Am I a Jerk if I Don’t Back My Friend’s Kickstarter Campaign?

If you’re listening to this podcast, there’s a good chance you know someone personally who has launched a Kickstarter campaign. Did you feel obligated to back it? We try to break down this social etiquette around the subject in this episode.

Audio Link: http://traffic.libsyn.com/theforbiddenlimb/BGBP060.mp3

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Production Schedules

In this episode, we discuss the life of a game, particularly with a crowd-funded game. We go through the schedule from start to finish and a high-level of everything in between! Specifically, we hit on these points:

  • Make sure design is finished
  • The major steps include:
    •     Art
    •     Manufacturing and Proofing
    •     Kickstarter Prep
    •     Review Copies
    •     Informing Retailers
    •     Shipping and Fulfillment
  • Art takes longer than expected
  • Break down EVERY task and element
  • The order of the tasks matters
  • Run aspects by outside eyes
  • Where can we find an in-depth description of the process?
  • What task management tools are available?
  • What is the overall timeline?

Audio/Podcast Version: http://traffic.libsyn.com/theforbiddenlimb/BGBP040.mp3

Reasons for Backing a Crowdfunding Campaign

Why should a prospective crowd-funding backer contribute to a campaign? Why not wait for the game to come out? We talk about our experience and lessons learned as
we cover these topics:

  • Get a lower price
  • Make a better game/exclusives
  • Be a part of the process
  • Get the game early
  • Inside information
  • Back before you make your own campaign

Podcast: http://traffic.libsyn.com/theforbiddenlimb/FLP030.mp3

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Crowd-funding Marketing with Chris Reynolds

Learn Chris Reynolds’ secrets to laying out your crowd-funding page to give potential backers what they want to see and read. He also gives some tips on general marketing of a board game so come have a listen!

Podcast: http://traffic.libsyn.com/theforbiddenlimb/reynolds_interview.mp3

Send from China

This is all about the fulfillment company called Send from China. We describe this service from a first-hand perspective covering these topics:

– What is Send from China?
– Why might I use it?
– What are some potential pitfalls?
– Timelines
– User Interface
– Costs
– Payment Options
– Shipping Calculator
– Currency Conversion
– Packaging Options
– EU/AU/CA Friendly
– Customer Service

Podcast Version: http://traffic.libsyn.com/theforbiddenlimb/FLP028.mp3

 

Resources
http://www.sendfromchina.com/ – The SFC website.

Kickstarter Panel – 2015 San Jose Protospiel

Richard Bliss hosts the Kickstarter Panel at the San Jose Protospiel. All Kickstarter topics are discussed from the following panelists:

  • Jeremy Commandeur
  • Brian Henk
  • Teale Fristoe
  • Aldo Ghiozzi
  • Richard Bliss

Podcast/Audio Version: http://traffic.libsyn.com/theforbiddenlimb/output_ks.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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