Tabletop Nonstop General Discussion Thread!

  • Tabletop Nonstop General Discussion Thread!

    Posted by Barilleon on November 7, 2022 at 9:30 am

    It’s official! We’re holding Tabletop Nonstop January 23 – February 28, 2023!

    I’m so excited for this spotlight event. Let’s make it a real celebration of everything that makes our hobby awesome. I’m looking to run spotlight programming all five weeks, including actual plays, interviews, giveaways, and other fun activities to get everyone pumped about Tabletop on Crowdfundr.

    To participate, all you’ve got to do is launch a project sometime during the event. It can be anything related to ttrpg, of any scope. One-page dungeons, zines, giant hardcover splatbooks, podcasts and streams, dice, accessories, pins: it’s all fair game! If you’re interested, make sure you’re signed up here!

    This is our general discussion thread, so let’s kick it off! Introduce yourself! (I’ll go first in a reply haha). Some suggestions:

    – Name and pronouns
    – What’s your craft?
    – What kind of project are you interested in making?
    – What are your strengths and weaknesses when it comes to crowdfunding?
    – What do you hope to get out of this?

    David replied 6 days, 2 hours ago 6 Members · 6 Replies
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  • Barilleon

    Organizer
    November 7, 2022 at 9:38 am

    Hi everyone! I’m Leon (they/he), and I’m a game designer by trade. I tend to make silly things and primarily design for 5e, but I’ve been branching out lately! You can find me on my website or twitter.

    I may be a little busy with organizing this event and O Captain development in February, but if I do have the time, I’d love to run a campaign to produce an Actual Play. I wrote this supplement a while ago (Bard-Core Brawlers) that turns 5e combat into a battle of the bands, where two bands go head to head. I’d love to get a cast full of indie musicians and maybe even produce a song or two for the AP? But I’d definitely need money for that.

    As the organizer of TTNS, I’m just hoping to meet a lot of amazing creators and do my best to shine the spotlight on all of you! I am so excited to see what amazing things we want to create, and how Crowdfundr can help us make them a reality.

  • Kage

    Member
    November 8, 2022 at 12:06 pm

    Hi all – I’m Kage (she/her) and I’m a streamer, podcaster, community manager, and freelance TTRPG writer and layout designer.

    My crowdfunding project, Unexplored Hoard, is a live-stream interview show where TTRPG influencers/creators are brought on to talk about some of their favorite hobbies outside of TTRPGs.

    I’ve never done a crowdfunding project before so I think some of my hurdles will be figuring out the logistics of that:

    – How do I ensure I have reasonably-priced rewards that will fund a non-physical product? Especially a product that will be free to everyone if it gets funded
    – How do I estimate shipping and distribution costs for the physical reward fulfillment?

    – How do I go about contacting guests and contracting them – what things should I have set in stone at the time and what things should be open-ended until the project funds?

    – What are the things I don’t know that I don’t know??

    I’m hoping my community management background will help me get the word out and market this project so it’s successful. 🙂

    And I guess I just hope to learn new skills. My main line of work has a component where I help publishers fulfill their RPG book rewards so it would be helpful for me to go through the process to have a better understanding of what they do.

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  • Pesto

    Member
    November 16, 2022 at 12:33 pm

    – Name and pronouns

    Spencer (He/Him)

    – What’s your craft?

    I’m a business analyst for a healthcare nonprofit by day and a TTRPG designer and tester by night.

    – What kind of project are you interested in making?

    I’m creating a comprehensive guide to playtesting which I’ll be releasing as PWYW. I’ll be raising funds to compensate the editor.

    – What are your strengths and weaknesses when it comes to crowdfunding?

    Don’t know. Never crowdfunded before. Self-promotion is always difficult for me though.

    – What do you hope to get out of this?

    Money. Enough to pay my editor, and then any left over will go into art for future projects.

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  • WyrmworksDale

    Member
    November 17, 2022 at 8:02 am

    I haven’t decided for sure but am leaning toward jumping in.

    – Name and pronouns

    Dale (He/Him)
    – What’s your craft?

    We use TTRPGs to help you improve lives. Right now, our focus is on disability, neurodiversity, and mental and chronic illness — making games more inclusive and making game spaces more accessible, both physically and culturally.
    – What kind of project are you interested in making?

    We prioritize hiring disabled, neurodivergent, and/or mentally ill creators, and I’m assembling a team of artists to create a collection of disability-focused fantasy stock art. Artists will retain ownership of their art, but we’ll crowdfund it together both to make sure artists are compensated and to give TTRPG creators an affordable collection of stock art with commercial license to make it easier for them to create content with representation.
    – What are your strengths and weaknesses when it comes to crowdfunding?

    • I ran a successful (2.3K backers—way more than I expected) Kickstarter last year and have been building my email list beyond that and have multiple strategies to continue to grow it. I feel like I have a good sense of how to run marketing, although I need to improve my email onboarding process, and ad copy isn’t my specialty.
    • I used print-on-demand for that first book, since I had no idea whether anyone would buy it, but now that I have an established customer base, I’d like to use offset printing and add other physical rewards with books, and I’ve collected some reputable print house options, but I’m nervous about production times and shipping delays and all the little details that accompany distribution.

    – What do you hope to get out of this?

    I’m looking for a viable platform to run secondary crowdfunding projects while waiting for larger Kickstarter projects to fulfill (see shipping above).

    • David

      Member
      November 30, 2022 at 12:58 pm

      Dale,

      This looks like an amazing project that our team will love to support. Please do let me know what help you need to make this happen. Cheers!

  • Grady-GallantGoblin

    Member
    November 28, 2022 at 5:50 pm

    – Name and pronouns

    I’m Grady Wang (he/him), representing The Gallant Goblin, which consists of my partner, Theo Thourson (he/him), and myself.
    – What’s your craft?

    We are best known for our TTRPG miniatures reviews on YouTube and we are closing on completing fulfillment for our first Kickstarter for kobold plushies, which is also available for preorder on BackerKit.
    – What kind of project are you interested in making?

    We have been experimenting with TTRPG actual plays, with a few limited series released on our YouTube channel as The Gallant Goblin Plays. Our focus has been on filming in person at the game table with the use of miniatures and other accessories.

    Now that we have some familiarity with our setup and are closing in on troubleshooting our technical weak points (mainly audio), we want to jump into a full campaign. The players will all be professional comedians and actors from the local Houston scene, and we’ll be prefilming and editing each 1 hour episode with a mix of live action, animation, miniatures, terrain, and VTT assets as makes the most sense for a compelling show. We want it to feel like episodic television, inspired by shows like HarmonQuest.
    – What are your strengths and weaknesses when it comes to crowdfunding?

    We are superbackers on Kickstarter, having backed hundreds of campaigns, and have now run a campaign ourselves. That means we have a really strong sense of how a campaign is doing, what backers expect from creators, and whether certain offers are resonating with the community. We have a lot of familiarity with marketing, prelaunch strategies, audience engagement, and promotional media.

    In terms of weaknesses, I have a tendency to try to overdeliver, which causes us to run on thinner margins and lower return on spend than we should. We also have trouble monetizing our reach—we are able to engage a lot of people but not convert them into customers. We’re not good at followup and are stretched very thin on all the projects we are trying to do. We also really don’t like a lot of marketing strategies that are effective but we view as predatory, and are struggling to find a good balance that delivers value without causing hard feelings.
    – What do you hope to get out of this?

    Money and the friends we made along the way. Haha no—seriously, I think Questember/Tabletop Nonstop is a really cool idea from a company that seems to be doing cool things, and it’s an opportunity for us to try to fundraise for a project in a way that we haven’t done before. We’re approaching this as a learning experience where the final funding amount doesn’t necessarily matter as much (we are going to launch this actual play either way—the funds raised here will go toward improving cast pay and production quality, as well as commissioning artists and animators).

    I’m excited to see what y’all are doing and support your projects. Our experience in tabletop has been that the people we meet really are the best treasure and helping others benefits everyone. I’m looking forward to the cross-promotional opportunities of this event and helping a lot of startups and creators, including Crowdfundr itself, hopefully grow and achieve their goals.