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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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Crowdfunding requires a crowd. Let’s get your game in front of potential customers in a cost-efficient way.

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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.

Cthulhu Wars and Nine Other Winners!

Be sure to watch the videos below and follow the links to learn more about these campaigns! You can register for a free account now to see my opinions on these campaigns! Most Funded New Campaigns 1. Cthulhu Wars Onslaught 3 Project By: Sandy Petersen – Cthulhu Wars is the premier horror strategy game with high quality miniatures and great competitive gameplay and tactics. 2. Hex Chests Remastered: Artisan Dice Boxes Project By: Elder Wood – The next evolution of…

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Star Realms Frontiers and Nine Other Winners!

Be sure to watch the videos below and follow the links to learn more about these campaigns! You can register for a free account now to see my opinions on these campaigns! Most Funded New Campaigns 1. Star Realms Frontiers Project By: White Wizard Games – Frontiers is a 1-4 player standalone expansion for the multiple game-of-the-year award winning Star Realms Deckbuilding Game. 2. Founders of Gloomhaven Project By: Cephalofair Games – A stand-alone city building board game of tile…

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Pepper and Carrot and Nine Other Winners!

Be sure to watch the videos below and follow the links to learn more about these campaigns! You can register for a free account now to see my opinions on these campaigns! Most Funded New Campaigns 1. Pepper and Carrot: The Potion Contest Project By: Loyalist Games – Pepper and Carrot, are taking part in the Kamona Potion Contest. Which witch will finish their potions the fastest to win the prize? 2. Perdition’s Mouth: Traitor Guard Expansion Project By: Timo…

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Action News and Nine Other Winners!

Be sure to watch the videos below and follow the links to learn more about these campaigns! You can register for a free account now to see the hidden notes on these campaigns! Most Funded New Campaigns 1. Action News Project By: The Contender – Following in the footsteps of history’s iconic journalists comes a game inspired by the bombastic showmanship of television news. 2. Wendake Project By: Post Scriptum – Native American themed strategy game of resource management and…

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Herbaceous – Reviewers’ Game of the Quarter!

Each quarter, the Board Game Reviewers Group on Facebook conducts a poll to determine the game of the quarter. For this poll, a game will earn 10 to 1 points based on its position on the poll itself from best to 10th best. Games get bonus points for any original review content created within that quarter for the game linked in the comments. Herbaceous actually gained its lion’s share of points in the poll itself. Here are the two reviews…

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How Social Media Adds Value to a Kickstarter Campaign

Social Media is a Blessing and a Curse I want you to buy my widget tomorrow, so I am going to do a giveaway today and, hopefully, that works. Numerous creators boast of “driving engagement” when that is, in truth, a minimal value and only scratching the surface to add to conversion ROI. While engagement can lead to the partial success of a project, more often than not, creators are not affecting changes that directly lead to conversions from social…

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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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