Extolling Kickstarter & Third-Party Pledge Manager
So Kickstarter is pretty awesome.
Crowdfunding empowers creators just like the wordprocessor has empowered authors. Kickstarter allows the creator to reach a niche market around the world to collect micro bits of funding until a critical mass of funding is collected. This is really incredible. If I had walked into a bank to make a loan for $9500 to make some laminated cards for a game and wanted to pay them back in sets of those cards, I would have been drug out of the establishment by security.
If you have an idea, go for it. If you think something is good, then I assure you that there is a larger group of folks who will also think it is a good idea. Kickstarter is a powerful tool to find those folks. The Blue Dungeon Tiles are not some incredible invention or idea. In fact, I still feel it is a bit underwhelming.
Those of you my age (40+) will understand the following analogy. It is like bottled water. When I was young and bottled water was first coming on the market many scoffed saying "I can get water free from a tap and fill my own bottles". That was true but there was obviously a market of folks who just wanted the convenience of purchasing bottled water. Some early comments on Blue Dungeon Tiles were similar. "Why would I back a project like this? I can print and laminate my own tiles." That is true. One could find or make a set of tile designs, print them on cardstock and purchase a laminator to laminate the tiles by themselves then spend a few hours cutting them out. But not everyone has the time, skill, or materials to do that and so the convenience of purchasing complete tile kits makes sense. Thank you for understanding the idea, concept and utility of Blue Dungeon Tiles. Thank you for finding me and my project. Thank you for being a believer and a backer. Thanks for the critical feedback in making the tile designs better. Thanks for sharing this with your friends and other gamers on forums and at your local gaming store. I hope this project can inspire you to do your own project.
Back in November, 2013, just under 6 months ago, I made the following doodles on a graph paper mouse pad. (By the way, I do not work for Farnsworth.) If I stay on target with the delivery of rewards, I will have taken a product from concept to market in less than 12 months. That also makes Kickstarter awesome.
So now onto business...
I manage $20 million construction projects so I know I can fill rewards for approximately 1000 backers but there have been enough requests for increasing Pledges that I believe it will justify the cost to me for using a third party pledge manager like Backerkit or Fundaful. It will allow me to take additional credit card payments for those of you who want to increase your pledge. The biggest help is that a pledge manager will help me make packing lists and print mailing labels. If any of you have sold lots on Ebay, you understand the value of automating that process.
Before I sign up with one or the other, I would like any feedback, experiences, thoughts or questions that you have about this. I am new to this but you will probably have to register with the pledge manager and if you wish to increase your pledge, I believe that you will have to register a credit card or bank account with another funds transfer company. Both Backerkit and Fundaful uses "Stripe".
And a few last thoughts... I have had lots of folks who did not back this project ask about payment using Paypal. I have not found a pledge manager that works with Paypal.
Without a pledge manager, I would have to get you to send me payments through Paypal or some other electronic funds company and I would not have a consolidated dashboard to keep up with all of the various changes, emails and charges.
After getting some feedback, I will register with a pledge manager late tomorrow or early Friday. It takes the pledge manager a few days to set up all of the reward permutations that are needed to be completed before I start sending out the polls. So I estimate that early next week, the polls will start going out but I will keep you updated each step of the way. Hopefully, the transparency of this process will take away some of the fear of the unknown and help you if/when you do a Kickstarter.