News about OMGTAAIMH and beyond
I've got a few updates for you, so here goes.
Being an indie game publisher over the last 5 years has been…educational. OK, it's actually sucked in a lot of ways, but I’ve learned a lot in the process and it had some excellent moments. I got to meet a lot of great people; gamers, other Kickstarter creators, fellow designers and publishers, and share my first published board game with them. I don’t have anything to complain about. Each of you helped me get here. Thank you.
While I consider OMGTAAIMH an artistic success (albeit with mixed results), it was a commercial failure. Game Company No. 3 is ending as an entity. Any profits I made were more than offset by the costs of attending conventions and I printed far more copies of OMGTAAIMH than I could sell (a common first-time publisher mistake). Approximately 1200 copies are sitting in a warehouse, and I owe Ship Naked $1162.50 (and more next month) in storage fees. I may be able to liquidate 100 copies at (way) below cost, and that will help with the storage fees, the rest is out of pocket. So, as much as it pains me to do it, I’m instructing Ship Naked to destroy the remaining copies. I’ll keep a few boxes of the game for archival purposes, but in a month or so OMGTAAIMH will be officially out of print. I was unable to deliver the bonus cards that were announced due to my manufacturer refusing to make them as promised, and I haven’t been able to afford to print and ship them separately. I apologize for any disappointment. If you find me at a convention, I’d be happy to draw you a custom card on one of the blanks that came with the game.
I don't have any copies of the game on hand, but once I've settled my bill with Ship Naked and gotten the remaining few cases, if there are any outliers that Ship Naked missed fulfillment to please send me a reminder and I’ll get you a couple of copies. If I owe you $10 for a print-and-play, I’ll refund it.
I’ll be keeping the Game Company No. 3 Kickstarter account open for communication purposes but will use my personal account going forwards.
I’m still making games. I love designing games, and I’m good at it. My primary goal is to license my designs to other publishers, and I’ve made some inroads in that respect (nothing I can discuss publicly at the moment). And I’ll still be sending copies of the games I have produced to the handful of high-level OMGTAAIMH backers who “subscribed” to every game I make.
That said, in some cases the bespoke nature of crowdfunding a game may be the right option for some of my designs and skill set. When I do take this route, I will only print enough copies to fulfill the campaign, any distributor orders taken before press time, and a handful of copies for myself to have for conventions, and that will be all.
I’ll enlist help from more experienced project managers and have shipping and fulfillment correctly costed and scheduled in advance, and will appropriately pad my delivery timeline to account for unforeseen production delays. I was overly optimistic the first time I did this, and it bit me on the ass.
Speaking of which.
I’m VERY happy to announce that my game Yukon Salon was selected to be featured at the PAX South Tabletop Indie Showcase! I’ve been considering Kickstarting Yukon Salon, and while there has been some interest from publishers, it wouldn’t be until 2018 at the earliest that it would see print through traditional means. So, with the impetus of the Indie Showcase, I’m going to launch it next month, on Tuesday, January 24th.
Thank you for being a part of creating OMGTAAIMH, I sincerely hope it's brought some fun into your life. Your support mattered and is deeply appreciated. I'd love it if you'd continue to support my games, but I completely understand if you’re upset that I failed you by my late delivery as a first-time project creator, or you were frustrated by my shortcomings and learning curve (I've dropped a few hundred bucks into campaigns that haven't delivered yet after a few years, I do get it). If you're interested, please check out my new game. If you're angry with me, you're entitled to that, the only thing I ask is that you communicate responsibly—harassment of any sort will not be tolerated.
Thank you for your support.
~ David Fooden