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Backing Weekends 6

Another Backing Weekend is here and we are ready to support and back an active Kickstarter board game from the non – funded – yet category. Let’s have a look on this week’s projects!

 

Empires of Steam: A Steampunk Themed Strategy Card Game

Empires of Steam game

 

Build an empire powered by steam greater than any other. Outgrow your opponents thru strategy. A deck building and card placing game.

The goggles! The hats! The leather belts! The gears! We admit having a bit of a crush for retrofuturism! Thumbs up!

 

 

 

Who Shit In My Cat?!

Shit In my cat game

 

Looking for something unique? Something rare? Something that you could never find in a big box store? Look no further.

Actually, we cannot describe the game’s concept with any other word besides “brilliant”!  We just love that kind of Shit!

 

 

 

Andoria

Andoria box cover

 

Andoria is a unique combination of the card combat and deck building genres that is fast paced, tactical, and fun for 2- 4 players.

We cannot imagine Christmas without an intriguing card combat deck builder game, with great theme and illustration! Andoria is our choice for this year!

 

 

 

Quodd Heroes – A fast, fun, tumble-powered board game

Quodd Heroes game

 

Platform video game meets tabletop miniatures game in a completely original tabletop board game experience like nothing you’ve ever seen or played!

Awesome miniatures, truly unique mechanics, scenario-based gameplay, and gorgeous art. Action, adventure and Mayhem await! Support!

 

 

 

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

 

 

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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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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:

true crime legends

 

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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Backing Weekends 3

Here we are another Friday evening, looking forward to supporting a fresh game on Kickstarter! Let’s have a look on this week’s menu!

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necronomicorp

 

-NecronomiCORP – The office survival horror game.

Old Ones in an office? Cool! Great illustration, very high tower, we like!

 

 

 

 

zombie fight or flight

 

-Zombie Fight or Flight

We are feeling zombified this week! Add some drinking and custom ceramic jars in the recipe, and you’ve got us!

 

 

 

cave people

 

-Cave People – The Card Game

Me find food…me evolve…me like honest video…me give monies to flipflop wearing caveperson.

 

 

 

 

pompeii wrath of vesuvius

 

-Pompeii: Wrath of Vesuvius

Secure your financial stronghold on Pompeii before the volcano goes boom. …We support!

 

 

 

 

 

So who is going to be the winner this week? You choose.

VOTE HERE

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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! 😉