Greetings citizens of the Interwebs!
Welcome to the Kickstarter Campaign for TableTop Tutorials.
Have you ever purchased a new tabletop game only to be disappointed by long, confusing instruction manuals? Have you had a specific question and been forced to spend too long finding the answer in your manual when you could have been gaming?
With TableTopTutorials, we aim to solve these problems.
Our vision is simple: We want to create a better way to learn a tabletop game and we want you to help us.
We're building a website to gather and organize four specific types of user-submitted content related to tabletop games: Reviews, FAQs, Rulings, and Video Tutorials. (These are collectively referred to as content.)
Reviews - Find out if other Tabletop gamers like the game. Reviews will be 0-5 stars with an optional text review.
FAQs - If you have a question while you're playing your first or second match of a new game, you'll probably find the answer here.
Rulings - If there's something in the rules that's ambiguous, this is the place for the community to decide how these questions should be addressed.
Video Tutorials - This will be the most prominent content. If you're completely unfamiliar with a specific game, one of these should tell you everything you need to know to get your first match started.
Most content will come with a rating. Every user will be able to vote for or against content and the content users find most valuable will display most prominently.
If you're looking for a new game to play, you'll be able to easily search for games based on name or rating. When something catches your eye, the content will make deciding to buy and learning to play a Lot more enjoyable than reading an instruction manual. Each page will look something like this demo page .
If you're a veteran gaming expert of awesome +1, you'll be able to share your knowledge by submitting your own content for newer gamers to enjoy.
We want to do this project not only to provide an awesome product to the tabletop gamer community, but so we can use it ourselves! When this project is complete, we will have used our new website to bring you full game pages with reviews, faqs, and video tutorials for the games Pandemic, Munchkin, and Settlers of Catan.
Above all, our goal is to make this most boring part of tabletop gaming more fun. Reading an instruction manual is boring and solitary. Playing tabletop games is about having fun with friends. We want that to start right from the beginning. :)
We're building partnerships with tabletop game creators here on Kickstarter. We'll be helping to bring more attention to each others Kickstarter campaigns. Additionally, when both projects are successfully funded and completed, we'll be creating tutorial content for our partner's games. You can read more about this partner program in our project updates.
- Our first partner is Richard T. Broadwater of Nevermore Toys. His ZERO HOUR project looks to be a lot of fun and is already successfully funded. Contributing now you're guaranteed to get your backer rewards! This game looks like a lot of fun; we can't wait to get our hands on it and teach others how to play it!
- Our second partner is Saar Shai with THE AGENTS – A Double-edged Cards Game. His innovative Double-edge card mechanic looks like a lot of fun and it's just the sort of thing our tutorials will make easy for a new player to grasp. This is another successfully funded project so backing now guarantees you your backer rewards! Go check it out!
Two of us are professional web developers. All of us are tabletop nerds. We know exactly what this site needs to be awesome. Development of even the simplest web page takes hours, and this is far from a simple website. Building the website the right way is going to take a lot of time. Once the website is built, it needs content. The website is not going to be interesting without at least a few videos and FAQs. We’re happy to create these, but this too is going to take more time, and ideally some better equipment than what we currently have. This is why we need your help and support. We want to create an awesome website for the tabletop game community, but we can’t do it alone. We need your help to turn TableTopTutorials into an exciting reality.
This is just the beginning. We have a lot of ideas on how we can build, expand, and grow this site. We want to create an experience and a service that's valuable and entertaining to tabletop gamers everywhere but we can't do it without your help.
We're expecting a breakdown something like this.
- $500 - Kickstarter and Amazon's cut.
- $1000-$1500 - Rewards & Promotional Materials
- $300-$500 - Graphics & Design; We have some of this already, but we'll need more to produce a quality site.
- $500-$1000 - Film Equipment; We haven't picked anything in particular yet as we want to find the best possible deal once we've received funding
- $300-$500 - Server & Hosting Costs for the first year (which will vary depending on traffic levels)
- Whatever's Left + Our Blood, Sweat, and Tears - Development and content creation. We'll complete the site with all of the promised features even if there's not a lot of money left. We can't work completely for free as we have bills to pay and mouths to feed, but as long as we can pay ourselves a small salary, we're thrilled to be able to produce a quality site for the tabletop gaming community.
Thank you, and we hope to play games together soon!
Risks and challenges
Our greatest challenge is going to be making content for the site ourselves and encouraging others to make content as well. We're confident we can create the website provided we have funding for it, but the content is an area we have less experience in. We do have some experience in creating video editing and production, but we've never tried to make content like this before and we don't have the ideal equipment. We plan to open the site up for crowdsourced content, but it's going to at least need some starter content to get the ball rolling. The more help we get during this campaign, the better equipment we can afford and the more time we can dedicate to getting this right.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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