Welcome to the Box Games website! We’ve been preparing for your visit. This site is a work in progress that will evolve alongside our work.
Using our experience to produce games that engage learners, we are two creative individuals from Pittsburgh attempting to transform learning through play.
We are excited to present Mill Makers; the first game to come out of our Box Games collaboration. We feel it strikes a perfect balance between strategy and luck; learning and fun. Contact us if you would like to get a copy in your hands.
Mill Makers is a learning game about the early factory system. The Industrial Revolution in the late 18th century brought tremendous technological and social change in the way goods were produced. It began in the English and American textile industry. Entrepreneurs would revolutionize cloth-making by bringing together the capital, raw materials, water-powered machines, and workers needed to produce fabric that would be sent to markets worldwide. Spinning mills began competing along New England rivers… and this is where Mill Makers begins.
How do I win?
The first player to ship finished textiles to market wins the game. To do this, a player must secure the means of production [Phase 1], stock their mill with machines and workers [Phase 2], and ship their finished goods to market [Phase 3]. The challenge is to complete all three phases faster than your opponent while avoiding various obstacles and setbacks.
What comes in the box?
1 Game Board, 135 Game Cards, 7 Customizable Game Cards (optional), 1 Instruction Sheet, 2 Quick Start Guides
“[Surprised] You know what? I would play this game as a game. You know, like, if it wasn’t about a textile mill. . . I’d still play it. It’s really fun. It’s a fun game. I want to play it again. Wanna play?”
– Oscar, Age 14, an age group notoriously bored with everything in life
2018 International Serious Play Board Game Award Program. Silver Award. Cited for excellence as a serious table top game. link
2018 Creative Industries Award. Finalist. Top Gaming + Education Projects of the Year (Pittsburgh, PA). link
2018 International Academic Conference on Meaningful Play – Game Exhibition and Competition. Exhibited Project. Game competition will be held at the conference in October 2018. link
We are currently working on three projects: the settling of Jamestown, the journeys of Lewis and Clark, and the lure of California gold. Starving Time is very close to a release date. Stay tuned.
Feel free to contact us for any reason. We look forward to hearing from you. As we continue to work on other projects, Mill Makers is real. We can get it into your hands. Starving Time is almost there. Thanks for visiting our website. You rock. – Amy and Jeff