Saturday, September 25, 2021

Dead Man's Cribbage Unboxing - Gen Con 2021

This showcases the Dead Man's Cribbage game by unboxing it. Learn more about the game at: 

"Traditional Cribbage with role-playing elements, narrative design, board, and miniatures! Just pick a role (ID card) representing a face-card from the suits: Hero, Villain, Skunk, or Deadman...then play Cribbage. Choose a peg that matches your character/colored-suit. After counting your hand as normal, just obey the card for bonus pegging. Your bonuses depend on your character state (healthy or infected). These vary by character." 

Unboxing presented at the Cincinnati Arsenal Gaming table in the GenCon 2021 Game Hall. Learn more about CAG: 

Virtual version available via the Tabletop Simulator (hosted by Steam, Link

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Dead Man's Cribbage - Box Prototype Arrived

The prototype box arrived for Dead Man's Cribbage. 

  • This will enable some showcasing at next week's Gen Con (Sept 2021).
  • This one is designed to house both the Necromancer and BioHaz Editions. 
  • The back cover differentiates the game from standard cribbage 
  • Rules are posted along the inside box walls
  • The sides are designed for vertical storage on bookshelves

Sunday, August 15, 2021

Box Art Submitted

The first box art for Dead Man's Cribbage has been submitted. In a few weeks, we'll have our first full prototype (Box, Card Decks, Board(s), Custom Pegs) ready to share and play.

Of course, the virtual board is already playable on Tabletop Simulator (via Steam).


Monday, June 28, 2021

Character Pegs - Laser Engraved Prototype


Trying some character pegs that are laser cut and engraved from wood.


Pegs do not collide back-to-back on our custom Dea Man's Cribbage board (that's good!)

Also, fit well side-by-side

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Deadman's Cribbage headed to Tabletop Simulator

Deadman's Cribbage has been digitized on Tabletop Simulator

Here is the direct link to version 1: Dead Man's Cribbage

Anyone can playtest the game online with remote friends. Online gaming is picking up steam (pun intended); this method involves (1) a Steam account, (2) a version of Tabletop Simulator (usually ~20usd) which opens up a huge library of games to play (including awesome 3D RPG games).

This will enable tutorial videos too. Stay tuned.

Here's Papa Tom, Virtual-Remote Scott (avatar on phone) and Seth playing 3-person cribbage online!

Monday, January 18, 2021

Character ID Cards and Refined Gameplay

 Playtesting continues. Gameplay is refined now, and synchronized even better with traditional cribbage.  We are homing in on a full working prototype that would include:

  • A Dead Man's Cribbage poker deck with narrative suits
  • 18 Character Identity Cards that provide bonuses 
  • (Optional) Deadman's Cribbage Terrain scoreboard
  • (Optional) 3D pegs (stretch goal)

Playtesting had us pivot away from the initial concept of having Deadmen infect survivors by lining-up on the scoreboard (as if contagious). The notion that "getting off the board first" was not the goal anymore was cool, but too messy. To add tension while selecting your cards while amplifying the lore of Skunk Hollow, we went all-in on the impact of the narrative suits.

Every player gets a role to play with a character identity card.  Just pick a card and then play cribbage as normal; except, when it is time to count your hand for points, follow the instructions on the card. 

So that seems simple, but the bonuses and character states (healthy/infected) vary by the suits/colors left in your hand. You'll have fun getting those bonuses, or depriving the dealer of them by sabotaging the crib!

Here's a glimpse at some of the character cards. Both Sci-Fi (aka "BioHazard") and Fantasy (aka "Necromancer") editions are shown:

Dead Man's Cribbage Unboxing - Gen Con 2021

This showcases the Dead Man's Cribbage game by unboxing it. Learn more about the game at:   "Trad...