Kickstarter has become to go-to source of funding your dreams. Started in 2009, the website is a crowd funding platform where people pitch their ideas, and interested parties back them for rewards. Board game makers have found an eager audience in the Kickstarter community. Many independent and small publishers are pitching their ideas, and the folks on Kickstarter are buying. It's opened up a whole new market for board game developers.
Let's look at some recently funded games:
- War games are finding an especially enthusiastic market. One game, Winter War, was recently funded at almost 2,000% of their original goal. The game will put players in the midst of a battle between Finland and Soviet Russia in 1939-1940. Funded around the same time, Gettysburg: The Valley of Death Board Game earned a respectable 111% of it's original goal, and the group hopes to have rewards out to backers by Christmas.
- The card game Doll attracted plenty of attention with it's slightly creepy artwork. This is a storytelling game for two players, one who will playing the part of the doll. The other player will be seeking the truth about their parents, but the doll doesn't always tell the truth. Can you work to unravel the mystery? Backers certainly wanted to try, and ended up funding this game for 1,334% of the original goal.
- Robot Turtle is a game that's has a lot of people excited. This is the most-backed board game in the history of Kickstarter. The goal of the game is to teach basic programming skills to children ages 3 and up. The Kickstarter community rallied around this brilliant concept and beat the funding goal by over 2,500%. If you missed out on the Kickstarter, you'll have to wait to get the game. It's currently sold out as the developer works on shipping the rewards.
Many successfully funded Kickstarter games move on to the shelves of your local game store. Kickstarter gives local game shop the chance to buy into games that they know their local community will love. That gives them an advantage over the big box stores by bringing unique titles to their shelves. There are still plenty of games on the site waiting to be funded! Browse the titles and find something to unique to bring to your next game night.