For this special game contest, we are seeking a game to publish at the end of 2021 as part of our "small but different" game line-up. This line-up includes Rosetta: The Lost Language, an upcoming re-release of Quota (in a larger box than the current release), and an unannounced memory party game by Bobby West. Each game comes in a magnetic-lidded identical box, and focuses on giving a unique game experience that may not be what players are expecting. This contests seeks to add another game to that line-up.
To expand, our"small but different" product line uses the premium feel and presentation of Rosetta: The Lost Language and expands it to games that we feel we haven't seen before. These may be surprising, thoughtful, creative, or something else entirely. Consider the below for guidance:
The Story Machine Games Discord is available to discuss the contest with other designers and the judges. The judges cannot provide feedback on submissions in this capacity, but can clarify elements of the theme, restrictions, and rules. This is an excellent space to also talk to other designers and receive feedback and support.
There are two methods of submission, due to both distance, cost, and the limitations of the ongoing pandemic.
Regardless of method, we must be able to PLAY the game. Any version of a submission that does not include all components, as well as a legible rulebook, will not be played (and therefore, not judged). If elements of your design are split between both methods above, please note in BOTH submissions that the other half is digital/physical, so we do not consider your submission incomplete.
Submissions are not required to be perfectly sized to fit the contest-restricted box, nor do you need to submit a box. We have plenty—and we will take a generous view on whether or not a game 'fits' within reason. You are welcome to submit materials describing or showing box usage, if necessary, and we will mock-up our spare boxes as needed.
Theme: Social Distance
Theme: The Wonders of Vintage Video Games
Theme: Common Mechanic, Uncommon Twist