"Pint Craft is a game I would gladly recommend to other Gamer Geeks and to Parent Geeks who I knew were micro brew followers or created their own beers." ~ Father Geek
Your friends loved your latest original home brew recipe and encouraged you to quit your job to brew beer full time. At first you hesitated – how can anyone make a living brewing small batches? Then the right combination of frustration and fortune made this craft beer idea seem like the perfect way to escape your dead end job and ferment some passion into your work! But you’re not alone. Other aspiring brewers want to make their mark, too. In this fast-moving industry you'll need to expand your operations, brew unique styles, and attract thirsty beer enthusiasts to stay ahead of your competition.
Your Objective: Brew craft beer and expand your brewery to earn victory pints!
About Pint Craft
I started developing Pint Craft in January 2012. Pint Craft is a card game where you take on the role of a micro-brewer. After dozens of play tests and five pre-release versions, Pint Craft is ready for mass consumption!
Pint Craft is a game aimed at casual gamers and beer enthusiasts. There are multiple strategies to win at Pint Craft including: focusing on seasonal beers, building your brewery business, and going for high gravity styles.
Each beer recipe in Pint Craft is based on a classic style of beer. A full list of the 25 beer styles is shown at the bottom of the page.
Brewery cards allow players to upgrade their operations or trigger events.
Ingredients in Pint Craft include base malt, specialty malt, hops, and adjuncts. Printed tokens represent these ingredients in various denominations
Each turn in Pint Craft corresponds to a season. Many recipes confer seasonal bonuses. To really learn how Pint Craft is played, download the official rules and make a print and play game by pledging at the $5 level. If you like it, you can get the full version by increasing your pledge by $20.
The Game - You can pre-order Pint Craft starting at the $25 level. Blue Panther LLC has agreed to print the game at its facility in California. US Shipping is included (international backers, please add $10 per game to cover shipping costs - or contact me to discuss bulk purchasing options).
Print and Play Game - Check the Project Updates page to get the link to download your version of Pint Craft.
Coasters - The image below will be letterpressed onto 4” x 4” heavy weight white coaster stock. J2 Art in Ann Arbor will produce the coasters.
Bottle Openers - I plan on making bottle using a plasma torch and a laser engraver (courtesy of MakerWorks). Bottle openers will be made from stainless steel. The rendering below is intended to give an idea of how the bottle openers will look - the final design is subject to change.
T-shirts - It looks just like the T-shirt in the video. The shirt is American Apparel certified organic 100% combed cotton.
Custom Recipe Cards - This is the best reward for homebrewers or true beer enthusiasts. I will take a specific recipe of your choice and translate it into a Custom Recipe card. Click here for a preview of a Custom Recipe card.
- Brewers Supply - canvas container for ingredient tokens.
- Season Disc - 6" card stock game piece to track seasons (replaces cards).
- DIY Recipe Cards - 4 blank DIY Recipe cards (preview) and 4 blank ingredient tokens.
- Professional Art - all printed materials (box, cards, tokens, and the rule book) updated by a professional graphic artist.
Watch this short video demonstrating how Pint Craft is played (Please note that some rules have changed since this video - however the core mechanics are very similar.)
International Shipping - please add $10 US per game to cover shipping costs.
- American Amber
- American Dark Lager
- American IPA
- American Wheat
- Belgian Trippel
- Berliner Weiss
- Bohemian Pilsner
- California Common
- Dortmunder Export
- Dry Stout
- English Barley Wine
- English Brown Ale
- Extra Special Bitter
- German Pilsner
- Imperial IPA
- Oatmeal Stout
- Old Ale
- Pumpkin Spice Ale
- Scotch Ale
- Traditional Bock
What if I don’t reach the goal?
Kickstarter is All-or-Nothing funding. That means that if Pint Craft doesn’t reach the goal of $12,000 by November 25, then it does not get funded. If you pledge to support Pint Craft, you will only pay after this campaign crosses the $12,000 mark. The best way to make sure you can enjoy Pint Craft is to tell your friends, family, and homebrew club all about the game. As soon as this project achieves its funding goal I can guarantee it will be produced and delivered.
I chose the goal based on the production costs for a 500 copy run - which is the minimum to get offset printing through Blue Panther. The $12,000 goal incorporates costs for printing, US shipping, fees, and miscellaneous items.
You can learn all about how Kickstarter works on their helpful FAQ.
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge for me will be the logistics of delivering the finished game. I have a steep learning curve relative to inventory management, order fulfillment, and distribution. I am prepared to bring on help if needed.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Yes. The print and play files can be downloaded by any backer who pledges over $5. The link to download the files is available in the project updates.
1: Adjust your pledge and reward to the 4-pack $80.
2: Add a pledge of $23 per game for the 5th, and additional copies. For example, I live in the US and I want 6 games: $80 + (2 x $23) = $126 total (Don't forget $10 per game for shipping outside the US).
3: Contact me to confirm what you're expecting to get for your pledge: firstname.lastname@example.org
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