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Lessons Learned from Quitting Kickstarter as a Creator, Part 5

18 November 2019 | 6 Comments

Two weeks ago marked the 4-year anniversary of Stonemaier Games going Kickstarter-free as a creator, as our Scythe campaign ended on November 5, 2015. As a backer and an entrepreneur, I continue to be fascinated with (and supportive of) Kickstarter and crowdfunding. My company wouldn’t exist at all–or in its current form–were it not for […]

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5 Revelations from Our 2019 Demographic Survey

11 November 2019 | 16 Comments

Last week on the Stonemaier Games monthly e-newsletter (subscribe here), I shared a demographic survey with our subscribers. I’ve done this a few years in a row now, with the intent being to learn more about our followers. I tried to focus on questions with actionable results. This year I’m really interested in comparing the […]

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Hobbiton and Paying the Bill in New Zealand (Business Brilliance #15)

4 November 2019 | 14 Comments

I had the pleasure of spending the last 2 weeks traveling in New Zealand with my girlfriend. While it was mostly a vacation, I did a few board game publishing related activities (see photos), and I learned a few things from New Zealand businesses along the way. Below are two observations that might apply to […]

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Quick Kickstarter Lesson Recaps: #6-10

24 October 2019 | 1 Comment

I continue to revisit the Kickstarter Lesson posts I’ve written over the last 7 years in chronological order, highlighting the core elements of each.   The Project Video (#6): If you’re a first-time Kickstarter creator, I highly recommend including a project video. Start by storyboarding your video. Ideally you’ll use your friend who is an expert […]

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Quick Kickstarter Lesson Recaps: #1-5

21 October 2019 | No Comments

In this series, I’ll revisit the Kickstarter Lesson posts I’ve written over the last 7 years in chronological order, highlighting the core elements of each. Starting and Submitting Your Project Page (#1): This post has been updated over time, but the core idea is if you’re thinking about launching a Kickstarter project, I recommend that […]

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How to Work from Home with Your Significant Other

17 October 2019 | 20 Comments

I’ve worked from home to run Stonemaier Games for the last 6 years, but I’ve spent the last week experiencing something new: My girlfriend and I now live together, and she also works from home. While we’re still navigating this arrangement, I’ve learned a few things already, and I found some great articles that offer […]

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3 Intriguing Kickstarter Strategies in 3 Minutes

14 October 2019 | 8 Comments

Here’s the latest collection of business-related strategies and observations I’ve noticed. While this isn’t always the case, these all happen to be related to Kickstarter and tabletop games. I’m posting these completely unsolicited by these creators. Godspeed Playtester Data Even though it’s way far down on the project page for Godspeed, I absolutely love that […]

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My New Home Office

11 October 2019 | 19 Comments

I’ve been a bit slower to post and comment this week because for the first time in 14 years, I moved! I still live and work in St. Louis, but my home office has now shifted from the second bedroom of my original condo to the second bedroom of another condo. I still have a […]

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