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Board Game Badger

For the last 3 years, I have studied every tabletop game Kickstarter campaign to launch on the platform. Each week, I highlight 10 new campaigns in a series called Board Game Badger.

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I work with creators around the world to incubate their product from concept to fulfillment. These are just a few consultation services I offer.

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Best practices for campaign layouts are constantly updating. Present the best campaign you can.

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Established publishers ship product worldwide and save a lot of money in the process. Learn their tricks and gain backers!

A few creators I have helped recently.

Doomsday Robots

Daniel has been involved with the Kickstarter scene long enough to know what has worked and what has flopped. We did a lot of research and planning to put our best foot forward for the Bridges to Nowhere campaign. There were plenty of times, though, where no amount of planning could help us and that’s where Daniel was a godsend. His experience helped us make important decisions, and his professional perspective gave us confidence. Finally, it takes time and access to make connections in the board game industry. We had very few contacts, and Daniel was able to advocate for our game to the right people and got our campaign more attention than we could have on our own. From start to finish, it was a real pleasure working with Daniel, and we could not recommend him more highly.

Vile Genius Games

An expert like Daniel has one job and that’s to always know the latest on trends in the industry. You don’t have time to create an amazing game/product and have time to learn everything about Kickstarter (and if you do try you’ll spread yourself thin). Another benefit of having an expert is they help you layout everything you need to create the campaign. Rather than me spending hours trying to decide what we needed to create, Daniel took his time to develop an outline of what needed to be included. This allowed me to focus all my efforts on the graphics and promotion of the campaign. Finally, Daniel worked closely with our team to ensure the numbers made sense for the campaign. This meant making sure the price point, funding goal, and the number of backers needed to fund were in a range that gives us the best chance to have a successful campaign.

Zephyr Workshop

Daniel was a huge help to us with the AEGIS relaunch. We were struggling to put together an effective campaign page and pledge structure because we had gotten too close to our game, and he really pushed us toward a direction that worked – and he was only able to do that because he has been in the weeds so many times working on other campaigns. We had half-run one failed campaign before and learned a book’s worth of info, so the fact that Daniel has experienced dozens of campaigns, failures, and successes, from first and second-hand, it was a very useful perspective to have. I am able to ask him specific questions about any reviewer, any manufacturer, or any methodology and he would be able to give me examples why that thing would or would not be worth the time and money, and could give me or connect me to concrete alternatives to try. That sort of insight/resource is invaluable and was way better than asking the various Facebook groups where you often get vague and brief answers that tend to contradict one another and put you in a thicker fog of ambiguity.

Blood and Plunder and Nine Other Winners!

Be sure to watch the videos below and follow the links to learn more about these campaigns! You can log in for a free account now to see the hidden notes on these campaigns! Most Funded New Campaigns 1. Blood and Plunder: No Peace Beyond the Line Project By: Firelock Games – Dutch and Native Caribbeans are going to join the most historical pirate miniatures war game. 2. Triplock Project By: Josh & Adam Carlson – Go toe to toe…

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Introducing Cardboard Rhino

A new project is afoot! In partnership with Eleni Papadopoulou in Malta, The Daniel Zayas Company is proud to present to you the Rhino Roundup! Tune in every other week to learn about the best new games available on Kickstarter from the perspective of a European gamer! Learn what she is excited about, and learn which games make it to the European market! Enjoy, and please let us know what you think in the comments.

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Human Interface, and Nine Other Winners!

Here they are! The top 10 Kickstarter tabletop game campaigns launched this week I think you should back and follow! Be sure to watch the videos below and follow the links to learn more about these campaigns! You can log in for a free account now to see the hidden notes on these campaigns! MOST FUNDED NEW CAMPAIGNS 1. Human Interface – Be a Better Human Project By: Postindustrial Games – Human Interface: Be a Better Human is a cyberpunk…

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Lords of Hellas, and Nine Other Winners!

Here they are! The top 10 Kickstarter tabletop game campaigns launched this week I think you should back and follow! Be sure to watch the videos below and follow the links to learn more about these campaigns! MOST FUNDED NEW CAMPAIGNS 1. Lords of Hellas Project By: Awaken Realms – Fresh miniature territory control game with adventure elements from creators of This War of Mine: The Board Game 2. Rise of Tribes Project By: Breaking Games – Lead your prehistoric…

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1066, Tears to Many Mothers, and Nine Other Winners!

Here they are! The top 10 Kickstarter tabletop game campaigns launched this week I think you should back and follow! Be sure to watch the videos below and follow the links to learn more about these campaigns! 1. 1066, Tears to Many Mothers Project By: Hall or Nothing Productions – Outwit your enemy & recreate the Battle of Hastings in this multi-award nominated, 1-2 player, 30-40 minute, non-collectable card game. Why did this game make the list? 2. Zombicide: Green…

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Street Masters Rise of the Kingdom, and Nine Other Winners!

Here they are! The top 10 Kickstarter tabletop game campaigns launched this week I think you should back and/or follow! Be sure to watch the videos below and follow the links to learn more about these campaigns! 1. Street Masters Rise of the Kingdom Project By: Blacklist Games 2. Roll Player & Monsters & Minions Expansion Project By: Thunderworks Games 3. Halloween Project By: Quined Games 4. Hand of Fate: Ordeals Project By: Rule & Make and Defiant Development 5.…

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Legendary Showdown: Presidential Edition, and Nine Other Winners!

Here they are! The top 10 Kickstarter tabletop game campaigns launched this week I think you should back and/or follow! Be sure to watch the videos below and follow the links to learn more about these campaigns! 1. Legendary Showdown: Presidential Edition Project By: Killer Robot Games 2. Sine Tempore Project By: Ludus Magnus Studio LLC 3. Rise of the Necromancers Project By: Sore Loser Games 4. Clash of Rage Project By: La Boite de Jeu 5. Ravage – Dungeons…

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Wanted Earth, and Nine Other Winners!

Here they are! The top 10 Kickstarter tabletop game campaigns launched this week I think you should back and/or follow! Be sure to watch the videos below and follow the links to learn more about these campaigns! 1. Wanted Earth Project By: Shadow Squirrel Games 2. Deadly Premonition: The Board Game Project By: Rising Star Games 3. Magitics Premium Edition Project By: A-games 4. Path of Light and Shadow Project By: Indie Boards & Cards 5. Chronomega Project By: Vorpal…

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#1 – Heroes of the Great War: Limanowa 1914

Here they are! The top 10 Kickstarter tabletop game campaigns launched this week I think you should back and/or follow! Be sure to watch the videos below and follow the links to learn more about these campaigns! 1. Heroes of the Great War: Limanowa 1914 Project By: Gladiator Games 2. Heroes of Land, Air, and Sea Project By: Gamelyn Games 3. Tradewars – Homeworld Project By: Outer Limit Games 4. Galaxy of Trian: New Order Project By: Creativemaker 5. FRIEND…

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#1 – Farsight

Here they are! The top 10 Kickstarter tabletop game campaigns launched this week I think you should back and/or follow! Be sure to watch the videos below and follow the links to learn more about these campaigns! 1. Farsight Project By: Brain Crack Games 2. Clans of Caledonia Project By: Karma Games 3. Bullets and Teeth Project By: Last Ditch Games 4. One Deck Dungeon: Forest of Shadows Project By: Asmadi Games 5. Diceborn Heroes Project By: Diceborn Games 6.…

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