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Backing Weekend 5: Results, thoughts & mistakes!

*Wow! What a race!!*

This backing Weekend has exceeded all expectations: It turned out to be an amazing competition, were hundreds of people participated in the process and voted to support their favorite project in Kickstarter.  Let’s have a closer look:

The process:

Four non – funded yet Kickstarter board games were chosen (the process of choosing the games can be found in this blog entry of our journal:  After making the blog entry, we created a facebook event to hold the poll. The event was automatically set up to start at December 2   6:30 PM and end at December 4  at 9 PM, CE time (you can see the details here). After running the facebook event, we contacted all 4 project creators letting them know of the voting process. The poll with the details of all 4 projects was also promoted in THE BOARDGAME GROUP of facebook on Saturday, twitted a few times during the weekend and for the first time, posted in reddit, in the CrowdfundedBoardgames Subreddit (Which actually got a very good rank during the weekend).

The amazing race:

The competition started on a very dynamic pace on Friday evening. All four projects started to participate and share our poll with their friends and communities. By Saturday, nearly a hundred people had participated in the voting process, with Philanthropy taking the lead. Shintiara followed, receiving loads of love from its fans (we got a lot of messages explaining what an amazing game it is and why it should be supported). On Sunday, Shintiara made a powerful comeback, steadily winning grounds over Philanthropy.  By 5 PM on Sunday the agony had reached a peak! Philanthropy had more than a hundred supporting votes, but less than 10 votes separated it from Shintiara, which was steadily winning ground!  At this point we made a tweet and a facebook post, wanted to motivate all 4 projects to peak their support to their chosen games the remaining 4 hours! The motivation actually worked and Shintiara made an overthrow: it took the lead! At 9 PM sharply, we looked at the results of this AMAZING thrilling race: 128 votes for Shintiara, 124 votes for Philanthropy, 9 votes for Meducational and 9 votes for Monkeys On Your Back. Wow! We took notes, shut down our computers and went to sleep still smiling, satisfied with the great participation of this Backing Weekend.

The Thoughts:

This was a great Weekend for all of us. We made a lot of new friends, we met people with whom we share common interests, we discovered great projects, we had great anticipation, we felt motivated, we wanted to spread creativity and support around the world and most of all, we had loads of FUN. Which actually brings us to the initial thought: that is what self – publishing your games and crowdfunding is all about: connecting with people, supporting your communities (and your communities supporting you in return), being creative all the way through and enjoying the process every moment, at every step. It feels nice!

The Big mistake:

Monday morning facebook was waiting with a small surprise for us: the poll was NOT automatically locked after the event was over! People kept on voting during the night, supporting and sharing their favorite games with the public. And when we say that people supported their games we mean A LOT of people showed A LOT of love! Monday at 10 AM, Philanthropy has reached 198 votes, Shintiara 141, Meducational 12 and Monkeys On Your Back 9 votes! That is a total of 360 votes!! Wow and Oooops! At the same time!

The Results:

Officially, Shintiara is the Great Winner! By the time the event ended (9 PM) the game had managed to make an impressive turn over, giving the thrills to all of us, till the very last minute! Wow guys! Great game! Great work! Thank you for this amazing race, we hope that you enjoyed it as much as we did!!!

But!

Not locking the poll manually was our mistake. And as it turned out, a mistake that made a difference, since Philanthropy turned out to be an unbelievably loved game! It would be unfair to overlook the fact that 100 people voted overnight in order to help this project come alive. That is a lot of love! People, you have an extremely supportive community! How can you call it a loose?

….So?

Come on! You know the answer! You know who the winner is! Christmas is coming! Open up your hearts! With 360 people voting in a single Weekend, our beloved Gaming Community is the Great Winner! We want to bring our community a little closer, spread a word of motivation and fill the stores with Independent, self – published board games that make our world a bit of a better place to be and people a little happier (or a little smarter)! So, both Shintiara & Philanthropy will be equally supported from our side. And since Santa wants us to be generous and make people happy, Monkeys On Your Back and Meducational will also receive a Christmas symbolic supporting pledge. It was a Wow – everything – is – possible – Weekend after all!!

*  Big Hug  * to all 4 projects! Wish you the best, and see you next backing weekend! 😉

 

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Backing Weekends 5

We have decided to back a different Kickstarter Project every week.
All projects have to be from the board games category and they have to be in the not funded yet category. HELP US CHOOSE…

Christmas is approaching and we want to cheer up, open up our hearts,  try to build a better world for all of us. Or, if we can’t make it; visit another world for a while! As  Philip K. Dick said, “if you think this Universe is bad, you should see some of the others”! What options do we have this week?

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philanthropy board game

First of all, can you think of a better way to welcome the Christmas spirit than Philanthropy? We love it!

Philanthropy: The Social Justice Game

Take a stand for poverty, slavery, and more, play a game unlike any other, and help change the world, one card at a time.

 

 

 

shintiara board game

After paying our duty to this world, what would you say about visiting a fantasy world with strong science-fiction elements, where players are called upon to live incredible adventures and to question themselves on the nature of the universe? Thumbs up!

 

 

Shintiara RPG: a world of Magic and Time Paradoxes

A Tabletop Role-playing Game on the Event Horizon, where Time is broken and Magic blends with Technology. Experience the Timewarp!

 

 

meducational board game

Ok, this has nothing to do with the Christmas spirit, but it has a lot to do with the Kickstarter spirit: A medical student, felt inundated with the countless facts that she needed to learn, so found a fun way of improving knowledge for all medical students or people in the medical field. We like well informed medics, we like indie projects on KS, we support!

Meducational – Bring out the medic in you!

Bring some fun and laughter to medicine!

 

 

monkeys on your back board game

As a kid I remember writing letters to Santa every year, asking for a board game about Addicted Monkeys. I got a bicycle, a puppy, lots of candies, but never a board game about Addicted Monkeys. Now is the time that I can finally make my childhood dream come true and support this brilliant project on KS! No more puppies Mr. Santa!

 

Monkeys On Your Back

Monkeys On Your Back is a card game that you have to defeat Addicted Monkeys who will try to make you fall into temptation.

 

 

So! Which Kickstarter board game shall we support this week? Help us with your vote HERE!

 

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I Love the smell of cardboard!

As mentioned in an earlier post we are now at a stage of contacting manufacturers to see who gets to materialize our visions of making a game that is not only fun to play but also an object that can hold it’s own when seen proudly lazing around the savvy owners coffee table (yes that is possibly you dear reader of exquisite taste and intellect).boxed games

The moral here is that you are going to spend a pretty penny on manufacturing, (well all of the penny to be exact), so make sure you know what you are getting with your money. Get the quotes you are offered as analytical as possible, remember nothing is implied if it is not written on paper and also do not forget to ask for a samples of what material or games with similar specs to your own your manufacturer has actually made.

 

games02About a week ago we asked one of the manufacturers we are approaching for some sample work. Today a box arrived in the post office. I cannot describe how surprised I was to find out that the manufacturer had sent us about 15 full games. The quality is perfect and they have completely sold themselves to us.

Ok guys we are convinced. Manufacture sorted..On to the next step….

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Backing Weekends 4

It’s backing weekend time again…And what a weekend it is. All of this week’s games come from the darkside…So let’s see who wins.

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This week we have:

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True Crime Legends

True Crime Legends is a cinematic, mafia themed board game for 3-4 players.

We always wanted to have hired goons do our dirty business…We definitely support…

 

 

 

 

 

illuminatus

 

Illuminatus: Conspiracy-themed satirical strategy boardgame

2-6 players aged 14+. The conspiracy wants you! Who’s causing all the world issues? You are! Become part of the problem for an evening.

Guess who’s pulling the strings…we are…we love a good conspiracy! Let’s go for it.

 

 

 

 

inquvisitor

 

INQVISITOR

You’re all going to burn in hell, you bunch of heretics!

A game for burning at the stake for our sins? I have sinned!

 

 

 

phobia

 

Phobia: A Fearfully Fun Game!

Phobia is a card game where you use fears against your friends!

Anatidaephobia  = The fear that somewhere, somehow a duck is watching you. Is this phobia included in the game? Lets find out!

 

 

made up your mind yet?

VOTE HERE

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Keeping the peace

designer migraineThis is a post about your two best friends when it comes to actually making your game. Yes I am talking about mr Designer and mr Manufacturer. You’d think that since everyone is on the same team here things would be hunky dory between those two.  After all mr designer makes your product look good, and mr manufacturer well he actually makes the thing, so it is no longer stuck in the limbo of concept-land. Since mr manufacturer actually makes mr designers ideas materialize you’d thing that mr designer loves mr manufacturer. No…they hate each other…keep them separated…Have you seen the photos of cute cat and cute dog cuddling along…well they are not true…dog makes a move on the cat seconds after the photo is taken.

We are at a stage in our project now where our lovely most talented goddess of graphic design has got everything tied down and it all looks nice and impressive… so as natural progression goes we are approaching manufacturers to see how much it will actually cost to make our glorious game.

First point of conflict is that after receiving a couple of quotes you’ll have to convince your graphic designer that fold out shapes using spot uv and ultra rare specialist paper handmade by virgins in the amazon rain-forests using ecofriendly zero carbon state of the art inks is out of the question, as most manufacturers when you inform them of your budget want to print your game on loo paper.

 

Since printing on loo paper is not an option try to keep things simple at first… get to a game of acceptable quality and you build from there on. Oh wait I forgot here you have an issue with mr manufacturer…They don’t like changes, even the smallest change in your games configuration bears a huge impact on your games price.

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Another think that I have noticed is that you are going to have as many different game configurations as the manufacturers you approach. Each one makes his own box sizes, card sizes, pawn sizes etc, so it is my advice to find one that you can work with and stick with them….I nearly gave my graphic designer a cardiac when I told her that I was considering to go from bridge size to tarot size on my cards. No don’t worry Chiara bridge size is good I love bridge size bridge size is our friend….

This is my piece of wisdom for today…they say opposites attract so maybe my Manufacturer will get to be best friends my Designer and they can have long conversations about color palettes. Who knows?