The Trouble with Goblins

The trouble with goblins is that they are such nasty little creatures, they are hard to drum up sympathy for.

The trouble with after hours geeks is this: We are, by and large, introverts. We had to take off our game developer hats and put on our marketing hats, which we wear much less often. These hats will fit much more comfortably every time we wear them.

We made huge changes to our campaign and game and posted them last night. We have been working around the clock with artists, our focus group, and getting the word out. With the new changes in the project, we are excited and ready to show it off with pride. Tonight, Corey and his local support team are out and about, hitting local game stores and playing the game. This is the most fun part of promotion, of course, the chance to play the game. There was a point last week where we were working so hard that we forgot to have fun, and really, isn’t that what games are for?

Lessons learned:

1. All work and no play is no way to promote fun.

2. Art takes time, don’t under estimate how long it takes.

3. We are fortunate people with the best support team anybody could ask for.

Project Update:

We have redone our artwork and worked closely with a focus group to achieve the our new masterpiece. Here is an example of the new art:

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We posted the contests that are running last night, click here if you missed it. We are pretty excited about the Goblins Awareness T-Shirts and had a ball making up..errr… researching goblins statistics!

We created a new promo video focusing on the injustice that goblins face. I know I posted it last night, but I have to post it again tonight. It cracks me up every time I watch it!

Thanks for following our adventure, this has been worlds of fun! Don’t forget to check out our project, The Goblin Pit Fight:

GOBLIN PIT FIGHT

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52 Goblin Challenge

This week’s contest for the glorious prize of a “Goblin Awareness T-shirt”.

5 awesome gamers will take the prize by flexing their geek muscles.

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Goblin Pit Fight has 52 goblins in the deck.  They are very upset that the high level adventurers have slain their families.  Those same high level adventurers have left town to chase a dragon or defeat an evil sorcerer.

52 goblins attack your town!  Angry and jealous of the cushy life you live.

You have 4 “level 1” adventurers.  Describe what your party is made of and how you would deal with this 52 goblin challenge. Post a comment here with your response to the 52 Goblin Challenge.
Check next Monday’s update on our Kickstarter page for winners of this contest and the “Nominate Your Local Game Store” contest.

Funding Fun for Everyone

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Necessity is the mother of invention.

The Great Recession brought out the entrepreneurs in droves.People have been finding their own way in the world rather than relying on the workplace to provide for them.

One of the hardest parts of chasing a dream or making a business come to life is financing. Financing is especially difficult in the arts arena, with many artists not having the business experience to inspire faith and financial support from their hometown bank.

Hence, the birth of Kickstarter in 2009. Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects, not an avenue to cover start up costs associated with starting a new business. These projects include publishing, film, music, games, technology, theater, software, dance, design, fashion, and photography.

In our experience, the most reassuring part of being a backer is the Zero Risk Model. If the project fails to reach its funding goals, we aren’t charged anything. The most gratifying part of being a backer is watching new creative projects succeed and being on the ground floor. The rewards are a perk, but being part of making someone’s dream come true is why we do it.

Since Kickstarter’s inception, more than 30,000 projects have been backed with more than 2.5 million people. Music has had the most projects funded, followed by film, then art.. Overall, a total of 44 percent of all Kickstarter projects have been funded. According to the Huffington Post, only 13 percent of small business loans were approved at 100 percent last year.

What we are seeing is a shift from financing to alternate ways of fund raising. Etsy is an avenue where artists can promote and sell their products. Crowdfunding sites (such as Rockethub, Kickstarter and Indigogo) are avenues of funds and support for launching a project on a backer level, but may grow to more with the JOBs law being passed last April (and still being worked out). Industry leaders are stepping up with new start-ups loans and coaching, such as Samuel Adams Brewing company.

The shift in funding alternatives are offering hope. Now entrepreneurs, dreamers, and people venturing out on their own have support and different avenues to find success. The banks no longer have the final word, and as long as you can find an interest in your project and a pool of people who will support you, you can chase your dream.

There are also a plethora of coaching and support options when beginning your project. In our case, we found a site and a podcast called “Funding the Dream” hosted by Richard Bliss. He is very specialized and focuses solely on crowdfunding  projects, and he has provided a wealth of information for us.

It seems coincidental to me that these Crowdfunding avenues are newly available after the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Muhammad Yunus in 2006 for his work in Bangladesh and his pioneer work in micro-credit and micro-financing. Whether his work inspired these new avenues or not, I would still like to recognize and appreciate him. It’s rare that an economist is recognized for humanitarian work, but it shouldn’t be.

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Whatever your dream, there’s likely a way to chase it with one of the above resources. If there is nothing available that meets your specific needs, I bet there will be shortly.

Finally, a link to our own Kickstarter project:

The Goblin Pit Fight

Now, get off your butt and start your project. The main obstacle isn’t such a high hurdle anymore, so that excuse no longer applies. When you get out there, we will be your biggest cheerleaders!

Anticipation

As we are working on furthering our marketing, adjusting the artwork, and narrowing our focus, we find ourselves in a constant state of anticipation. Did they answer our email? Are the mock ups ready? Which are the best avenues for us to spend our precious little time on? Our excitement is hardly containable.

It’s similar to online dating, obsessively checking our phones, updating each other with any development or idea via text, eagerly awaiting the outcome. It’s every bit as thrilling and exhilarating, but even more rewarding because we are doing it together.

Tonight’s update is not going to be about our project, but about a cool project that’s happening in our own community in Boulder, CO. I hope you don’t mind the change of pace.

Today’s lessons include:

1. Even the best iPhone batteries can only handle so many refresh requests.

2. Patience is something we are learning, whether we like it or not.

3. We aren’t the only people with an awesome project.

Project Update:

Tonight, we are sharing another Kickstarter campaign that launched close to the same time we did. This campaign is for the Boulder Outdoor Theater. The girls met in film school at the University of Colorado and have been actively involved with the Theater ever since. Their request is to replace a 17 year old screen.

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We wish them the best of luck, because this project serves the entire community. Please check out their page:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/190104776/kickstart-boulder-outdoor-cinema-were-goin-mobile

And while you are there, make sure you swing by our Goblin Pit Fight, too!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1284196867/goblin-pit-fight

Schooled by Eighth Graders

I know I introduced myself as Corey and Christina – Scribelife Games – and though I didn’t mean to be misleading, I was slightly misleading. I (Christina) am the blog writer, blog follower, blog blogger. This is our joint project, but I am who you are reading when you stumble upon our little corner of WordPress. I am clearing that up now, because I want to tell you about my day.

Today I visited five girls in the school. These girls are eighth graders who are working on a project called “Students are Authors”, and the story they are writing about is the story of a little girl I lost to cancer some years ago. We have been communicating back and forth sharing a Google doc, they ask questions, I write answers – they write paragraphs, I write corrections – they draw artwork, I upload my daughter’s artwork. We have been doing this for several weeks and today was the first time I met them in person.

What an experience! Initially, they were too intimidated to ask many questions. I imagine the scenario they wanted to avoid was a broken hearted mother crying on their tender 13 year old shoulders, and who can blame them? Once I proved myself solid and no tears sprung from my eyes, they began to show enthusiasm for their story. They talked about how to spin it, what to focus on, how to market it. Their eyes shone with excitement and enthusiasm for their project. They couldn’t write fast enough. Ideas flew from their mouths faster than anyone could type and their project time ended far too soon.

That is the kind of passion I want to embrace with every project. That is the kind of dedication, dreaming, creating that is needed when embarking on a new journey.

Today, I learned from eighth graders what it takes to make ideas happen.

Today’s lessons include:

1. I really am not smarter than a 13 year old.

2. Passion is contagious.

3. Dreaming big is the only way to go.

4. Don’t invest half your heart in anything, give it all if it is worth doing.

5. Student toilets are much lower to the floor.

Project update:

Hurray! We have an artist who is drawing goblins for our cards, and we should have them ready by Monday! I hope to have something ready to post very soon.

We are working on our marketing campaign and you will definitely hear me beating the goblin drums! Our consultation with Richard Bliss (The Game Whisperer) was so helpful that we are in the same place the eighth graders are – too many ideas to count!

Here is our project link:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1284196867/goblin-pit-fight