The idea for the 12 games of Christmas came about a few years ago. I was in my mid 20s and Christmas had started to lose the spark that it once had. A friend of mine bought me a retro game that I used to have as a kid. As I tore open his terribly wrapped present I had a moment of pure nostalgia when I saw it… I felt like a kid again.
I wanted to bring that nostalgia and Christmas feeling to gamers everywhere. Whether that is in the form of a shirt that instantly makes people in public scream “wow I remember that game” to a Christmas card for your friends and family that reminds them of their favourite Christmas present as a kid.
I have had one design as a Christmas card last year but this year I want YOUR help to soop it up to a full range. I have sourced an awesome factory that will create them but I need your help choosing which games to include in the 12 Games of Christmas card range and your backing to secure a big batch of them.
I have included a few tiers to help you spread nostalgia this Christmas (whatever your budget) with Shirts, Sweaters, Cards and signed art prints. If you have the budget you can even commission me to create your favourite game in a Christmas sweater style!
This reward includes the Retro Review Games of Christmas Past design adapted for mobile phones and an awesome chiptunes version of Jingle Bells by Retro Reviewer Carf Darko so you can spread Christmas gaming cheer on the go.
Game of Christmas Past Cards
I have had one design as a Christmas card last year called 'It's Dangerous to Go Alone This Christmas'
Here are some of the shirt designs that may be converted into cards for the collection. I need YOUR help choosing which ones to include so please comment with your favourites.
Shirt & Card
This wonderfully festive Christmas tee has been printed on awesome quality, preshrunk, SoftStyle Ringspun tee in Navy Blue.
Sweater & Card
This wonderfully festive gaming Christmas sweatshirt is printed on a crew neck Navy blue sweatshirt.
ALL Shirts Now Added!
Yes you can now choose shirts from the entire 12 Games of Christmas range! These wonderfully festive Christmas tees have been printed on awesome quality, preshrunk, SoftStyle Ringspun tees in a wide choice of colours and sizes. Women's fitted tees are now available.
Cthulhu Cultist Christmas
Added by popular demand for my Cthulhu fans. :-)
Signed Art Print
Oh No It's Christmas Signed & Numbered A3 Heavyweight Art Print (300gsm white matte board). These exclusive prints will only be available here on Kickstarter. Includes a special mystery "I Dig you" Card with a hand written thank you from me!
Custom Designed printed Chistmas Sweater style Sweatshirt & Shirt for your favourite 8-bit game. Includes 100 Christmas cards of the custom design to send to your friends and family.
As well as backing the kickstarter with our diverse reward options there are many things you can do to help the project and I will be adding a stretch goal if we exceed above and beyond the amount needed. This is more of a labour of love than anything else and the idea of people giving my designs away as presents is a great feeling to have. If you wish to help you can do the following:
Share this kickstarter! If you have a blog or website and have given it a plug let me know via the Retro Review Facebook page and I will mention you in the Featured on tab below.
- Give a Christmas gift of Retro gaming! Why not buy your friends or family a retro game of nostalgia? Partner it up with a Games of Christmas card and you will have one happy friend on Christmas day :-)
- Contact your favourite gaming websites and spread the word! It means a lot that you would go this far to help me out. All I can give is my deepest thanks and a virtual high five across the internet but I will definitely remember and help you out in the future if I can.
- If you see anyone wearing a Retro Review design let me know! Last year I came across a few videos on YouTube with people wearing my Christmas designs. If you see any in the wild throw your Pokeball and send a picture my way on Facebook.
Risks and challenges
I think the main challenge for this Kickstarter is time. I don’t want to ruin anyone’s Christmas and will endeavour to get everything out on time to reach backers for the project!
There are a few obstacles that could cause problems and delays and I have thought about them all in advance to try and overcome them.
Initial problems that could occur is payment from Kickstarter, I will need the money to buy the products from the manufacturer. If payment is delayed this delay would slow down the initial manufacturing process and then have a knock on effect to when they can be dispatched on my side.
The garments and cards will be manufactured by a locally sourced reputable printer here in Yorkshire, UK. This selection process was due to their great quality and speed in manufacturing them. If the Kickstarter goes viral I don’t think they will struggle with the printing demand too much as they have a lot of staff but I have additional backup printers in mind that I have tried and tested before to ensure that if there is a problem with Plan A supplier, Plan B can kick straight into action.
Once the goods have been created by the manufacturer the next challenge is getting them out to people. I have already purchased equipment to improve efficiency of packing and postage to fulfil orders quicker. I have in the past had to send out a lot of designs at once (last Christmas) and my label printer sped the process up substantially.
With Christmas postage being somewhat unreliable I will be investigating postal insurance to ensure that if there are any problems with the mail I can get another out without hesitation. American and worldwide postage will be prioritised as it will take longer to reach their destination. I have included postage costs in the Kickstarter as I will be dispatching everything 1st class postage. I want to make sure that everything gets there as quickly as possible and beat the Christmas deadline.
I have been looking into alternative postage methods in case there are any postal strikes with Royal Mail. It will hopefully not occur in the first place but I am always bearing in mind the worst case scenario to prepare me for the worst case scenario.
Adverse weather conditions such as snow could cause delays with getting rewards out to the backers but this is something out of my control. I have been thinking about how to get round this locally on my side and I can walk to the nearest postal office if I have to and I am sure they will endeavour to get post out on time during the Christmas period as well. In a very worst case scenario I have an alternative supplier in America who can get shirts and sweaters out for me on that side of the pond if it comes to it.
The final challenge is the Grinch! He stole Christmas that one time and all the hoos down in hooville were upset. I have tracked down Lucy Loo Who and will be using her to make the Grinch’s heart grow 2 sizes that day. If that doesn’t work I can buy a roast beast to feed him to keep him away from your presents.
I hope all of this helps backers see that I am going to work hard to fulfil their orders, even when faced with challenges. As I said before I want to spread Christmas gaming nostalgia and the best way to do that is get it out before Christmas :-)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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