This campaign is to raise the funds we need to continue with season 3 of the podcast: 24 new episodes where we interview the best business minds in the board game industry.
The Happy Mitten Podcast is a proud member of the Dice Tower Network. We focus on the business side of board games and interview everyone who makes your games possible: designers, publishers, distributors, artists, graphic designers, marketers, convention organizers, and more.
Over the past few years, we’ve interviewed so many people doing incredible work in our industry. Our list includes:
- Colby Dauch from Plaid Hat Games, publisher of games like Dead of Winter and Summoner Wars
- Jacqui Davis, artist of games such as Euphoria, Fidelitas, and Epic Resort
- Jerry Hawthorne, designer of Mice and Mystics, Mice and Mystics: Downwood Tales, Tail Feathers, and more
- Scott Almes, designer of the Tiny Epic Kingdoms, Tiny Epic Defender, Tiny Epic Galaxies, and more
- Michael Lee and Chris Matthew from Panda Game Manufacturing
- Brett Bean, artist of games such as Farmageddon, Nuts, and Pairs
- Dan “Shoe” Hsu, video game journalist
- Trisha Hershberger from SourceFed & the Escapist
- and plenty others!
Want to listen to an episode? Check out these favorites ("save link as" for direct download):
- Isaac Vega, designer of Dead of Winter and Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn
- James Ernest, president of Cheapass Games
- Rodney Smith, host of the how-to-play board game series, Watch it Played
For the past 2 years and with more than 60 episodes, we've produced, paid, and spent time editing and making the Happy Mitten Games podcast the best we could make it.
Running this podcast comes with many costs: monthly web hosting, equipment, audio editing, and countless hours of our time researching guests, preparing our show, cleaning up audio, and creating our website posts. In order for the Happy Mitten Podcast to keep going, we need your support.
We want season 3 of our podcast to be our best episodes yet! If we fund, the Happy Mitten Podcast will create 24 more fabulous episodes exploring the business side of board games.
Pledge to our campaign. We've helped inform and entertain thousands of people in multiple countries about the business of board games. If you appreciate what we do, consider giving back.
Listen to our show. Discussions on designing, publishing, Kickstarter and more.
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Thank you for being part of our journey and taking the time to check out our campaign.
Play games. Live happy.
-Jeff, Lee, and Kyle
(Pictured left to right, top to bottom) Colby Dauch, Jamey Stegmaier, Rich Mulholland, Scott "Tox" Morris, Jason Kotarski, Trisha Hershberger, Panda Game Manufacturing, James Ernest, Suzanne & Chris Zinsli, Rodney Smith, Richard Bliss, Brett Bean, Dan "Shoe" Hsu, Daniel Solis, Matt Leacock, and Chris Kirkman.
"I really appreciate your podcast and all the work you guys have put into the community." ~Roger Hicks (@BobTHJ) TodayInBoardGames.com / Dice Tower News
"You guys (and your podcast) have made a huge difference in getting my own company up and running." ~ Patrick Lysaght
"We think the world of you guys (and your podcast)." ~Matt Holden from Indie Game Alliance
"Thanks to you. Love the podcast. I am a designer and has been very insightful." ~Peter Gousis from MVP Board Games
$1+ Thank you Toast
We'll drink Michigan adult beverages and say nice things about you on video. Every dollar helps.
$9 Wall of Fame
HappyMittenGames.com will be receiving a redesign shortly after this campaign, and we'll be including a special area to add all our backers who helped make our show possible.
We will give you a verbal personal shout out on one of our episodes
$24 Gamelyn Games
Receive 1 copy of Tiny Epic Defenders: Kickstarter Deluxe Edition (not available in retail) signed by the publisher, Michael Coe.
$25 The Crowdfunder
Receive 1 signed copy of Jamey Stegmaier’s debut book, A Crowdfunder’s Strategy Guide: Build a Better Business by Building Community. Jamey is a Kickstarter prophet with campaigns under his belt like Euphoria and Tuscany. Learn more about his thoughts on Kickstarter here.
$29 Kickstarter T-shirt
Receive a limited-print-run Happy Mitten Kickstarter t-shirt! After the campaign, THEY'LL NEVER BE PRINTED AGAIN!!!!!!!! See the update for more details.
$38 Calliope Games
Receive 1 copy of Roll for It! Deluxe signed by the designer, Chris Leder.
$49 Podcast Sponsor
Sponsor one episode. We’ll include a 30-second ad promoting your product and where to find it at the beginning and end of one of our shows. *Content advertised needs to be appropriate for a family-friendly audience. Happy Mitten reserves final say on all ads.
$49 Biz Session
Receive a 30-minute Skype consultation from international speaker, author, business owner, and board game fanatic Rich Mulholland. Rich has given advice to companies like BMW, Avis, and Johnson & Johnson and now he's offered his time to you! You can learn more about Rich at his website or from our interview with him here. Also, check out his presentation firm or the perspective lab he co-founded.
Receive 1 copy of Space Cadets: Dice Duel signed by the designer, Geoff Engelstein.
$125 The Interview
Be on one episode of the podcast. You will get the full Happy Mitten interview treatment. Promote whatever board game/ business related info you see fit to help our audience.
Again, thank you for taking the time to check out our project and our podcast. It's been a great journey so far. Let's keep it going.
-Jeff, Lee, & Kyle
Music in video: ronaldjenkees.com
Risks and challenges
Overall, the risks of this campaign are minimal. We’ve been producing the podcast for over 2 years, so we won’t run into any problems there. When dealing with physical products like books or games, there is always the possibility of shipping delays. Otherwise, we’ve purposely built this campaign to minimize all possible risks to both our backers and ourselves.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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