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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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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.

#1 – Rayguns & Rocketships

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 check out these campaigns! 1. Rayguns & Rocketships Project By: IDW Games 2. Brass Project By: Roxley Games 3. Interaction Project By: Manfred Lamplmair 4. Hannibal & Hamilcar Project By: Phalanx 5. Chariots of Rome Project By: Victory Point Games 6. Sentinels of Earth-Prime Project By: Green Ronin…

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#1 – Magitics

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 check out these campaigns! 1. Magitics Project By: A-games 2. Dungeon Dice: THE LOST KING and Boxed Game Project By: Potluck Games 3. Enemies of Rome Project By: Worthington Publishing 4. Dead Man’s Doubloons Project By: Thundergryph Games 5. Wages of War Project By: Mora Games 6. Bios…

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#1 – The 7th Guest: The Board Game

Special Mention! Rahdo Runs Through is incredibly important to the hobby of tabletop games and, more notably, appears often in the very Kickstarter campaigns I rate here. It is super important that we celebrate the content creators who serve budding publishers selflessly and endlessly, such as Rahdo does. Please give his campaign a look and, if you can, please support his sixth year. And now, here are the top 10 Kickstarter tabletop game campaigns launched this week I think you…

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#1 – Heroes of the Great War: Limanowa 1914

Here are the top 10 Kickstarter tabletop game campaigns launched this week I think you should back and/or follow! 1. Heroes of the Great War: Limanowa 1914 Project By: Gladiator Games 2. The City of Kings Project By: Frank West 3. Bargain Quest Project By: Bargain Quest Games 4. Sword Art Online Board Game: Sword of Fellows Project By: Japanime Games 5. Omiga Project By: Dionysos Games 6. Infected Project By: Black Forest Studio 7. King’s Champion Project By: Talon…

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Success Stories 6: Magic Worlds

When I list a campaign on the Board Game Badger, I reach out to the publisher to ask them a single question: “What are you doing right in this campaign?” Regardless of whether the publisher meets the funding goal, it is important that we realize real people are working very hard to make games for us. I hope to humanize their campaigns a little in this way. Magic Worlds “We all need a distraction from the real world, something that…

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#1 – Vikingar

Here are the top 10 Kickstarter tabletop game campaigns launched this week I think you should back and/or follow! 1. Vikingar Project By: JackBro 2. Aeon’s End: War Eternal Project By: Indie Boards & Cards 3. Wu Wei: Journey of the Changing Path Project By: Gray Wolf Games 4. The Grimm Forest Project By: Druid City Games 5. Constellations Project By: Xtronaut Enterprises 6. 18CZ Project By: Lonny 7. XYbrid Project By: Gabe Shultz 8. DiverCity Project By: Sphere Games…

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Success Stories 5: A Solid Foundation

When I list a campaign on the Board Game Badger, I reach out to the publisher to ask them a single question: “What are you doing right in this campaign?” Regardless of whether the publisher meets the funding goal, it is important that we realize real people are working very hard to make games for us. I hope to humanize their campaigns a little in this way. A Solid Foundation “I spent over a year supporting other board games on…

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#1 – Powerships

Here are the top 10 Kickstarter tabletop game campaigns launched this week I think you should back and/or follow! 1. POWERSHIPS Project By: Cwali 2. 878 Vikings – Invasions of England Project By: Academy Games 3. The Island of Doctor Necreaux Project By: Invisible City, LLC 4. Cytosis: A Cell Biology Board Game Project By: Genius Games 5. Rampunctious Project By: Jen Carey 6. The Pursuit of Happiness – Community Project By: Artipia Games 7. Sigil – Powers of War…

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#1 – Tribes: Early Civilization

Here are the top 10 Kickstarter tabletop game campaigns launched this week! 1. Tribes: Early Civilization Project By: Tea Time Productions 2. Rising Sun Project By: CoolMiniorNot 3. Get Off My Land! Project By: First Fish Games 4. DRAGOON: The Rogue and Barbarian Expansion + Reprint Project By: Lay Waste Games 5. Zero Sum: The Card Game Project By: Bad Captain Games 6. Grimslingers: The Northern Territory Project By: Greenbrier Games 7. Critters Below Project By: Antler Games 8. HEXplore…

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