Episode 136 - Crowdfunding Retailer Tiers

January 13, 2018

Recorded at Metatopia 2017

Presented by Melissa Lewis-Gentry, Brian Dalrymple.

So you're planning crowdfunding for your game, and have heard that Retail is important. Maybe you did a retail tier in a previous Kickstarter and had no one buy it, or maybe you lost money by creating that tier. Regardless, the industry is changing faster than we can keep up. Learn from Retailers on what they want and what they won't back for 2018 Kickstarters & IndieGoGos. Learn from Expert Campaigners on the pitfalls of building tiers. Be sure to bring questions about your upcoming campaign, we want to hear them.

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Episode 122 - Kickstarter 2016

October 10, 2017

Recorded at Metatopia 2016

Presented by Christopher Badell, Jason Walters, Marie Poole.

Planning and running a Kickstarter campaign can be like designing and playing another game. Will you hack an existing formula or take a risk on an unusual approach? Will it include lots of fiddly mechanics and rewards or will you take a more artistic direction? When you're running the campaign, how do you play the roles of marketer, designer, publisher, business person, and artist? Join panelists as they talk about the design and management of Kickstarter campaigns themselves. In what ways have they evolved into established systems (stretch goals, etc.) and how are some creators breaking those conventions?

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Episode 102 – A Designer’s Guide to Podcasts

December 2, 2016

A Designer’s Guide to Podcasts

Recorded at Metatopia 2015

Presented by James D’Amato, Alex Roberts & Kat Kuhl.

A Designer’s Guide to Podcasts” presented by . Getting your ideas in front of people can be one of the most difficult and unpleasant parts of game design. So people love design, but hate talking about what they are doing. Thankfully there is a community of people who are dedicated to talking about games in public spaces, they are called podcasters. Topics will include: Proper etiquette for self promotion, how to choose which shows to target, how to communicate effectively about your game, how to ask for what you want, how to purchase an ad, how to write an ad, whether you want to be a guest or a topic, how to make actual play easy and effective flattery.

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Episode 101 – Promoting Your Game

November 25, 2016

Promoting Your Game Through Podcasting and Other Media

Recorded at Metatopia 2015

Presented by Chris Perrin, Tara Clapper, Chris Bell & Mario Dongu.

Gaming has a rich, vibrant media that really enjoys advocating for new games and new game designers. However, it can be hard for game designers to find gamer media outlets and even harder to know what to say. This panel will look at ways game designers can find gaming media and promote themselves, presented by the This Just In… crew.

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Episode 82 – Kickstarter 101 (2015)

June 7, 2016

Kickstarter 101 (2015)

Recorded at Metatopia 2015

Presented by JR Honeycutt, Joshua A.C. Newman & Chris O’Neill

Planning and running a Kickstarter campaign for your game can be like designing and playing another game. Will you hack an existing formula or take a risk on an unusual approach? Will it include lots of fiddly mechanics and rewards or will you take a more artistic direction? When you’re running the campaign, how do you play the roles of marketer, designer, publisher, business person, and artist? Join panelists as they talk about the design and management of Kickstarter campaigns themselves. In what ways have they evolved into established systems (stretch goals, etc.) and how are some creators breaking those conventions?

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Episode 69 – Social Media

November 14, 2015

Social Media Action Steps

Recorded at Metatopia 2014

Presented by Beth Rimmels.

Social media is a crucial marketing step, especially for new and small businesses. Even better, it can cost you little to nothing, but can be confusing or overwhelming. This panel will explain what’s essential, where to start (and on which social media channel), free and low-cost tools that will make your life easier, and how to grow an audience organically.

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Episode 68 – Smart Crowdfunding Campaigns

October 13, 2015

Executing a Smart Crowdfunding Campaign

Recorded at Metatopia 2014

Presented by Fred Hicks, Joshua A. C. Newman & Hannah Shaffer

How do you plan your crowdfunding campaign? How done do you need to be before you open? How do you engage your community? How do you plan for all possible outcomes? Joshua A.C. Newman (Mobile Frame Zero: Rapid Attack and Shock: Social Science Fiction), Fred Hicks (Fate Core, Designers & Dragons, and more), and Hannah Shaffer (Questlandia) share their experiences and then ditch out on their planned talk to address your questions once they realize they can’t afford shipping.

 
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Episode 55 – How to Succeed at Conventions

May 22, 2015

How to Succeed at Conventions

Recorded at Metatopia 2014

Join veteran conventioneer, Avonelle Wing, for a conversation on attending trade shows and conventions as an industry professional. Talk about identifying and setting goals, representing yourself and your brand and otherwise setting yourself up for success.

 
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Episode 51 – RPG Podcasting and Design

March 30, 2015

Episode 51 – RPG Podcasting and Design

This special episode is a crossover with The Jankcast and the Tabletop Superhighway podcasts. In this episode, I am speaking with Todd (Jankcast), Alex (Tabletop Superhighway) and Larry (Tabletop Superhighway) about how RPG Podcasting interacts with design, and what we see from our particular vantage points.

Welcome to the RPG Design Jankcast Superhighway.

 
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Episode 44 – Succeeding at Conventions and Trade Shows

January 24, 2015

Succeeding at Conventions and Trade Show

Recorded at Metatopia 2013

Presented by Avonelle Wing

Conventions are overwhelming, and setting yourself up for success involves many components: Branding yourself for visibility, interacting appropriately with the convention, maximizing the impact of your contact with your public, and other ideas. Double Exposure Senior Vice President, Avonelle Wing, will share her experiences, both as a convention organizer and as an attendee representing her own brands.

 
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