With hundreds of games hitting the market each year, it’s hard to stay abreast of which games are the next big thing and which games are flops in a pretty box.
Nowhere is this more difficult than on Kickstarter. On Kickstarter, a talented game designer can pitch his game to the greater public and, with a little marketing savvy, win some crowd funding to self publish the games.
It’s an awesome system when it works, board game enthusiasts put down their $30-$70, and, if enough people donate, the game becomes a reality, when it otherwise wouldn’t have. The problem of course is that there is no safeguard should the designer fail or produce a lackluster product. There are some pretty unfortunate tales of botched kickstarters with the backers left holding the bag (The Doom that came to Atlantic City being a recent disaster)
Fortunately, with a little bit of research, most backers can avoid doomed projects, and we at Knight Moves intend to help. The first prerequisite for a quality Kickstarter project is a finished prototype, at Knight Moves we will seek out and rotate through Kickstarter prototypes to give you a chance to play before you back the game. For a prototype to make it to our Featured section the prototype will need to reach a threshold of quality, and the designer must be able to prove a solid production plan to us
We’ve been in touch with a local board game designers group, “You Make Games” and are excited to give players a chance to get better insights into the people that bring them their fantastic hobby.