On The Board Game Business Podcast, we discuss the business side of the tabletop gaming industry. We don't review games or tell you which ones we like, but instead focus on how to price, distribute, design, develop, and market your game. Richard New hosts and sits alongside Jeremy Commandeur, a game designer, and Brian Henk, a game designer and publisher with Overworld Games.
Going Full Time as a Game Developer with John Brieger - Ep. 92
37:17John Brieger talks about some of the biggest mistakes he's made during the development process so we can all learn from them. References: Brieger Creative - https://www.briegercreative.com/ John Brieger on Twitter - https://twitter.com/DasBrieger
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Top 5 Rough Edges on a Kickstarter Game - Ep. 90
23:04We discuss the top 5 most common rough edges on a Kickstarter game so you can avoid them on yours! Dustin Schwartz Rules Editing: https://twitter.com/dustinbschwartz The Game Crafter Sanity Test: https://help.thegamecrafter.com/article/145-sanity-tests
Top 5 Places to Find Prototype Art - Ep. 89
27:49In this episode, we re-visit our list of top places to find art for your prototype. Links: The Noun Project: http://www.thenounproject.com Nasa: https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/index.html National Gallery of Art: https://www.nga.gov/collection/collection-search.html Public Domain Smithsonian: https://www.si.edu/search/ Public Domain New York Public Libraries: https://digitalcollections.nypl.org https://www.nypl.org/research/collections/digital-collections/public-domain Pixabay: https://pixabay.com GameIcons.Net: http://game-icons.net Flicker: https://www.flickr.com/photos/britishlibrary https://www.flickr.com/photos/internetarchivebookimages/Major Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Arcknight https://www.patreon.com/AlishaVolkman https://www.patreon.com/satoshi_matsuura
Top 5 Predicted Impacts of COVID-19 on the Board Game Industry - Ep. 88
26:08Jeremy and Brian discuss how we think the board game industry will be impacted by COVID-19. This was recorded in early April of 2020. Resources: Good Cop Bad Cop Online - https://gcbc.arantius.com/ Tabletopia - https://tabletopia.com/ Tabletop Simulator - https://www.tabletopsimulator.com/ Board Game Arena - BoardGameArena.com Roll20 - https://roll20.net/ BoardSpace - boardspace.net
Top 5 Time Savers for Game Designers - Ep. 87
24:50In this episode, we are going to cover a bunch of tips for you game designers to SAVE YOU TIME. Resources Mentioned Google Drive - https://docs.google.com Dropbox - https://www.dropbox.com Card Creatr - https://cardcreatr.sffc.xyz/ Component.Studio - https://component.studio/ Paperize - https://beta.editor.paperize.io/#/ Multideck - https://semicolon.com/multideck/multideck.html Pages - https://www.apple.com/pages/ The Game Crafter Art Store - https://www.thegamecrafter.com/design-assets
Top 5 Tips for Advertising Your Board Game - Ep. 86
24:17We give you our top 5 tips for advertising your board game and how to learn which sources are best for you and your game. This is a little more focused on ads for a Kickstarter campaign, but is applicable to any type of advertising for a board game. References: Bitly Link Shortener - https://bitly.com/ Google Link Shortener - https://goo.gl/ Google Analytics - https://analytics.google.com/ Facebook Ads - https://www.facebook.com/business/ads
Mailbag on US Manufacturing, Recovering from Disaster, and Component Cost Considerations - Ep. 85
32:17Today we dig into the Patreon mailbag and answer these questions: How do you recover from being punched in the gut? What is a unique enough selling point for a game? What are some component cost considerations to take when manufacturing your game? Should I fulfill my Kickstarter campaign myself? Is it possible to manufacture games in the US? Thanks to Mark Edwards for editing this!
Top 5 Biggest Changes in the Board Game Industry in the Last 5 Years - Ep. 84
32:31How has the board game industry changed in the last 5 years? Brian co-founded Overworld Games about 6 years before this was recorded so it's also a view of how things have changed between when he started publishing games and now. Here is the top 5 list: 5) More games in big box retailers 4) It's easier to make games 3) Kickstarter explosion 2) Growth of games at conventions 1) Distribution is harder
Top 5 Ways to Deal with Scope Creep - Ep. 83
23:24Patron Andrew van Ingen suggested this episode on how to deal with scope creep. Here's the list we go through! 5. If some people don’t hate it, you are doing it wrong. 4. Don't let experiments linger. 3. Determine the scale, audience (learning time), price point and play time of your game. 2. Have an "always pruning" mindset. Always be thinking about the parts that aren't SUPER DUPER fun. 1. Understands that hobby gamers (and many designers) will ALWAYS ask for more.