free fun? If the answer to both these questions is yes you should check out Stone Castle Games on Facebook and Twitter. Stone Castle Games is a board game company based in Austin Texas. From time to time they need help play testing board games. That’s where you come in. Like the Facebook page and you will find out when and where you can play these prototype games. Who knows, you might be the first to play a great new game!

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Sails of Glory

Sails of Glory is a new board game by Ares Games that is getting its funding via This game looks like it will be taking the best aspects of X-Wing Miniatures and Wings of Glory WWII and turning it into sailing ships. You can find out more about it at

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State of Nature by Paper Theory

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Ted Cruz backs up Rand Paul

Ted Cruse is my Senator.

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Who’s on first?

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