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A documentary about Kickstarting tabletop games on Kickstarter!
A documentary about Kickstarting tabletop games on Kickstarter!
A documentary about Kickstarting tabletop games on Kickstarter!
113 backers pledged $4,550 to help bring this project to life.

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WHAT'S THIS ABOUT? Have you ever wondered what kickstarting a board game is REALLY like? Boom or Doom is the documentary that follows the zany adventure of Sean and Alan (that's us) as they attempt to use Kickstarter to "kickstart" their upcoming party game Two Rooms and a Boom. This film will transparently reveal our experience with the Kickstarter process, all the way from game design to fulfilling orders at retail stores. Watch us ask professionals for advice, negotiate with manufacturers, hire artists, and wrestle with shipping. 

Filming Boom or Doom has already begun.  We are interviewing experts in the industry, conversing with previous Kickstarters, and are working towards a 90 minute documentary that focuses on all the necessary steps on getting a tabletop game published.  This film will be released in 2014, and will be broadcast online for free

HONESTY TIME.  Sean and Alan just started a tabletop game company called Tuesday Knight Games. But by trade, Alan is a college professor and Sean is a professional video editor and graphic designer. At heart, we're both geeky dudes that occasionally swear. We are filming our efforts to kickstart our gaming dreams. We're totally not afraid of hard work and we're doing our research. We want to learn exactly what it takes to have a successful Kickstarter campaign, and we want to share our experience with the world, for free!  

We have worked on several creative projects, both professional and for fun.  Check out some of our previous work (Alan usually does the acting, Sean usually does the editing):
-Agents of SMERSH: Swagman's Hope kickstarter video!
-Mage Wars tutorial videos
-Teach My Wife Fox and Chicken
-Teach My Wife Zombie House Blitz
-Alan actually proposed to his wife using their favorite game Ascension
-Alan's inappropriate webcomics (NSFW!)

ASK YOURSELF...
-Are you thinking of using Kickstarter?
-Are you an aspiring (or established) game designer?
-Do you like game conventions?
-Are you a geek in any shape, way, or form?
-Do you like documentaries?
-Do you ever root for the underdogs?
-Do you like action, drama, and comedy?
-Do you breathe?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, please consider pledging and help us make this documentary come true.  Follow Sean and Alan  through our efforts to use Kickstarter.  Tell your friends that you helped Kickstart a film about using Kickstarter on Kickstarter. Be a part of awesome. 

MONEY TALK TIME. 
Most of the money will go towards helping us with production costs (graphics, editing software, etc.).  Currently, we are only filming on an iPhone and an out of production Flip video camera (without motion stabilization).  Your pledge will help us upgrade our equipment and purchase a hard drive to safely store all of our footage. Our project also involves costly printing, which includes the full color advertisements for our PRODUCT PLACEMENT pledge level. PROTIP: 10% of all funds raised on all Kickstarter campaigns go to Kickstarter and Amazon (that's how they do this magic). 

We have a modest initial target of $2,200. From that point, extra money will lead to "Stretch Goals."  In Kickstarter lingo, that's the extra money raised above the target $2,200 that funds the overall project.  Any extra cash we earn will also go towards spicing up the quality of the documentary by purchasing better editing software, gear, and even hiring professional artist to truly beautify our film.  We are especially excited because we met our Jay Tholen STRETCH GOAL!!!! Jay is a talented dude that is going to orchestrate some great music for our film, truly turning our documentary into a work of art!  However, Jay is also an amazing animator, and we have a stretch goal to hire him to do some great cut-scenes for the film. Check out his stuff here: https://www.youtube.com/user/GaspyConana/

INTERVIEWS, PREVIEWS, and MORE!
We promise to keep you informed of all the people with whom we've secured interviews (Tom Vasel, Michael Mindes, James Mathe, and more!), shot lists, t-shirt details, and other valuable info. Check out our updates to learn more! Not only that, but you can track our progress with this kickstarter by following our Kicktraq!

Risks and challenges

Our challenge is to provide the most educational and entertaining footage. We will attempt to deliver this footage in less than a year, but will continually have updates throughout that year of our progress. Sean is working on this and Tuesday Knight Games full time! But the biggest challenge... to get you to pledge, y'all! Thanks for even reading this far.

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    BACKSTAGE PASS!
    Get exclusive "Backer Only" updates, as we continually show you behind-the-scenes making-of clips.
    ALAN says, "Thank you!"
    SEAN says, "Is that all you got, you cheap bastards?!?"
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    BLOOPER REEL!
    Sometimes we make mistakes when filming and interviewing. Sometimes they make people laugh. And sometimes we compile those funny mistakes and offer them as a digital reward on Kickstarter.
    ALAN says, "Just five dollars for some cheap laughs via digital download."
    SEAN says, "The first one's free. But after that it's gonna cost you. Also, the first one is not free."
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    NAME MONTAGE!
    We will thank you for pledging at this level (and beyond) by including your name in a fantastic video montage of backers' names. It's our artistically-awesome-video way of saying "Thanks for the badass backing!" Better yet, if you send us a video of you saying your name, we'll include it this montage.
    ALAN says, "If everyone at least pledges at this level, then I am sure we can make this movie!"
    SEAN says, "I'm starting to like you."
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    THE DIGITAL BOOK!
    Too lazy to watch the film? Well now you can read it. Get a PDF download of "The Digital Book of Awesome!" This digital book will include pretty graphics, pictures, and words.
    ALAN says, "Wow! You're awesome. Thanks."
    SEAN says, "Because of you, I feel less like an idiot for making a film that will be free to the world."
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    I JUST SHIRT MYSELF!
    We'll send you a limited edition T-shirt! Show your love for the project and fashion! All sizes available. ALAN says, "We tried to make a shirt that people would want to wear." SEAN says, "Wear our free advertising!" FREE SHIPPING IN THE US AND CANADA. International backers need to add $29... (sorry). NOTE: All pledge levels greater than this also include a shirt.

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    PRODUCT PLACEMENT!
    All previous rewards, plus we will put a poster that you design (11'x8.5') up in our office and on our website. This means your poster will be seen in the background of our office in the actual film and to those that visit the website. That's advertising baby!
    As this will be a film for adults, R-rated ads are allowed (though not always encouraged).
    ALAN says, "I look forward to hanging up your stuff!"
    SEAN says, "Damn, fifty dollars is cheap for advertising."

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    FUNNY SEMI-PRODUCER CREDIT
    Get your name in the opening credits of our film. At this pledge level, you deserve to be recognized. You can be credited as "Assistant to the Regional Manager of Casting" or "Lead Sack Designer." This includes everything from the first 5 pledge levels.
    ALAN says, "The audience is more likely to read your name in the opening credits when they say, 'What in the eff is that job?!?'"
    SEAN says, "Is my name even in the opening credits?"

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    15-SECOND COMMERCIAL and SKYPE!
    Sean and Alan will be your advertising creative team. We will make a 15-second commercial and inject it into our documentary. We will include your product, company's name, website... whatever you want us to advertise. This includes an optional Skype conference call with Sean and Alan for an official 1 hour Think Tank meeting and everything from the first 5 pledge levels.
    ALAN says, "We will make your product look great!"
    SEAN says, "Oh man, we are such sellouts."

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    TEACH MY WIFE and SKYPE!
    If you are going to Kickstart a game of your own, you'll want some publicity for it. Sean and Alan will make a "Teach My Wife" video of your game for you to show on your Kickstarter page. Alan will teach the game to his wife and Sean will edit the video. Additionally, you may Skype conference call Sean and Alan for an official 1 hour Think Tank meeting. You also get everything from the first 5 pledge levels.
    ALAN says "I'll enjoy teaching my wife your game!"
    SEAN says "Video editing can only make your game look so good, so don't suck."

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    KICKSTARTER VIDEO and SKYPE! This if for those that are going to Kickstart a game of your own, but hate the camera. Don't know any video editors? Well you do now. Sean and Alan will make your Kickstarter video for you. Alan can do the talking, Sean can do the editing. Tell us what you want and we'll do what we can. ALAN says "I'll do my best to show off your best." SEAN says "This is at least 50 hours of work for us!"

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    PRODUCER PUNCH and SKYPE!
    Ever want to get your name in the opening credits of a movie? Now's your chance! At this pledge level, you will be directly responsible for making this film even more excellent. Add "Producer" to your resume and begin hanging out with Hollywood bigwigs. Also, if you live within one of the 48 continental United States, Alan will travel to your home and punch you in the face. Or, you may request a handshake in place of the face punch. This includes an optional Skype conference call with Sean and Alan for an official 1 hour Think Tank meeting and everything from the first 5 pledge levels.
    ALAN says, "I'll take you out to celebrate!"
    SEAN says, "For $2000, I'll be anyone's friend!"

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