Sunday update 20th August 2017

Hi all,

Welcome to the weekly update where we’ll be showing progress on our free to play games available from our Patreon page, our playtesting updates and any other exciting news!

Firstly for August we have released two games, downloadable here. August is family friendly month so check out our cute new games attached to the August post.
Emotions cars and book shown

We are looking forward to Social Deduction September and are looking at releasing a firm Playtesting favourite “Mystery on the SS Sandbrook” – a game that’s been in development for over 2 years and playtested over 200 times! Download it from the Patreon (for free!) In our September post coming soon.
Two cards shown for the doctor, injure and kill

Playtesting

With the club closed for the summer not much to say!

Other

Interested in a physical copy if any of our upcoming board or card games? Let us know here. Thanks!

Good luck to all those recieving exam results this week!

We’re busy making new fun educational stuff too so check out our TES store too if you are a teacher!

Finally a massive thank you to Paul and everyone else helping us out by joining the Patreon by pledging a dollar or more! Every dollar we get each month helps to provide free resources and keep the tabletop club running as a space for kids to be safe and have fun. Keep up the good work!

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Mystery on the SS Sandbrook

Sneak peak at some of the characters in the upcoming free print to play game SS Sandbrook. A social deduction game currently in final editing ready for an Autumn release! Get this and others from our website!

An easy win for the cultists… Play three damage ship cards and you too can join Cthulu!

The doctor should really stick to his oath of healing…

Sunday Progress Update: 5th August 2017

Hi all! Here’s our roundup of this week’s progress, playtesting, what’s available and what’s coming soon. Stay tuned!

On Monday there will be a special update with free print and play downloads and further updates to our Patreon

What have we been doing this week?

Emotions version 1.0 card game, colouring and literacy books release.

Emotions has been released, a quick matching game for all ages with vocabulary descriptions and cute artwork. See here.

Emotions is available for download for all Patreon Subscribers or from the TES store. If you get it from the TES store you also get the eBook of the colouring book free!

Emotions Colouring book – Click here!

Update: Now available on Amazon! Check it out here!

Patreon changes to early access

We’re moving to a free print and play model as a company. More details to come soon but you’ll soon be seeing monthly completed downloadable games here on the site! Get your printers ready!

Please do consider signing up for even just $1 a month helps keep the tabletop club running as much as possible, especially during the autumn and winter months!

With the release of Emotions it makes sense to make some changes to our Patreon model. We’ve changed from a ‘pay at the end’ model to monthly. In practice this means I can budget any income for the club each month alongside any paid resources from the TES store into improving the club for our students as well as printing copies of our educational / mental health resources for local schools. Its not much at the moment but it all helps keep it running! Please do consider joining us on our quest here and get early access and discounts on our games, resources etc.

Instagram and Facebook initialisation

We have revently opened a page on facebook and an Instagram. Check us out and follow us for the latest information and updates!

Game Jam entry for next week:

Working on a silly adult game about sinners trying to get forgiveness from the Cardinal. Will be available to all when complete! Will you be forgiven or damned?

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Playtesting

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End of Summer Term! Playtesting on hold in the club until September. Though we did sneak in a couple of rounds of Village Life at home!

What’s available to download or order now?

Free for Anyone

Tabletop Simulator

Graveyard Jazz 1.0 – see here! (Also P&P)

Village life 0.5 on TTS – see here!

(Want to check out the original inspiration? The Regent: Check it out here!)

Cat Academy Battle! – Original version – see here!

Print and Play

Graveyard Jazz 1.0 – Details and download available for free here!

Let’s Photograph 1.0: Photography ideas cards – see here!

Pocket Munch 1.1: Silly quick and simple card game – see here!

Free to all Patrons (see changes above)

Cat Academy Micro Battle: a wallet game version of Cat Academy, see below.

The Lowest Bidder: a simple wallet card game where player’s compete to sell their products.

Emotions 1.0: see above!

Village Life 0.5 Print and play

$5+ Early Access for August: 

SS Sandbrook latest pre 1.0 version print and play

Sandbrook Heist Alpha

Cat Academy Beta

Sins of Satan Beta

Current progress of all games not mentioned above

Betas

Village Life 0.5: Explore, Expand, Elect. 

wp-image-962748501 Latest printed version. New version in the post!

How to play here!

Sins of Satan / Demon Controller: Beta 0.8b.

A social deduction game in the likes of Avalon, Secret Hitler, Warewolf etc. Players try to play either sins or virtues, with corresponding effects for each. There are more virtuous players than demons, and more virtue cards in the pack, but players need to work together if they are going to prevent the demons from winning and taking control.

There is also a new quick paced tile collection game in the works in the same theme. 

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0.8 available to download to Patrons!

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Demon Controller with the new artwork

SS Sandbrook 0.8a

A social deduction card game for 3- 9 players. More info here and here.

Sandbrook Heist! 0.4b

A quick social deduction card game. 0.4 updates and standardises the characters, makes the cat burglar more effective and introduces a final character “Herr Doctor”, a kind of evil doctor that can both harm and help the Mastermind.

Cat Academy Battle 0.7: a fun, fast mix and match game about getting the best Cat you can. Players match adjectives to their Cat cards to earn the most points they can in a round. In Battle! Mode, players also fight for their team – friendly or ferocious.

Other inventions!

Evolve! Pre-alpha stage.

Tranquility Station: More info here. Pre-alpha stage. Old TTS link.


A note on game versions, alphas, betas etc.

Alpha means it is in a playable state, but either untested or needs a lot of work.

Beta means it is playable and has been well playtested, but requires some additional work or finishing off.

Version number: How close we are to completing the game overall.
0.0 – 0.4: Game is in early stages.
0.4 – 0.7: Game has been well Playtesting but requires work.
0.8 – 0.9: Game is in the final stages of completion, usually lacking final editing, artwork etc.
1.0: Game is completed and released. “Free for all” games will have a blog entry with download. Others will be available to download through Patreon as completed.

Comments and suggestions? Want to see something not shown? Got an idea for a game you want making? Let us know in the comments below!


Sunday Progress Update: 30th July 2017

Hi all! Here’s our roundup of this week’s progress, playtesting results, an overview of what’s available and what’s coming soon. Stay tuned!

What have we been working on and playtesting this week?

Emotions version 1.0 Release

Emotions has been released, a quick matching game for all ages with vocabulary descriptions and cute artwork. See here.

Emotions is available for download for all Patreon Subscribers or from the TES store. We are currently looking into ways of making it more widely available.

Patreon changes to early access

With the release of Emotions it makes sense to make some changes to our Patreon model. We’ve changed from a ‘pay at the end’ model to monthly. In practice this means I can budget any income for the club each month alongside any paid resources from the TES store into improving the club for our students as well as printing copies of our educational / mental health resources for local schools. Its not much at the moment but it all helps keep it running! Consider joining us here and get early access and discounts on our games, resources etc.

New Educational games: GCSE Keywords Dominoes and flashcards.

We recently created a set of GCSE RS Dominoes and flashcards available on the TES store. I am hoping to expand these out to other subjects, especially to expand our mental health reach like with Emotions. These are currently available here.

Any profit from this store will go to creating further resources and providing them to schools as with the Patreon.

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Instagram and Facebook initialisation
Have opened a page on facebook and an Instagram

Playtesting

End of Summer Term! Playtesting on hold in the club until September.

What’s available to download or order now?

Free for Anyone

Tabletop Simulator

Graveyard Jazz 1.0 – see here! (Also P&P)

Village life 0.5 on TTS – see here!

(Want to check out the original inspiration? The Regent: Check it out here!)

Cat Academy Battle! – Original version – see here!

Print and Play

Graveyard Jazz 1.0 – Details and download available for free here!

Let’s Photograph 1.0: Photography ideas cards – see here!

Pocket Munch 1.1: Silly quick and simple card game – see here!

Free to all Patrons (see changes above)

Cat Academy Micro Battle: a wallet game version of Cat Academy, see below.

The Lowest Bidder: a simple wallet card game where player’s compete to sell their products.

Emotions 1.0: see above!

$5/20 Early Access for August: 

SS Sandbrook latest pre 1.0 version print and play, see below

Sandbrook Heist Alpha

Cat Academy Beta

Village Life 0.5

Sins of Satan Beta


Current progress of all games not mentioned above:

Betas

Village Life 0.5: Explore, Expand, Elect. 

Village life printed pieces

Latest printed version

New updates to the artwork shown below:

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Latest tile artwork

How to play here!

We have been working on ideas for expansions too! – see here!

Sins of Satan / Demon Controller: Beta 0.8b.

A social deduction game in the likes of Avalon, Secret Hitler, Warewolf etc. Players try to play either sins or virtues, with corresponding effects for each. There are more virtuous players than demons, and more virtue cards in the pack, but players need to work together if they are going to prevent the demons from winning and taking control.

There is also a new quick paced tile collection game in the works in the same theme. Will put up photos when it arrives in the post!

More info here. A quicker playthrough designed for a younger audience.

0.8 available to download to Patrons!

Picture of all the demon controller cards showing virtues and sins

Demon Controller with the new artwork

SS Sandbrook 0.8a

A social deduction card game for 3- 9 players. More info here and here.

Sandbrook Heist! 0.4b

A quick social deduction card game. 0.4 updates and standardises the characters, makes the cat burglar more effective and introduces a final character “Herr Doctor”, a kind of evil doctor that can both harm and help the Mastermind.

Cat Academy Battle 0.7: a fun, fast mix and match game about getting the best Cat you can. Players match adjectives to their Cat cards to earn the most points they can in a round. In Battle! Mode, players also fight for their team – friendly or ferocious.

Other inventions!

Evolve! A 3 round board game where players build up their plant and animals over 3 seperate rounds. Taking on a different plant/animal each time with winner takes (eats?) all. Printed but not Playtesting due to time restraints. Pre-alpha stage.

Tranquility Station: Players arrive, job cards in hand to their first job on a space station. Chaos ensues as traitors, aliens and viruses spread through the ship. Board game for up to 8 players. More info here. Pre-alpha stage. Check it out on TTS here, but it is unfortunately not feature complete…


A note on game versions, alphas, betas etc.

Alpha means it is in a playable state, but either untested or needs a lot of work.

Beta means it is playable and has been well playtested, but requires some additional work or finishing off.

Version number: How close we are to completing the game overall.
0.0 – 0.4: Game is in early stages.
0.4 – 0.7: Game has been well Playtesting but requires work.
0.8 – 0.9: Game is in the final stages of completion, usually lacking final editing, artwork etc.
1.0: Game is completed and released. “Free for all” games will have a blog entry with download. Others will be available to download through Patreon as completed.

Comments and suggestions? Want to see something not shown? Got an idea for a game you want making? Let us know in the comments below!

Emotions Colouring Book
Emotions Colou…
How do you feel today?
By Simon Palmer
Photo book

Emotions public release!

Hi all, checking in before the weekly update to tell you some exciting news!

We’ve been working hard and have finally released Emotions 1.0 as our first release!

Download is available on the TES store (as its predominately an educational game) but we are also using Patreon and personal money to professionally print it for local students in our West London schools.

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Cards are available in both 72 card game version or 52 card version which includes the game plus poker lettering (2-10,JQKA). Let us know if you need a professionally printed copy!

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We’ve also been hard at work updating Village Life to 0.5 and beyond! 0.3D is available to all Patrons to download but the latest 0.5 version is available to $5 and higher Patrons for the next month as an early access bonus. Get involved with out new Instagram @harlegames or find us on Facebook for more information.

Village life cards online

Want to help provide educational resources to local schools and help run a tabletop club for students to design, create and play games as a daily activity? Join our patreon today!

New places, new resources…

Busy an aside to let you know before the weekly update of a few changes.

1. we’ve finalised and released Emotions to our Patreon subscribers.

2. We’ve changed the Patreon to monthly early access to reflect more our business model.

3. Weve also opened a new store on TES (Times Educational Supliment) to reflect some of the other games and materials that we have been working on, especially during Summer break. You can check it out below!

Thanks all!

Wednesday Roundup: 7th June 2017

Playtesting this week :

SS Sandbrook V7 – Card game; Social deduction

The Village – Board game; Exploration, Economy and Politics, board game

SS Sandbrook

Playtesting SS Sandbrook card game

Playtesting SS Sandbrook in progress

Our little testers have been checking for any errors in version 7 before we finalise and go to print on v8 (the changelog can be found here). Play went well over the two sessions run and players managed to complete three games without needing to check instructions /rules etc which is looking positive. 

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Testers teaching testers…?

Earlier this week we went hands off to have playtesters teaching new players. It started simply as a necessity and turned into a really good idea. With the exams still on, life is busy and so my attention was taken away from the board games towards real life.

Village III Prototype

On Wednesday we broke out prototype III, converting the board game into an open exploration game. This means players have to search out their locations first, incorporating an element of randomness which will need balancing. Feedback however feedback was positive and players preferred the open nature of the game to the static board. 

Gaming materials all boxed up and ready

Materials ready for play

Gameboard showing the different spaces and key partd

The basic gameboard put together

Most parts explored - players are building their economy

Game in progress with 4 players at (almost) the end of exploration and a good economy being built

The first playthrough went well with 4 players. Despite the “random bonus” cards, there were three runners for first place at the end of the game, with the fourth not too far behind. 

We decided the winner by how much it would cost to buy the resources/buildings outright.

Player 1:

3 honour (15), mixed resources (5), buildings (15). Total: 35 (Honour win)

Player 2:

0 honour (0), mixed resources (18), buildings (16). Total: 34

Player 3:

0 honour (0), mixed resources (12), buildings (12). Total: 24
Player 4:

0 honour (0), mixed resources (14), buildings (16). Total: 30
Honour is earned either by buying outright (“giving to the poor”) or by constructing certain buildings. Player 1 here got the honour by building the City building, upgrading the Village and opening the second part of the game. Unfortunately we didn’t have time for this aspect though on this 30 minute playthrough.

Outcomes:

General – Exploration style better than standard map

Balancing needed with regards to random tile cards 

Balance needed with regards to supplies/later buildings. IE if mines are rare, but minerals are worth the same, why does getting a mine make a difference?

More next week! (Next week will be Thursday!)

Want this game when it’s released? Want to play this and other games right now? Want to help our tabletop club stay open?  Check out our Patreon page! It makes a massive difference to our members!