Episode #81: Top 5 Tips for Managing Your Day Job and Hobby Business

Jeremy and Brian give some tips for how you can better manage your day job and hobby board game business.

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Edited by: Mark Edwards

Audio Direct Link: http://traffic.libsyn.com/theforbiddenlimb/BGBP081.mp3

Reasons to NOT Enter the Board Game Industry

This time we try to ground everyone with a discussion of some reasons you might not want to enter the board game industry:

  • You will lose money.
  • You will lose time, effort, and opportunities.
  • Other people will be critical of your work, not publish, or not buy it.
  • The work is not all fun.
  • Your game is not special.
  • Kickstarter campaigns and fulfillment are stressful.
  • You’ll be away from home and have to spend money on travel.

Podcast/Audio Version: http://traffic.libsyn.com/theforbiddenlimb/BGBP048.mp3

Mailbag Episode #1

This is our first mailbag episode where we dig into these questions:

  • When do you give up on a game?
  • How do you recover from mistakes and setbacks?
  • How do you distinguish yourself from other games?

Audio Version: http://traffic.libsyn.com/theforbiddenlimb/BGBP043.mp3

How to Get Into Distribution

Do you have a game that you want to get into the magical land of “distribution”? We talk about how to make that happen! Some topics we discuss are:

  • What is distribution?
  • What is the structure of the market?
  • Why go through distribution?
  • What profits can one expect?
  • Why do retailers like distribution?
  • How does one get picked up by a distributor?
  • Big consolidators and distributors
  • Minimum print sizes

Audio: http://traffic.libsyn.com/theforbiddenlimb/BGBP038.mp3

 

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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Top 9 Designer Considerations for Publishing Contracts

Jeremy tells us the top 9 items he believes designers should consider adding to a publishing contract before they sign it.

Audio/Podcast: http://traffic.libsyn.com/theforbiddenlimb/FLP015c.mp3

We don’t have video for this one due to some camera issues. Sorry about that!

Publishing Contracts

Learn about the important clauses in a contract between a tabletop game designer and publisher. What does a contract look like and what do you want to make sure is included, both from the publisher and designer perspective?

Audio/Podcast Version: http://traffic.libsyn.com/theforbiddenlimb/FLP015b.mp3

Behind the Scenes of Bombers and Traitors

See a behind the scenes perspective of a Kickstarter campaign from Brian. The Bombers and Traitors expansion of Good Cop Bad Cop campaign ended just a couple of weeks ago and we go through all the data. Jeremy adds his backing preferences and Richard asks some clarifying questions.

Podcast/Audio Version: http://traffic.libsyn.com/theforbiddenlimb/FLP014.mp3

Unpub 5 Recap

Jeremy has returned from Unpub 5, the unpublished games convention, and he tells us all about it. We discuss the benefits of going to this kind of convention, what types of games you’ll find, and tips for publishers, designers, and gamers on maximizing your experience while you’re there.

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

Post-Release Buzz

Brian discusses his experience with marketing after a game release, Jeremy tells tales of fellow designers at conventions, and Richard reminisces about the buyer experience.

Audio/Podcast: http://traffic.libsyn.com/theforbiddenlimb/FLP012.mp3