25 April 2019 | 8 Comments
Back in 2011 when I started researching other board game projects on Kickstarter, I created a spreadsheet that looked at quantitative techniques used by other relate, successful projects (funding goal, primary reward price, etc). It was fun to look through and back other projects, though actually finding them was sometimes difficult.
That’s even more of a roadblock to researching similar campaigns now, as there are exponentially more of them in 2019 as there were in 2011. That’s why I was elated to learn of a tool created by Curtiss Patrick of Danger Games called the Kickstarter Analytical Search.
Curtiss originally created the tool so he could research projects related to a card game he’s working on, and he’s now made the incredibly generous choice to share the tool publicly on his website.
To use the tool, you simply enter the category you’re interested in (currently limited to 3 different gaming categories), if you want it to sort by most recent or most funded, and then you enter any search term you’d like. The tool then populates with links and information to 216 campaigns matching those parameters, and the sidebar shows the most common funding goals, the number of projects per month, and the number of projects at various durations.
Curtiss invited me to share feedback with him, as he’s open to improving the tool beyond it’s current capabilities.
- I wouldn’t mind having other options for the sorting order (e.g., campaign length, funding goal size, etc).
- While I think it would be difficult for the tool to extract the prices for the main reward and the premium reward for these projects, it might be able to identify the first and last reward and maybe the number of rewards.
- It would also be interesting to see the number of updates and the number of comments on the main page (to determine the level of engagement).
- Last, I think the campaign durations in the sidebar could be grouped into ranges (e.g., instead of showing that there are 16 projects that lasted 15 days and 11 projects that lasted 16 days, show me the number of projects that lasted between 14 and 20 days).
Overall, though, this is pretty amazing, and I appreciate Curtiss for making and sharing it. What would make this tool useful for you as you research other projects as a creator (and potentially search for projects as a backer)?
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