Kickstarter Preview (MVP soft-launch)

generation two

Finally….here is the Kickstarter preview (https://kck.st/2Mss64N). Please check it out and give me any and all feedback, including questions that I could use for the FAQ (please comment via the link, or if you can’t, in this post).

The video is likely not the final one; I might reshoot it, depending on the feedback, and I also hope to add images and other clips.

I am hoping to launch for real next week.

Thanks, Team Doublesix! Are you ready to roll?!

 

Kickstarter Launch Date Set, Facebook, and The Gathering

1.  Updated Kickstarter Launch date: January 23rd

2.  Mea Culpa: sorry for frequent gaps in communication and delaying the launch date.  I intend to be more communicative, especially during the KS.

3. Pre-KS primary communication channel: I am now going to post all updates on the Doublesix Dice Facebook page, and steer the conversation there.

4. Current Dice Production:  on pause as the minimum order is now 50,000 units (up from 5,000 the past several months).  Explanation below.

5. The Game no more, but maybe The Gathering, instead: I have heard a lot of feedback that The Game I wanted to run during the Kickstarter campaign was too ambitious and overly complicated.  I have humbly and reluctantly decided to scrap it, but do want to consider making stretch goals based on how many games backers play with each other online, or in person.  More details below.

And here is the TL;DR:

1. Why January for KS launch?  Partly to avoid competing holiday distraction and spending.  The 23rd is because that is my favorite number, and it gives me about 3 weeks post-holidays to prepare.  Also, because I am chronic procrastinator currently relapsing.

2. Sorry: about how often I go dark.  This recent pause was partly due to the wind taken out of my sails in realizing The Game I wanted to play during the KS was too much.  But because of how busy and lazy I can be, it is a good idea that I didn’t add something as complicated and labor intensive as producing and creating a complex and global meta-game.

I want to get into better habits, especially prior to the launch.  I hope to increase my productivity and stay more engaged and communicative, but I think I need help.  Please feel free to check in, encourage, or even nag me to keep taking steps and to give more timely updates.  It is also why I am going to experiment with…

3. Facebook as the primary channel: It is harder for me to avoid and ignore everyone if people are publically asking me questions and nagging me.  My main coping strategy in life is avoidance.  Running another Kickstarter will be fun and I want to do it, but it will be work, which is why I have been dragging my feet.

Facebook is where lots of people hang anyway, and posting there is a good place to archive all our photos, videos, posts, and conversations.

4. Production: since I can no longer produce 5,000 units for the next several months, it is an added reason to proceed with the KS ASAP (I need capital to pay for the minimum 50K order).  Here is a quote from the email from the factory:

“It’s near Christmas and New Year, after that we have Chinese New Year, I’m sorry that we only accept order more than 50k pcs befoer Jan 20th, ‘coz we need to minimize the gap time between orders.

We will start CNY holiday from Jan 20th and end on Feb 20th, that means your order of 5k pcs need to be wait for quotation in March, will it work for you? Or it’s there’re any other plans of your order which are closer to 50k pcs? If so, I could help you arrange them first.”

5.  The Gathering: thanks to those who gave me honest feedback that The Game idea was too much.  I am now seeking feedback on this idea:

Stretch goals will be tied to the number games played by backers, online or in person.  Online options could include Boardgame ArenaTabletopiaIG Gamecenter, and Yucata.

Photos of a board game played in real life can be uploaded to a specific Doublesix Dice facebook post, and I could simply just track the comment count.

Why bother?  Because I want a bigger mission than to just sell more dice.  The Gathering seems worthwhile, and more doable than The Game.  What do you think?

Current restocking, and The Game

1) Next dice:  Marble green with Gold (5,000 units) have just been made and are about to be airmailed to me to restock the store.  What do you think the next color and style should be produced?

2) The Game:  As I mentioned before, I am hoping to turn the Kickstarter Campaign into an actual game.  I want us to have fun brainstorming how this might work.  Here are some of my ideas.  Please challenge and question them, and propose your own ideas:

  • Faction: Upon joining the campaign, every player/backer will be assigned to one of two factions based on the numerical date of their birth (Odd or Even).
  • Map: The world map will be our game board, which players can update in real time as they play (I am thinking Google Maps, but please suggest others).  Territories will marked by zip/post codes, within which there will be marked critical Sites:
    • Ground Sites: anywhere public that boardgames are played: FLGS, game-focused cafes, pubs, and bars.
    • Digital Sites: the headquarters of boardgame related media, like blogs, Youtube channels, podcasts, etc
  • Acquiring territories: a site is controlled by the faction with the most members living near or in that territory that claim it (members can only claim one territory at a time).  A territory is controlled by the faction controlling the most critical sites in that territory.
  • Challenging territories: A faction can attempt to take over a site controlled by the opposing faction by challenging that faction to games.
    • For this Kickstarter, I was thinking of starting with dice related games, and/or Kickstarted games, especially more casual ones.
    • Ground Sites can only be challenged in person/IRL (the game needs to be played at the actual site)
    • Digital Sites are challenged digitally (players compete online)
  • Goal: be on the faction that controls the most territories by the end of the Kickstarter Campaign.

As a result of this KS campaign, there will be a growing master list and map of all relevant boardgame resources and contact info.  This will be used for several purposes:

  1. It will be used to market the campaign during the Kickstarter
  2. The contact list will be available to all members that might need them for their own game related projects or Kickstarters
  3. The map and list will serve as a base for another related Kickstarter project to follow, which is the larger point of this campaign and Doublesix Dice.

Risks:  Mike Brodu brought attention to the risks that Kickstarter might not allow certain variations of a game.  They explicitly forbid “contests.”  I am reaching out to them for more clarity.  Meanwhile, we can still brainstorm.

Please help me develop, and eventually playtest, this game.  All feedback and ideas are welcome.

 

Welcome to The Council

What is The Council?

The Council is made up of anyone who wants to be involved with Doublesix Dice, the upcoming Kickstarter campaign, and what might lie beyond.

The Mission of The Council is to work together to help us all play more.  Currently, the focus is on the next Doublesix Dice Kickstarter campaign.

Passive members are those who simply read this blog, and maybe even follow/subscribe to it (ie. get email updates everytime a blog post is published; see the right-hand margin to sign up).  They might become active if sufficiently moved.

Active members vote in polls and comment to blog posts (with feedback, questions, and ideas).  This blog also allows members to get email updates of anyone commenting in a particular blog post (only by choosing that option after the member makes a comment).

Hopefully, you are intrigued enough to stick around a little longer.

Roll on and better,

Matt

To email me back-channel, contact me via DoublesixDice at gmail.

Note: Email alerts might get filtered as spam.  For Gmail users, some email alerts go to the Social tab, and need to be filtered to be recategorized as Personal to appear in the Primary inbox.

Testing site for discussion optimization

I hope to vastly increase and ease conversation as we prepare for the next Kickstarter.

The idea is that this blog is one way to optimize discussion (and be better than group email chains and a step down from forum software) by:

  • allowing readers to subscribe/follow to getting email alerts for every blog post that is published
  • allowing commentors to easily get email updates when other readers post additional comments in the same post
  • allowing for the easy unsubscribing/unfollowing of blog posts, and/or comments within a post
  • archiving the conversation in easy-to-read oldest comments first

Beta-testers, could you please:

  • follow the blog
  • leave a comment below, and then request notification of new comments via email
  • then unsubscribe from follow-up comments once you get a few
  • unfollow the blog

Note: for Gmail users, some email alerts go to the Social tab, and need to be filtered to be recategorized as Personal to appear in the Primary inbox.

Ultimately, I want to see if this format will be good enough to have discussions regarding Doublesix Dice and the next Kickstarter.  Eventually, we might have to switch to a forum or Slack if we hit a critical mass of commenting, but that could be a ways off.

If you don’t think this blog format will be good enough for now, please suggest alternatives.  Thanks.