Category Archives: Let’s Kickstart This Thing!

Let’s Kickstart This Thing! – Episode 11 – Find an Artist

Let's Kickstart This Thing! is a series of 5-minute videos in which I attempt to detail all the steps involved in bringing a board game from prototype to production via Kickstarter. Please support my first Kickstarter board game project: Spell Stealers (ends November 23, 2014).

In this episode I discuss how to begin the process of finding an artist for your board game project. Continue reading

Let’s Kickstart This Thing! – Episode 10 – Join the Online Community

Let's Kickstart This Thing! is a series of 5-minute videos in which I attempt to detail all the steps involved in bringing a board game from prototype to production via Kickstarter. Please support my first Kickstarter board game project: Spell Stealers (ends November 23, 2014).

In this episode I discuss the importance of joining the online board game development community to solicit feedback while, at the same time, generating interest in your project. Continue reading

Let’s Kickstart This Thing! – Episode 9 – The Hand-Taught Play Test

Let's Kickstart This Thing! is a series of 5-minute videos in which I attempt to detail all the steps involved in bringing a board game from prototype to production via Kickstarter. Please support my first Kickstarter board game project: Spell Stealers (ends November 23, 2014).

In this episode I talk about your first play test with strangers and everything you should do to prepare for it. Continue reading

Let’s Kickstart This Thing! – Episode 8 – Open a Checking Account

Let's Kickstart This Thing! is a series of 5-minute videos in which I attempt to detail all the steps involved in bringing a board game from prototype to production via Kickstarter. Please support my first Kickstarter board game project: Spell Stealers (ends November 23, 2014).

In this episode I discuss the importance of opening a separate checking account for purchases related to your board game project. This will make it easier to keep track of what you are spending on your project and will make things much easier for accounting purposes when tax time rolls around. Continue reading

Let’s Kickstart This Thing! – Episode 7 – Get a Website

Let's Kickstart This Thing! is a series of 5-minute videos in which I attempt to detail all the steps involved in bringing a board game from prototype to production via Kickstarter. Please support my first Kickstarter board game project: Spell Stealers (ends November 23, 2014).

In this episode I discuss the importance of securing your place on the Internet by registering for a domain name. At some point you will also need to purchase web hosting so that you can create a website for your board game or business. Continue reading

Let’s Kickstart This Thing! – Episode 6 – Request a Quote

Let's Kickstart This Thing! is a series of 5-minute videos in which I attempt to detail all the steps involved in bringing a board game from prototype to production via Kickstarter. Please support my first Kickstarter board game project: Spell Stealers (ends November 23, 2014).

In this episode I discuss creating a component list for your board game and submitting your initial quote request to a manufacturer. Continue reading

Let’s Kickstart This Thing! – Episode 5 – Copyrights, Trademarks, and Patents

Let's Kickstart This Thing! is a series of 5-minute videos in which I attempt to detail all the steps involved in bringing a board game from prototype to production via Kickstarter. Please support my first Kickstarter board game project: Spell Stealers (ends November 23, 2014).

In this episode I go over the differences between a copyright, trademark, and patent – and what it means to your board game project. Continue reading

Let’s Kickstart This Thing! – Episode 4 – Instruction Manual

Let's Kickstart This Thing! is a series of 5-minute videos in which I attempt to detail all the steps involved in bringing a board game from prototype to production via Kickstarter. Please support my first Kickstarter board game project: Spell Stealers (ends November 23, 2014).

In this episode I talk about the importance of writing out your game’s rules from start to finish in the form of a rough instruction manual. This will help you discover points of confusion or holes in your game’s design. Continue reading

Let’s Kickstart This Thing! – Episode 3 – Early Play Testing

Let's Kickstart This Thing! is a series of 5-minute videos in which I attempt to detail all the steps involved in bringing a board game from prototype to production via Kickstarter. Please support my first Kickstarter board game project: Spell Stealers (ends November 23, 2014).

In this episode I discuss the importance of play testing during the initial development process. Continue reading

Let’s Kickstart This Thing! – Episode 2 – The Initial Prototype

Let's Kickstart This Thing! is a series of 5-minute videos in which I attempt to detail all the steps involved in bringing a board game from prototype to production via Kickstarter. Please support my first Kickstarter board game project: Spell Stealers (ends November 23, 2014).

In this episode I discuss the basics of building your initial board game prototype as well as some of the materials you will need. Continue reading