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I bite my thumb at thee! (The Show Must Go On! release!)

April 17, 2015
Theatre!

Theatre!

Well, that was fast! Since our last post we have put a wrap on The Show Must Go On! Cards are on order, art, script and layout is complete and the packaging is en route!

If you would like to grab a copy please support us at Patreon.com/games where our backers will receive our first run copies!

Otherwise, feel free to download the TSMGO BW Printable Rules and Printable Cards. You will need to supply your own coins for and receptacle.

Full print copies will be available for purchase in May!

Thanks to Rob Greene (rwwgreene.com) for the prose, Beth Page (bethapage.com) for the illustration and David Bednar (adavidbednar.com) for the other illustration and we especially thank our patrons: Adam Pinilla, Angela Toebbe, Bob Kelly, Tiffany ralph, Frank pitt, Jason, Kristopher C. Hunt, Wesley Toma-lee, Jr Honeycutt, Nathan Hansen, steve C., Michel Ivey, Cardboard Edison,Noah BIllings, Nate Plunkett, Aerjen Tamminga, J. Walton, Matthew gravelyn to become a patron visit us Patreon.com/games

Is this a party game I see before me?

April 1, 2015
Billiam "Styles" Shakespeare by Beth Page

Billiam “Styles” Shakespeare by Beth Page

Prithee! Verily! and other such Ye Olde English. Games by Play Date is barreling toward the short run release of our Shakespearean themed party game The Show Must Go On! In TSMGO two teams of “actors” must fumble through one of Shakespeare’s lesser known productions and convince the audience of their true character through the ham-fisted art of over-acting. It’s got death, butt jokes, robots, the Welsh and everything that made Elizabethan era theatre such a  rip-roaring treat.

You can see our ramshackle design documentation here and become a patron to receive a copy of the game here!

Naked Nerd Night! Slash: Burlesque Romance in Seattle

March 23, 2015

Finally, saucy pictures of Seattle nerds celebrating romantic shipping fan fiction! Thanks to Jojo Stiletto and The Re-Bar for putting on this wonderful show for the Re-Bar 25th anniversary. If you couldn’t be there, I’m sorry; live vicariously through these moderately NSFW .jpgs.

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Bad Habit is launched!

March 11, 2015
70 bridge sized cards

70 bridge sized cards

We are pleased to announce that the full professional print run of Bad Habit is available for sale! Each game comes with 70 bridge-sized cards made in American, 105 wooden tokens and one rules sheet in a elegant felt drawstring bag.

Bad Habit is a cooperative game for 2-5 players where you must work together to learn the patience and empathy necessary to help those who suffer from Non-Suicidal Self Injury. It is our hope that this game can provide a unique perspective on the subtle challenges involved with this taboo subject.

We hope you enjoy, share and stay safe.

If you or any friends/family needs help for self-harm and you’re not sure where to turn, call the S.A.F.E. Alternatives information line in the U.S. at (800) 366-8288 for referrals and support for cutting and self-harm. If you are in the middle of a crisis, feeling suicidal and need help right now, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in the U.S. at (800) 273-8255. For a suicide helpline outside the U.S., visit Befrienders Worldwide

Bad Habit is $20 plus shipping

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d8 Mile

February 17, 2015

tumblr_mhz6kmJ0wb1qz5ck2o1_500It’s been crickets around here lately. Let me dump some info for a few minutes before I jump back into the grind.

tl:dr working 7 days a week in a factory is time consuming, downtime is used for con preparation and development on next titles. Links after the jump.

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So, maybe I cried a bit. It’s cool….

February 9, 2015

A few days ago, as I was working my second job (Teamster Local 633!), I received this email from a customer who had just ordered from us.

Hello Glenn, The Responsible Designer!
I thought you’d get a chortle out of knowing where your games end up and the fun times they create. I work at an all girl boarding high school in Mclean, Virginia. Each Sunday, I bring a selection of my personal stash of games to a growing gaggle of gathered girls to what we’ve started calling Casual Sunday. As far as selection, it’s really whatever will fit in the bag I’ve got for the day or whatever they’ve been bugging me to bring. Some days it’s every Fluxx I can get my hands on. Other weeks it’s games like The Resistance, Settlers of Catan or Magic the Gathering. But consistently, and with great enthusiasm, Slash is asked for. “Miss Roy! SLASH this weekend, right?”  It’s been rationed like lembas bread or they’ll play it constantly and overdose into a frenzied puddle of glitter and leather. They adore Slash. It’s been a great treat for me because I can see who ventures into AO3 and Tumbler when fan jargon starts creeping into the debates and justifications for pairings. It also keeps them on their toes because I’ll sling it right back at them.
Their love has gotten so fierce, a few went online to purchase it. Now, I follow your twitter so my co-keeper of Casual Sunday and I had a great chortle that we’re set and you’re successful. One of them came to us with such a sad face trying to shock us with the news. What she doesn’t know, and I hope will ease her troubled heart for the next four months while she waits, is that I bought a bunch of the blanks for two reasons. One, is that this Sunday we’re going to make some changes to the deck and each of the weekly participants will get to impact the deck for future generations of Casual Sunday players. The second is that I’m going to give a few of the cards to the English department as part of a pick-up lesson that I’m co-building on game design and development in the English classroom. Slash is a great way to distill a character to important characteristics as well as work in some themes and types discussions. Not to mention discussion of game mechanics, development and strategy issues.
Anyways, really what this longer than I had anticipated email comes down to is that this is a love letter from my Casual Sunday crew and I to you. Thanks to you and your team for making such an awesome game.
Slash/Casual Sunday = OTP
Cheers,
Lauren Roy
Lauren, you and your girls have made my icy nerd heart grow three sizes. While I hope that the Casual Sunday crowd continues to see slash as the greatest thing since sliced bread I equally hope that they explore the growing world of analog games. Getting, and keeping, new and different game players into this hobby/industry is essential to our mission; and to the creation of a healthy community. Thanks again. BTW Veronic Mars and Indian Jones is a very, very ‘shippable OTP
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Sexy Times.

January 29, 2015

Writing-Clip-ArtA while ago we were contacted by Cecilia Tan editor at Circlet Press. It seems that the Circlet crew took a copy of slash: romance without boundaries to their romance/erotica writers retreat where it was a big hit! We ere, of course, thrilled to hear that actually talented people enjoyed our silly party shenanigans. What blew us away was that Ceclia just forwarded us some of the micro fanfics that were written in response to playing slash! Hit the jump to check out the fics created by IPPY award winning author Janine Southard.

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