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The ultimate Geek Game Book. Portraits of designers, illustrators, and games. Celebrating the tabletop and the people behind the box.
The ultimate Geek Game Book. Portraits of designers, illustrators, and games. Celebrating the tabletop and the people behind the box. Pre-orders may be available. Please e-mail moviemaker@ gmail
The ultimate Geek Game Book. Portraits of designers, illustrators, and games. Celebrating the tabletop and the people behind the box. Pre-orders may be available. Please e-mail moviemaker@ gmail
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This is the ultimate Game Table Accessory. Wizards of the Tabletop: Portraits of Game Designers & Accomplices is a celebration of the people behind the box. Not just a coffee table book, this is a game table book and is a way to share with family and friends your enthusiasm for tabletop gaming. The text presents a history of the hobby with pictures of designers, publishers, artists and the games themselves from 1995 to the present.

Post campaign, visit us at www.tabletopmovie.com. Contact e-mail on website.


Alan R Moon: Ticket to Ride. Click for our main website
Alan R Moon: Ticket to Ride. Click for our main website

Wizards of the Tabletop is a collection of compelling photographs and the history of some of your favorite board games and the designers behind them. You’ll meet the creative minds behind games like Ticket to Ride, Tokaido, Dead of Winter, and more. You’ll even hear about some of the unsung heroes of the board game industry, such as illustrators, publishers, and even reviewers in this comprehensive look at the world of tabletop. Kelly Knox, Geek & Sundry

Bebo: GameWireGirl
Bebo: GameWireGirl

Backers will receive a deluxe collectors item: a 12"X12" hardcover book with over 75 pages of beautiful photos and informative text. Publishers, game table manufacturers, and industry professionals may back at a high level for product shots, and a featured logo. These backers will also receive books to sell, give away, or bundle for promotion.

I’m impressed with what Morse has put together here. The shots are thoughtful and expressive, capturing an often-whimsical image that shows off that person’s personality or their games’ personality. The image of Steve Jackson being squished by his own game cracks me up. Jessica Fischer, Gameosity 

Illustrated cover by Jacqui Davis (sample work above)
Illustrated cover by Jacqui Davis (sample work above)

The imagery is stunning. The photos feature some of the most popular games that had a lasting impact on the gaming culture. In addition, we see photos of the creators of the games themselves, showcasing their personality. Calli Welsch, Unfiltered Gamer

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Jamey Stegmaier: Euphoria and Scythe

We recently received a mention in Jamey Stegmaier's Kickstarter Lessons.

This book will likely be a one print run kind of thing. It is a unique item for you and also a great gift. Now shipping to the US, Canada, the UK, Germany, and now other countries in the EU. Pickup is also available at Essen (we still have shipping costs associated with this) or if you visit the US, we can ship to any US based hotel in the second half of 2017!

There are several reward levels that includes the deluxe version of  THE NEXT GREAT AMERICAN GAME and bonus interviews with designers:  a $40 dollar value in itself. The main documentary follows Randall Hoyt on his quest to publish his game Turnpike and 3+ hours of interviews with designers, many of whom are featured in the book: Teuber, Knizia, Moon, Leacock, Lang, Bauza, Jackson, Garfield, Faidutti and more. 

Rahdo Runs Through The Movie and associated website www.tabletopmovie.com (Includes the trailer at the beginning). We have screened at BGG.CON, UK Games Expo, Gen Con, Origins, PAX East, Phoenix ComiCon and Alan Moon's Gathering of Friends.

  • Scott Alden, Co-founder, Board Game Geek I watched the movie and loved it - really great!   
  • Game Theory It's the next great American boardgame documentary.
  • GeekDad This film is a must-see for anyone who has ever dreamed of publishing a game. 
  • Boardgame Babylon TNGAG is a small wonder. I recommend you pick it up. 
  • Giant Fire Breathing Robot The Next Great American Game is absolutely delightful.  
Toni and Ted Alspach: One Night Ultimate Werewolf
Toni and Ted Alspach: One Night Ultimate Werewolf

Any gamer who enjoys this hobby should delight in the images and story contained in this fine book. ER Burgess Boardgame Babylon

Book layout and graphic design by Randall Hoyt. Cover illustration by Jacqui Davis. Text and Photos by Douglas Morse. 

Risks and challenges

My first Kickstarter project, Adventures on the Tabletop (aka The Next Great American Game) delivered on time and with hours more extras than originally promised. This book is nearing completion and I have every confidence it will be finished and delivered in a timely manner. I have researched and checked the numbers. We are working with a professional graphic designer and two copy editors. Wolfgang Kramer is kindly reviewing the text for historical completeness.

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    Wizards of the Tabletop PDF for Printing

    The book of portraits and text in PDF and EPUB. For those beyond the borders of the US. You can send an HD version to a local print on demand service like Blurb or an EPUB version designed to enjoy on your computer or tablet.

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    Wizards of the Tabletop Portrait Book

    Wizards of the Tabletop portrait book 12"X12"Hardcover collectors edition. The ultimate game table accessory. Portraits of designers, illustrators and games. A visual and textual history of the board game boom. Non-US orders may pick up at Origins or Gen Con

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    All Digital: PDF & Movie Download

    High quality PDF for print on demand and EPUB for a tablet. Also digital copy of The Next Great American Game documentary and over 3 hours of interviews with designers. Total value $59 and no shipping involved.

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    Wizards of the Tabletop & Deluxe Movie

    Wizards of the Tabletop Hardcover book. Also includes The Next Great American Game feature film. This digital deluxe version includes over 3 hours of interviews with designers and publishers ($69 value in total!) Pick up book at Origins or Gen Con.

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    Three books to share with family and friends. Includes one digital copy of The Next Great American Game Deluxe version. Total value over $115! The film can also be given as a gift. Pick up available at Origins or Gen Con.

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    Includes 25 books, special thanks and logo on the supporter page. Shipped to you or pickup at a US based convention.

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    100 books for giveaways, bundles, resale, promotion. Product shot in back of book and logo in back or on back cover. Special thanks on sponsorship page. Shipping available to any US based convention.

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    200 books for giveaways, resale, or promotion. Logo in front of book or on cover. Product shot in front of book. Shipping available to any US based convention.

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