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Henry Jasper, founder of Grublin Games launched his game last year having raised almost £31,000 through crowdfunding.

Cornish board game inventor up for national award for Cornish Smugglers

A Westcountry board game maker has discovered a law-abiding way of turning a profit out of smuggling, with his celebrated board game, Cornish Smuggler.

Henry Jasper, founder of Grublin Games launched his game last year having raised almost £31,000 through crowdfunding and a £2,500 investment from Unlocking Cornish Potential.

Now, after his first year of business, Jasper’s firm has generated £50,000 turnover and his flagship title, Cornish Smuggler is up for a national award.

The 34 year old’s strategy game has sold 1,800 units in its first year, with 42 per cent going to Germany.

Jasper now reports that Grublin Games is on track to reach £90,000 this year.

“I am confident we can generate this level of growth this year,” he told Western Morning News.

“Our game is very unusual and quite different. It is interactive and our pricing and postage costs are very competitive.”

Jasper explains that the game’s international success is down to the greater gaming culture in Germany, and he is hoping to tap in to a wider global audience when he exhibits his collection at this year’s UK Games Exposition in Birmingham.

Cornish Smugglers has been nominated for the Best New Board Game in this year’s awards.

Jasper continued: “The Expo is an excellent platform to showcase the game and with the award nomination we’re bound to receive national attention.”

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