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Inspired by this initiative by Thundergryph Games, I have decided to use this platform to do some small amount of social good. Helping me costs you nothing but creates a tangible way for me to give back to a charitable cause I feel very passionate about. The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International is a 501(c)3 charity dedicated to the conservation of gorillas and their habitats in Africa. They are committed to promoting continued research on threatened ecosystems and education about…

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Don’t Just be a Designer, be a Collaborator – Guest Blog by Nestor Tyr

It was a mid-May afternoon back a year ago when I first talked with Martin Looij from Keep Exploring Games. He told me he had seen some Facebook posts regarding Tour Operator and wanted to learn more as was creating a traveling-themed game himself. As it turned out, our perspective on the theme was different. His game’s protagonists were tourists while I was designing a game from the standpoint of the occupations in tourism around the world. Nonetheless, we agreed…

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You’ve got a friend in me: Collaborating with other Kickstarter Creators – Guest Post by Artem Safarov

Your Kickstarter goes live in a few months. Your days are a mix of pride in and anxiety. If you have done your homework and consumed the wisdom of Jamie Stegmaier and James Mathe (and many others) – you know that the most significant predictor of your success now is how much awareness you are going to drum up before the project launches. So, you do the best you can. You are signed up to all the Facebook groups. You…

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Announcing New York Slice Legacy!

Today, Bézier Games announced the upcoming release of New York Slice Legacy, the very first Legacy game that you eat while you play! Co-designed by Rob Daviau, Jeffrey D. Allers, and Ted Alspach, the game will debut at Gen Con with a general release in early September. The Original New York Slice is an “I cut, you choose” game where players have to divide up a pizza knowing that they’ll end up with the section that none of their opponents…

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The Good, The Bad, & The Misinformed – Week 9

Each week, I will show you educational case studies on Kickstarter. These are strictly my experience-based opinions on Kickstarter best practices. My listing these campaigns are always an endorsement of the product itself, no matter my critical commentary of the campaign. Enjoy! *Please note that I missed Week 6, 7, and 8 due to schedule complications. Palm Island – Portable Card Game Take your island with you. Play anywhere with this portable deck transformer game. The Good: A word about…

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Guest Blog with Petter Olsen – Do I Have Enough Followers?

Sorry for the hiatus! It’s been a busy few weeks. I have both helped launch two Kickstarter campaigns, Infinities: Defiance of Fate and Castles of Caleira, as well as attended two industry conventions, New York Toy Fair and Expedition Prototype and Industry Con (EPIC). In that time I let The Good, The Bad, and the Misinformed slip a couple of weeks, so for that, I apologize and promise to start up again as soon as possible. In this time, I…

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The Good, The Bad, & The Misinformed – Week 5

Each week, I will show you educational case studies on Kickstarter. These are strictly my experience-based opinions on Kickstarter best practices. My listing these campaigns are always an endorsement of the product itself, no matter my critical commentary of the campaign. Enjoy! Lightning & Bolt — an asymmetric co-op superhero adventure! A game of superheroes & robots for parents & kids, from the creator of Vast & the illustrator of Everdell // A proud part of MAKE 100 The Good:…

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The Good, The Bad, & The Misinformed – Week 4

Each week, I will show you educational case studies on Kickstarter. These are strictly my opinions on Kickstarter best practices, but opinions based on experience at that. My listing these campaigns are always an endorsement of the product itself, no matter my critical commentary of the campaign. Enjoy! UBOOT The Board Game A real-time, app-driven board game of WW2 submarine warfare. This underwater war thriller will put your skills to the ultimate test. The Good: Watch the intro video all…

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The Good, The Bad, & The Misinformed – Week 3

Each week, I will show you educational case studies on Kickstarter. These are my opinions of Kickstarter best practices, peppered with my taste of bad humor. My listing these campaigns are always an endorsement of the product itself, no matter my critical commentary of the campaign. Enjoy! The Good – Seize the Bean – A Light-Hearted Deck Builder about Berlin! Thematic deck builder with brutal resource management, card drafting, set collection, engine building, modular setup & wild components! This is…

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Alternative Themes with Andrew Russell Birkett

Andrew Russell Birkett has been an industry colleague for some years now, and he has produced a few games with what you wouldn’t really consider as standard theming. From Cul-de-Sac Conquest to his upcoming project, Ruins of Mars, Andrew really has an eye for creativity. His latest game, Supernatural Socks, fully displays that commitment to alternative themes, so I invited Andrew to discuss briefly the creative process that goes into theming a board game. You can support Supernatural Socks on…

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