Total Recall Post Mortem

We talk generally about publishing licensed games and specifically about the unsuccessful Total Recall Kickstarter campaign.

  • Why didn’t it fund?
  • What did you do differently?
  • Likeness rights 101
  • Timing releases in a line of games
  • Hidden costs of doing a licensed game
  • Liability insurance
  • The costs of agreeing to release dates
  • Should you create a licensed game?
  • Publishing outside of Kickstarter

Podcast Audiohttp://traffic.libsyn.com/theforbiddenlimb/BGBP062.mp3

References

Total Recall Kickstarter Campaignhttps://www.kickstarter.com/projects/overworldgames/total-recall-the-official-tabletop-game

 

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Why Are So Many Licensed Games So Bad?

Today we discuss licensed games and the specific challenges associated with making a game from them. If you are granted the rights to make a card game based in the Star Wars universe, how do you make a game around it? Or should you make the game first and try to acquire the license later? Here are some questions we answer:

  • Should I design a game for a license?
  • How much does it cost to get an intellectual property?
  • Do you pay up-front or are there royalties or both?
  • What does the schedule/deadlines look like?
  • What impact does this have on your cash flow?
  • How do you learn enough about the chosen universe?
  • What kind of help can you expect from the licensor?
  • Can you add to the universe?
  • Are there any conventions that you should go to related to licensing?

Audio Podcast: http://traffic.libsyn.com/theforbiddenlimb/BGBP052.mp3

 

Matching Art to Your Game

How do you find the right artist for the style of game you’re making? Commence discussion! Topics:

  • Finding artists to fit your target market.
  • Identifying market segments.
  • Examples of illustrations or graphic design not fitting the game.
  • Selecting images for the Star Trek Trading Card Game.
  • What should I look for when requesting quotes?
  • What kind of budget should I expect?

Audio/Podcast Link: http://traffic.libsyn.com/theforbiddenlimb/BGBP051.mp3

Working with an Artist

We talk about improving the relationship between a publisher and an artist. What are some tips to make it mutually beneficial?

Audio/Podcast: http://traffic.libsyn.com/theforbiddenlimb/FLP018.mp3

References:

Working with Artists | Hyperbole Games
http://hyperbolegames.com/2013/04/14/working-with-artists/

Kelley McMorris illustration: Self-Published Authors: 10 Tips on How to Email an Illustrator
http://kmcmorris.blogspot.com/2015/04/self-published-authors-10-tips-on-how.html

Finding an Artist

The Forbidden Limb guys talk about different places to go to find an artist for your tabletop game.

Audio/Podcast Version: http://traffic.libsyn.com/theforbiddenlimb/FLP017.mp3

Topics:

  • Where can I go to find an artist?
  • What’s the difference between an artist and a graphic designer?
  • How much does an artist cost?

References:

http://www.comicsalliance.com http://www.fiverr.com http://www.deviantart.com http://www.99designs.com https://www.behance.net

Finding Art For Your Prototype

The Forbidden Limb debuts on The Dice Tower Network with tips on finding art for your prototype.

Audio/Podcast: http://traffic.libsyn.com/theforbiddenlimb/FLP016.mp3

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