Archive for the Kickstarter Category

RPGenerations: Tabletop Knights

Posted in Crowdfunding, Dungeons and Dragons, Kickstarter with tags , , , , on November 28, 2018 by boccobsblog

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Today we talk to Andrew Cawood, the head writer at Cawood Publishing and chief architect of the World of Myrr about his latest Kickstarter.

For people who might be unaware of Cawood Publishing, what can you tell them?
We’re a small Indie RPG company based in Vancouver, Canada. As of September 2018, we have over 30 5E products for sale at the DMs Guild and on DriveThruRpg. We are currently working on more adventure modules, handbooks for Game Masters, and the other seven continent settings for the World of Myrr.

How did Cawood Publishing get involved with RPGenerations?
I was talking with Dom about his comic and he asked me if we wanted to publish a collection of his comics.

So what can you tell me about your new Kickstarter?
It’s a softcover book with at least a 100 of Domenico Neziti’s RPG comics. They’re always funny and Dom has great insight into the group dynamics at the table. There are stretch goals to turn the book into a hardcover version and to add more comics.

Where can Domenico’s work be seen?
Facebook & Instagram

Check out RPGenerations and Cawood Publishing.

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How to be a Good Kickstarter Backer

Posted in Crowdfunding, Kickstarter with tags , , on November 21, 2018 by boccobsblog

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There are hundreds of articles on the web about running a successful Kickstarter campaign, but I think there is another side of crowdfunding that needs to be discussed, how to be a successful backer.

PM vs public comment
A general rule to follow – if your comment or question only applies to you, send it as a private message, as opposed to a public comment.

Kickstarter spies
Every Kickstarter will have these covert agents. They back a project for one dollar so they can read the updates. Do I have to point out that this is a dick move?

You are entitled to your opinion…
But you are not entitled to rude comments, ad hominem attacks, or circular arguments. If you are truly unsatisfied, private message the creator and ask for a refund. Your comments have an impact on a creator’s livelihood.

Check your Spam/Promotion folders
It is 2018 people, we have had SPAM filters for over twenty years. Before you post publicly to say you did not receive your e-mail, check your e-mail’s SPAM folder. This is especially important with Google’s promotion folder.

Share the project
If you believe in a project enough to back it, consider sharing it on your social media platforms. This sort of word of mouth will greatly aid the project and takes very little time.

Stretch goals are nice, but not required
Stretch goals are cool because you get additional content that is sometimes free.  However, the issue with stretch goals is that they can increase the cost of the product and reduce the profit margin.

Look for examples of the creator’s work
Before you invest your money in a Kickstarter, visit their website and get a feel for their style. In the past I’ve had a few backers that were disappointed in the final product, but when I looked at their backer profile it was their first time backing a Kickstarter. Additionally, when I look to see what products of ours, they already own, I found they didn’t own any (even a free product). Don’t be afraid to ask a creator for a sample of their work.

Complete your survey
The creator you’ve chosen to back cannot send you your reward/product if they don’t have your shipping information. Sometimes the survey is hard to find on mobile devices (the survey appears as a yellow band at the top of your screen), so if you can’t find it, try logging in on a computer.

READ, READ, READ
I’ve saved the most import backer tip for last: read the updates and the backer pager before you publicly ask a question. Questions like, “When will I receive X” take your creator away from making the product you ordered and are extremely annoying because every backer level will have an expected delivery date listed. Read the project page (especially the FAQ section) in its entirety and scroll back through the updates to see if your question has already been answered.

Kickstarting a project is exciting and fun, and when backers and creators are both on the same page, the finished project will be even better. Be respectful, and keep in mind that you are one of many backers.

(Are you a creator? Have we missed a tip you’d like included? Comment below!)

[Notice: The author is not affiliated with Kickstarter and his opinions are his own. ]

The Theory: A Twisted Sci-Fi Series

Posted in Comic Books, Fiction, Interview, Kickstarter with tags , , , , , on November 14, 2018 by boccobsblog

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Today we sit down with the creator/chief mischief-maker at TPub, a British indie comic company. TPub is probably best known for creating Twisted Dark, Twisted Light, Tabatha, Tortured Life, Turncoat, Theatrics, and The World of Chub Chub. They launched in 2012 with a mission to bring more readers to comics.

What can you tell us about TPub?

TPub is my publishing company. Our mission is to get more people reading and creating comics because we love the medium. We also believe it is a great gateway into getting people to read more books.

What is the deal with the Werthers Originals?

ARGH!!!  Werthers!!  OK, so at conventions abroad I normally buy these British sweets called chocolate eclairs at the airport to give people at conventions. However, my team of volunteers find it really funny to hide them on my person. I find them in my pockets and shoes etc. One chap in Canada called Ian was so bad at hiding them (I always caught him), that he started to get the fans to give them to me as I was signing their books. Somehow it morphed from eclairs to Werthers and since then, I swear they have gotten so good at it! I order food in a restaurant and it arrives with a Werthers in it. A 4 year old girl will tap my leg at a con and then as I look down, her smiling face she will produce a pack of Werthers from behind her back. I have even found a bunch in my pyjamas at home! This has become a thing!

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You currently have a Kickstarter campaign: The Theory: A Twisted Sci-Fi Series, tell us more about it

I think it’s the best comic I have done so far. It is about an astroarchaeoloigst who is working to save our future and a time traveller who is working to fix our past. If you like Black Mirror or the Twilight Zone, or just stories with twists, I suggest you give it a shot. But I do want to stress it is not an anthology. All the stories do tie together into one big story. (Learn more here)
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What exactly is spotted dick? (Follow up query, is it really cooked in a sock?)
If it’s cooked well, it is a delicious dessert. . Like Jam roll-polly or sticky toffee pudding or banoffee, it is a classic pudding, but you don’t see it on the menu all that often.
As for being cooked in a sock – NO! This isn’t the 1800s anymore! We have ‘horseless carriages’ here in the UK too now. (I love how you answered that question by comparing it to three equally arcane-sounding British desserts!)

What is your upcoming convention schedule?

Too many! I love them but my wife is increasingly unhappy with how many weekends I’m away, especially considering we have another child on the way.

Where can people buy your titles?

We always recommend comic shops, then book shops, but if you are struggling to find it then Amazon. But if you want a signed copy by me as a gift, then we sell them direct from our website www.tpubcomics.com 
A big thank you to Neil! Be sure to check out TPub, and visit their Kickstarter before Nov. 24th

173 D&D5E Encounters

Posted in D&D 5e, D&D Fifth Edition, D&D Next, Dungeons and Dragons, Kickstarter, Limitless-Adventures.com with tags , , on October 5, 2018 by boccobsblog

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If you are looking for D&D quest ideas, check out this Kickstarter from Limitless Adventures. From the project page:

Revised Limitless Encounters vol. 1, a collection of 19 Limitless Encounters products.

The 200-page soft cover book will contain:

  • 173 fully detailed encounters set in 17 different environments
  • OGL stat blocks for all monsters
  • Creative, CR appropriate treasure
  • 500+ Further Adventure™ writing prompts

Limitless Encounters vol. 1 is available in a softcover format as well as a PDF. All printing will be handled by Ka-Blam,  a digital printing house with over a decade of experience and multiple Kickstarter campaigns. Shipping is available to any country in the world (reduced international shipping).

Revised Limitless Encounters vol. 1 Includes D&D quest ideas in the following environments:

  • 10 Arctic Encounters
  • 10 Desert Encounters
  • 10 Dungeon Encounters
  • 10 Forest Encounters
  • 10 Grasslands Encounters
  • 10 Haunted Locales
  •  3 Heroic Battles
  • 10 Highway Encounters
  • 10 Hill Encounters
  • 10 Mountain Encounters
  • 10 Orc Hordes
  • 10 Planar Encounters
  • 10 Sea Encounters
  • 10 Sewers Encounters
  • 10 Subterranean Encounters
  • 10 Swamp Encounters
  • 10 Urban Encounters
  • 10 Urban 2 Encounters

FAQ

What’s been revised? – The book has a new custom cover, new interior artwork and expanded content of existing encounters.

Already own Encounters vol. 1? – If you already own either a PDF or print copy of Limitless Encounters vol. 1 you will receive a free PDF version of the revised book.

Hard Cover Books –  If we reach $20,000 we will offer Hardcover books.

Virtual Tabletops – At this time there are no plans to include a VTT option with this Kickstarter.

Pathfinder  – There are currently no plans for a Pathfinder version of this book,  though you could easily convert the ideas and encounters in this book to the D20 system.

This book is packed with D&D quest ideas, new 5E monsters, magic items, and supplemental rules. Check out the project!