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Second Backing Weekend: Results and thoughts!

This weeks’ backing weekends drew to a close. With 34 votes Berghain was a clear winner.

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The process:

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.

The thoughts:

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.

See you next backing weekend! 😉

 

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Backing Weekends 2

Hello people! Friday evening and here we are, digging Kickstarter for cool projects to back on Monday!

Here is what we discovered; give us a hand and help us decide:

Which Kickstarter project shall we back this Weekend?

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the damned childrenTHE DAMNED CHILDREN

A 6-18 player card game of lies, deception and trust, based on the classic party game Werewolf.

Aaaaaaawesome Artwork! …  Weird dudes in hats and suspenders …  Seriously guys, great aesthetics! We support!

 

 

 

 

 

createuresCreateures: Flip 5 Game Cards. Draw Art. Critique. Improve.

Createüres is a game that unleashes the artist trapped inside anyone’s head, at any skill level.

We feel so artistic this weekend! What a beautiful game! Thumbs up!

 

 

 

 

nothing to declareNothing To Declare

A card game for 2-6 players. Keep the most ridiculous items hidden, sabotage your rivals and avoid inspections!

All kind of weird stuff packed in a tiny luggage! Sounds fun!!  We like!

 

 

 

berghainBerghain: A Game for 2–6 Players About Getting In

Take control of the door of legendary nightclub Berghain in this fast and fun card game!

A board game on clubbing, techno and gay subculture in Berlin! We never like being turned round at the door anyway!

 

 

 

VOTE HERE

 

 

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First Backing Weekend: Results and thoughts!

First Backing Weekend is over! Results and thoughts!

Hello people! Our first backing weekend is over!

First of all congratulations to the winners! This week’s winner is black metal game Cryptic Explorers, a game featuring  the battle between two competing sides: the Cryptonauts and the Deities of Death. Their Kickstarter page can be found here.

Since it was the first time we did something like that and we are exploring this thing from the ground up with you, we are sharing our impressions.

We chose 4 projects that are currently live on Kickstarter. We selected projects that are in a non – funded yet status, and that would be still active on Monday, (so that we could back on Monday). We picked up the four games randomly based on our own taste and preferences, from what was available on Kickstarter this week. Also, we knew no one of the creators personally.

The process:

Firstly, we created a facebook event in order to allow a poll. The event will be active every weekend, with different projects every week. You can always check in our page here  to see current events.

We published the poll in 5 facebook groups:

I posted the poll about 3 times (one per day) in my facebook timeline.

Also I made a few tweets during the weekend promoting the poll.

We send a direct message to all 4 project creators, informing them for the event. 3 replied back.

As for the poll, 20 people voted (except us). Again, we also knew no one of them personally and since this is our first time doing this we considerate to be a success. We hope that we helped a bit and we added a little something to all campaigns, and we wish the best to all 4 of them! Good luck guys! 😉

If you have ANY suggestions, if you want to put YOUR project or any project you like in our backing weekend poll, then simply post a link, a comment, a suggestion in our facebook page or through our mail. We will seriously review, consider and if we find it interesting put it up for voting.

Some thoughts:

I run into a lot of problems in actually creating the poll as a page. Apparently facebook doesn’t allow that option for free anymore and you can only put up polls in events or groups you belong to. This was not so bad, as having a backing weekend recurring event in facebook, was after all not a bad idea.

Second issue we run into is that once you vote for something you can’t really un-vote. I found out that in order to remove your vote you need to be logged in to facebook and navigate to https://www.facebook.com/questions after the poll is closed. That gave me a bit of a headache since I would prefer to not participate in the process and create an impression towards one or another project, but as mentioned facebook had a different opinion. Since my destiny was determined to vote, I did it honestly. Well, to confess, I am very keen on black metal, so Cryptic Explorers got my vote as well. On the other hand, I am glad that it was not my vote that determined the results, cause I feel that this would be unfair.

See you next backing weekend! 😉

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Backing Weekends

As promised, we want to support the gaming community by backing a different Kickstarter Project every week. After going through this weeks’ selection of tabletop game projects currently live on KS, we came down to these 4 options, each one for a different reason. The projects we selected are all in a not funded yet status…

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 So, dear reader, which Kickstarter Project should we back this weekend?…And Why?


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MetRum: London

We like lines, we like circles, we like trains.

 

 

 

 

 

 

defiant-earth

 

 

THIS DEFIANT EARTH: 1950s Sci-Fi Movie Roleplaying!

Nice theme! Crazy guy! B-movie game! We like!

 

 

 

 

 

 

conspire

 

 

Conspire – A Hidden-Role Storytelling Game

Yes!!! We knew it!!! Finally, help those guys expose the truth!!! We support!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

cryptic

 

CRYPTIC EXPLORERS – Tabletop Tactics in the Realms of Death!

Heavy metal game? Sure! \m/

 

 

 

 

 

 

VOTE HERE!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Setting up MailChimp

Setting up MailChimp for Newsletter. It is easy to use and free for up to 2,000 subscribers, but I am facing a lot of problems adding a Chimp facebook app. For some reason it doesn’t work properly. Plus, the apps are only accessible from a desktop. Starting to wondering if it is really worth the effort… :/

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P.S. I would appreciate subscriptions, so that I can check if it works properly! ;D

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A Descent List of Facebook Resources!

Unfortunately, weekend was short and now is over and I am back to work… 🙁 Anyway, as promised, I am publishing a small but descent and up – to – date list of facebook groups (board game development & design / Kickstarter pages) to join. If you are into Ameritrash or RPG’s you may find this list a bit incomplete (Keep in mind that I tend to exclude these categories from my researches).  Also note that most of these groups are “clean” so you may have to personally contact the admins in order to prove that you have an actual thing to offer to the community (even if it just the 1$ pledge) and that you are not a bot, a spammer or just advertising your KS…  Hope it helps! (Make sure you don’t forget to check this James Mathe blogpost)

BOARD GAME DESIGN & RESOURCE PAGES:

Boardgame Geek

https://www.facebook.com/groups/132851767828/ (31,091 members)

The site is updated on a real-time basis by its large and still growing user base, making the ‘Geek the largest and most up-to-date place to get gaming information! There are reviews, ratings, images, play-aids, translations, and session reports from board game geeks across the world, as well as live discussion forums. In addition, every day nearly a hundred game trades pass through the hands of registered members, as well as transactions in the marketplace. Posts about board games are ok, be it people talking about a game they played or created. If you are posting a Kickstarter or other crowd-funding announcement – please limit this to a single post. Please do not post countdowns, or other types of updates.

 THE BOARDGAME GROUP

https://www.facebook.com/groups/theboardgamegroup/?ref=group_browse_new (14,779 members)

This is a group of people who shares the same interest in board games and tabletop gaming . Oh and when you ask to join or are added, turn off email notifications and FB notifications or else you may get flooded due to post in the group.Other than that, this is a board game community where you can feel free to post as many table top game pictures, related videos, product pages, big events etc in here. Just keep it about board gaming or tabletop gaming . If a post is decided by myself or admins that it isn’t about board game related or tabletop gaming topics, it’ll get deleted. But no harm no foul, it’s just one post out of many, you can post something else if one of your posts gets deleted. Anyway, bottom line is, everything board game or tabletop gaming related is accepted.
Also, use this page as much as you want to promote big events, your games, your friends games. Promote to your hearts content, just don’t spam the group cause then some of your posts will be deleted. Multiple posting of the same thing is viewed as spam. Treat all group members with respect of you may get banned.

 Card & Board Game Designers Guild

https://www.facebook.com/groups/GameDesignersGuild/ (7,141 members)

This is a group that welcomes all members of the modern hobby game development industry. Feel free to invite other designers, publishers, and even artists. WARNING: We can be very blunt with feedback. We don’t mean to be rude- but rather to tell you something maybe your friends and family have been to kind to do. Please use our page to ask questions and get feedback on your GAME DESIGNS. If you have a WIP (Work in Progress) fee free to post that in our FILES section.

Board Game Revolution

https://www.facebook.com/groups/boardgamerevolution/?ref=group_browse_new (8,081 members)

DO NOT POST EXTERNAL LINKS TO THE GROUP WITHOUT READING BELOW:  In trying to keep this group a little less “cluttered”, the only thing we ask is that you keep certain external links contained to one of the appropriate pre existing posts which can be found searching one of the hashtags (#Kickstarter, #Promote, #Reviews, #Deals) otherwise feel free to post as normal. The hashtags are only to making searching for these posts easier. All you have to do is search for the #hashtag to find it and then hit reply button to add your post to the thread. DO NOT add hastags to your post, they are only used to make finding the associated thread easier.

Game Maker’s Lab

https://www.facebook.com/groups/gamemakerslab/?ref=group_browse_new  (238 members)

A friendly, safe, and spam-free community that functions as a skill exchange market for card, board, and digital game designers. Activity is focused on asking for and offering help and advice with various aspects of the design process. By joining you agree to keep all posts and images secret and will not share or reproduce any content without the original creator’s permission. All members are subject to review and membership status can be revoked for bad behavior, theft, or any other negative actions or posts.

Boardgame reviewer

https://www.facebook.com/groups/boardgamereviewer/ (2,472 members)

Welcome to all tabletop game reviewers, publishers and designers! Read this section in order to not be removed.NEW MEMBERS: Introduce yourself to this welcoming community! Share with us your outlet and how you hope to improve this year. REVIEWERS:Reviewers are NOW allowed to link their content here, so long as they are asking for a peer review and the question they have is more elaborate than “What do you think of this review?” DESIGNERS / PUBLISHERS: You are highly encouraged to solicit reviews for your game as well as ask for advice. You may only solicit a prototype for your game in this group at least ONE MONTH before your Kickstarter launch, if applicable. You may also solicit a final consumer version of your game at any time. THERE IS NO REASON TO LINK A LIVE KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN OR AMAZON SALES PAGE HERE.

STARTUP Board & Card Game Designers

https://www.facebook.com/groups/528406633897241/?ref=browser (1,353 members)

Hello to all Rookies and veterans, welcome to STARTUP Board & Card Game Designers, this group is for helping out Board/Card game designers, not just by critics etc. We encourage posting of ideas, kickstarter projects mainly to encourage, critique and give helpful feedback and advice from each other. We also support Kickstarter campaigns for board/card games.You can post your campaign links etc. as long as it is related to the group. There are so many groups that prohibit campaign links, but for this group, we don’t prohibit links because we do know how hard it is to promote a campaign.
A simple share tool helps our fellow mates in the industry. $1 Buck pledge is a huge contribution. Let us help each other & good luck to your projects.

Tabletop Game Playtesters Guild

https://www.facebook.com/groups/BoardGamePlaytestersGuild/?ref=browser (1,561 members)

This group exists to help game designers and playtesters connect, and to share other play testing related resources. It is open to all game designers and publishers looking for play testers, as well as anyone interested in play testing new games. Please feel free to invite anyone that fits that description.

Please help keep a good thing going. If you are seeking playtesters, please consider offering to playtest someone else’s game.

Tabletop Game Publisher’s Guild

https://www.facebook.com/groups/TabletopPublishers/ (2,974 members)

This is a group of hobby industry game publishers. The page is meant to be a communications tool for helping each other and for sharing information and help regarding the industry or manufacturers and best practices. Need help with typical specs or what the normal costs to expect are? Having trouble doing mechanical files for the printer? These are the kinds of questions to pose here.

Art & Graphic Design for Tabletop Games

https://www.facebook.com/groups/TabletopArtDesign/ (3,045 members)

This is a place for game designers, artists and graphic designers to connect and discuss art, illustration and graphic design in tabletop games. You are also welcome to share game projects you are working on for feedback about the art or graphic design.

Board Game Creative Projects (Tabletop Rethemes and Other Improvements)

https://www.facebook.com/groups/boardgamerethemes/  (2,595 members)

Tabletop rethemes, redesigns, pimping, and other improvements! This is a place for #BoardGamers to share the creative improvements to the games they love. Please share photos, videos, resources & tips for board game pimps, rethemes, redesigns and other improvements (big and small) to your tabletop games.Share your ideas for what can be done with old popular board game parts (like Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit, or Stratego), your player aids, micro-pimps, newer parts, etc. Pretty much anything creative that you’ve come up with. If you share someone else’s ideas: please make sure to give that person credit.

Board Game Exchange

https://www.facebook.com/groups/boardgameexchange (3,539 members)

Welcome to the most active Facebook group for buying, selling and trading board games. Please read the pinned post for the group guidelines.

KICKSTARTER PAGES:

Kickstarter Best Practices

https://www.facebook.com/groups/KickstarterBestPractices/members/ (5,495 members)

This group was created to help project creators with Kickstarter and how best to utilize the platform. Projects, campaigns and New Releases, and related materials are all appropriate to discuss. Please read the Pinned Posting of Guidelines before you post. We welcome everyone to our group, If you have any questions about admission to the group, posting rules, or anything else, please don’t hesitate to message one of the admins.

Tabletop Game Kickstarter Advice

https://www.facebook.com/groups/TabletopKickstarters/ (3,276 members)

This group is to help people create and run successful Kickstarter campaigns for Tabletop Hobby Games. We are not a place to ask for support for you campaign. We are a place help you improve your campaign BEFORE you go live

Kickstarter Games

https://www.facebook.com/groups/kickstartergames/?ref=group_browse_new (3,149 members)

Kickstarter Games is a place to post and talk about Kickstarter Games.

Gamers Kickstarter Group

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1585844725009055/ (664 members)

The group is about Kickstarter projects aimed at gamers!

NEW PROJECTS OF KIСKSTARTER

https://www.facebook.com/groups/apriltlt/ (1,409 members)

Here we share interesting ideas and innovative projects.ALL POSITIVE for human development !

Euro Board Game Kickstarter Notifications

https://www.facebook.com/groups/434936473252663/ (2,472 members)

Let’s have a group where people can post board games they have put on Kickstarter, or games any of us find on Kickstarter. That way those of us who want to participate and help out can find the “good” ones without having to search all through the website that only filters to “Board game” level. This won’t work unless we spread the word. Please share with all of your gaming friends! Thanks.

Kickstarter & Boardgame Spotlights

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Kickstarterandboardgamespotlights/ (2,597)

Bringing you a weekly Kickstarter project to check out and win great games in the giveaways. We also talk about new releases, I (James Hudson) do quick 5 minute-ish overviews of both. My hopes is that we create a diverse group of gamers that have meaningful and fun conversations about the things we love, board games! Let’s back some Kickstarters and buy some games from our FLGS’!

OTHER PAGES:

Promote Groups or Pages

. https://www.facebook.com/groups/PromoteGroupsorPages/  (39,209)

~This group is simple: Only FB PAGES or GROUPS. Everything else is deleted. Please Read and comment AGREE! Thanks! :)~Please DO NOT comment your pages or groups on this post. It will be deleted and you will be banned.~Please DO NOT comment your page or group multiple times on other people’s posts. If you want to like someone else’s page on someone else’s post, please go to their page and leave a message. Posting more than once takes up the entire timeline and is considered spam. Thank you & Have fun!

Boardgame Giveaways & Contests – Tabletop, Board, and Card Games

https://www.facebook.com/groups/TabletopGameGiveaways/ (2,070 members)

This is a public group to post links to various giveaways and contests for board and tabletop games. Please don’t use this group to advertise your Kickstarter campaign, promote your new game, post game reviews, etc. unless you are running a giveaway or contest. Posts should be links to giveaways and contests that are related to tabletop gaming (posting pictures of swag you’ve won is great, too).Please link to the actual contest posts, not just the page the contest is on. You can always find the URL for an individual post by clicking on the timestamp of the post. When posting a Giveaway, include the date the giveaway is good through, if available. Please invite your friends and post all contest links you come across (please check to see that the same contest hasn’t been posted recently though).

Crowdfunding Pitch

 https://www.facebook.com/groups/crowdfundingpitch/?ref=group_browse_new (17,580 members)

Make your crowdfunding project visible and find supporters!

 

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PR, PR, PR and some PRrrrr!

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Doing Pre – Research for Press Releases, game Previews and Public Relations. Lord Byron (the cat) is PrrrPrrrPrrring on my knees keeping me warm and occasionally typing random letters at my Excel file.  Speaking of which, is a MUST – HAVE accessory in every research. Up to now (I consider myself being still in the Pre-research phase) I have a sum of 1,020 entries of people to contact before getting public. I guess I have to clean up my list a bit before doing any further research. A word of advice: Keep your Excel list well organized from the very beginning. Use multiple sheets in different colors in order to navigate easily between your entries – having Twitter accounts mixed up with Facebook groups, personal mails and cool blogs is not very wise, unless your list is no longer than 15 rows (which shouldn’t be)!

I Just found out an entry of a blogger that is inactive since 2014, poor guy I hope he is not dead and gone but anyway, 1,019 entries have to be cleaned up now.

I will come back soon with some valid, up – to – date results of people to contact before getting public!

 

 

 

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Social Media Decoration Day

I decided to spend the day in decorating our Twitter account, Facebook page, our Blog and the rest SM.

I could really use some help with social media handling because there are SO many things that need to be arranged and I tend to forget a lot lately, but communication is something that has to be personal and direct…

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