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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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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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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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The Good, The Bad, & The Misinformed – Week 2

EDIT NOTES: The article you are reading below is not what I originally published. I strive to be the best version of myself in doing these projects. When I fall short of that, it is important to me that I edit in favor of constructive criticism over what was taken as a direct attack against the subjects of this post. Hopefully, I have achieved that in the post below. Each week, I will show you educational case studies on Kickstarter.…

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Marshall Britt and the Re-Chord Campaign

I have been consulting with Marshall and his business partner, Andrew, for a few months now on the latest Yanaguana Games product, Re-Chord. It has culminated in both cancellation and a successful relaunch. I invited Marshall to share his experience on Kickstarter with the hopes that you can carry these lessons into your campaigns. You can support Re-Chord on Kickstarter now. Failure is a Mindset I’d like to start with a small anecdote about the day I had to cancel…

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The Good, The Bad, & The Misinformed – Week 1

Each week, I will deliver insights as to the inner workings of three Kickstarter campaigns. My goal is to show you valuable case studies happening on Kickstarter right now to help future creators. Here you will find my opinion of current best practices peppered with my taste of bad humor. Keep in mind that this is always in good fun and that my listing these campaigns are almost always an endorsement for you to support these projects, no matter my…

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Marketing Board Games with Multiple Touch Points

I don’t think would-be Kickstarter creators really grasp the tireless work that actually goes into effectively marketing a game. That’s why I invited Joseph Z Chen to talk about his experience marketing Fantastic Factories. Joseph and his team are doing exactly what new creators should be doing to build their brand and give their projects the best shot at doing well in the future. You can find out more about Fantastic Factories and learn about their next steps by checking…

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