Mint Tin Minis?

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While at dinner the other night, Kate and I were talking about the upcoming Kickstarter (OMG! this Tuesday! I’m such a friggin’ nervous wreck!)¬† and the next games we want to make.

She takes an empty Altoids Smalls tin from her purse and says

what about Mint Tin Minis?

And she was serious! o_O

There are some big advantages to make games a la Maker Movement style at home with materials that aren’t all custom made. It’s allowed us to send out 3 dozen each of Mint Tin Pirates and Mint Tin Aliens to out-of-state play test groups and then reviewers, and even sell some! With a “traditional” board game, prototypes would have easily cost 5 to 10 times more!

I have a game design meetup friend who launched a successful Kickstarter but his prototypes ran $50 each!

Not only cost, but space advantages too!

I posted earlier the pic of a carton of 432 mint tins and Bella the cat. It’s not a shoe box but it’s also not so big as to be a logistical issue.

So when Kate tossed out the mini gauntlet at dinner, I pulled out dice and meeples from my messenger bag and started futzing with game ideas while waiting for our food (hmm, seems to be a common theme with us). =D

So 4 12mm d6, 8 mini meeples and one normal sized “monster” meeple, plus instructions printed on a components wrapper (like the paper in Altoids), may actually work! The outside label might be the biggest challenge (and making a fun game!). =)

ridiculously portable!


much smaller than current mint tin games (my Pirates copy is beat up from jumping on it to see how it stands up)


 UPDATE 26.09.2014 14:35 РThe theme is set!

oh yeah, this is for real and it’s on like Donkey Kong! =D