The State of Games, Ep. 88 – The One About Do-Overs

stateofgameslogonewIf there’s one thing we like to do on The State of Games, it’s be timely, and we aim to please once again. Since New Bedford is set to relaunch on July 21st, we asked designer Nat Levan to join us for a close look at how being given a second chance can be important for all aspects of the board gaming hobby, especially on Kickstarter.


The Dice Hate Me Games/Greater Than Games Design Challenge!

We’re looking for a few good games – and this is your chance to win big, and possibly have your game design published!

Greater Than Games and Dice Hate Me Games would like to announce a new game design contest for 2015. Beginning on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, we will begin accepting submissions for game designs featuring a dexterity element. Submissions will be accepted through Monday, August 31, 2015. The winner of the contest will receive $250, a designer table at Unpub 6, and their design will be considered for publishing. The first runner-up will receive $100, and second and third runners-up each receive $75.

In addition to prize money, the Unpub 6 designer table, and consideration for publishing, design finalists’ entries will be featured prominently on,, and on The State of Games podcast.

In order to enter the contest, designers should submit sell sheets, full rules, component files, and, if available, any playtesting feedback, gameplay videos, and information on previous designs. The full submission guidelines can be found at Entrants may submit their designs to

Once the submission deadline has passed, our team will evaluate the designs and determine which entry will advance to the second stage. At that point, we will ask for a few entrants to send us a full physical prototype of their game. We will also require the designer to sign a non-compete agreement, as their game will have the possibility of being published by Greater Than Games.

A dexterity game, in the context of this announcement, is defined as a game that requires the combination of physical ability and strategic thinking. A few notable examples of dexterity games are Jenga, Animal Upon Animal, Pitchcar, Ascending Empires, Cube Quest, and Terror in Meeple City. Obviously, this is a very broad description, and allows for wide interpretation by the designer. Designers are encouraged to be innovative and diverse in their submissions, and all themes will be considered equally.


Links to important things mentioned on the podcast:pic2586271_md

The Unpub Network

Link to Globe and Mail article on Snakes & Latte’s sitcom

Hostage Negotiator

Ticket to Ride


VivaJava Dice

Eldritch Horror

Burger Joint

Colt Express

Broom Service

Red 7



Seven 7s

Glass Road

Destruction of the Gods: Destined Factions

New York 1901

Forbidden Stars


New Bedford

Monster Truck Mayhem

Magic: The Gathering



Settlers of Catan

Vegas Showdown






Dark Dealings



Mow Money

Pinbox 3000

Don’t Get Eated

TC Petty III’s Designer Ego blog (with Don’t Get Eated print-and-play)




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One Response to “The State of Games, Ep. 88 – The One About Do-Overs”
  1. Nathan Cornelius says:

    To TC’s “challenge” — I would say that Kingsburg and Catan are good games which use dice as a key element without providing a means to re-roll.

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