Running Your Board Game Kickstarter at Gen Con 2016

Tips for running your Kickstarter campaign in this condensed version of a Gen Con 2016 panel!

Panelists: JT Smith, Zachary Strebeck, Jeremy Commandeur, and Brian Henk

We discuss:

– #1 Mistakes
– Kickstarter as a Business
– Stretch Goals
– Crowd Building
– Page Layout
– Reward Levels
– Naming Something vs. Image in Game
– Rules on Page
– Setting Goals

Audio/Podcast: http://traffic.libsyn.com/theforbiddenlimb/BGBP045.mp3

Resources

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Game Design and Publishing Panel at Gen Con 2016

At Gen Con 2016, we were on a panel to talk about lots of publishing topics. These were the folks on the panel:

  • JT Smith of The Game Crafter
  • Zachary Strebeck, the Game Lawyer
  • Jeremy Commandeur, Game Designer
  • Brian Henk of Overworld Games
  • things like:

Here are some topics we discussed:

  • Forming your business
  • Game manufacturing options (US, Europe, China, etc.)
  • Different ways to sell your game
  • Traditional and alternative distribution models
  • Game awards and contests
  • What should you do yourself? What should you pay others to do?
  • Game publishing contract royalties

Audio/Podcast: http://traffic.libsyn.com/theforbiddenlimb/BGBP044.mp3

References

Board Game Legal Issues with Zachary Strebeck

In this episode, we ask a REAL LAWYER, Zachary Strebeck, about the questions you’ve always wanted to ask about the game industry. Zach has been a contributor for The Dice Tower for a long time as he specializes in board and video game cases and clients. Here are some topics we cover:

  • Copyrights, Patents
  • Creative Commons Licenses
  • Contract Pitfalls
  • Protecting Game Mechanics
  • What do I do if someone steals my game idea?
  • Non-Disclosure Agreements

Podcast/Audio: http://traffic.libsyn.com/theforbiddenlimb/FLP019.mp3

Resources
http://www.strebecklaw.com/ – Zach’s website.
http://legalmovespodcast.com/ – Zach’s podcast.

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