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Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule

Our first game is out now! Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule! is a card game of rhyme and reason for kids of all ages. Click the link to find out more...

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Immortal

Immortal is a strategy game of warring mythologies. Wield the power of the gods in this epic game for 2-4 players, funded on Kickstarter!

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Blood of Rome

Blood of Rome is a board game of gothic horror in ancient Rome. Game-O-Gami's latest game pits Vampires, Werewolves, Witches, and Slayers against each other in a struggle for the soul of the empire!

UPDATE: Our own Kickstarter project has just launched! Check it out here: Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule! – Art and Coloring Books

Are you Kickstarter-curious? Have you thought about tapping into the crowd-funding movement to make your own creative project a reality? Do you even know where to start?

If your answers were Yes, Yes, and No, then this article is for you! I am going to draw from my own experience, to give future project creators a roadmap of how to start their own Kickstarter and where they can learn more. This experience has been gained from countless hours of studying successful crowd-funding campaigns, being active in the crowd-funding community online, running my own Kickstarter campaign for Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule!, and the work I have put into planning and preparing upcoming Kickstarter campaigns for my next games and art projects.

I plan on posting more articles like this in the future, sharing deeper insights and practical advice for crowd-funding creative projects. But for today, let’s stick to the basics: If you want to launch your own Kickstarter campaign, where do you get started? Below is a list of 5 steps that will get your project started. By following these steps, you will learn how to build and launch a project, learn what has and hasn’t worked for other creators in the past, and learn what your own project goals really should be. Below these 5 steps is a collection of online resources which have been invaluable for my own learning. I’m sharing them with you because you are all just so damn beautiful.

If you find these steps and resources useful, please let me know about it! You can reach me through email, or give me a shout-out on Twitter or Facebook. Enjoy!

 

1) Kickstarter’s Website
Everything you need to know on how to setup your account, create your project page, and run your campaign – is on Kickstarter.com. Read their FAQ and Creator Handbook… then do what they say.

2) Research Other Projects
Again, go to Kickstarter.com. Look at other projects, current and past, that are similar in some way to the project you are planning to create. Study them to find good ideas for structuring your own campaign. Back them (at the cheapest levels if you cannot afford much) to receive their Updates and see how other backers react to them through the comments.

3) Research YOUR Project
Your dream project is ready to show to the world? EXCELLENT! Now, how much will it cost you to actually finish it and fulfill your promises to backers? What’s the cost to replace all of that temp art with finished art? How much will it cost to manufacture, ship, warehouse, and deliver physical rewards? What do you need to charge for your game, and how many copies do you need to sell, to at least make back the money you spend? How much will it cost you to produce any extra rewards besides the game? Taking all this into consideration, how much money do you really need for your funding goal? You need to research the answers to all of these questions before you launch your project.

4) Build a Following
Talk about your game and what you are doing on Twitter, Facebook, game dev and design forums, to your friends and family, and to anyone else who will listen (without spamming.) Do this months before you actually launch your project, to build a community of followers who genuinely care about what you are doing and are ready to back you on day one.

5) Create Your Project and Launch
Steps 1 and 2 will give you the how, Step 3 will give you the what. This will probably take a few weeks of writing, creating and posting images, recording and editing the video, and then revising, revising, revising. Once you are ready to launch, you’ll be in for one hell of a ride if you’ve done your research and put in the work. Good luck!

 

Kickstarter Resources and Great Advice

Kickstarter Basics and FAQ
Learn the ropes from Kickstarter itself.

Kickstarter Creator Handbook
Your essential guide during project creation.

Stonemaier Games: Kickstarter Lessons
A very extensive and expanding series of great advice, drawn from the practical experience of a game company which has run several successful Kickstarter campaigns.

“Funding the Dream” Podcast with Richard Bliss
An informative and entertaining audio series featuring interviews with Kickstarter and IndieGoGo project creators.

Succeeding with Kickstarter – A List of Resources on BoardGameGeek
A list of helpful resources for Kickstarter creators. Tailored specifically for the board game industry, but applicable to other types of projects as well.

Game Design & Self-Publishing – A Resource For Game Designers
Tons of information for anyone looking to start a business designing and publishing games. Again, tailored specifically for the board game industry, but also useful advice for video game self-publishers, and just about anyone thinking of starting a small business.

UPDATE: Our own Kickstarter project has just launched! Check it out here: Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule! – Art and Coloring Books

– Sanhueza

 

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John Pappas, an advocate for boardgaming in public libraries, has been publishing a six-part series of articles dedicated to board games. These articles provide a crash course for anyone interested in the very social hobby of face-to-face gaming. I have found this series enjoyable and educational, and would like to share it with the rest of you.

As Mr. Pappas puts it, the scope and quantity of board games available to play has exploded in the past ten years. Most of us grew up playing at least a few board and card games, even if only the ubiquitous Monopoly and UNO. There’s a much bigger world of social, real-time, table-top fun available to us now! So if you’re new to the hobby, or curious about gaming unplugged, then this series of articles will welcome you in while providing you with a wealth of knowledge. If you’re an experienced gamer, I think you will still find this series a fun read, and will probably learn something.

Four of the articles have been released so far. Here they are for your reading enjoyment:

Part One: An Introduction to Designer Board Games

Part Two: A Progressive List of Game Types

Part Three: Thematic vs Strategic Games

Part Four: Interactions, Lamentations, and Vanquished Foes

Be sure to share these articles and leave comments on their pages to let Mr. Pappas know what you think of them! Peace,

– David

 

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We are pleased to announce the upcoming release of our next game! We couldn’t think of a better day than today to reveal this cross-over project. Game of Goblins fills the much-demanded niche for a collectible, area-control, worker-placement, tactical minis euro game. With rhyming. More details will surely be shared over time, but for now, enjoy this new desktop wallpaper!

 

Game of Goblins

– Goblonymous

 

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2013 was a good year for Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule!, the card game of rhyme and reason, and 2014 is looking just as good! Game-O-Gami’s first published title has been getting a lot of positive attention, been receiving glowing reviews, and is being recognized for various awards in the hobby gaming industry.
I’d like to share with you a few of the accolades that GDFR has received over the past months:

 

Another mention on the Dice Tower podcast! Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule! was Tom Vasel’s pick for the game with the best artwork of 2013. It’s not a choice I disagree with… Of course, as the game’s creator, I am biased, and “best artwork” is a very subjective category. But I think there are very few people who would disagree that Mike Maihack’s charming goblin and fairy illustrations deserve to be recognized among the best game artwork of 2013. It’s an honor that Game-O-Gami is very proud to receive. Tom and Eric talk about GDFR and it’s beautiful artwork around the 1:15:00 mark of this episode: Dice Tower Podcast episode 335

 

Selected as Ravenwood Castle’s Game of the Month for September 2013. The award included a review as well: “Unlike many games designed specifically for kids, this one has enough substance to be enjoyable for the adults as well. That makes Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule! a perfect game to sit down and play as a family, which makes it perfect for our mission at Ravenwood of encouraging families and friends to spend quality time together.” You can read the full review here: Ravenwood Castle Game of the Month

 

Received the Major Fun Award and a review. According to Will Bain: “All these features created an intriguingly strategic game. Knowing when to play a card because it would help your cause and when to play one so that it would harm your opponent was a big part of the decision process. All cards are visible so you can make plans for yourself as well as plans to thwart your rivals.” Read the full review here: Major Fun Award

 

Earned a video review from the popular Rahdo Runs Through YouTube series. Richard Ham, “Rahdo”, covered Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule! in his signature casual style, breaking up the review into a 3-part video. The first video can be viewed here, follow the links on the YouTube page for the second and third videos:

 

2012 Golden Geek AwardsAnd finally, Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule! has once again been nominated for a Golden Geek Award! Listed for Best Children’s Game of 2013, we’d love to get your support in the voting and give the game the recognition it truly deserves. You can vote for GDFR by heading on over to the voting page – but be quick, you only have until February 17 to do so! Note, you must be an active BoardGameGeek.com user to participate in the voting.

 

 

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The Winter Solstice is upon us! And Christmas is right around the corner too. For those of you who have picked up a copy of Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule!, intending it to be a holiday gift for a very lucky friend or loved one, we’ve got something just for you… this printable GDFR holiday card!

 

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Some of you may also be thinking that Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule! will make a great birthday present for someone you know, soon, or later this year. Here are two printable birthday cards (goblin and fairy, of course) for you to give along with your gifts:


Download the Goblin Card PDF

 


Download the Fairy Card PDF

These cards are formatted to A4 paper (you can print them out on letter paper too). Just print out, fold along the dotted lines, and presto! The idea for the birthday cards was originally suggested by Kickstarter backer Mark Hawkes. Thank you, Mark!

Whichever holidays and personal events you’ll be celebrating, Game-O-Gami wishes that they be merry and bright. All the best,

– David

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Just a quick post to let you all know about something amazing happening this weekend. The gang from the Great Big Table podcast reached out to me, about a charity gaming event they are running this weekend (October 25-27). They’re playing board games for 24 hours to raise money for Children’s Miracle Hospitals, through the Extra Life charitable organization. What a fun way to help people! The funds they raise will go towards improving the lives of sick kids. You can read more about it, and make a donation if you wish, at Extra-Life.org:

Raising money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

Wishing you all a safe, healthy, and fun weekend!

 

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Yesterday, Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule!, our card game of rhyme and reason, was featured on “Watch It Played”. This fun YouTube series teaches you how to play games without having to stick your nose in boring rule books. Watch Rodney and Andrea play GDFR in this fun, quick video:

How to play Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule! by Watch It Played

   

If you enjoy this video, subscribe to their channel to learn about more fun games!

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Now that Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule! has been delivered into the hands of Kickstarter backers and new fans, our first game has been receiving lots of love and praise. I get so excited hearing the positive feedback from gamers who have been playing GDFR with their friends and with their kids! The media has also been very kind, with game critics giving GDFR an enthusiastic reception. Of course, you don’t have to take *my* word for it… Below are a few recent video reviews:

Dice Tower review by Tom Vasel

 

When To Play review by Robert Burke

 

Off The Shelf Board Game Review by Michael V.K.

 

And a great written review:

Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule! review on GeekMom
“I recommend Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule! for all ages, but especially for younger kids who know how to read. [My niece] played a few times and has memorized the cards, so [she] can play faster and work on her rhyming skills. The point being, she wants to keep playing it. So a thumbs up!”

 

You can check out the full list of reviews from various media sites, blogs, and game critics on our Reviews page. More will be added as I find them, and when friends and fans give me a heads up.  🙂
I’ll see you next time!

– David

 

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