Yes we know we have been silent for a long time but we’ve been busy bees. We re-did this site as you can see, so it is now nice clean and accessible, but that’s not all… We’ve finally put up all of Trivia Obscura’s social media channels up.
Firstly you can get all the deliciously dark trivia that you’re so fond of, through our . Aptly titled “do you know darkness?” it will cater to all your needs. Or even join our grand facebook group… We need your help, so go on start posting away .
Then you can get to our game facebook page . Oh I almost forgot we have a nice and scroll-a-licious one page site for Trivia Obscura here… and if you into tweeting nadanull will be doing that .
Oh we also have an office now…yes we managed to piece the desk together. Still missing a few light bulbs though…..
Woo-hoo! I just backed Quodd Heroes, our great winner!
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 9 6:30 PM and end at December 11 at 9 PM, CE time. 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 a few facebook groups on Saturday, twitted a few times during the weekend and for the first time, posted in reddit, in the CrowdfundedBoardgames Subreddit.
Quodd Heroes was voted by 66 people, Who Shit In My Cat by 24, Empires of Steam by 3 and Andoria by 1. This results leaves us with only one thing to do: Woo-hoo Quodd Heroes!
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:
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.
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!
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!!!
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?
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! 😉
I grew up with the standard women – targeted consumer philosophy: You can have anything your heart desires, if you can afford to buy it. If you want a perfect body, you can buy the right products (or the right procedures) in order to get it. Or, you can buy a gorgeous pair of high heel shoes that will make you look taller and slimmer. If are not feeling beautiful enough, you can buy a new lipstick, a new dress, a chocolate cake, a new pair of high heel shoes, and you will feel great again. If you feel sad, you can buy well, chocolate and shoes again and you will be happy as a clam!
I do understand that buying new shoes and chocolate is not the ultimate answer to everything especially if you want to publish a board game, but when a friend of mine threw it on the table, my woman’s over consuming brain instantly bit the hook: “You can always buy facebook likes and twitter followers for your page”!
The idea sounds fantastic at first glance! A google search comes up with amazing prices, something like 15$ for 1,000 likes or followers, which is a great deal of course. I am very skeptical when invited to like pages that have less than…don’t know, 180 likes I think…pages with less than 100 likes do not exist in my eyes, something must be wrong with them.… Buying the first 1,000 likes sounds great because it will give my page the initial boost it needs to come to full blown existence! After that it will be easy, people are more likely to trust a page that 1,000 people have already trusted! So, buying the first 1,000 likes is the first step towards building a colossal empire of facebook likes and becoming the female version of Richard Branson….Right?
Well not quite. Firstly after a closer look, you can see that buying followers on twitter is forbidden (check here & here).
Secondly, bots, zombies and fake accounts are very easily detected. And they are kind of funny if you observe them really close. And yes, twitter suspends them frequently. The idea of having a twitter account with fake followers makes me feel embarrassed as I think it leads directly to a complete loss of integrity and reputation in my real audiences’ eyes. In addition, having an inactive, fake audience gives your page no engagement at all: So what is the deal? Fake followers are not, neither will ever be, your audience. It is a total waste of time, money and integrity. Again, I will give you my verdict as an overconsuming woman, addicted to chocolate and shopping that I am: buying fake followers is like wearing a fake pair of Louboutins: It simply sucks!
Building and audience through communication and supporting community equals to building trust for your brand.
Building an audience is addictive: First thing I do when I wake up in the morning is to check my nadanull profile. I check in to my personal profile once – twice per day now, cause I really find more interest in my professional one and I love snuffing around with my new *friends*. I kind of know all of them personally now. I know their tastes, their favorite movies, their cats’ names. I visit profiles; I have real interactions, I unfriend people that I don’t like their attitude or posts (offensive sex & drug abuse is a guaranteed delete from my side).
Building a social profile is also schizophrenic: My nadanull profile (created about a month ago) is real, with real pictures of myself, my kitchen table, my cat. I also provide real information: my name, my studies, my work, my universities. I post my favorite songs every day, I post about things that I like; I have real conversations with all these strange new people. I have around 1,000 friends, a number rapidly growing every day. On the other hand, I have my personal profile, the one I use to connect with real people of my real life, which I only know in person. I have this profile for about 7 years. I only have 120 friends. I provide no information about me, nothing at all, I have a blurry profile picture of myself, and, I am there under an alias, cause I do not feel comfortable posting information about myself on social media! Weird, h?
Yes. I do invite people to like my page, especially if they invite me to like theirs too. But I reward them for this precious, unique and organic like by posting interesting and relevant content (something Dark and something Geeky) and, most importantly, by not spamming. I promise that I will offer you something really cool soon, have a little patience..!
We notified all creators (again we knew no one in person, neither did they know about the voting).
The poll had an immediate reaction, as the winning game got over 20 votes in the very first hours.
Again we can’t overstate how important a role social media play when running a crowdfunding campaign: Even if you think that you have planned every possibility and every aspect of the process, maybe a stranger shows up out of nowhere and puts your game in a poll! Being alert is crucial in supporting your work in every possible channel.
Thanks to all participants and to our growing audience. We wish the best to all four wonderful projects towards their funding goal.
This weeks’ backing weekends drew to a close. With 34 votes Berghain was a clear winner.
Similar to last week we put up an event on our facebook page and spread the word as much as possible throughout the weekend by posting in relevant facebook groups, tweeting around the competition and posting in our timeline.
This week’s poll made me think about the importance of social media when running a Kickstarter campaign. It is vastly important to be alert and ready to motivate your audience 24/7 during your campaign. No matter how good your project is you must make sure people know about it and what better way of doing that than a strong presence in all the social media channels. You as the creator know who your target audience is, so let them know that you are here.
Thanks to all participants and may all 4 wonderful projects get to their funding goal.