Help us make Hoard a hit
We're pleased with Hoard's initial sales in the New Zealand and Australian markets. Last month it started circulating in North America as well. We've had a couple of new reviews, by Father Geek and by our Italian rules translator, Fabio Piovesan. The latter is in Italian but Google Translate will give you the gist, while proving that human translators won't be obsolete for a while yet. Hoard is also in the queue for review by the Dice Tower and has been accepted into the Mensa Mind Games competition, coming up April 21-23.
We are doing what we can to promote Hoard, but since we can't afford to do any direct marketing, can I ask you, our early enthusiasts, to consider a few ways you can help us too?
- if you have a FLGS (friendly local game shop), can I ask you to stop by with your copy of Hoard and rave about it? If they would like to stock it, the person to contact is James Takenaka at Hit Point Sales.
- Rate, comment on, and share photos of Hoard on BoardGameGeek. Bling up your profile there with the beautiful Hoard Fan emerald microbadge. With any luck, it will make people curious!
- Tweet your love with the #Hoard hash tag.
- And of course, play your copy with your Aunt Mildred and all your friends.
By now, I hope all the straggler games and correct dice have reached backers, but do let me know if you are still waiting.
What's next for Cheeky Parrot? This year my main focus will be to continue to expand the distribution arm of the business. Distributing titles by other small indie developers is a good way to grow the company by extending the range of games we can offer our Kiwi retailers. Last year, I was fortunate to get in on the ground floor with the creators of Karmaka, which was a huge hit on Kickstarter. We ordered a pallet's worth of games, so we could fulfil backer pledges from Kiwis and sell copies to our retailers. We've got a similar iron or two in the fire, sign up for our newsletter (read on) if you'd like to hear more.
Of course, I'm always on the lookout for a new project for Cheeky to publish too. I have a few ideas of my own, but I've found that I prefer collaborating with new designers to help them transform their idea from prototype to finished product.
Finally, later this year I expect to reprint two of our earlier titles: Granny Wars and Raid the Pantry, as both continue to sell consistently in New Zealand. I'm looking for overseas distributors who might like to share print runs of these.
I probably won't use this communications channel many more times. Here are other ways to stay abreast of Cheeky news:
Our next newsletter goes out at the end of this week and should include more news about distribution deals.