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Another record year for tabletop games on Kickstarter

Kickstarter had another record year for tabletop games funding, as reported on Medium.

The appearance of Gamefound (which I only discovered via the recent Ravaged Star project) didn’t stop 2021 from being Kickstarter’s biggest year ever in terms of tabletop games. The full article has more charts than the one above, which also provide a breakdown of what funding tabletop projects typically attract.

I was about to write that I didn’t fund any projects last year, but then I remembered this one:

I haven’t taken delivery of the paint set as yet, but the most recent update assured backers that things are still on course for a March 2022 delivery date. Can I just say that if these paints reactivate after you let them dry and then paint back over them I will be sure to point that out in my review?

The relatively poor performance of video games on crowdfunding platforms is interesting. I expect it is due to both the longer lead times between funding and production, along with the higher floor of funding needed for a videogame to go ahead. Maybe it’s just that indie games launching via Steam or console stores is a more reliable method. Whatever the reason videogames are a tiny proportion of tabletop games.

Certainly the future of tabletop games being produced via crowdfunding looks bright.

4 comments on “Another record year for tabletop games on Kickstarter

  1. 6mmwargames
    February 25, 2022

    Very interesting. Its good to see that a lot of smaller (probably niche) KS’s are almost half the total money spent.

    Liked by 2 people

    • davekay
      February 25, 2022

      Yes, for now at least Kickstarter is good for smaller projects and not just for the multi-million dollar smash hits.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. The Solo Meeple
    March 3, 2022

    It will be interesting to see if the trend continues, as delivery costs start to take their toll.
    I’ve been put off a lot of recent projects because I think they’re starting to become too overpriced at basic pledge. Some try and throw the kitchen sink in and expect everyone to want it, but I’d prefer to see basic pledges scaled back some.
    The other issue I have is delivery charges. I’ve been interested in some projects but then the postage has been almost the same as the pledge!
    I’ve started to turn back to retail, and I find that by the time some of these games have released, I’ve lost interest anyway, so a few bucks saved🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • davekay
      March 3, 2022

      Yes it would not surprise me to see some projects fail to deliver where they are underestimating the cost of shipping

      Liked by 1 person

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