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PSA for Publishers Part 2: How to do it right.

Tweet Note: This post (and the previous post) contain no content about table-top RPGs. While this is the usual subject matter of this blog, I’m writing these two articles as a service to RPG publishers seeking publicity, reviews and interviews. I can’t say all of this information is applicable to all new media, but it does set a good foundation for best practices.  In Part 1, I’m guessing I came across as an asshole, but I think that was necessary. That first article was meant to chase away all the entitled douche bags. I don’t want to help them. This article is about helping publishers gain a little more success with their publicity efforts. I have interviewed publishers or plugged or reviewed products on several occasions. Some of these are relatively prominent names … Read entire article »

Filed under: RPG Industry BS

The Doom That Came to Kickstarter

Tweet The Kickstarter for a Monopoly-style Lovecraftian mashup board game is dead. Lots of kickstarters die, but in this case it’s notable because the publisher, the Forking Path, raised more than $122,000 — more than three times their goal of 35k. Erik Chevalier, who is the owner of the Forking Path and a first time Kickstarter organizer, secured the rights to publish the game and organized the Kickstarter. By his own admission in his final update he states that at least one of the reasons for the failure was his lack of experience in board game publishing. The designers of the game, Keith Baker and Lee Moyer, who only allowed Chevalier to publish the game, will forever be associated with this $122K scandal, even though by their own statement, they have not received any … Read entire article »

Filed under: Alternate Views, General Gaming, Opinion

I’m Mad as Hell, and I’m Not Going to Take It Anymore!

Tweet Editor’s note: While I seemingly rail against Kickstarter creators in this post, I am well aware that many good people are conducting good business on Kickstarter. I also acknowledge that many projects by first-time creators get funded and made because of Kickstarter, and I know these projects might not otherwise see the light of day. Kickstarter is a valuable service to our community and many others. This article is not to attack the concept or all creators, but to shine a light on those who seemingly abuse it. I recently ranted on and on about a very late projects on Kickstarter on the most recent episode of Happy Jacks RPG Podcast. The rant began when I heard a recent episode of the Bear Swarm podcast, where a listener mentioned in an … Read entire article »

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Kick’n It! – Another View of Kickstarter

Kick’n It! – Another View of Kickstarter

Tweet Editor’s Note: Blather is a Happy Jacks listener and has been involved in a Kickstarter. I asked him to share his experiences to give us an alternate view. Let me start by saying that I was very surprised by how fast my email about Kickstarters was read on Happy Jacks RPG Podcast. Maybe it is because right now, Kickstarters are a hot topic among the gaming crowd. I wanted to wait until after the response from the email to write … Read entire article »

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What Irks Me About Kickstarter

Tweet Near the end of the most recent episode of Happy Jacks RPG Podcast, I engaged in a rather heated tirade about Kickstarters. We received an email from a listener who was promoting a Kickstarter, and he asked “what do you want to see from a Kickstarter?” My answer, was this, “I’d like to see a fucking product.” I’ve backed four or five Kickstarters now, and so far, I have very little for my money. Some of these Kickstarters are, I realize, still not near their estimated delivery dates for their products, but some are and some have said they’ll miss them. In the future, I’m going to look at Kickstarters with more skepticism that I have in the past. Here are some warning signs I’ll look for: 1. Distant Estimated Delivery Dates If you are … Read entire article »

Filed under: RPG Industry BS