What Companies Can Do to Encourage Me Kickstart Their Campaign
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I recently subscribed to this list: 2015 Kickstarter Boardgame Projects

It's a wonderful list but it can be quite overwhelming at times. It's nice that the users here on the geek are quick to make sure that others are aware of new Kickstarter campaigns, but it's hard to really know what's worthwhile and what's not. That's why I'm making this geeklist, to help companies know what causes me (and other users) to take the time to even consider their campaigns. Feel free to add your own.
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1. Board Game: WATCH IT! [Average Rating:3.50 Unranked]
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The best way to get me to consider a campaign is to provide preview copies to quality reviewers that will play through the game. To truly get me to consider a game you should send a copy to Rhado for a top-notch Rhado Run Through of your game. Keep in mind that providing your own run-through won't necessarily do the trick. You obviously like the game or you wouldn't be trying to fund it. Use an outside source and give them the freedom to be honest.
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2. Board Game: Zoofari Paw Prints [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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Give me a Print n Play option. I may not take the time to actually use it, but when I do, someone I play with usually buys a copy. You don't have to include final art and I don't mind if you place a watermark over the image. It can even include just enough to get through a couple of rounds. Jut give me the chance to try before I buy.
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3. Board Game: Master of Rules [Average Rating:5.91 Overall Rank:6025]
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Provide a copy of the rules. I don't mind that their not finished. You don't even have to include examples. Just let me read through what you have. I have to wonder if you've even properly playtested a game if you can't provide me with some basic rules. The best thing you can do, in my opinion, is post the rules to googledocs and let me make suggestions. Tim Fowers recently did just that on Burgle Bros. (note also that he provided a PnP) and it was really encouraging to see changes being suggested and actually changed in the document.
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4. Board Game: Classic BattleTech Field Manual: Updates [Average Rating:4.25 Unranked] [Average Rating:4.25 Unranked]
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Keep the campaign page updated, especially if you have stretch goals being reached. If you're doing a campaign make sure to take the time to check it. Sure it won't hurt anyone if you don't check off the last five stretch goals, but if you cannot take the time to keep them updated are you going to take the time to respond to your printers so that I can have my game in a timely fashion?
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5. Board Game: Respond! [Average Rating:5.90 Unranked]
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Be active in the comments. When backers ask questions, they want an answer. I've backed a few campaigns in which the creator completely disappears and backers start making speculations. We all know what happens when backers start making speculations...
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6. Board Game: Don't Tip The Waiter [Average Rating:5.47 Unranked]
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Stretch goals really do it for me, but I do have a couple of additional thoughts concerning them. First, more isn't always better. I would rather have stretch goals that actually add to the game. Second, give people a chance to get the stretch goal items at a later date. The geekstore is a great outlet for providing these things or you can follow Artipia games example and release a box of just the extra items. I've had to miss a few campaigns because of finances and now I'll never have the extra items for some of the games I want. In fact, that has actually caused me not to buy some games at a later date.
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7. Board Game: Among the Stars: Expanding the Alliance [Average Rating:7.44 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.44 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.44 Unranked]
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If you're trying to gather support for an expansion, be sure to include options to purchase the base game. This usually isn't a problem, but I have run across a few campaigns that forgot to do just that.
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