Funding the Dream Podcast Part 2

22 February 2013 | 9 Comments

fundingdreamlogo2Earlier this month I shared some insights about my Viticulture Kickstarter project on Richard Bliss’ “Funding the Dream” podcast (Episode 116). In that one we focus on how a newcomer to the board game industry managed to pull off a successful Kickstarter project–I can’t recall the details, so if anyone listens to it and wants to fill me in, please do so! (Is it odd that I don’t like to listen to my own voice? It unnerves me.)

Richard was kind to ask me to return for a new episode, which he posted yesterday here: Episode 123. Let me know what you think! It’s about 20 minutes long. Again, I can’t recall exactly what we talked about, but I think we discussed the money-back guarantee and the goal I had during the campaign to get some kind of press or online exposure every day during the campaign.

9 Comments on “Funding the Dream Podcast Part 2

  1. You (Jamey) commented on quite a few things between these two podcasts. I resonated strongly with what you said about making meaningful contributions towards other people’s blogs and projects. Not only is it good for you and your projects to do so in the long run, but also it helps to create a thriving and friendly community.

    It inspired me to create my own blog with some thoughts and musings on BGG which will hopefully help others and pass the great advice you’ve given to me forward. I hope you don’t mind, but I used these podcasts and your words (alongside Gandhi) to speak about this very issue in that.

    In short (so that you don’t have to look it up and read about yourself), it details why I’ve chosen to create the blog and why I believe people should contribute to other members of the boardgame community. Sometimes I’m left speechless when I hear people asking for help or support in various areas and stages of board-gaming when they have not helped anyone else in that same area.

    It’s one of the reasons why a common bit of advice for a KS campaign is to back other people’s projects. If you’re complaining about why are people not backing your project, you should stop and think – have you backed other people’s projects? What makes you back a project? How has a project creator convinced you, or gotten your attention, in order to get backed? That will, at least, provide you with a starting point on what you need to do to get other people’s attention and backing. After that, you need to investigate what gets other people’s attention and backing.

    Some people go on to Kickstarter with a “Build it and they will come” philosophy. They barely give a moment’s thought to the fact that a successful campaign is built upon a good product AND good exposure. Kickstarter relies on trust – and trust needs to be built as much as your product does.

    So, thanks again for the inspiration and for the insightful thoughts. I don’t know if I’ll ever get around to running my own Kickstarter campaign some day, but I’m very happy in helping others achieve their goals and you’re a part of that.

  2. Hey Val, this is a GREAT comment. We share similar philosophies on this stuff. I agree that one of the best (and easiest) ways to get involved in other projects is to back them. It’s also extremely informative.

    As you’ve seen, “build it and they will come” very rarely works. You have to get really lucky for that to work, and I wouldn’t want to see anyone hinge their dream on luck.

    Would you mind sharing a link to your BGG blog? I’d love to read it.

    1. Sure thing, Jamey. It’s can be found here:
      https://boardgamegeek.com/blog/2576/board-game-blog-news

      The post I mentioned here is this one specifically:
      https://boardgamegeek.com/blogpost/20735/the-dawn-of-the-blog

      I’d love to hear any comments you have on the topic. I will be referring to a lot of bloggers, etc. in the future and I hope that they, like you, will take the time to see how I’ve understood and reflected upon their thoughts.

      I hope I also leave you with something to think about & maybe even something that will be helpful to you in the future.

      1. It looks great, Val! I subscribed on BGG, and I’m sure I’ll comment on it in the future. :) Thanks for taking the time to help out Kickstarter creators and backers.

        1. Thank you for the kind words. You’ve been a great source of inspiration and motivation. I truly feel like I’m standing on the shoulders of giants.

  3. Thanks Jamey great podcast! The biggest thing that I got from this was to think outside of Kickstarter, by creating stretch goals to increase the number of Facebook likes for future contact – brilliant. Also I had never thought of using stretch goals focused on the number of backers, what a great idea.
    Thanks so much for sharing :)

    1. Thanks Nathan. If you think of some “out of the box” ideas for your Kickstarter campaign, let me know when it’s live. I’m always looking for innovations that inspire other project creators.

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