If you love the products and philosophy of Stonemaier Games, you might be a great fit to be a Stonemaier ambassador. Ambassadors extend our worldwide reach through play, logistics, and/or translations. Thank you for being a part of the Stonemaier Games family!
Roles – The primary roles of Stonemaier ambassadors are to translate and proofread rulebooks, moderate and answer questions on forums, playtest game prototypes, and be a welcoming presence at conventions and events. Ambassadors should read ALL project updates for projects they back so they can be prepared to answer questions.
Expectations – Across all of the ways ambassadors can contribute to the Stonemaier brand, the consistent idea is that ambassadors find ways to welcome people to the Stonemaier family. That means we communicate with kindness and respect with all types of people, regardless of gender, race, age, religion, and sexuality. Stonemaier seeks to include, not exclude.
Conventions and Events – Stonemaier Games formally attends very few conventions and events; it’s not a big part of our marketing plan. At conventions, we simply ask for ambassadors to be a welcoming presence for people who are trying out our games. That is, if they see a group playing or learning one of our games, they can check in with the group to see if they have any questions.
Communication – Ambassadors will typically receive 1 email a month from Jamey. The email usually describes at least one sneak peek and one actionable point. We share information with Stonemaier ambassadors before it is available for public consumption. If that trust is violated, we will remove the transgressors from the ambassador list.
Compensation (Passive Ambassadors) – Some people choose to become Stonemaier Ambassadors just to observe, which is fine. These ambassadors are rewarded with advance information about upcoming project launches and product releases, but nothing else.
Compensation (Active Ambassadors) – Active ambassadors are those who fulfill at least some of the roles described above. We try our best to keep track of this sort of thing, but feel free to keep us informed if you’re an active ambassador in ways that we can’t see.
Active ambassadors are rewarded for their participation in the following ways:
- T-shirts: Twice a year, we sell Stonemaier t-shirts to ambassadors. If an ambassador sends us a photo of them helping out with our games at a convention/event while wearing the t-shirt, we’ll send them a full reimbursement for the cost of the shirt.
- Discounts and Free Products: Rules proofreaders, translators, and playtesters are compensated for their time and expertise with discounts and free products on a game-by-game basis.
- Appreciation: Jamey tries to make himself available to help active ambassadors one-on-one (though if the questions you have apply to other people, it’s always preferable for you to ask in public!).
Sign Up –If you would like to become a Stonemaier ambassador, please fill out this form. Your first communication from us will come in the middle of the month when we send out the ambassador update e-mail.
How to Teach Our Games
Viticulture Essential: Explain Viticulture season by season as you’re playing it, emphasizing that players will not fully understand the consequences of their actions the first year. That’s okay. When you get to the end of the first year, explain the winemaking process backwards (from filling a wine order all the way back to getting money to pay for a trellis or irrigation) without getting caught up in details. Then start the next year. I usually encourage people to play with open hands in their first game.
Euphoria: Watch this video to learn how to teach Euphoria. This is probably the most difficult Stonemaier game to teach due to the interconnected systems.
Between Two Cities: After explaining the general idea of working with adjacent players and only scoring the city with the least points, use the reference card to explain what each tile does, then start playing. If possible, position people who have played before in between people who are new to the game, as they can help out those on either side.
Scythe: Watch this video to learn how to teach Scythe. It basically says to use the quick-start cards and then to walk each player through their first turn.