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Kickstarter Do’s and Don’ts #2

Last month we kicked off the Kickstarter Do’s and don’ts series with the KICKSTARTER DO’S AND DON’TS #1. This time we are picking up where we left off and sharing some more of our experiences. As we are a board game manufacturing company, we tend to see things from the other side of the table. As board game enthusiasts ourselves we have of course also experienced a Kickstarter as a backer. Some of our staff has even ran a Kickstarter themselves for one of their private projects. But overall, the vast majority of our experience comes from the manufacturing side. So without further ado, Boda Games will show you some of the do’s and don’ts that we’ve observed over the years.

DO:

Discuss your components with your account manager! Last time we discussed getting an itemized quotation. With an itemized quotation, you can tweak your project and make configurations with different components. Maybe you find that the price of the game is a bit higher than you were aiming for, or you find out that all those special finishes on different paper components do add up quite a bit. And you had a certain manufacturing cost in mind. A price that lets you run a Kickstarter campaign the way you want it.

When you discuss your components with your account manager, they can help you think of different options. Your account manager deals with games and the various components lists on a daily basis. They have seen the clever ways in which people translate a concept to a set of components. Maybe you were thinking about components, but after weighing the options an account manager will recommend cardboard standees instead. Or perhaps your account manager suggests a different grade of card stock to help you get closer to your projected budget. And there is a good chance that we have a great looking standard plastic item for you instead of a custom one with high tooling costs. And instead, we turn the custom plastic item into a stretch goal. With board game components, we believe that there are many roads that lead to Rome.

DON’T:

If your campaign really starts picking up momentum and you get more backers, then more stretch goals get unlocked. Great! The comments section is blowing up and so many backers have ideas and suggestions for your game. New stretch goals that they ask for like changes in components, or adding more and new components. These can be great suggestions and even better additions to your game. But sometimes people get so excited and want to please their backers so much, they forget about the bigger picture. More than once we’ve heard the phrase “we’ve promised the backers…” without realizing what they had promised them. Or without the time to do the calculations and consult with the manufacturing company.

SOME EXAMPLES:

A campaign was going through one stretch goal after another and did so much better than the creator had ever hoped for. So they started adding “easy” stretch goals, such as thicker cardboard for the game boards. But with the amount of game boards in the box, those millimeters started to add up. And then the box couldn’t close anymore, so we had to increase the box size. But then the entire game was larger than planned, which meant they had to use larger shipping boxes at a higher shipping rate. These are small details but as you can see, one of them can set off a domino effect that might end up being more than you initially planned for.

Another project did so well, that they managed to fund the ultimate “never thought we would get there” stretch goal of miniatures instead of standees. And although the designer of the game had gotten quotations for miniatures, he had forgotten that miniatures take up more space than cardboard standees. A lot more. The game box had to be adjusted and the shipping costs increased as a result. And this is not just limited to miniatures, adding more components always means you need to make sure it all still fits inside the box. Especially for Kickstarter games, where often certain box sizes are chosen to keep the shipping costs to a minimum, this can prove to be a problem. So remember to also account for the other factors besides the price when planning stretch goals.

 

 

 

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History of 3 Boda Games Meeples – Part I

Meeples: as part of our artwork guidelines, this time we will explain the process behind making wooden meeples. Without a doubt the most iconic piece for board games, meeples are a staple of the board game industry. So how to best explain making wooden meeples? This time we are changing it up a bit. Instead of just describing every step in a boring way, we will show it! For our latest version of the sample box, we also had a number of meeples made just for us. So we will take 3 of the meeples that we created for our sample box, and explain the entire process we went through when designing these meeples. The things to pay attention to design wise, the different ways we can produce meeples and how it changes the way they look when finished: we’ll tell you everything. The Painter meeple - a laser engraved meeple. The first meeple we will introduce is our Painter meeple. Keeping with our ancient China theme, we planned for this meeple to look like a traditional Chinese Painter. We took the classic meeple shape that everyone knows and loves, and started to modify it to make it look more traditional Chinese...

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Interview with Mothership designer Peter Sanderson

Interview with Mothership designer Peter Sanderson

Peter Sanderson, the designer of the hit game Mothership that combines miniatures, strategy and dice games into one, took some time out of his busy schedule to talk with us. Well into the final stretch of the campaign for the 2nd edition of Mothership 2nd Edition Kickstarter, Peter shared with us some of his experiences, learning moments and other things to pay attention to when running a Kickstarter.  - This is the 3rd Kickstarter campaign you’re running for Mothership, first of all congratulations! What would be the biggest lesson you’ve learned over the course of these campaigns?   Peter: Thank you! I've learnt so many lessons over the course of these 3 campaigns (plus one failed!). But to narrow it down, these come to mind: 1. Have a good, well playtested game 2. Present the Kickstarter well 3. Love your backers   That last one is really important. Kickstarter is a community, not a store. The backers on kickstarter are giving you their hard earned money because they believe in your game. You need to show them love and appreciation back.  - A lot of publishers that run Kickstarter campaigns name the backers as one of the most fulfilling albeit it challenging parts of the process. Any fun...

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Kickstarter Do’s and Don’ts #1

So you’re running a Kickstarter campaign for your next board game! Those are some exciting times. You’ve probably been scouring the internet. Trying to get any and all advice you can get on how to run a successful campaign. The good news is, Kickstarter is huge. HUGE. So there is plenty of advice to go around. A lot of veterans are sharing their experiences online. The downside? Most of it is from the same perspective.    At Boda Games, we’ve been through our fair share of Kickstarters. We remember when our very first customer told us “I’m trying this thing called Kickstarter.” However, we are not game designers. Nor are we publishers. We are a board game manufacturing company. We make board games. And together with all of you, and with a little bit of help from Kickstarter, that is what we are here to do. So allow us to tap into some of our experiences and share a few do’s and don’ts with all of you. Here are some do’s and don’ts for Kickstarters that we have gathered over the past few year. But from a manufacturing point of view.  DO: When you run a Kickstarter, you will set up stretch goals. Heck,...

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Boda Games hosts online seminar Tuesday 28th 19:00 EST

Boda Games hosts an online seminar this Tuesday the 28th, starting at 19:00 EST. At boda games we are always excited to partake in events related to the board game industry. Usually these events will be at conventions. Panels, presentations, contests and other events. So when we were asked if we wanted to talk about board game manufacturing, we said yes without second thought. Because we love talking about board game manufacturing! It’s our bread and butter, it’s what we do every day from early morning until late at night. Unless we are at a convention, talking to publishers about it. Unfortunately right now, it is difficult for anyone to attend conventions. The whole world is restraining themselves from going outside and gathering in groups. So we have to get creative and find different ways to connect with each other. And one way to do that, is by organizing an online version of a convention! When the people from EESPEAKS explained the concept, we were intrigued. Although it is our first time, we are excited to be part of an online presentation. What will the seminar cover? Our director and one of the most knowledgeable people about board game manufacturing, Jeff Zhou, will do...

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Box Markings and Labels for Board Games

A board game or a card game needs to have the right markings on the outside of the box. Some of these markings are mandated by law, such as health related matters. Other markings are for stores and retailers their benefit. And some of these markings are for potential buyers of your game! What's important to remember is, all markings serve a purpose. Not all of them, however, are compulsory. Then, which markings are necessary for your box? This depends on a few things. Kickstarter or retail? First of all, Kickstarter has disrupted the traditional way to publish a game. Not all published board games  will be sold in retail stores. A game that isn't sold it in retail requires fewer markings than one that is meant to be sold in retail. Be sure to check the specific regulations and rules of the country / region that you are planning to sell your game in. For example, once at Essen Spiel publishers were taken by surprise when convention staff visited their booths. And informed them that all games sold at the convention must have an address printed on the box for contact purposes. What markings are often on game boxes? All games need a...

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Boda Games Manufacturing Chinese New Year 2020

Boda Games Chinese New Year break 2020

Boda Games Chinese New Year break 2020. Even meeples need a break every now and then! So last week all our factory meeples took a well deserved break. They put the figurative and literal dice down, halted the production machine. And travelled home to spend some time with their family and loved ones. Far away from the hustle and bustle of games manufacturing. Until next month, when everyone comes back recharged and ready to go! And at the end of this week, our office meeples are also finally getting the rest they need! Except for a few of us, who are flying out to Nuremberg early next week for the Spielwarenmesse 2020. So when you see us in Nuremberg, come say hi and we will gladly wish you and everyone else a happy Chinese New Year! Xīn Nián Kuài Lè! To summarize: • Our factory will halt production from January 15 until February 10. • Our sales office will be out of office from January 24 until January 30. But of course we will always be available for urgent matters! But please give us a bit more time than usual to get back to you. ...

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Boda Games Nuremberg 2020 Spielwarenmesse Convention

Boda Games at the Spielwarenmesse 2020

Boda Games will be at the Nuremberg Spielwarenmesse 2020! Time to kick off a new year in the board game industry. Our first event on the list takes us to Germany. To the lovely city of Nuremberg to be exact, where once again the Nuremberg Spielwarenmesse 2020 will be held. Spanning over a number of different halls, this B2B convention is one not to miss! January 29 until February 2nd 2020 Boda Games will be at the Nuremberg Spielwarenmesse 2020. If you're joining us in Nuremberg, let us know as we would love to catch up and discussing your latest projects.   Not familiar with the Nuremberg Spielwarenmesse exhibition? Here is what their website says:   "Experience the Spirit of Play at the key meeting point for the toy industry. As the largest and most important event of the year, the toy fair in Nuremberg brings together all international decision-makers. Well-known brands, trendy start-ups, buyers for major chains, independent retailers and large numbers of media representatives combine to make the Spielwarenmesse® a unique event for all players in the toys and games market."   Can't make it to the Nuremberg Spielwarenmesse in Germany this year? No worries, Boda Games attends conventions all around the world. So if...

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Boda Games looks back on 2019 – part 2

Last week we looked at Boda Games on 2019 - Part 1 for Boda Games in the year 2019. We talked about the artwork guidelines project, the new website and more. But we left out one crucial part - the games! As anyone who works in the industry can confirm, the games are what makes all of our jobs fun. For us at Boda Games we manufacture all types of games. The variety in games that passes through our hands in a year is huge. And every now and then when we get a chance, we sit down and play them! So let us introduce some of our favourite games  from 2019.   Reavers of Midgard     BGG says: Reavers of Midgard is a single worker placement game with elements of set collection, dice combat and engine building set in the Champions of Midgard universe. In Reavers of Midgard, you'll be looking to gain glory by raiding nearby villages for their riches, sacking well-fortified castles and battling both man and monster on the open seas. You'll not only need to take your rowdy crew of vikings and the food needed to keep them happy along for the ride but you'll also have to recruit a crew of elite...

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Boda Games looks back on 2019 – Part 1

2019: Time once again seems to have flown by in 2019 for all of us at Boda Games Manufacturing. Just last week we were in Philadelphia at the PAX Unplugged 2019 convention having a blast with all our fellow gamers. And with that, convention season for 2019 is officially a wrap! Saying we had a great year would be an understatement, so let's take a moment and look back at some of the highlights for us this year.  First things first, before we talk about all the games we had the pleasure of being the manufacturer of. On January 7th Boda Games launched it's completely renewed website. Yes, it was long due but we'd say it was worth the wait? With the new website, it is easier than ever to learn about Boda Games. And our board and card game manufacturing solutions. We think that as a manufacturer, it is important to communicate with our customers as much as possible. After all, Boda Games is in China but the vast majority of our customers are somewhere else in the world. As such, one of our goals with the new website was to get more information to our customers.   How do you ask?...

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