Funding the Dream on Kickstarter

Funding the Dream on Kickstarter
Over $1 Billion dollars has been pledged to Kickstarter campaigns since its launch in April of 2009. Traditionally a site for funding Film and Music, Kickstarter has become a great place for anyone with a dream to see them realized. With Kickstarter yo…

EP 336 How Board Games Have Changed on Kickstarter with Brotherwise Games
Jul 15 • 44 min
In this episode of the podcast, Salvador Briggman interviews Chris O’Neal from Brotherwise Games on his most recent Kickstarter for Overlord: a Boss Monster Adventure.You’ll learn about what goes into building a successful board game company, how to get…
EP 335 Board Game Fundraising Tips With Bobby Fiorentino
Jul 1 • 36 min
Bobby Fiorentino launched the Kickstarter project “This Game Is A Disaster!” and raised $8,420. He came on the show to share how he was able to do this, along with advice that he has for beginning board game entrepreneurs. Links Become a guest:…
EP 334 Tabletop Wholesale and Retail Distribution Explained by HitPointSales
Jun 16 • 38 min
On this episode of the Funding the Dream on Kickstarter podcast, Salvador Briggman talks with James Takenaka, who has over 25 years of experience in the collectible and tabletop games industry. Apply to Be on the Show: Funding the Dream on…
EP 333 Gamedec (an Isometric, Cyberpunk RPG) on Kickstarter Community-Building
May 29 • 46 min
On this episode, you’ll learn an effective Kickstarter community-building strategy from Gamedec, a project that attracted 4,911 backers. In this game, you are a detective who solves crimes inside virtual worlds. Use your wits to gather info from your…
EP 332 Final Episode of Funding the Dream on Kickstarter
Oct 16, 2019 • 29 min
Final Episode of Funding the Dream on Kickstarter
EP 331 Salvador Briggman and Demystifying Crowdfunding Podcast
Oct 15, 2019 • 21 min
Ep 331
EP 330 Brian Henk with Pull the Pin Games - Failure and Success with Kickstarter
Oct 14, 2019 • 18 min
EP 330 Brian Henk and lessons learned from a failed Kickstarter
EP 329 Manufacturing Your Kickstarter Project in China With Josh Fairbairn
Aug 27, 2019 • 20 min
How do you choose a manufacturing partner in China for your Kickstarter project? You ask Josh Fairbairn.Josh delivers specific advice to help those looking to work with Chinese manufactures for the first time. His first piece of advice? Don’t make a…
EP 328 Jessica Kelly with Thr3efold
Aug 20, 2019 • 20 min
How to build a business with crowdfunding platform,
EP 327 A New Alphabet for Humanity - Kickstarting a Children’s book with Leesa McGregor
Aug 12, 2019 • 17 min
EP 327 Publishing a book on Kickstarter to affect social behavior and teach children compassion.
EP 326 Crowdfunding for Social Good with Devin Thorpe
Aug 12, 2019 • 21 min
Devin Thorpe discusses the power of Crowdfunding for social good.
EP 325 Give it away for Free to build your crowd Guest Lucia Fasano
Jul 23, 2019 • 20 min
Giving before you ask. Why providing something free is one of the best means of raising money.
EP 324 Laser Malena Webber Producing Music and Making a Living Through Kickstarter
Jul 19, 2019 • 24 min
How to raise money on Kickstarter as a musician
EP 323 Building a Crowdfunding Social Campaign with Storyblaster
Jul 9, 2019 • 20 min
Building a crowd with Storyblaster
EP 322 Building your Crowd before you launch. Finding a path to success with your first Kickstarter campaign
Jul 1, 2019 • 21 min
Starting small, building a crowd, and following a careful process to success on Kickstarter
EP 321 Three Things to Do When Relaunching Your Kickstarter
Jun 27, 2019 • 21 min
Three things to do when relaunching your Kickstarter Campaign
320 A Kickstarter Store and Conference
Jun 26, 2019 • 19 min
EP 320 We the People Store for Kickstarter products
EP 319 Becoming a Best Seller on Amazon before you go to Kickstarter
Jun 21, 2019 • 20 min
Becoming a Best Seller on Amazon before you launch a game on Kickstarter
EP 318 How to boost your Kickstarter Campaign during the slow time with Brandon Raasch
Jun 12, 2019 • 19 min
How to get an additional bump from backers during your slow period of a Kickstarter campaign
EP 317 More Backers More Savings. How CrowdSales Changes the Crowdfunding Approach
Jun 5, 2019 • 19 min
Crowdsales from Gamecrafter changes the model making pledge levels cheaper with more backers
EP 316 Part 2 Ten ways I screwed up my Kickstarter campaign with Fabio Redivo
May 16, 2019 • 23 min
Ten ways to screw up a Kickstarter project Part 2 with Fabio Redivo
EP 315 Ten ways I screwed up my Kickstarter Campaign with Fabio Redivo Part 1
May 14, 2019 • 21 min
Tens ways to screw up your Kickstarter project with Fabio Redivo
EP 314 Building an audience for your Kickstarter with co-host John Coveyou
May 9, 2019 • 17 min
EP 314 Building an audience for your Kickstarter campaign
EP 313 A Heart Throb Kickstarter to save Evil Dead 2 with Tommy Gofton
May 7, 2019 • 18 min
Bringing back Evil Dead 2 Kickstarter Campaign
Richard Bliss Gets Married
May 3, 2019 • 17 min
Richard Bliss Got Married
EP 312 Brexit:The Real Deal Kickstarter with Laurence O’Brien
Apr 17, 2019 • 15 min
EP 312 Outreach in your last week to fund your Kickstarter with Laurence O’Brien
EP 311 Kickstarter CrossCast with ComixLaunch and Tyler James
Apr 16, 2019 • 42 min
EP 311 Comics and Kickstarter with Tyler James from ComixLaunch
EP 310 Kickstarter Success to Failure to Success w/Brad Talton of Level 99 Games
Apr 11, 2019 • 20 min
EP 310 Success to Failure to Success with Brad Talton from Level 99 Games
EP 309 GAMA Live w/ Heather O’Neil and 9th Level Games
Apr 10, 2019 • 20 min
Rethinking Kickstarter Financial Goals and other disappointments faced by new creators
EP 308 Endangered and Nerdy Words with John Coveyou and Marc Specter
Apr 8, 2019 • 25 min
Co-Host John Coveyou and Guest Marc Specter join Host Richard Bliss to discuss the challenges of non-traditional board games on KickstarterJohn Coveyou, with Genius Games, has launched more than a dozen Kickstarter projects, yet his current campaign,…
EP 307 Aldo Ghiozzi and the merger of Impressions with Flat River Group
Apr 4, 2019 • 23 min
EP 307 Aldo Ghiozzi and selling with Flat River Group through Distribution
Ep 306 Narek Vardanyan with The Crowdfunding Formula
Apr 2, 2019 • 18 min
EP 306 Narek Vardanyan and what it takes to launch a successful project
EP 305 Laurence O’Brien Brexit: The Real Deal - The breakup of the United Kingdom
Mar 29, 2019 • 21 min
Laurence O’Brien and Richard Bliss discussing Richard’s honeymoon and Laurence’s Kickstarter
EP 304 - Luke Gygax and the Emergence of Dungeons & Dragons as a streaming event
Mar 27, 2019 • 19 min
Luke Gygax discusses the surge of interest for streaming D&D and GaryCon
EP 303 Dungeons and Randomness with Jason Massey
Mar 25, 2019 • 22 min
Ep 303 How to make a living as a full-time D&D Dungeon Master
EP 302 Robert Burke Games - Kickstarter Projects with Timed Stretched Goals
Mar 22, 2019 • 22 min
Ep 302 Creating Flash Funding Stretch Goals with Robert Burke
EP 301 The Success of Failure on Kickstarter with John Coveyou and Michael Mindes
Mar 20, 2019 • 21 min
EP 301 Turning a Kickstarter failure into a success. Learning from mistakes with John Coveyou and Michael Mindes
EP 300 All About Patreon and Richard Apologizes for Abandoning His Fans
Mar 19, 2019 • 31 min
EP 300 CrossCast with Co-Host Thomas Umstattd Jr. from the Creative Funding Show
EP 299 Live GAMA A.J. Porfirio Branding your Games and Licensing content
Mar 15, 2019 • 22 min
How to license other content and build a brand for your games and company
EP 298 Live From GAMA Tradeshow with Eric Price from Japanime Games
Mar 14, 2019 • 20 min
Bundling projects to create a single Kickstarter campaign to provide more value.
Ep 297 Tomas Härenstam From Art book to Amazon Prime TV Series Tales of the Loop
Mar 13, 2019 • 17 min
Tomas Härenstam and How to Grow Small Projects Into Large Projects
Ep 296 - 5 Attributes Of A Great Product for Kickstarter with Co-Host John Coveyou
Mar 11, 2019 • 22 min
Five Attributes of a great Kickstarter product.
Ep 295 Helping Legends of Novus on Kickstarter with Guest Bryan Rosander
Mar 6, 2019 • 29 min
Details on how to improve Legends of Novus live Kickstarter campaign
EP 294 - 4 Unexpected Benefits of Using Kickstarter to Launch a Product w/Guest John Coveyou
Mar 4, 2019 • 20 min
4 Unexpected Benefits of Using Kickstarter to Launch a Product with John Coveyou
EP 293 Building a Crowd. I ask the audience for help with Wes Woodbury as my guest
Feb 25, 2019 • 20 min
If you do everything right, why does your Kickstarter campaign fail?
EP 292 Mark Roderick and Understanding Equity-based Crowdfunding
Feb 21, 2019 • 21 min
Mark Roderick and Understanding Equity-based Crowdfunding
EP 291 Alex Goldsmith from Greyfox Games and the $5 Pledge
Feb 13, 2019 • 19 min
Grey Fox Games and their $5 pledge on Kickstarter
EP 290 Daniel Zayas - A review of important Kickstarter things to know and do
Jan 31, 2019 • 21 min
Daniel Zayas and what you need to think about before launching your campaign.
EP 289 Howard Tayler - Publishing Schlock Mercenary Books 14 and 15
Jan 31, 2019 • 32 min
Howard Tayler and making a living by giving things away for free.
EP 288 Jamey Stegmaier - Coming Back to Kickstarter
Oct 27, 2018 • 26 min
Jamey Stegmaier of Stonemaier games talks about coming back to Kickstarter
EP 287 Here Are 5 Keys To A Successful LinkedIn Profile
Jun 7, 2017 • 19 min
I share 5 keys to creating a successful LinkedIn profile. Not to get a job, but to make a first impression. In today’s digital world, it is when I visit your LinkedIn profile that I find out who you are. Use LinkedIn as a means of building your…
EP 286 Laurence O’Brien - Using Interns To Drive Your Kickstarter Business
Jun 5, 2017 • 19 min
Over the past few years, Wotan Games has cycled through nearly 20 Interns from all over Europe. And has built up a reputation as a go-to experience for new recruits coming into the program. Laurence O’Brien, owner of Wotan Games, shares the success of…
EP 285 Brexit And Your Kickstarter w/ Gino Brancazio
Jun 2, 2017 • 20 min
Brexit? US Election of Trump? Kickstarter campaign suddenly in jeopardy? Gino Brancazio and I discuss a cautionary tale of using Kickstarter across exchange rates. Gino is based in the UK and ran his Kickstarter campaign in English Pounds. But 90% of…
EP 284 Cynthia Landon MeepleSource. Why You Need To Be Using This Company For Your Kickstarter Projects
May 31, 2017 • 18 min
Cynthia Landon has successfully run 9 Kickstarter campaigns. Small and focused on her space, she delivers a great experience. But what you need to know is that she is in the business of making you more successful with your own board game Kickstarter…
EP 283 Where Does The Money Go? Kickstarter Costs with Marc Specter
May 29, 2017 • 19 min
How much money do you need to raise on Kickstarter? That depends. Where does the money go? Marc Specter takes the time to outline where he spent the majority of his money to publish his Kickstarter game. This is great advice for those who are running…
EP 282 Kickstarter’s New Certified Experts - Guest Daniel Zayas
May 26, 2017 • 20 min
There is a flood of people offering Kickstarter advice. Some know what they are doing, but many do not. How to sift through the flood of offers you receive for creating, promoting, and running your Kickstarter campaign? Kickstarter now has certified…
EP 281 Preparing for a Protospiel with Ed Baraf
May 24, 2017 • 19 min
Your Kickstarter board game needs to be playtested. There’s no better place to play test than an Unpub or Protospiel. But you can’t just show up, sit down and expect to be successful. You have to prepare yourself to attend, prepare yourself to know what…
EP 280 A Game Convention in a box with JT Smith from Gamecrafter
May 22, 2017 • 20 min
JT Smith believes game convention can be made easy. He has launched a site called Tabletop.Events. The site delivers everything you need to know and do to launch your own game convention. This is important to a lot of our listeners who are…
EP 279 Adam Clark Kickstarter Campaign Management
May 19, 2017 • 19 min
Adam Clark created Kicktraq. Now he has built the premier platform for managing your Kickstarter campaign called Pledgemanager. From the smallest details for international shipping to keeping track of all the bits and pieces of your campaign…
EP 278 James Hudson 3 Keys to Kickstarter Success
May 17, 2017 • 20 min
Three things are necessary for Kickstarter Success. #1 Building the Audience - James tells us how #2 Professional Artists - You can’t get by with amateur #3 Pre-marketing - You must invest time to build up to your campaign James Hudson knows what…
EP 277 Curt Covert w/Smirk and Dagger - Building a game company before Kickstarter
May 15, 2017 • 20 min
For first-time game designers, publishers, and designers. Curt Covert launched his company years ago and began publishing his own games focused on the “Stab-Your-Buddy” concept. Curt’s games have a focused theme that customers have come to expect….
EP 276 Licensing Intellectual Property For Your Game with Space Goat Productions
May 12, 2017 • 18 min
Space Goat Productions has released Evil Dead 2 and Terminator boardgames on Kickstarter. How do you license someone’s intellectual property? Space Goat Productions has been doing it a long time and they share some of the tips. They also have a…
EP 275 Don’t Quit Your Day Job After Hitting It Big On Kickstarter
May 10, 2017 • 20 min
Just because you’ve had tremendous success on Kickstarter does not mean it is time to quit your day job. Especially if you want to run a board game publishing company. John Coveyou, of Genius Games, has raised $500,000 on Kickstarter, quit his day…
EP 274 Jamey Stegmaier - Keeping in Touch with the community without Kickstarter
May 8, 2017 • 21 min
Jamey Stegmaier joins me on Funding the Dream to talk about staying in touch with fans and the community without using Kickstarter. He has built a huge following with his generosity for sharing knowledge. Now, Jamey is using additional means to stay…
Ep 273 James Ernest Button Men
May 5, 2017 • 19 min
James Ernest is launching his 10th Kickstarter campaign. His last project, Tak, raised $1.3 million dollars with more than 12,000 backers. “If you aren’t famous, find someone who is” - James Ernest James shares a lot of insight and advice about…
EP 272 Raising Money To Change the World with Devin Thorpe
May 3, 2017 • 21 min
Devin Thorpe is a new-media journalist and founder of the Your Mark on the World Center, and has established himself as a champion of social good. As a Forbes contributor, with 350 bylines and over one million unique visitors, he has become a…
EP 271 Hunter Adams Independent Filmmaker Dig Two Graves
May 1, 2017 • 19 min
Hunter Adams is an independent filmmaker with his movie currently available on itunes. It is called Dig Two Graves. A bit of a horror/suspense movie about having to pay a price to bring someone back we have lost. Sounds like an interesting film….
EP 270 Gloomhaven with Isaac Childres
Apr 28, 2017 • 20 min
Gloomhaven is one of the most success board game projects on Kickstarter. The creator, Isaac Childres, joins me for a second time on the show. The episode was recorded while the campaign was still live on Kickstarter. I ask Isaac if he is even…
EP 269 Richard Bliss Birthday Episode I’m my own Guest
Apr 26, 2017 • 19 min
Thank you for all your support over the years. I wanted to take this opportunity to chat about some changes coming and about something called Participation Inequality and how it can impact your Kickstarter campaign and how you can use it to your…
Special GoFundMe Campaign for Chris Clemmons
Apr 25, 2017 • 19 min
Chris Clemmons is running a GoFundMe campaign to help pay for needed medical assistance. He and I discuss his decision to use the GoFundMe platform and what we can do to help. We also discuss the difficulty of asking for money and its social…
EP 268 Data Privacy and ways to protect yourself online with Steve Shillingford
Apr 24, 2017 • 20 min
The Circle paints a disturbing picture of the near future and the tracking of personal information. Steve Shillingford, CEO of Anonyme Labs, discusses three things you can do to help protect yourself online. #1 may surprise you. Your mobile number…
EP 267 Live at Protospiel with Peter Vaughan from Breaking Games
Apr 21, 2017 • 18 min
Peter Vaughan the Director of Development at Breaking Games. They sponsored Protospiel San Jose and were showing their prototype Rising Tribes, going live on Kickstarter in June. Do you want to design or do you want to publish? It is very hard to do…
EP 266 Stop, Fail, Reset, Succeed on Kickstarter with Jason Huffman
Apr 19, 2017 • 20 min
Jason Huffman failed on Kickstarter. But rather than be discouraged and give up, he stopped, reset his campaign, learned from the effort, and relaunched to success. His company, Battle Hardened Games, makes war games with really great art. I was a…
EP 265 Aldo talks Gloomhaven strategy for distribution
Apr 17, 2017 • 19 min
Gloomhaven is crushing it on Kickstarter. But not everyone is happy. Aldo Ghiozzi and I discuss the distribution channel and discounting. Many retailers and distributors have vocalized their frustration with Gloomhaven apparently taking all their…
EP 264 Live from Protospiel San Jose with Brian Henk
Apr 14, 2017 • 8 min
Brian Henk from Overworld Games talks blind playtesting and how critical it is. We are at Protospiel San Jose and he is watching families sit down and play his game, Barker’s Row, without him being able to explain anything or say anything. Talk about…
EP 263 Live from Protospiel San Jose with David Sanhueza
Apr 12, 2017 • 8 min
David Sanhueza launched three Kickstarter campaigns in order to fully fund a single project. First was the artwork, which then rolled into the main project, when then rolled into a campaign for stretch goals. It is an interesting way to break up a…
EP 262 Equity Crowdfunding Tasty Minstrel Games with Michael Mindes
Apr 10, 2017 • 19 min
Michael Mindes has opened up his books and shared the inner finances of his game company, Tasty Minstrel Games. He has done this because he is selling equity in his company through crowdfunding platform Microventures. We don’t talk about his company,…
EP 261 Kickstarter Veteran’s Project Rejected. Lessons learned with Seth Hiatt
Apr 7, 2017 • 21 min
Seth Hiatt had 39 successful Kickstarter projects when his 40th was suddenly rejected for consideration. Mayday Games CEO joins as my guest to share great insights. No matter how experienced you may be, there are still details on every Kickstarter…
EP 260 Gloomhaven’s Runaway Kickstarter Success and Challenges
Apr 5, 2017 • 20 min
Gloomhaven raised over $300,000 on Kickstarter and printed 10,000 copies of the game. Distribution had 2,200 copies for retailers but suddenly demand spiked at 25,000 copies. Isaac Childres, creator of Gloomhaven and owner of Cephalofair games…
EP 259 Distribution is the long tail for board games w/Aldo Ghiozzi
Apr 3, 2017 • 19 min
If you want your game to live forever and keep sending you checks in the mail, you have to get into distribution. Kickstarter gives you a large cash infusion but has difficulty maintaining momentum. Aldo Ghiozzi discusses how important distribution…
EP 258 Protospiel San Jose with Jeremy Commanduer
Mar 31, 2017 • 20 min
You may raise $100,000 on Kickstarter for your board game, but without proper playtesting, you won’t raise it your second time. There are common mistakes that new game designers make when creating a game. Proper playtesting can flush those problems…
EP 257 Finding Your Niche with John Coveyou of Genius Games
Mar 29, 2017 • 18 min
John has raised more than $500,000 for his games on Kickstarter. They are hard core science games. He teaches a crowdfunding course and game designer course at Webster University in St Louis. Genius Games has found their niche, and now expands into…
EP 256 Board Games and the Law - Someone stole my game
Mar 27, 2017 • 18 min
Yes, they can steal your game. They can’t steal your logo, or your rules, or the artwork for your project, but they can steal the game and create a ripoff of its mechanics. And there isn’t much you can do about it. My guest Zachary Strebeck discusses…
EP 255 Aldo Ghiozzi How Many Games to Publish
Mar 23, 2017 • 18 min
Is the Kickstarter bubble about to burst for the game industry? How many games should you publish after your Kickstarter campaign ends? Aldo Ghiozzi of Impressions returns from the GAMA trade show and gives us a quick update on what he tells his…
EP 254 Jamey Stegmaier Punishment For Moving To Facebook
Jan 24, 2017 • 16 min
Jamey Stegmaier discusses migrating his game conversations to Facebook and the reaction. He perceives Facebook Groups to be one of the best ways to share conversations about his games. Some backers claimed Jamey was punishing them. We discuss.
Ep 253 Grant Dalgliesh Columbia Games - Regular Business Using Kickstarter
Jun 1, 2015 • 19 min
Is it fair for an established business to use Kickstarter? This question is asked a lot. Small indie creators often feel squeezed by bigger companies with more resources using Kickstarter to raise funds. We talk about why an established business…
Ep. 252 Jamey Stegmaier More Insights
May 13, 2015 • 20 min
Jamie Stegmaier has become extremely successful with his Kickstarter projects. In our 20 minute conversation he shares what surprised him in his last campaign and how Kickstarter is changing. He talks about his process that lays out his campaign for…
Ep 250 Howard Tayler Making Money With Free Content
May 6, 2015 • 21 min
How do you make a living giving away free content. Howard Tayler teaches us how he does it and secrets to being successful. Why do people give you money? This question is the foundation for the Kickstarter economy and the new methods of tapping into…
Ep. 251 James Mathe Kickstarter Survey Results
May 4, 2015 • 20 min
James Mathe is a returning guest and we discuss the surprising results of his Kickstarter backer survey. There is great insight into what backers are expecting from the changes in Kickstarter. The Survey can be found at
Ep. 249 Google Analytics and Kickstarter
May 1, 2015 • 20 min
The Top 3 Things Google Analytics Helps With Your Kickstarter Campaign. Larry Lembcke, Internet Marketing expert, outlines how Google Analytics can provide real-time metrics for visitors and backers to your Kickstarter campaign page. This new…
Ep. 248 From Google Attorney to Kickstarter Creator with Deb Reed
May 1, 2015 • 20 min
Deb Reed was a former Google attorney who quit her job to pursue a passion. Her project, Herbsack, is a radical change for her as she gave up her former life to do something she loves. Listen in as she and I discuss her journey to Kickstarter and the…
Ep 247 Kickstarter vs Board Game Stores with James Mathe
Apr 29, 2015 • 18 min
James Mathe joins me to discuss the Love/Hate relationship between Kickstarter and Board Game Stores. This is a great discussion for any category dealing with retailers vs Kickstarter project creators.
Ep. 246 Comparing Indiegogo and Kickstarter Features with co-host Jamey Stegmaier
Feb 26, 2015 • 19 min
Co-host Jamey Stegmaier joins Richard again for another episode of Funding the Dream. This week the duo compare Indiegogo and Kickstarter as well as discuss some of Kickstarter’s new shipping options.
Ep. 245 Kickstarter Support Groups
Feb 19, 2015 • 19 min
Richard welcomes back Joey Vigour and his Kickstarter support group. This is a group of people who meet and discuss everything Kickstarter, offer each other advice and support, and generally encourage each other towards success. Richard explores their…
Ep. 244 Matt Forbeck & Jeremy Mohler
Feb 12, 2015 • 20 min
Richard welcomes Matt Forbeck and Jeremy Mohler from Outlander Entertainment. They discuss the impact of Kickstarter on gaming, comics, and art. Matt and Jeremy worked together on the recently funded Shotgun & Sorcery…
Ep. 243 Matt Forbeck and Funding Novels with Kickstarter
Feb 5, 2015 • 20 min
Richard welcomes back Matt Forbeck. Matt is a very successful author and designer. The pair discuss the details of writing and funding novels via Kickstarter. Marketing, budget, strategy, and more.
Ep. 242 Professional Marketing for your Crowdfunding Campaign
Jan 29, 2015 • 20 min
Richard sits down with Roy Morejon, president of Command Partners, full service digital marketing, advertising and public relations agency. They discuss how to market your crowdfunding campaign and continue to support it after you fund. Analytics,…
Ep. 241 Kickstarter is Changing
Jan 8, 2015 • 19 min
Richard and co-host Jamey Stegmaier discuss how the “landscape” of Kickstarter is changing. New companies, many in the board game space, need to work smarter to gain visibility and funding for their projects. Supply, demand, distribution, and more.
Ep. 240 What’s the Next Big Thing?
Jan 1, 2015 • 34 min
Richard and co-host JT Smith discuss technology, crowdfunding, and early adopters. They dive into the early technology adoption cycle and how players like The Game Crafter and Kicktraq are changing the dynamic of the board game industry. That and more…
Ep. 239 Funding your Passions with Kickstarter
Dec 24, 2014 • 16 min
Katy and Zach from Knomad Colab and The Happy Couple Duo talk with Richard about the recent success of their unique Kickstarter. This is truly an example that anything is possible with Kickstarter. Listen to how Katy and Zach are lighting up America on…
Ep. 238 Rulebook Reviews with Eric Capps
Dec 18, 2014 • 18 min
Eric has started a niche service editing board game rulebooks. Listen to his advice and tips as he discusses his experience with Richard on this episode of the podcast.
Ep. 237 One year of prep leads to $136,000
Dec 11, 2014 • 19 min
Richard interviews Joey Vigour about the year leading up to his Kickstarter, Chaosmos. They discuss the importance of taking your time, building brand awareness, and being prepared….
Ep. 236 Art & Playtesting with Gregory Carslaw
Dec 4, 2014 • 19 min
Richard talks with recently turned full-time game designer, Gregory Carslaw. They discuss psychology, 3DTotal publishing, the importance of art, game design, and more.
Ep. 235 Lessons Learned from the Trobo Campaign
Nov 29, 2014 • 19 min
Richard talks with Jeremy Scheinberg and Chris Harden about their Kickstarter, Trobo: The Storytelling Robots. Lessons learned include thoughts on marketing, PR, Kickstarter fatigued, and social media management tools.
Ep. 234 The Power of Social in Crowdfunding
Nov 20, 2014 • 21 min
Richard and Jamey discuss the importance and pitfalls of social networking, debate social funding goals, and suggest several social network management tools.
Ep. 233 Understanding the Magic the Gathering v. Hex Lawsuit
Nov 13, 2014 • 20 min
Richard and Douglas Linn discuss the copyrights, patents, and trademarks at the heart of the Wizards of the Coast v. Cryptozoic Entertainment lawsuit.
Ep 232 Giving Honest Advice with Jamey Stegmaier
Nov 6, 2014 • 21 min
Richard and Jamey Stegmaier discuss the importance of giving honest feedback and techniques on how to do it effectively.
Ep 231 Maker Possibilities with Kickstarter
Oct 30, 2014 • 16 min
Richard interviews Lew Lefton, a mathematics faculty member and IT Director at Georgia Tech, on his Decatur Makers project. Listen in to learn how Kickstarter is creating opportunities for everyone through marker spaces. Learn more about Lew here:…
6 Stats to Kickstarter Success Ep 230 w/John Coveyou
Oct 26, 2014 • 21 min
Here are 6 key statistics you need to know and follow to ensure Kickstarter success.
Ep 229 Running Your Kickstarter with The Game Crafter
Aug 20, 2014 • 18 min
JT, from The Game Crafter, is going to shock you with how far The Game Crafter has come in helping you run your Kickstarter campaign. From prototypes to fulfillment. You have to listen
Ep 228 Breaking the Game With Larry Lembcke
Aug 18, 2014 • 19 min
Designing complex card games can be daunting. Larry breaks it down for us and explains why your Magic:The Gathering friends may be the best playtesters ever.
Ep 227 3 Risks to your Kickstarter campaign
Aug 15, 2014 • 21 min
Brian and Clayton share their advice on overcoming three risks to any Kickstarter campaign
Ep 226 Pack o Game with Chris Handy
Aug 11, 2014 • 19 min
Card games the size of a pack of chewing gum. I’ve played them and they’re great. A thousand Kickstarter backers seem to agree. Chris and I discuss game design and building a Kickstarter campaign
9 Daily Activitivies to Build Your Kickstarter Fan Base with co-host Jamey Stegmaier Ep 225
Aug 6, 2014 • 20 min
Jamey and I share 9 things you can do on a daily basis to grow your Kickstarter fan base. List created from Seth Godin’s blog on daily activities to engage with your tribe.
Ep 224 3 Ways to Use your last Kickstarter Campaign to launch your next
Aug 4, 2014 • 21 min
David Sanhueza had a successful campaign last year. This year he is using much of the same material to launch another one…with great success. Learn 3 ways to use your old campaign to launch your new one…and check out David’s project on Kickstarter….
Ep 223 Building a Crowd with Comments Guest Jamey Stegmaier
Jul 30, 2014 • 21 min
Our Sponsor, The Social Enterprise and Crowdfunding Conference, has made a discount code available to fans of the show. 30% off with the code DREAM. Here’s the link to their conference Jamey Stegmaier joins me as co-host as we discuss…
Ep 222 Being Funny With Howard Tayler
Jul 28, 2014 • 22 min
Howard Tayler makes a living being funny…every single day. His Schlock Mercenary web comic has been running 7 days a week since 2000 without missing a day. He joins me on Funding the Dream to discuss the art of being funny without offending.
Ep 221 Dan Yarrington with Game Salute
Jul 18, 2014 • 20 min
How long does it take to publish a game? Dan Yarrington, with Game Salute, explains why it has taken longer and longer with each successful Kickstarter campaign.
Ep 220 7 Steps To Make Room For Creativity In Your Life with Sandra Tayler
Jul 16, 2014 • 23 min
Sandra Tayler knows how to make a living on creativity. Here, she provides 7 ways to make room for creativity in your life. This was great information for me and i know you will enjoy it.
Ep 219 Relaunching a failed Kickstarter campaign
Jul 14, 2014 • 19 min
Do you let it die or cancel? What do you change when you relaunch. Doug Levandowski shares what he did.
Ep 218 A Gathering of Geeks
Jul 11, 2014 • 20 min
We gathered for a weekend of gaming in the mountains of North Carolina in a log cabin, cut off from civilization. Listen in as we discuss the Kickstarter and board games. And you learn what everyone is drinking.
Ep 217 How to raise $10,000 in 4 Days on Kickstarter at a Game Convention
Jul 9, 2014 • 20 min
Forrest Bower had a project, took it to a convention, did NOT have a booth, and four days later had $10,000 in his Kickstarter campaign. How did he do that? Listen and be inspired.
Ep 216 Using a 3rd party like Game Salute to fulfill your Kickstarter Campaign
Jul 7, 2014 • 18 min
Chris Castagnetto used Game Salute to run his Kickstarter and fulfill his product. A year later, as the product is now shipping, Chris shares with us his experience.
Ep 215 Publishing an Audio Book on Kickstarter
Jul 4, 2014 • 19 min
How do you go about publishing an audio book on Kickstarter? Scott King tells us how
Ep 214 Using Kickstarter to sell already existing products
Jul 2, 2014 • 19 min
Robert Burke and I discuss Through the Ages Kickstarter campaign that is an already existing product that is being pitched on Kickstarter. Should this type of behavior be allowed?
Ep 213 Using Small Kickstarter Projects to Find Success
Jun 30, 2014 • 19 min
Every Kickstarter campaign doesn’t have to be big to be successful. Scott King joins me to discuss his fourth Kickstarter campaign and the success he has found doing the small ones.
Ep 212 Is It Fair For Big Companies to Use Kickstarter Guest Robert Burke
Jun 27, 2014 • 20 min
Is it really fair for a big company to use Kickstarter. The argument is that they don’t need the money and are squeezing out the little guy. Let’s talk with Robert Burke to find out what he thinks. I’m sure you already know what I think. And…
Ep 211 Even more Kickstarter Momentum with Jamey Stegmaier
Jun 25, 2014 • 21 min
Jamey and I continue the discussion on the importance of momentum for your Kickstarter campaign. You can find Jamey’s blog at
Ep 210 Asking For Money Is Really Hard Guest Gary Ray
Jun 23, 2014 • 20 min
Gary Ray successfully funded a new expansion for his retail game store. But he wasn’t happy with the emotional rollercoaster that was his Kickstarter project.
Ep 209 Pitching GeekDad To Cover Your Kickstarter Campaign with Jonathan Liu
Jun 20, 2014 • 18 min
Jonathan gets 1 to 2 pitches a day to review a Kickstarter campaign on Geek Dad. That is a lot. Here he shares some tips on how to improve your chances of getting noticed and getting coverage.
Ep 208 Jamey Stegmaier Talks Momentum and Early Birds
Jun 18, 2014 • 21 min
How important is momentum on Kickstarter? Jamey thinks it is very important as he and I talk about ways to get the momentum and keep it going.
Ep 207 No Crowd But Still Launching - LiquidOff tries to raise $25k
Jun 16, 2014 • 16 min
My guest Harold Stewart wants to raise $25k for his Kickstarter project to launch his company. But he really doesn’t have a crowd or fans. I have him on the show to see it you really need a crowd before launching.
Ep 206 Geek Dad’s Jonathan Liu Talks Publishing on Kickstarter
Jun 12, 2014 • 20 min
Jonathan Liu is Editor for Geek Dad and shares insights into getting your project in front of the media.
Ep 205 Crowdfunding with Patreon
Jun 11, 2014 • 19 min
Image funding every day and every month. Patreon is a new platform that changes how you think about funding your project.
Ep 204 Dark Side of Crowdfunding with Charles Luzar
Jun 10, 2014 • 19 min
Fraud and lack of transparency is the dark side of crowdfunding. Charles Luzar shows what to look for as red flags using a project on IndieGoGo as an example.
Ep 203 Rolling with Virgil on Kickstarter Conrad Shaw
Jun 6, 2014 • 19 min
Conrad is launching a film and shares his tactics for raising awareness for his project
Ep 202 Don’t screw this up. The Most Important Thing On Your Kickstarter Campaign Guest Tyler James
Jun 5, 2014 • 20 min
There is one thing more important than anything else on your Kickstarter project. It isn’t your video. Tyler James joins me to share the secret and how to NOT screw it up.
Ep 201 Shebooks Kickstarter Launch Party
Jun 4, 2014 • 21 min
Peggy Northrop and Laura Fraser, co-founders of Shebooks, had a launch party for their Kickstarter campaign. I went and loved it. How important is Kickstarter for women wanting to enter the publishing space? Laura and Peggy tell you.
Ep 200 Kickstarter Launch Fears with Jamey Stegmaier
Jun 3, 2014 • 21 min
You’re afraid to launch your Kickstarter campaign and I can tell you why. Jamey Stegmaier joins as co-host
Ep 199 Using Kickstarter to Build your Game Store
May 23, 2014 • 21 min
Gary Ray returns as my guest sharing how he is using Kickstarter to build a second floor on his game store.
Ep 198 Comics On Kickstarter Changing An Industry with Tyler James
May 21, 2014 • 21 min
If Kickstarter was a publisher, it would rank only behind Marvel for most comics published. Tyler James from discusses the impact of Kickstarter on the comic book industry.
Ep 197 Kickstarter Impact on Retail with Gary Ray
May 19, 2014 • 17 min
Gary Ray is the owner of Black Diamond Games in Concord, CA and joins Funding the Dream on Kickstarter to discuss the impact Kickstarter can have on the board game retail industry.
Ep 196 Kickstarter 5 Deadly Mistakes and other topics with John Coveyou
Apr 30, 2014 • 18 min
John Coveyou has indexed and documented every single episode of Funding the Dream on Kickstarter. We talk about his project on Kickstarter and his project for Funding the Dream
Ep 195 Winds of Change A Project on Rockethub
Apr 18, 2014 • 19 min
Sariah Howard joins me to discuss her project that is currently running on Rockethub
Ep 194 Jamey Stegmaier Building on Kickstarter Success
Apr 4, 2014 • 18 min
Jamey Stegmaier joins me as my co host and tells us how to build long term success on Kickstarter
Using Kickstarter in the United Kingdom Ep 193 with Paco Garcia Jaen
Apr 2, 2014 • 19 min
Is the Kickstarter experience different in the UK than in the US? We speak with Paco about his success.
Ep 192 Breaking Down Kickstarter with Michael and Stephen Stagliano
Mar 31, 2014 • 21 min
Analyzing a Kickstarter project for its success and failure.
5 Mistakes That Will Kill Your Kickstarter Project Ep 191
Mar 25, 2014 • 19 min
5 Mistakes that will kill your Kickstarter Project Ep 191
Ep 190 Jamey and Richard discuss the impact of Kickstarter
Mar 17, 2014 • 21 min
co-host Jamey Stegmaier
Ep 189 Unexpected Success and Building Partnerships on Kickstarter
Mar 14, 2014 • 18 min
Guest Cynthia Landon from Meeple Source
Ep 188 The Kickstarter Journey and Building Your Tribe with Dave Sokolowski
Mar 11, 2014 • 18 min
How to build a tribe and following to launch your Kickstarter project
Ep 187 Cautionary Tale on Kickstarter with Jamey Stegmaier
Mar 10, 2014 • 21 min
Jamey Stegmaier joins me as a cohost.
Ep 186 Tyler James’ 9 Things During the Kickstarter Dead Zone
Feb 25, 2014 • 19 min
Tyler James’ blog about 9 things to do during your Deadzone on Kickstarter
Ep 185 Meeple Source launches Kickstarter to expand their business
Feb 18, 2014 • 20 min
Using Kickstarter to expand your established business. That is what Cynthia Landon has done.
Ep 184 Building on Success with Kickstarter
Feb 15, 2014 • 19 min
Guest Robert Burke and how to grow your business with Kickstarter
Ep 183 Using Kickstarter To Launch Your Business with Jamey Stegmaier
Jan 20, 2014 • 19 min
Ep 182 Building a Hybrid Business Model with Kickstarter Guest Michael Mindes Part 2
Jan 15, 2014 • 19 min
Ep 181Key Ingredients to Kickstarter Success With Michael Mindes Part I
Jan 14, 2014 • 19 min
Ep 180 Building Niche Markets with Uwe Eickert
Jan 13, 2014 • 21 min
Ep 179 Jamey Stegmaier and Kickstarter Exclusives
Jan 9, 2014 • 20 min
Kickstarter Exclusives - Good or Bad? Jamey Stegmaier, from Stonemaier Games, joins me as my co-host. Are Kickstarter exclusives good for your project? How about when they do long term damage to your brand? Jamey and I discuss how to go about choosing…
Ep 178 Uwe Eickert with Academy Games - Building a customer base
Jan 7, 2014 • 21 min
Uwe Eickert has a very successful board game company called Academy Games. He has launched successful Kickstarter projects, all with niche interests, but have done very well.His board game, Freedom: The Underground Railroad, has been a delicate topic,…
Ep 177 Japanese The Game w/Bernhard Hamaker on Kickstarter
Jan 3, 2014 • 21 min
I like to bring on a guest who is going through the steep learning curve of a first time Kickstarter Project. Bernhard Hamaker launched his project moments before we recorded the episode. We discuss how he got to this point and why he was wrong when he…
Ep 176 Rich Karlgaard Publisher for Forbes - Crowdfunding saving America
Jan 1, 2014 • 19 min
I met Rich Karlgaard at an event where he encouraged me to write a book about Crowdfunding. He said it was going to save small business in America. Over the past year, Rich and I have continued to work together and correspond, and this topic continues…
Building Momentum on Kickstarter Ep 175 w/Jamey Stegmaier
Dec 12, 2013 • 22 min
Jamey Stegmaier, co-found of Stonemaier Games and prolific blogger, joins as my co-host for our third episode together. In this episode we discuss how to build momentum for your Kickstarter project. You may have the best project but if no one sees it or…
Ep 174 Julie Hedlund - How to publish a Children’s book
Dec 4, 2013 • 20 min
Julie Hedlund is a multi-book author with a successful Kickstarter campaign. Her children’s book, My Love for You is the Sun, is a illustrated children’s book and she is using a hybrid model for publishing, turning to a traditional publisher.If you are…
Ep 173 Monty Singleton 10 Apps for Kickstarter Success
Nov 14, 2013 • 21 min
Monty Singleton has a Kickstarter project called Ghosts N Goblins, but he also has a passion for sharing. As part of his campaign, he has launched a 20 days of 20 hours of tweeting to help promote his project.To stay that organized you need tools to…
Ep 172 Co Host Jamey Stegmaier - Manufacturing and Variation
Nov 13, 2013 • 20 min
My Co-host, Jamey Stegmaier from Stonemaier games, joins me again to talk about the impact that manufacturing can have on the Kickstarter project and shipping.Each and every add-on and stretch goal affects shipping. Project creators will often add on…
Ep 171 Sandra Tayler Children’s Book Author
Nov 12, 2013 • 20 min
Sandra Tayler is a children’s book author and business partner in a successful artist focused company. Her and her spouse have built a successful business and life focused on the creation of art, while raising four children and paying the mortgage….
Free International Shipping on Kickstarter Ep 170 W/Co-host Jamey Stegmaier
Nov 7, 2013 • 21 min
My co-host, Jamey Stegmaier joins me to discuss how to offer free international shipping for your Kickstarter Project. Shipping continues to be the toughest part of any Kickstarter project. Jamey shares how he does it. You can read about it on his blog…
Creating a Podcast with Richard Bliss Ep 169 Funding the Dream on Kickstarter
Nov 5, 2013 • 20 min
How do you create a podcast? My listeners have asked for some tips and advice on how to go about setting up a podcast. I address the fear of public speaking, finding guests, and setting up the equipment. If you are looking for expert advice, this is NOT…
Ep 168 Clueless about Cthulhu with Dave Sokolowski
Oct 29, 2013 • 21 min
Two things do really well on Kickstarter: Zombies and Cthulhu. Zombies I understand but Cthulhu has me scratching my head. Hundreds of thousands of dollars has backed multiple Cthulhu projects. I have invited Dave Sokolowski (@sokolowskidave) to explain…
Backing for a Buck - Building a Fan base on Kickstarter Ep 167
Oct 23, 2013 • 19 min
Backers are always worth more than the money they provide for a project. Roger Hicks has created a Back it for a Buck campaign to help Kickstarter projects expand their base to backers willing to pledge a $1 dollar. Listen in as we discuss the strategy…
Ep 166 Crowdfund Insider Director Charles Luzar on Funding the Dream
Oct 15, 2013 • 23 min
Charles Luzar is Director of as well as a member of the PR committee for the Crowdfunding Professional Association and a member of the CF 50, a Global Think Tank of Crowdfunding Industry Experts. We discuss equity-based crowdfunding…
Ep 165 With Devin Thorpe Your Mark on the World
Oct 14, 2013 • 21 min
Devin Thorpe is the author of the crowdfunding book, Your Mark on the World, and the host of the Social Enterprise & Crowdfunding Conference in Snowbird, UT. He joins me to discuss the coming changes in Equity-based crowdfunding as well as…
Ep 164 Aldo Ghiozzi Kickstarter impact on Boardgame retailers
Oct 10, 2013 • 19 min
Kickstarter and Table Top Gaming have a close relationship. Aldo Ghiozzi, Owner of Impressions, a Table Top Gaming Distribution company, discusses the impact of Kickstarter on the retails and distribution channels of board games and RPGs.He and I…
Ep 163 London Whisperer returns to tell us who’s NOT dead.
Oct 3, 2013 • 18 min
Laurence O’Brien, the London Whisperer, returns to talk about Camelot: The Build and how old is becoming new and most of those old game designers from the 80s are still around. We have a fun time, come join us.
Ep 162 Pre-Launch Prep on Kickstarter with Jeremy Burnham
Oct 2, 2013 • 18 min
Hitting the Launch button on your Kickstarter campaign is usually the last thing you do in the long build up to your campaign. Jeremy Burnham shares the extensive prep that went into their launch of Stack & Attack, currently running on Kickstarter
Ep 161 Sojourner Tales with Tracy Hickman -Planning beyond your Kickstarter Project
Sep 26, 2013 • 18 min
Tracy Hickman joins me for Episode 161 of Funding the Dream on Kickstarter to discuss the importance of planning beyond the project. Your preparation leading up to your project launch must also take into consideration the bigger picture of what happens…
Ep 160 Being the Best and Facing the Dip
Sep 24, 2013 • 18 min
Every Kickstarter project faces a dip in the middle. It is the time between the beginning and the end where backers and money slow to a trickle. It is also the time when you have to decide to keep going or cancel the project.It is called the Dip and I…
Ep 159 Building Your Personal Brand Online
Sep 19, 2013 • 19 min
This episode covers the 3 P’s of Online Branding. We discuss how to become famous and to build your personal brand. Just you and I talking about to use Social Media to build up your identity. And of course, how it helps your Kickstarter campaign
Ep 158 Marital Bliss - When you think you’re ready but your not on Kickstarter
Sep 17, 2013 • 19 min
There is a lot of preparation for a Kickstarter campaign. But even when you think you are ready, you still may not be. Nick and Nicole Fink talk about their project and the unexpected delay days before their planned launch.
Ep 157 Jamey Stegmaier of Stonemaier Games - Success on Kickstarter
Sep 12, 2013 • 24 min
Funding the Dream returning guest, Jamey Stegmaier, co-owner of Stonemaier Games, joins me to discuss finding success on Kickstarter. We talk about building a fan base and the amount of time and work to be successful with attracting your fans.
Ep 156 Getting your game ready for Kickstarter Guest Tim Duong
Sep 10, 2013 • 19 min
For this episode I reach out into the Twitterverse to randomly connect with a fan of the show and a Kickstarter game designer, Tim Duong. We discuss Game Crafter, the process of getting your prototypes made, and the process of testing a game.
Ep 155 Is Kickstarter Broken? Chuck Lawton from Geek Dad
Sep 5, 2013 • 19 min
Chuck Lawton is a contributor to He recently wrote an article called “Kickstarter is Broken and it’s all our fault”. I invited Chuck to come on the show to talk about how Kickstarter is changing, the impact it is having on industries, and…
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 154 Phil Kilcrease - Changing project midstream
Sep 3, 2013 • 19 min
Phil Kilcrease is an experienced Kickstarter Project owner. He shares with us his advice about making changes to a successful campaign to make it a little better. I also share sources of where to go to get Kickstarter advice.
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 153 Bocce Dice Kevin McCarthy
Aug 30, 2013 • 19 min
Kevin used local manufacturing and a creative idea to bring his Bocce Dice game to market. Listen in as he and I discuss his journey that has made it easy for him to deliver a simple idea.
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 150 Richard Bliss 3 Ps of Online Marketing
Aug 29, 2013 • 19 min
How do you find more backers? This is the single most frequent question I’m asked. You do it with the 3 Ps of Online Marketing. Join me for my 150th Episode of Funding the Dream as I discuss what you need to do to find more fans and build your online…
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 152 Landing Mr Right
Aug 29, 2013 • 19 min
Alys and Victoria set about designing a board game around dating. With Newpaper and TV coverage, they have generated a lot of interest in a board game called Landing Mr Right. They refer to it as Therapy in a Box for mature women who find themselves in…
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 151 Phil Kilcrease Game Stores
Aug 29, 2013 • 19 min
Does Kickstarter help or hurt the local hobby game store. The debate is still out there. I’m joined by Phil Kilcrease from Game Night Games to talk about how their store embraces the Kickstarter movement.
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 148 Jarek Smith
Jul 30, 2013 • 19 min
Jarek Smith has created a service to review and video blog about prototype board games. This is needed because many reviewers won’t take a look at a game until it is ready or near-ready for publishing.I’ve invited Jarek on the show to talk about his…
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Josh Githens and the Local Game Store
Jul 30, 2013 • 21 min
Is Kickstarter bad for business for Local Game Stores. Some argue that Kickstarter is a pre-order system that robs customers from the Local Game stores. My guest, Josh Githens, co-owner of Boardwalk in Greenville, SC discusses the impact Kickstarter has…
Funding the Dream Ep 147 Devin Thorpe Author of Crowdfunding for Social Good
Jul 24, 2013 • 19 min
Devin Thorpe is a Forbes Contributor blogging, writing, and speaking about Crowdfunding for Social Good. Using Crowdfunding to bring meaningful change to the world. He has recently written a book called, Crowdfunding for Social Good: Financing Your Mark…
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 146 Doug Morse Adventures Tabletop Part 2
Jun 24, 2013 • 22 min
Doug Morse joins us again to discuss successful tactics to deploy when in the middle of your campaign. His campaign, Adventures on the Tabletop documentary, successfully funded and he shares his insights.
Funding the Dream Ep 145 Three professors research on Crowdfunding
Jun 19, 2013 • 16 min
Three professors, Anindya Ghose, Sunil Wattal, and Gord Burtch, have written a research paper that can be found on SSRN that covers the topic of Crowdfunding.A conversation about the counter intuitive ideas that come from studying crowdfunding
Adventures on the Tabletop - Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 144 with Doug Morse
Jun 7, 2013 • 19 min
Doug Morse is a professional film maker AND he likes board games. Those two passions come together for Adventures on the Tabletop, his documentary about the board game industry. Great conversation with a lot of insights.
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 143 Erick Vallejos
Jun 5, 2013 • 19 min
Erick Vallejos has been a Literary Journalism student at UC-Irvine for the past five years. He approached me a year ago for a radio interview on Crowdfunding and Kickstarter. He graduates this month and we take a few minutes to discuss how Crowdfunding…
Glowing Plant w/Antony Evans Funding the Dream Ep 142
Jun 4, 2013 • 19 min
Some call them Frankenstein plants, but Antony Evans and his team are attempting to combine the DNA from glowing bugs with plants to provide natural light. It sounds crazy and awesome and with ~$500,000 in funding on Kickstarter they have a good shot at…
IndieGoGo and Funding the Dream: Ep 141 Shadow The Movie with Autumn McAlpin
May 30, 2013 • 19 min
Autumn McAlpin took 42 days to create a film and raise money on IndieGoGo. Actors, writers, directors, and other crew all came together in record time. She is my guest and talks about how IndieGoGo made it possible for her to create her film in such a…
Ep 140 Mark MacKinnon Upon a Fable
May 8, 2013 • 18 min
Mark MacKinnon has been in the board game industry a long time. When his first attempt at launching a Kickstarter project wasn’t doing well, he cancelled, adjusted, and relaunched. He discusses the process behind this and why he did it.Mark MacKinnon is…
Kickstarter and Taxes Ep 139
Apr 17, 2013 • 18 min
Does it matter when you fund your Kickstarter project? You bet it does. Take a listen as we discuss the challenges that you face when it comes tax time and you have a Kickstarter project about ready to fund.My guest is John Skeen, CPA and we talk Taxes…
Business Partners and Kickstarter Ep 138 with Patrick Nickell
Apr 9, 2013 • 21 min
Patrick Nickell and I share an open discussion about the delicate nature of handling a partnership that decides to split. He talks about his and I talk about mine. Kickstarter and the unintended consequences of partnerships that don’t last.Oh, and a…
Special Edition Ali Spagnola Power Hour Final Countdown on IndieGoGo
Apr 8, 2013 • 4 min
Ali was just on the show as a guest and comes back in one of our special sponsor slots to talk about her final hours as the project winds down on IndieGoGo. Also, you get to hear some of her fantastic music.Her project is Power Hour Victory Tour on…
Days of Wonder on Kickstarter Ep 137 Small World 2
Apr 5, 2013 • 19 min
Days of Wonder is an established board game and video game company. They have very good reasons for everything they do, including launching then canceling, then relaunching their Small World 2 game on Kickstarter. Listen in as Mark Kaufmann, VP of…
Funding the Dream Ep 136 Ali Spagnola Power Hour Victory Tour
Apr 1, 2013 • 19 min
Ali Spagnola is a talented artist and a fighter. When she was hit with a lawsuit to stop performing and selling her own music, she fought back, and won. Now she is funding a victory tour to celebrate the three year legal battle.
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 135 Jonathan Liu Kicking Back
Mar 28, 2013 • 19 min
Jonathan Liu, writer for GeekDad on, is my guest as we discuss his Kicking Back program. The idea of giving to the Kickstarter community as a backer BEFORE you become a project owner. It is an interesting conversation as we chat with Jonathan…
Undead episode with Zombie House Blitz
Mar 28, 2013 • 7 min
This is a special edition episode as Zombie House Blitz wraps up with still 82% to go. We take a few minutes to check in with Jeremiah Lee to see how he’s holding up.
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 134 Alyssa Faden Torn Armor
Mar 27, 2013 • 19 min
Since Torn Armor launched as a Kickstarter project, it followed the traditional trajectory of lots of funding activity early then a steep drop off. But then they made an adjustment and pulled out of the dive, trending upward for the rest of their…
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 133 David Basulto Talking the iOgrapher
Mar 13, 2013 • 19 min
I love to shoot video and David Basulto has just made it that much easier. Using an iPad Mini and his very cool iOgrapher, you can be decked out like the pros. David shares with us the secrets of filming and the excitement of teaching kids about the new…
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 132 X-Wing Fighters Simon Kwan & Ed Dean
Mar 12, 2013 • 19 min
Two guys in Shanghai decided to fight back against the Empire’s efforts to Kickstart a Death Star. They are our last best hope. Join me as we talk to Simon Kwan and Ed Dean who launched the Rebel X-Wing Kickstarter project. Join the rebellion against…
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 131 Drew Tablak Disney Cast Member
Mar 12, 2013 • 18 min
Drew Tablak sings, dances, and plays instruments while riding a bike as one of Disney’s Dapper Dan’s. He has created a Kickstarter page as a way of connecting with his fans and shares with us how it is to be a Disney cast member and feel that connection…
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 130 Richard Bliss on Crowdfunding
Mar 6, 2013 • 18 min
Kickstarter and Crowdfunding are changing everything they touch. Industries and markets are being turned upside down. The gatekeepers of the past are being replaced by people with a dream connecting directly to people who share that dream. Join me in my…
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 129 Michael Selinker A Maze of Games
Mar 1, 2013 • 19 min
A Kickstarter project that is a game. Not a Kickstarter project to make a game but the project itself is part of the game. Hidden clues, small signs, all leading up to the funding of the project called A Maze of Games with Michael Selinker. You have…
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 127 Lawsuit for failing to deliver
Feb 28, 2013 • 22 min
Kickstarter Project owner successfully funds $35,000 and then announces the project won’t get delivered, pocketing the money. What do you do? If you are Neil Singh, you sue.Neil discusses the circumstances leading up to his suing the project owner who…
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 128 Michael Mindes Tasty Minstel Games
Feb 28, 2013 • 22 min
Michael Mindes has his 8th Kickstarter project currently on running. He provides advice and insight into what is more important, a lot of backers or a lot of money.Listen in as he lets us in on his secrets
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 126 Dana Lombardy Grant Rising
Feb 26, 2013 • 19 min
Scott Pfeiffer answers a quick question about Kickstarter and Non-profits and our guest is Dana Lombardy, creating a book of the military campaigns of Ulysses S. Grant on Kickstarter. We record live from Dundracon
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 125 Josh Githens and Boardwalk
Feb 26, 2013 • 17 min
On-site discussion with a board game store owner. Kickstarter continues to have huge involvement from Boardgamers. 36 new tabletop games this week alone. We sit down with Josh Githens, owner of Boardwalk, and tabletop game store in Greenville, SC to…
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 124 Zombie House Blitz with Jeremiah Lee
Feb 25, 2013 • 19 min
Jeremiah Lee struck gold with his first game called Zombie in my Pocket. He now returns with Zombie House Blitz. I have a conversation about finding success twice and the challenges of designing a great game.
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 123 Jamey Stegmaier
Feb 20, 2013 • 24 min
How to reach out to the media to maximize exposure for your Kickstarter project and how to use Facebook to create demand outside the project. Jamey knows his stuff and after this podcast you are going to be a lot smarter about how to launch a successful…
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 121 Michael Keller City Hall Failure review
Feb 20, 2013 • 20 min
No one likes to fail. But one good failure can teach us more than a dozen successes. Michael Keller generously rejoins the podcast to discuss what went wrong with his very successful board game, City Hall. His Kickstarter project failed to catch on and…
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 122 Howard Tayler Challenge Coins
Feb 20, 2013 • 25 min
My most frequent and popular guest, Howard Tayler, discusses his own Kickstarter project for Schlock Mercenary Challenge Coins. Great advice for setting the value of your project. Listen and be inspired.
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 120 Compounded Darrell Louder
Feb 15, 2013 • 20 min
Compounded is a board game from Dice Hate Me Games created by Darrell Louder for UnPub 1. It has attracted nearly 2,000 backers and $100,000 in funding. We speak with Darrell about how he found himself with a hit game on his hands.
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 119 IndieGoGo with Oogave
Feb 12, 2013 • 19 min
Oogave co-founder , Gannon Merrell, joins me to discuss using crowdfunding platform IndiGoGo to try to save his company. This is an open and frank conversation about using Crowdfunding to rally your fans when things get dire. We appreciate Gannon…
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 118 Josh Githens Boardwalk Game Store
Feb 4, 2013 • 18 min
Why retailers should care about Kickstarter board games. Josh Githens, co-owner of Boardwalk the Game store in Greenville SC, sits down to discuss how he runs his game store and why Kickstarter is important to retailers.
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 117 Pathfinder MMO Ryan Dancey
Jan 29, 2013 • 18 min
Raising $20,000 an hour in the last 10 hours of his campaign, Ryan Dancey with Goblinworks successfully funded over $1 million for the new Pathfinder Online MMO. Ryan shares some of his insights into raising so much money is such a short amount of time.
Funding the Dream Ep 116 Jamey Stegmaier Viticulture
Jan 28, 2013 • 19 min
Who has heard of a money back guarantee for Kickstarter. Jamey Stegmaier thought it was a good idea. He raised $60,000 for his first time project. Listen in on some of his other innovative ideas for your next Kickstarter project
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 115 Story Realms Legal Battle
Jan 18, 2013 • 18 min
Story Realms was a very successful Kickstarter Project. Then, right before they went to print they received a notice of a possible trademark violation. Faced with a lengthy court battle, they had to rename the product. Listen in as Angie Hickman Newnham…
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 114 UnPub 3 with John Moller
Jan 16, 2013 • 19 min
If you have a game idea then you need to be listening to John Moller talk about UnPub 3. His UnPublished Games Convention is destined to be one of the biggest new Cons in the near future and you need to be a part of it. Take a listen as John talks about…
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 113 The Gravity Light with Jim Fullalove
Jan 15, 2013 • 18 min
Crowdfunding can do amazing thing, even change the world. Jim Fullalove from in the UK joins me to discuss the Gravity Light. Launched on IndieGoGo and successfully funded with $400,000.Join our discussion as Jim talks about how…
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 112 Michael Lee and Panda Games
Jan 3, 2013 • 24 min
Michael Lee is the Co-Founder of Panda Games. Panda Games is the number manufacturer of Kickstarter board games. Learn some secrets to getting your board game through the manufacturing process as easy and quickly as possible. Plus a few bonus ideas for…
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 111 Michael Stelzner and Social Media Examiner
Dec 18, 2012 • 21 min
Michael is the founder of Social Media Examiner and is an absolute expert on making social media work for you. He shares some tips and insights on how to maximize social media for your Kickstarter campaign and find success.
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 110 Creating your Message with Rose Spinelli
Dec 17, 2012 • 19 min
Every successful Kickstarter project tells a story. And the most successful are stories with a carefully crafted message. Rose Spinelli and I discuss how to create a message that resonates with your backers and fans to help them become excited and back…
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 109 Making a habit out of Kickstarter
Dec 12, 2012 • 18 min
Robert Burke is on his fourth successful Kickstarter project. Kickstarter has changed his life. Now, when he has an idea, instead of it getting buried in the “Good Idea” bin, he instead puts it into the “Kickstarter Ideas” bin and begins the launch…
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 108 How to price your boardgame
Dec 8, 2012 • 21 min
Setting price is one of the most difficult of tasks and can make or break your game company. Uwe Eickert, CEO of Academy Games, joins us again to go into details about how to determine the best pricing for your board game as a Kickstarter project or…
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 107 Missing $50,000 by $28 dollars
Dec 6, 2012 • 19 min
Dreamquest Games Creative Director, Christopher Williamson, joins me to discuss the massive amounts of coverage they have received for FAILING their Alpha Colony Kickstarter project. Lots of projects fail, but seldom do they fail by $28 after raising…
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 106 Uwe Eickert and Academy Games
Dec 4, 2012 • 22 min
If you are in the board game business, there has been a lot of discussion about why an established company should or should not be using Kickstarter. Uwe Eickert, a very savvy businessman, and owner of Academy Games, spells it out clearly why…
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 105 Keep Running with Michael Fox
Dec 3, 2012 • 21 min
Michael has had success with designing a game and having a publisher put it on Kickstarter. Now he is using the new UK Kickstarter portal to publish his own game called Keep Running
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 104 Condiment Cards
Nov 30, 2012 • 18 min
Condiment Cards Kickstarter Video made me laugh out loud. It was simple, without voice or sound. And I think it is very effective. Come listen to Sheldon and Jeff discuss their project and how easy it was for them to create a video.
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 103 Valley Games and Up Front
Nov 27, 2012 • 20 min
Valley Games dominated Kickstarter in 2012 with D-Day Dice. Now they are back again with Up Front. But all is not without controversy. Come listen to Torben Sherwood discuss the Valley Games and the challenges ahead.
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 102 Crowdfunding Academy Launch
Nov 26, 2012 • 22 min
Cammon Randle and I have launched the Crowdfunding Academy to help people learn how to navigate Crowdfunding and Kickstarter.Take a listen and be sure to sign up for a 1 year membership for the Crowdfunding Academy at
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 101 Michael Keller City Hall
Nov 12, 2012 • 20 min
Any successful Kickstarter project takes planning and organization, something Michael Keller excels at. But even that kind of planning can’t overcome Hurricane Sandy. Michael Keller speaks about some of the challenges of launching City Hall, his…
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 100 David Brin and the Future of Crowds
Nov 11, 2012 • 26 min
David Brin has been writing about crowds and their impact on society for decades. He is a prolific author of hard science fiction and non-fiction. He joins me on Funding the Dream to talk about the battle going on in our society of the idea that crowds…
Funding the Dream Ep 97 Starlit Citadel Reviews on IndieGoGo
Nov 6, 2012 • 22 min
Starlit Citadel Reviews is an IndieGoGo project by Kaja Sadowski and Joanna Gaskell. Their show is a great gamer resource for anyone in the world. They are located in Vancouver BC Canada and talk about IndieGoGo and their ongoing success using the platform
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 99 GeekDad writer Jonathan Liu
Nov 6, 2012 • 22 min
Jonathan Liu has the dream job. He writes for Geek Dad covering the board gaming space. How cool is that? Jonathan joins me on the show to talk about resisting the Kickstarter urge to back all the great game projects.
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 98 Monte Cook and Numenera
Nov 6, 2012 • 21 min
Monte Cook has literally written the book on Role Playing Games. It wasn’t a surprise to anyone that his latest RPG project did well on Kickstarter. The fact that it did more than a $500,000 for a unreleased RPG was a surprise.Monte joins me on the show…
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 96 Catan Official Game Board
Nov 6, 2012 • 20 min
Bill Trammel and Nate Veldcamp had a crazy idea around 1am early morning after playing a long game of Settlers of Catan. The creation of a Catan board to take your Catan game anywhere. Bill and Nate join me to discuss how they struck gold with their…
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 95 3 Ways to promote your Kickstarter Campaign
Oct 19, 2012 • 20 min
Learn 3 new techniques for finding more backers for your Kickstarter campaign. Adam Danielski joins me to discuss three strategies for marketing your Kickstarter campaign to get more backers.
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 94 IndieGoGo with Paco Garcia Jaen
Oct 16, 2012 • 18 min
Paco Garcia Jaen, the creative mind behind GMS Magazine, sits down to discuss his recent project on IndieGoGo. There are important differences between IndieGoGo and Kickstarter, and Paco shares with us how IndieGoGo worked well for his raising funds for…
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 92 Adam Danielski Longer isn’t Better
Oct 10, 2012 • 21 min
Kickstarter gives you up to 60 days to fund your project. Common sense would seem to say that taking the full 60 days, giving you as much time as possible to fund, is the smart move. Adam Danielski is here to tell you why that belief is wrong and can…
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 93 Cengiz Dervis and Laurence O’Brien Again
Oct 10, 2012 • 21 min
Three weeks after launching their Kickstarter project, we check in with my two favorite Brits to see how things are going and to get a sense of how nerve-racking it can be to have a project creeping up on the funding goal. Their project is down to less…
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 91 Sue Shanahan Author Illustrator
Oct 8, 2012 • 19 min
Sue Shanahon is a talented author and illustrator. Her appearance on Oprah was recognition for those talents and her ability to capture the likeness of a person in her work. Sue speaks with us as she goes from zero knowledge to launching a Kickstarter…
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 90 Eric Salyers and Printing in the US
Oct 8, 2012 • 21 min
Break from Reality Games just released Disaster Looms. Eric Slayers, president of Break from Reality Games sits down to discuss the challenges of printing in the USA for board games. Their are pros and their are cons and he touches on each.
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 89 Time of Reflection with Alex Wilson
Oct 5, 2012 • 19 min
Alex Wilson’s Time of Reflection Illustrated story won the prestigious Eagle Award at London Comic-con this year. His project, to print his illustrated book here in the US funded and he shares with us some of the challenges of getting a project printed.
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 88 Kim Vandenbroucke
Oct 2, 2012 • 19 min
Kim Vandenbroucke is a professional blogger and game inventor. No, I’m serious, she does this for a living…and she is very good at it. She joins me to talk about the Toy and Game Inventors conference in Chicago. is the perfect place…
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 87 Endtime Graphic Novel with Tim Kenyon
Oct 1, 2012 • 20 min
Kickstarter is having an impact in the Graphic Novel space. Tim Kenyon discusses the journey necessary to get your Graphic Novel up on Kickstarter and published.
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 86 Cengiz Dervis and The Drake Files
Sep 29, 2012 • 20 min
Meet Cengiz Dervis, a real life Martial-Arts Expert and Weapons Master who has written a gritty Graphic Novel. Laurence O’Brien, the London Whisperer joins me as we discuss how to launch a Kickstarter campaign if you are British and how Cengiz Dervis…
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 85 with Tom Vasal
Sep 26, 2012 • 19 min
Tom Vasal and I don’t see eye to eye on everything. But especially on Kickstarter. We both see the Kickstarter impact from different sides and have a healthy discussion about that. Join Tom Vasal and myself as we discuss the impact of Kickstarter in the…
America’s Fighting Dinosaur with Steve Snoey Ep 84
Sep 23, 2012 • 19 min
Steve Snoey has created a Kickstarter campaign that crosses games and film. Take a lesson as we discuss the impact of Kickstarter on these two industries
Getting your game in stores - Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 83 with Aldo Ghiozzi
Sep 21, 2012 • 20 min
Nearly every board game project on Kickstarter has to address the issue of how to get their board game into game stores and how many copies to print. Aldo Ghiozzi, CEO of Impessions, sits down to talk the numbers and how many copies does an average…
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 82 The Spiel with Stephen Conway
Sep 20, 2012 • 20 min
Seven years is a long time to do anything, but it is a very long time to host a show about board games. The Spiel has become The Show…Audio, Video, and Film…for the board game community. I sit down with Stephen Conway, creator and co-host of The…
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 81 Story Realms and Angie Hickman
Sep 20, 2012 • 20 min
Story Realms game co-designer Angie Hickman shares with us how she and her business partner, Julian Leiberan-Titus, used social media and specifically Twitter, to grow their fan base from nearly zero to a size able to successfully fund a new board game….
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 80 Nicolas Gonda and Tugg
Sep 14, 2012 • 19 min
Crowdfund your Indie film into your local theater. Create virtual film festivals through your local cinema. Learn how Nicolas Gonda has created a process to crowdfund movies and films screenings.
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 78 Matt Strong 3D Printers and Open Source
Sep 4, 2012 • 19 min
Imagine having a Star Trek Replicator in your own home. Okay, maybe we aren’t that far, but 3D printers have come a long way to being a household item. Matt Strong sits down to discuss 3D Printers and Open Source and his project called Tangi-Bot.A 3D…
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 79 Michael Laine Space Elevator
Sep 4, 2012 • 22 min
Michael Laine wants to use Kickstarter to reach the stars. His project is the initial phase of a process to build a space elevator on the moon and then on Earth. His project is fascinating and electrifying.
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 77 How to succeed on Kickstarter
Sep 4, 2012 • 22 min
Chris and Cherilyn Kirkman discuss how to be successful on Kickstarter. The secret is a lot of hard work and good product. They discuss their success with their three Kickstarter projects and the changes happening on Kickstarter
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 76 Matt Forbeck
Aug 29, 2012 • 20 min
Matt Forbeck is making a living on Kickstarter. In 2012 he has launched 4 Kickstarter projects to write 12 novels. And as his fourth project wraps up, he has demonstrated that Kickstarter can be a solid part of a business plan to make a living.
Funding the Dream Across America Ep 75
Aug 28, 2012 • 18 min
Our first stop of the road trip across America was in Ontario California as we spoke with Ta-Te Wu and his project Battle of Red Cliffs
Funding the dream on kickstarter Ep 74 Overcoming fears.m4a
Aug 14, 2012 • 26 min
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 73 Seeking Publishers for The Great Heartland Hauling Co.
Aug 6, 2012 • 20 min
Jason Kotarski, a Pastor in Flint, MI, decided to create a game he could enjoy with his wife. His process of finding a publishers proved to be a more daunting task than he anticipated.
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 72 Tracy Barnett Dealing with Dice
Jul 31, 2012 • 19 min
If you have run a Kickstarter project, you are probably aware of the point when you realize that you have offered a reward that is costing you more than the pledge level…and it usually involves Dice.I sit down with Tracy Barnett to discuss the…
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 71 Tyler James Comix Tribe
Jul 29, 2012 • 21 min
Kickstarter is changing nearly every category it touches. Tyler James, from Comix Tribe, discusses how Kickstarter is affecting the Comic Book industry and how his organizations is working with the new market dynamics.
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 70 Serpent Stones
Jul 26, 2012 • 19 min
Every project experiences the same thing; After the initial launch and enthusiasm the mid project blues set in. Things seem to drag on slowly. We sit down with Robert Harrington to discuss his project and the ways he has found to overcome this mid…
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 69 Uniforge Top This
Jul 16, 2012 • 20 min
Marquis and Lucas from Uniforge talk about the steps to launch Top This, the Pizza Flicking Game
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 68 Go CrowdFund
Jul 13, 2012 • 20 min
PhD Student Michael Greenberg from Northwestern University joins me to talk about his PhD project on crowd funding. A fascinating discussion on Kickstarter and the dynamics of social crowd funding.
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 67 Alien Frontiers iOS
Jul 9, 2012 • 20 min
Alien Frontiers was a top 10 Kickstarter board game in 2010 and Alien Frontiers Faction was a Top 10 Kickstarter board game in 2011. Now in 2012 the iPad version is making its debut on Kickstarter. I sit down with Clint Herron, the game designer, as we…
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 66 Crash Games Lost Dutchman
Jun 28, 2012 • 20 min
Patrick Nickell from Crash Games joins me to talk about lessons learned from a first Kickstarter campaign and how it has been applied to Legend of the Lost Dutchman Mine.
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 65 Eric Salyers Getting Published in the US
Jun 26, 2012 • 20 min
How to print your game in the USA. Eric Salyers talks about his efforts to find a cost effective way to get his game, Disaster Looms, printed in the USA.
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 61 Gary Tyrrell from Fleen
Jun 23, 2012 • 21 min
Gary Tyrrell from describes himself as a pseudo webcomic journalist, a hack, and a blogmonger. I found him to be entertaining and informative, especially since we both got to talk about Kickstarter projects in the game and webcomic spaces.
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 64 Gary Gagnon Remyxx Shoes
Jun 21, 2012 • 20 min
He appeared on Shark Tank with his Recyclable Tennis Shoe idea called Remyxx and then launched his Kickstarter campaign to coincide with the broadcast. Gary Gagnon shares his experience of bringing his Kickstarter project to life through massive amounts…
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 63 with Seth Godin
Jun 20, 2012 • 19 min
Seth Godin is a guest on Funding the Dream on Kickstarter and shares his thoughts and ideas on the power of Kickstarter and the success of his own project, The Icarus Deception.
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 62 Ace of Spies and the London Whisperer
Jun 19, 2012 • 17 min
The London Whisperer sits down with Michael Fox live in LONDON to talk about the creation of Ace of Spies. The episode is recorded a few hours before the Ace of Spies Kickstarter project ends.
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 60 Traveller 5 w/Marc Miller
Jun 15, 2012 • 19 min
Traveller 5 Ultimate edition with Marc Miller. Traveller showing that the old dogs still have plenty of bite. Marc Miller, creator of Traveller checks in to talk about Kickstarter and its impact on bring the creator and the fan in touch.
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 59 Zombicide and Sedition Wars
Jun 13, 2012 • 18 min
Zombicide and Sedition Wars have raised over $1 million dollars for CoolMiniOrNot in just the past six weeks on Kickstarter. I sit down with David Doust, co-founder of CoolMiniOrNot and talk about their success and how they find themselves with two…
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 58 GAME-O-GAMI Goblins Drool
Jun 11, 2012 • 21 min
David Sanhueza joins me on Funding the Dream to discuss the unique approach to his Kickstarter campaign called Goblin’s Drool Fairies Rule.
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 57 with AJ Porfirio
Jun 7, 2012 • 23 min
AJ and I sit down to discuss our differences of opinion on the board game distribution process.
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 56 Holiday Wars with Scott King
May 17, 2012 • 19 min
If at first you don’t succeed, relaunch. Holiday Wars creator Scott King shares with us what he did to relaunch his project to success.
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 55 Game Salute Dan Yarrington
May 16, 2012 • 20 min
Dan Yarrington joins me on Funding the Dream to talk about Game Salute’s approach to working with successful game projects on Kickstarter
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 54 Steve Jackson and Ogre
May 4, 2012 • 22 min
Early in the launch of Ogre on Kickstarter, I sat down with Steve Jackson and had a discussion about his hopes for his project Ogre and what he thought of Kickstarter.
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 53 Albino Dragon and Mr White
May 2, 2012 • 19 min
The London Whisperer hosts this episode of Funding the Dream on Kickstarter and talks to the founders of Albino Dragon and the names behind Mr White.
Funding the Dream Ep 52 Titans of Industry
Apr 30, 2012 • 19 min
First time game designer, Brian Lews and Gozer Games sit down with the Game Whisperer to talk about how to find success on Kickstarter. Sometimes all it takes is a random meeting and a touch of passion.
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 51 Bob Allen and PAX Revenge
Apr 25, 2012 • 22 min
The results of the PAX East event.
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 50 Richard Bliss Speaks Out
Apr 23, 2012 • 20 min
Welcome to the 50th Episode of Funding the Dream on Kickstarter. This episode is just you and me talking about the state of the industry and the tsunami that is coming. The board game industry system is broken and a tsunami is coming that is going to…
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 49 Farmageddon revisited
Apr 20, 2012 • 21 min
In this episode we have Phil Kilcrease and Grant Rodiek return to discuss the success they had with Farmageddon and what led to their success. Great lessons learned about things that work and things that don’t work in a Kickstarter project.
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 48 Pulling the Plug on $16,000
Apr 14, 2012 • 20 min
Jon Karis knows miniatures. He has been collecting 60mm figures for a decade and has a very large collection. He launched his Kickstarter campaign to create his own line and his campaign was a success, with over $16,000 in funding. Then, with less than…
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 47 Wasteland 2 Raising Millions and Kicking it Forward
Apr 4, 2012 • 19 min
Imagine asking for nearly $1 million dollars for a project on Kickstarter and having your fans give you double that number. That is the reality that Brian Fargo is living in at the moment with his Kickstarter project, Wasteland 2. He talks with us about…
Ep 46 Cards Against Humanity on Kickstarter to Amazon Best Seller with Max Temkin
Mar 30, 2012 • 20 min
Cards Against Humanity was one of the top board game Kickstarter projects in 2011. It raised $15k in January of 2011, a lot back then but now a modest success in the current environment. But Max and team chose to make Cards Against Humanity available…
Funding the Dream Ep 45 Kickstarter Worst-case success
Mar 29, 2012 • 20 min
Each Kickstarter owner dreams of seeing their project reach its funding goal so that they can begin to fund their project. But all pledge money is not equal. You need to look at your Worst-case success and plan for the cost of raising funds on…
Funding the Dream Ep 44 with Sarah Palmero and Pizza Theory Mom
Mar 27, 2012 • 21 min
I recently presented a Kickstarter workshop at ConquestSAC in Sacramento. There I met Sarah Palmero who I invited to come on the show to talk about her Kickstarter project, Dragon Undone.In addition, I sat down and interviewed the mother of the…
Funding the Dream Ep 43 Live from London Guest Host Laurence O’Brien
Mar 16, 2012 • 19 min
Guest Host Laurence O’Brien sits down with our mystery guest to discuss their latest kickstarter project. Topics range from funding levels, rewards, stretch goals, and the humbling experience of being supported by a community.
Funding the Dream Ep 42 Kickstarter Tax answer and Interview with Fleet
Mar 15, 2012 • 20 min
John Skeen answers a quick Kickstarter Tax question about Hobby vs Inc. I’m playing Cartoona at my house and losing regularly to my 6 year old. Kickstarter board game projects cross $1 million in funding for 2012. And we sit down with the Fleet creators…
Funding the Dream Ep 41 with Tracy Hickman
Mar 14, 2012 • 20 min
Tracy is best known as the co-author of the Dragonlance series. He is an International and New York Times Best Selling Author. Tracy has been involved in the game industry for decades and shares his insights on how Kickstarter is changing the…
Funding the Dream Ep 40 with Peter Adkison, Owner of Gen Con
Mar 9, 2012 • 20 min
In the first six weeks of 2012, RPGs represented more than 1/3 of all successful Kickstarter game projects. RPGs successfully raised more than $100,000 in funding. I sit down with Peter Adkison, Owner of Gen Con and former CEO of Wizards of the Coast….
Funding the Dream Ep 39 The Presidential Game A non-traditional approach
Mar 7, 2012 • 22 min
The Presidential Game holds the distinction of being the board game with the largest initial request for funding and still successfully funding. They started off asking for $35,000. With an extremely unique approach they are a hair-breath away from…
Funding the Dream Ep 38 Kickstarter & the Law with Scott Pfeiffer
Mar 6, 2012 • 22 min
Scott Pfeiffer, an attorney with Pfeiffer, Gleaton, Wyatt, & Hewitt, discusses the legal issues surrounding Kickstarter and why some of the rules are in place concerning funding and pledges. Also discussed are some of the issues to be aware of…
Funding the Dream Ep 37 Kickstarter & Taxes with John Skeen CPA
Mar 2, 2012 • 22 min
Kickstarter & Taxes. We become so thrilled with the idea of raising the money that we sometimes may overlook the reality of dealing with the taxes and business side of Kickstarter.CPA John Skeen chats with us about the things to think about as a new…
Funding the Dream Ep 36 Is Kickstarter good for the hobby?
Feb 29, 2012 • 21 min
Kickstarter has poured more than $2 million dollars of funding into the board game industry in the past year. Normally this would be seen as a tremendous benefit to the market, the industry, and the consumers. But there is a segment of the board game…
Funding the Dream Ep 35 with Richard Borg
Feb 27, 2012 • 22 min
Richard Borg has been successfully designing board games for 27 years. His first game won the Spiel des Jahres award, allowing him to quick his job of after 25 years and become a full-time game designer. He has contented to be successful and prolific,…
Funding the Dream Ep 34 VivaJava with Chris and Cherilyn from Dice Hate Me Games
Feb 22, 2012 • 23 min
The Midas couple is what I call them. Dice Hate Me Chris and Cherilyn sit down to talk about their success on Kickstarter with VivaJava as well as the changes that have occurred in the Kickstarter community since August of 2011 when they launched their…
Funding the Dream Ep 33 with Kim Vandenbroucke
Feb 21, 2012 • 22 min
You think you want to make a living inventing board games? Let me introduce you to Kim Vandenbroucke who has the envious job of doing just that. She has become so prolific as a game designer, sometimes she develops one new game concept a day.Listen in…
Funding the Dream Ep 32 Live from Dundracon with Aldo Giozzi
Feb 20, 2012 • 12 min
I sit down at Dundracon with Aldo Giozzi from Impressions and talk about how to get your Kickstarter game on to store shelves. Aldo has been in the business for many years and spends his full time as a distributor for the board game industry. Some of…
Funding the Dream Ep 31 with Cindy Au from Kickstarter.m4a
Feb 17, 2012 • 24 min
Cindy Au is the Community Director for Kickstarter. She has been with Kickstarter for two years and shares some of her background with the company. She also talks about the impact the board game community has had on Kickstarter themselves.Don’t forget…
Funding the Dream Ep 30 NY Toy Fair 2012 Special Edition
Feb 13, 2012 • 17 min
This episode is recorded live at the New York Toy Fair. We chat with Indie Board and Games, Stratus Games, and PSI about the show and Kickstarter.
Funding the Dream Ep 29 Genegrafter $14k successfully funded with Erik Dahlman
Feb 10, 2012 • 20 min
We sit down in the studio with Erik Dahlman, creator of Genegrafter, to discuss how he arrived at the position of having a successful game on Kickstarter.
Funding the Dream Ep 28 Going Cardboard Documentary with Lorien Green
Feb 3, 2012 • 20 min
Lorien Green had a crazy idea. She decided she wanted to produce a film documentary on the board game industry. She begged her family for a video camera for Christmas, and then, without any formal training, set off on a 3 year adventure to document the…
Funding the Dream Ep 27 Launch of Farmageddon on Kickstarter
Feb 1, 2012 • 21 min
Farmageddon, the game designed by Grant Rodiek and Phil Kilcrease from game publisher of Fifth Street Games, talk about their new Kickstarter campaign. Listen to Grant and Phil discuss how they brought the game to market and how Kickstarter is changing…
Funding the Dream Ep 26 Hero Games RPG Steven Long
Jan 31, 2012 • 23 min
Hero Games is finding success on Kickstarter with their latest project, Book of the Empress. Steven Long, co-owner of Hero Games, sits down with us to discuss the process of bringing an RPG to life on Kickstarter
Funding the Dream Ep 25 S2 - For the Win with Michael Mindes from Tasty Minstrel Games
Jan 30, 2012 • 21 min
Michael Mindes and I sit down to discuss their latest approach to finding success on Kickstarter with For the Win. Michael has some interesting ideas and insights on how to be successful on Kickstarter.
Funding the Dream Ep 24 S2 Jumping into Kickstarter
Jan 24, 2012 • 21 min
In Ep 24 we chat with Mark Baker, creator of 5 to Close, a word lover card game. Mark brings an interesting insight to his Kickstarter experience. He read about Kickstarter, looked at their website, and launched his campaign all within a few weeks. For…
Funding the Dream Ep 23 Kickstarter in 2012
Jan 23, 2012 • 22 min
What success does Kickstarter hold for game projects in 2012? Listen to Richard Bliss and Laurence O’brien as we cover the trends emerging for Kickstarter game projects in 2012.
Funding the Dream Ep 22 Season 2 Episode 6
Jan 11, 2012 • 21 min
Howard Tayler from Schlock Mercenary spends 20 minutes with us talking about the changes in attitude and expectations concerning Kickstarter now that his project has set a record as the #2 All-time highest funded board game project on Kickstarter
Ep 21 S2:E5 Game Salute Guest
Jan 10, 2012 • 21 min
Getting the money for your Kickstarter project is a major step. Getting your game onto game store shelves is the ultimate goal. Dan Yarrington, founder of Game Salute, talks about helping successfully funded Kickstarter projects get their games into the…
Ep 20 Season 2 Kickstarter shares their own stats
Jan 9, 2012 • 21 min
Kickstarter sent out a document that shows how they raised $99 million dollars in 2011 and which categories the projects funded. We also cover some new game Kickstarter projects that you might want to follow.
Funding the Dream Ep19 S2:E3 Last Chance Projects
Jan 6, 2012 • 22 min
We cover projects that are ending soon that you may want to take a look at before they end. Also, The London Whisperer joins me to talk about Kickstarting Funding the Dream
Funding the Dream Ep 18 S2:E2 Kickstarter as a disruptive innovation
Jan 5, 2012 • 21 min
Kickstarter is fundamentally changing the board game industry. We cover in depth the changes and why they are happening. 20 minutes because you’re in a hurry and we all would rather being playing board games
Funding the Dream - Ep 17 S2:E1 2011 Year in Review
Jan 4, 2012 • 21 min
The Kickstarter Podcast for Boardgamers starts its 2nd Season with a year in review for 2011. $2 million in funding. Who saw that coming?
Funding the Dream Kickstarter Podcast Ep 16 S1:E16
Jan 1, 2012 • 24 min
Our last episode of 2011 is with Patrick Nickell from Crash Games who successfully funded Rise! At the halfway mark in their campaign he switched tactics and found success.
Funding the Dream Ep 15 with Dice Hate Me
Dec 30, 2011 • 23 min
The team at Dice Hate Me Games joins The Game Whisperer to talk about the year of the Independent, Game Crafter, and being successful with your Kickstarter project. Great insights from two great guests.
Funding the Dream Ep 13 Tasty Minstrel Games Michael Mindes.m4a
Dec 20, 2011 • 22 min
Funding the Dream Ep 12 Self-Publishing after Kickstarter
Dec 15, 2011 • 26 min
What do you do with all the money a successful Kickstarter project sends your way? Byron Collins of Collins Epic Wargames discusses the reality of what you must deal with when publishing your own game.
Funding the Dream Ep 11 D-Day Dice with Laurence O’Brien
Dec 13, 2011 • 21 min
We cover the numbers for November and December and talk about the success of D-Day Dice
Funding the Dream Ep 10 with INGRI:DAHL co-founder Kine Paulsen
Dec 9, 2011 • 16 min
Kine Paulsen, co-founder of INGRI:DAHL joins us on the podcast to talk about getting started and setting up a company and how Kickstarter is allowing them to expand their line of stylish 3-D Glasses
Funding the Dream - Ep 8 Improving the Kickstarter experience
Dec 6, 2011 • 22 min
Finding new Kickstarter projects can be a challenge on the Kickstarter Webpage. I discuss these challenges with Chris James, Founder of Stratus Games.
Funding the Dream Ep 9 Top 10 Board Game Geek Kickstarter List with Doug Click
Dec 5, 2011 • 22 min
Doug Click maintains the Top 10 Most funded board game projects on Board Game Geek. We speak with him about the growth of Board Game projects on Kickstarter
Funding the Dream Kickstarter Mistakes with Thomas Rushing Ep 6
Nov 30, 2011 • 17 min
They say learning from mistakes is much more valuable than learning from success. Thomas Rushing joins us to talk about some of the mistakes made in their Kickstarter Project Time Flux and what they have done to fix them.
Funding the Dream - Word of Mouth Marketing
Nov 30, 2011 • 22 min
Kickstarter success is all about WOM, Word of Mouth Marketing. Listen in as the discussion focuses on how to manage a Word of Marketing campaign
Funding the Dream - Kickstarter Project If I’m Going Down
Nov 14, 2011 • 22 min
This episode is with A.J. Porfirio, creator of If I’m Going Down. A.J. successfully raised more than $10,000 for his Kickstarter projects and shares some of the things he did to be sucessful
Funding the Dream - Matt Forbeck Episode 3
Nov 11, 2011 • 22 min
A Game Whisperer Podcast for Kickstarters. This episode I’m joined by Matt Forbeck, author, game designer, and creator of the Kickstarter Project 12 for 12 from his work of Brave New World
Funding the Dream - Howard Tayler Episode 2
Nov 9, 2011 • 23 min
Funding the Dream - A Game Whisperer Podcast for Kickstarters talks about how to launch a successful campaign. This episode is with Howard Tayler, creator of Schlock Mercenary, a web comic strip that has run daily for 11 years. Howard’s game, Schlock…
Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 1
Nov 7, 2011 • 22 min
Our first episode of Funding the Dream. We talk about key elements of being successful on Kickstarter. We cover the top 10 funded games and the games that are currently scheduled to end this week.