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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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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.

Success Stories 4: Build Trust

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. Build Trust “I think that what we are doing right is that we…

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#1 – Glyph

Here are the top 10 Kickstarter tabletop game campaigns launched this week! 1. Glyph Project By: Kazoodoo Games 2. Relic Knights: 2nd Edition Project By: Soda Pop Miniatures 3. Crossroads of Heroes Project By: Pat Piper 4. Village Attacks Project By: Grimlord Games 5. Dubai: Rebuild the Ruins Project By: Greater Than Games 6. Raiders of the North Sea: Two Expansions Project By: Shem Phillips 7. Ever After: Twisted Realm Project By: Xrosstales 8. Empires of the Void II Project…

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Success Stories 3: Sell Local

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. Sell Local “The biggest thing that has helped with the campaign’s success so…

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#1 – Pests!

Here are the top 10 Kickstarter tabletop game campaigns launched this week! 1. Pests! Project By: Spontaneously Combustible Games 2. GKR: Heavy Hitters Project By: Weta Workshop 3. Havenwood Horror: Nightfall At Camp Havenwood Project By: DNA Games LLC 4. Thunderstone Quest Project By: Alderac Entertainment Group 5. Rocket Cats in Space Project By: Vile Genius Games 6. Dinosaur Island Project By: Pandasaurus Games 7. Unlocked: The Mansion of Mana Project By: Good Knight Games, LLC 8. Monikers: The Shut…

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Success Stories 2

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. Demo the Prototype “We’ve continued to demo our game at local game stores…

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#1 – Dwarves of Iron Peak

Here are the top 10 Kickstarter tabletop game campaigns launched this week! 1. Dwarves of Iron Peak Project By: Rocket Slug Games 2. Champions of Midgard: The Expansions Project By: Grey Fox Games 3. Mauser Earth: War for Paris Project By: Wonderlands Project 4. The Terminator™: The Official Board Game Project By: Space Goat Productions, Inc. 5. The Dutch East Indies Project By: Keep Exploring Games 6. Black Orchestra Project By: Game Salute 7. Bearly Working Project By: Lazy Wolf…

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Success Stories 1

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. Remaining Agile “I think the most important thing we are doing right now…

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#1 – Dungeon Alliance

Here are the top 10 Kickstarter tabletop game campaigns launched this week! 1. Dungeon Alliance Project By: Quixotic Games 2. Munchkin Shakespeare Project By: Steve Jackson Games 3. The Grid Game Project By: Ismael Porras L. 4. Exodus: Event Horizon Project By: NSKN Games 5. Dogs Project By: Rob Masson 6. Campy Creatures Project By: Keymaster Games 7. Jackal Archipelago Project By: Mosigra 8. Arkham Ritual Project By: Ninja Star Games 9. 1500 – The New World Project By: Dan…

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#1 – British vs Pirates

Board Game Badger is back, baby! Here are the top 10 Kickstarter tabletop game campaigns of the week! 1. British vs Pirates Project By: Apollo Randall 2. Quodd Heroes Project By: Wonderment Games 3. Dragon Brew Project By: August Games 4. SUPERHOT Project By: Board & Dice 5. IN TENEBRIS LUX Project By: Owen Matthew Aurelio 6. The Shared Dream Project By: ODAM Publishing LLC 7. Laboratory Mahem Project By: Lab Mayhem Team 8. By Order of the Queen Project…

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Worldwide Advertisements on Facebook now Better than Ever!

Publishing games on Kickstarter and publishing in general already requires that you approach many aspects of game development for an international audience. Foreign language rulebook translation requests have flooded comment sections and BoardGameGeek forums, and Kickstarter shows no signs of slowing their expansions to countries worldwide. Today, you stand the biggest chance at a successful campaign when you market to an international audience. That means expanding your marketing reach to include Europe and abroad. Publishers can now use a new…

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