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Why I Play Boardgames

My Dad is a retired policeman.  Just around the time personal computers were first made available, he was injured in the line of duty and received a compensation payout.  Newly married, finances were tight and the payout was significant.  He went straight out and blew it all on his first computer: the TRS-80.  My Mum wasn’t happy!

Once I realised that you could play games on this machine though, I thought my Dad had made an excellent decision!  I can still remember playing Donkey Kong and an unfortunately named side-scrolling shooter on the monochrome, green-and-black screen.  This was before the Spectrum or the IBM PC.  They didn’t even have floppy disks at that point.

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What is Kickstarter?

As a new publisher, we’re planning to use Kickstarter.  If you’ve not heard of Kickstarter, it’s a crowd-funding platform.  The basic idea is that ‘creators’ present a concept for a project that they need help bringing to life.  It might be a book, a dress, a film, a robot, a boardgame – creators are only limited by their imagination.

Creators are supposed to progress their idea as far as possible before launching their Kickstarter project (although in the early days, many projects launched with little more than a bright idea).  Usually the primary driver for launching a project is to raise funds, but as I have discovered, there can (and should) be a lot more to it than that.

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