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A descent list of Twitter resources

Today I will share another useful list of recourses; this time Twitter. To make things easier, well, just visit our twitter account (@nadanull_games) and check out the people that we follow. Up to now there are about 540 people of the wider gaming industry; a mixture of all game related things: Game reviewers, magazines, podcasts, publishers, crowdfunding recourses, heavy gamers etc, all updated and active up to now. You may have to dig a bit to find what you are looking for, but we try to keep our list clean and professional, without adding any personal friends and followers. Again I have to say that I tend to exclude heavy RPGs from my researches (not my thing)…Twitter logo

In Addition, check out this topic on BGG,

also this one about gamers to follow,

and this Reddit post.

And of course, try the #boardgames hastag on twitter.

Hope this helped 😉

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Doubtful Web Design

Today I will share with you the trouble I have in creating this web/blog/journal.  If you are a frequent visitor to this site, (I can’t imagine that there are many of you at this stage; but kudos to those of you who are), you’ll soon notice that things in this site tend to move around a lot…Especially if you visit us around midnight it really is a case of now you see me now you don’t, (I like to live dangerously- live editing the site? Yes. Down for maintenance? Nah).

There is a good reason for that and that is that I don’t really know what I am doing! I am merely trying out what works best as we go along…

At this stage in our game publishing endeavor the powers that be, (yes that is you Marilena), decided that it makes no sense to make a normal company website that goes:

“wow look at us we are the most amazing company in the world that you’ve never heard of and we are going to publish the most amazing game that you’ve ever played but we can’t show you anything yet cause nothings ready!”

Fair enough. I can live with that, company website three weeks work scraped no problem, I am cool… I am a creative overlord I can handle going back to zero .

Well as is evident in the text that you see meticulously placed in the front of the page this is more of  a daily journal on what we do everyday on our way to publishing our greatest game of all time saga. So no easy static page for you to make Konstantinos…no we have to make a frequently updating one.

Whining aside well yes it is a perfect idea and since we decided to be as transparent as possible in this whole thing it is the only way to go….So back to our main topic and in an eruption of honesty I was a bit skeptical of if I could actually deliver…Design overlord yes, but a bit of a rusty one nevertheless….Let’s see…apart from being a religious reader of smashing magazine what have I done webwise in the last 5 years…hmmmm zit nothing nada…well at least it goes with our glorious name…Lets go back a bit more in time…hmmm I can handle my html and css and do a mean flash but wait nobody uses flash anymore…css3? What is this 3 thing…why 3… oh HTML apparently has gone up to version 5…hey you can make stuff move with it wonder they scraped flash…good riddance it wasn’t even working on apple devices plus it was a malware infested wormhole….  Ah since I want to make a blog I must be a madman not to use some form of cms…Hmmm I did work with drupal a couple of years ago maybe I’ll go with that…oh wait wordpress have this cool aceesibily ready feature…but no Konstantinos you’ve always frowned upon wordpress for being a ready made piece of junk that you can’t customize to your hearts desire…go with Drupal…Drupal is your friend you can use drupal to fulfill your wildest aesthetic dreams and climb on the pedestal reserved for geniuses such as you…Yes my dear self but wordpress  comes with accessibility build in and you have a 3 year old daughter…How long will it take you to build accessibility into drupal?drupal vs wordpress

….Ok self we shall go with wordpress and try to dismantle it as much as we can.


After this long soul searching and moments of self doubt I believe that we have the core of the site ready function wise. Design wise it doesn’t look so bad but give me some time oh cruel frequent reader and it shall improve….

I quickly found out that this accessibility ready thing was not so ready after all and there is work to be done on that aspect…I used a really nice paper like background for the main theme of the page, (I will make it a bit lighter in due time), from the amazing subtle patterns site.

The nifty posts carousel that greets you on the front page is an adaptation of the really amazing owl carousel, I need to tweak it a little bit to improve the accessibility for keyboard navigation, but it is on my things to do list.

…Ah I see that I have fallen into a web accessibility banter throughout the post…I do that because we feel it is important and because well since transparency is what we do here well we want our site to be accessible so we put a lot of thought into it.  For those of you interested on the subject I use AChecker to check my site for errors and I highly recommend it. Designing an accessible site really is more a practice of common sense rather than trying to be super technical. For example my owl carousel comes through clean but I know it needs some work…so I’ll fix it…The rather useful wcag guidelines can be found here,  and if you give it a quick skim you’ll see that it is all rather reasonable…Ah you’ll also need a good hex color contrast checker. I use the one by WebAIM.

[Mental note: I really need to change the color the web links hover state is. And yes unforgiving one my icons are not tagged properly I shall work towards it…]


I think this post is beginning to grow a bit into a book…I’ll stop here and next time I shall discuss with you the epic saga of the facebook share button and the dreaded featured image resize…Also if you are good I shall discuss how to surgically remove via the force of a single php line the horrid gravatar build into wordpress. Adios

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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)


Boardgame Geek (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 (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 (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 (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  (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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)  (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 (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 Best Practices (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 (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 (3,149 members)

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

Gamers Kickstarter Group (664 members)

The group is about Kickstarter projects aimed at gamers!


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

Euro Board Game Kickstarter Notifications (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 (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’!


Promote Groups or Pages

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~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 (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 (17,580 members)

Make your crowdfunding project visible and find supporters!


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Reviewers Research Day – some results

Reviewers research day again, and I am sharing with you some results:  this useful list of resources by Pixy Games, this 500 entries list of top board game sites in the world (you will have to dig a bit to find reviewers but it worth the time), this article from Board Game Prices about people you should contact when considering a review, this lesson by Jamey Stegmaier explaining the overall review strategy, this wonderful work by James Mathe (minion games), and of course, check out this and this BGG entries! Do you have more suggestions about this issue?