Today Brian interviews Erik Dahlman of Albino Dragon about the convention services he offers where his team will demo your game at his booth at various conventions throughout the year. You can get the exposure that conventions offer without the million headaches of actually doing it. To get more information from Erik, email CONVENTIONS@ALBINODRAGON.COM.
In this podcast episode, we cover different methods for setting your Kickstarter funding goal, your stretch goals, how many updates to send during the campaign, and we talk about Richard’s holy grail Star Trek cat game.
Learn all about Jeremy’s “7 Rules for Writing Rules” and what Richard and Brian think about them. We actually disagree on this on more than most episodes!
- Force yourself to write your rules right away and have them ready for your first playtest with real people.
- Start strong. Tell a story as you give the theme.
- Use software to maintain your rules and keep them always up-to-date.
- Add notes to add diagrams later.
- Put a component list at the end of the rules use a component diagram with labels.
- Use 2nd person to specify “you”.
- Use white space and formatted lists.
Today we discuss how to design around analysis paralysis:
- Is it a bad thing?
- Limiting your decision space
- Add more options/decisions as you go
- Allowing players to “mess up” the next player’s carefully laid plans
- Companion app
- Reference cards to make decisions easier
- Usability in graphic design or component selection
- Simultaneous play
- Hidden actions
- Keep players engaged
- Walls of text
- Put longer decisions at the end of a players so other players can take their turns while the other player is thinking
Ed Baraf sits down with Brian Henk to discuss the history of experiments tried at Overworld Games, such as using IPs or releasing a game outside of Kickstarter — and how games have done in terms of profitability and copies sold. Going through what went well and what didn’t may give other creators some insight into what they should and should not do.
Audio Version: http://traffic.libsyn.com/theforbiddenlimb/edo_interview.mp3
Today we talk about how to figure out why your Kickstarter campaign is failing and how to fix it.
Brian’s magic recipe for a successful campaign:
- A page that converts visitors into backers
- Get backers to your page
Converting: The video, explaining the hook, providing the content people really want to see
Getting Visitors: Social media ads, building your crowd before launch, connecting with influencers, creating awareness during the campaign
Brian had the pleasure of interviewing Vincent Salzillo, President of Double Exposure, Inc. His company organizes Gen Con events such as First Exposure Playtest Hall and the new First Encounter Designer Showcase (publisher speed dating) events. They also organize conventions such as DEXCON, DREAMATION, and METATOPIA. Plus they run the Envoy programs. It’s a lot! This is what we cover in 30 minutes:
- METATOPIA – A convention for game designers.
- First Exposure Playtest Hall – A Gen Con event for playtesting your game.
- First Encounter Designer Showcase – A Gen Con event where you pitch your game to publishers, in a format similar to “publisher speed dating”.
- First Exposure Playtest Hall – https://www.gencon.com/experience/feph2018
- First Encounter Designer Showcase – https://www.gencon.com/experience/2018feds
- Double Exposure Envoy Program – https://www.dexposure.com/envoy/
- Double Exposure – https://www.dexposure.com/home.html
- Vincent Salzillo’s Email: – firstname.lastname@example.org