Prototypes for The Hackers Guild Have Finally Arrived

By Raymond Northcott | September 3, 2016 | 0

Hey Everyone,

I have some really exciting news. After waiting for over a month, the final review copies for The Hackers Guild finally arrived yesterday. I took some pictures as I was unboxing the games and thought I would share them with you.

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I Have a Board Game Idea – Now What? Part 14: You're Not Alone

By Raymond Northcott | August 30, 2016 | 0

One of the many challenges you will come across in your journey of becoming a game designer is the vast amount of information that is available on the subject. If you are planning on becoming a Kickstarter creator as well, that amount of information seems to grow exponentially and it is very easy to become overwhelmed with all of the things you “should” or “need” to be doing.

The good news is that you don’t have do this all by yourself. The gaming community is full of other designers, publishers, and players that are more than happy to help you along they way and share some of their wisdom and experience so you don’t need to be reinventing the wheel.

In today’s post, I will be sharing with you some of the resources that I have found that were a great help to me in hopes that they will help you as well.

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Raymond Northcott and Games By Ray Make Podcast Debut

By Raymond Northcott | August 22, 2016 | 0

@GamesbyRay’s interview with Chris Renshall of @TGIK_Games_CR and The Cardboard Architects (@cbapodcast) podcast is now live.

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I Have a Board Game Idea, Now What? Part 13 – Updates from The Hackers Guild Team

By Raymond Northcott | August 17, 2016 | 0

It has been a little while since I last posted an update on the progress of The Hackers Guild and I wanted to catch everyone up on what has changed and been accomplished in the process of developing The Hackers Guild.

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The Hackers Guild Gen Con Photo Contest

By Raymond Northcott | August 2, 2016 | 0

Games By Ray is excited to remind their followers that The Hackers Guild will be making an appearance at #GenCon2016 this upcoming weekend in the IGA Games Library available Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 AM to 8 PM in the ICC Red Hall. As an incentive for those attending Gen Con to check it out, we are going to be giving away a set of promotional cards. Continue reading for more information.

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Repost of I Have a Board Game Idea, Now What? Part 9 – Finding the Right Manufacturer

By Raymond Northcott | August 1, 2016 | 0

The last couple of blog posts have been re-posts of blog entries I previously posted to the blog when it was living at This final post was originally post on March 16, 2016 and goes over finding the right manufacturer for printing your game project.

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Repost of I Have A Board Game Idea – Now What? Part 8 – Alternatives to Traditional Protyping

By Raymond Northcott | July 29, 2016 | 0

As I mentioned last time, I will be posting a couple old blog posts that I was able to recover from the posts I wrote on my old homepage The next entry was originally posted on February 11, 2016 and is all about digital alternatives to traditional prototyping.

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I Have A Board Game Idea – Now What? Rerelease of Part 6: Kickstarter Basics

By Raymond Northcott | July 28, 2016 | 0

A couple of month ago I lost access to my previous website at including the first 9 articles in my I Have A Board Game Idea – Now What? Series. I was able to retrieve a couple of the entries from Google’s page cache and will be re-posting those articles here. The first one was the 6th entry in the series all about what exactly Kickstarter is and some tips on creating a great project page.

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I Have A Board Game Idea, Now What? Part 12 : Printing Review Copies

By Raymond Northcott | July 25, 2016 | 0

For me personally one of the most exciting times during the development of your board game is finally getting a professionally printed copy of your prototype in your hands. While the days of multiple physical prototype iterations are slowly being replaced with digital prototyping, you will still need to make a number of professionally printed copies of your “finalized” prototypes to send to reviewers. In today’s post I will look at a couple of the options available for printing your prototypes.

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