Just so you know in advance, this post was not sponsored or asked for in any way. I was inspired by my husband’s latest addiction to share what this is with all of you, lol.
Have you heard of the site, Kickstarter? It is used to get creative projects funded. Since their launch in 2009, more than 3.9 million people have pledged over $579 million, funding more than 39,000 creative projects…projects like board games.
Here’s the down and dirty. Someone with a creative project in pretty much any niche can create a campaign for a true project that they are trying to fund – Art, Comics, Dance, Design, Fashion, Film, Food, Games, Music, Photography, Publishing, Technology, and Theater. Then anybody who would like to support the campaign can pledge at multiple levels. Each pledge level comes with a different item or award.
If the project is fully funded, then the money is released to the person running the campaign and eventually you receive whatever you pledged for. But if the project does not end up being fully funded, then the backers are never charged.
And lastly, if a project is fully funded but never actually gets developed, then the creator refunds your money or you lose your money and can sue. Legally, the creators must complete a fully funded project or refund your money. It’s legally something you paid for, but it is possible to be defrauded. If you do proper research, you’ll know which projects are safe and which ones seem hinky. Mr. BFS has never been burned.
Most Recent Project
As you may know, Mr. BFS and I board game pretty often. He even is in the board game play testing group in our area and helps to make games better so they can be published. So Kickstarter is right up his alley. He has supported 7 games, including my favorite game ever, Sentinels of the Multiverse (everyone should look into that one on their site by the way, lol).
Most of the time, a board game that Mr. BFS supports costs between $40-$60 and takes about 6 months to come out via Kickstarter. But he has gotten enthralled recently with “Myth” by Mercs Miniatures, a Kickstarter game campaign that ended yesterday morning and MADE ALMOST A MILLION DOLLARS!!!
It was the most expensive game by far that my husband has ever bought – $293 to be exact. But, and it pains me to say this, it could be a good use of fun money. Overall, it’s a very interactive board game with a ton of worlds, bad guy options, and hundreds of miniatures. Mr. BFS thinks he will even enjoy the new hobby of miniature painting. The game itself reminds me of Dungeons and Dragons combined with Sentinels of the Multiverse. And who doesn’t like killing bad guys with a group of friends. 😀
And if you ever miss a Kickstarter campaign, you can usually pick up the game later (usually at a higher price, but hey, no risk!) at the publishers’ sites. So even if you aren’t the first-one-in type, you can at least find things you may be keeping an eye out for in the future.
Have you ever heard of Kickstarter? If so, have you ever pledged to a campaign?