Your Ultimate Kickstarter Games Strategy Guide

The Games community on Kickstarter is massive. There are card games galore, wrestling RPGs (a personal favorite), throwbacks to 2D point-and-click goodness, hardware ideas, soundtrack performances, custom dice, and so much more. When I worked on Kickstarter’s Support team, I was introduced to terms like a “brick” of playing cards, and frequently responded to requests for a Games digest email (it’s finally here!).

Aside from the tremendous amount of creativity behind this community, their knowledge of Kickstarter and excitement to share with one another is equally impressive. Here are some of the great stories and pointers that Games creators have shared over the years.

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Playing Games at PAX East

Editor's note: We went, we played, we slayed. Scroll down to the bottom of this post for a look inside the Kickstarter Games Dungeon —we took photos galore!

Come one, come all (as long as you're over 18) to the Kickstarter Games Dungeon!

Publishers, developers, and the games community at large are descending on Boston from April 22–24 for PAX East, one of the largest games events in North America — and we'll be there to host the Kickstarter Games Dungeon. From a 2D adventure through hell to an arcade-style indie music game featuring Tegan and Sara, METZ, and Metric to that game about exploding kittens, there'll be some seriously amazing Kickstarter-funded tabletop and video games for you to peruse, explore, and — of course — play.

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The 19 Kickstarter-funded Films You Can Catch at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival

This year, there are 19 Kickstarter-funded films at the Tribeca Film Festival — and more than 31,000 supporters pledged more than $2.08 million to help bring them to life. We think that's amazing. <3

For the past six years, Kickstarter-funded Tribeca Film Festival premieres have experienced some incredible successes in theaters, on national broadcasts, and across digital platforms. We’ve seen festival favorites like The Birth of Sake, Mala Mala, Thank You for Playing, Very Semi-Serious, and Welcome to Leith get released theatrically and I Got Somethin’ to Tell You (HBO), (T)error (PBS), and The Genius of Marian (PBS) air on television. Many of these films and their talented creators have even been in contention for major awards — 2015’s Racing Extinction (formerly The Heist) even snagged a nom for Best Original Song at the Academy Awards. We’d like to think these Kickstarter-funded films are the toast of Tribeca — and beyond!

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Kickstarter Projects Get Creative With Oculus

Ever since the Oculus Rift first hit Kickstarter back in 2012, people have been asking, “But what are we going to do with this thing?” As it turns out, lots of other Kickstarter projects can help answer that question. Creators have used Kickstarter to help them develop games, interactive films, and accessories for the Rift and other VR platforms. Now that the consumer version of the Rift is out in the wild, it’s a perfect moment to highlight that work. Here are some of our favorites that are available now or coming soon, followed by some great VR-related projects that are live on Kickstarter. 

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Before You Launch, Build a List

What if we told you that one of the most powerful tools behind nearly every successful Kickstarter project is...a list? Creating a list of your fans, friends, followers, and their contact information is a huge step in running a smooth campaign. And even if you’re not planning to launch a campaign, contact lists are a great organizational tool that you can use to keep your fans in the know about your work. So open up your spreadsheet software of choice! Here’s how you can start your own list right now:

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Standing Up for Creative Expression in Cuba

Today President Obama is in Havana during a historic visit to Cuba. He’s the first sitting U.S. president in 88 years to visit the country. The trip marks a significant step for diplomatic relations between two nations long cut off from one another. But what does it mean for the creative community? We're hoping it represents a significant step forward for art and culture.

Throughout decades of cultural isolation, artists in Cuba have been restricted by laws limiting freedom of expression — a human right core to creativity, art, and a vibrant, healthy culture.

Cuban artist Tania Bruguera has experienced the constraints of those laws firsthand. Two years ago she tried to stage a performance in Havana’s Revolution Square welcoming citizens to speak freely in public for one minute. In a free society, taking a moment to speak freely in public may not seem revolutionary. But it was an artistic act that led to her detainment and the confiscation of her passport by the government.

Tania took that experience of disempowerment and is transforming it into something incredibly powerful. She recently launched a project on Kickstarter to create the Instituto de Artivismo Hannah Arendt — an arts institute that will fight political oppression and champion free speech. If she’s successful, it has the potential to help unlock the creativity of generations of artists and thinkers across an entire culture.

Freedom of expression is a value many of us take for granted, but not everyone enjoys. We believe deeply in the power of art to transform the world for the better and support a future where artists and creators all over the world can express themselves freely. We’re thrilled Tania has decided to bring her idea to life on Kickstarter, and a community of hundreds have already stepped up to pledge their support. Today we’re excited to stand with that community fighting for freedom of expression by backing Tania’s project as an organization. We hope you’ll stand with us, too.