A Springfield game maker with a handful of successful Kickstarter campaigns under his belt is back with a new crowdfunding campaign promising plenty of puns and party lingo.
Hebanon Games owner Caleb Stokes yesterday launched a Kickstarter for his new project called Party Fowl: The Game of Drunk Ducks.
Already, the tabletop game raised $10,372 with 214 backers as of 10:20 a.m. on its second day. It has 29 days to go with a $14,000 goal.
Given Stokes’ history, there’s little doubt as to whether the game will be funded. Through Hebanon Games, he also successfully crowdfunded Red Markets in 2016 and No Security: Horror Scenarios in the Great Depression in 2012. He also worked on Arc Dream Publishing’s successful No Soul Left Behind in 2014.
Party Fowl, co-created with Spencer Harris and KC Green, appears to be Stokes’ most light-hearted game to date. According to the Kickstarter page, the game came about via drunken ramblings on Stokes’ and Harris’ online podcast called “The Mixed Six Podcast.”
The game is billed — pun intended — as a “card-based, light strategy game with area control mechanics on a modular board.” Art assets depict ducks getting messed up on alcohol and drugs at parties, with the gameplay ultimately leading to the player dominating the party through “conversation” cards and other moves, or “quacktions.”
Stokes and crew are bringing a hearty sense of humor to this venture, while also tapping into what’s been documented as a lucrative industry.
A January article by Polygon reported tabletop game earnings on Kickstarter totaled roughly $137.8 million in 2017, a more than $36 million increase from 2016. There were nearly 400 more successful tabletop games on the crowdfunding platform, and the average game raised $65,418.
Party Fowl is obviously a labor of love, and it’s exciting and encouraging to watch creative efforts led by Springfieldians become successful.
Local developer plans renovations after investing $5 million in foreclosed property acquisitions.
How do you develop your company's core values? Mark Struckhoff and Michele Delcoure, both with Council of Churches discuss how they did it and the importance of why you should. Ask the Experts is a monthly series in cooperation with Springfield Business Journal. This is sponsored content.
As employees are more mobile and have a desire to work from home, Haden Long owner of Ellecor, explains office spaces are trending towards a more home-like feel. Things like shared work spaces, office pets, and cozy furnishings allow employees to be selective about where they work and become more effective as a result.
Every industry has to navigate trend shifts, but Scott Shotts of Missouri Spirits describes the changes in beverage industry as anarchy. Tried-and-true spirits rules are being ignored. Learn how the local distillery balances following the trends for product development with taking risks.
Kevin Wyas, founder of ECRI, started his first business at the age of 19, ran the business for 16 years before selling it. He recognizes the benefits of starting a business so young when he had relatively little to lose. "The stress and the uncertainty of this would be crippling," he says for somebody accustomed to a regular paycheck.
ighty percent of questions are common across industries, so you don't need industry-specific experience to do effective market research according to Debra Kassarjian, independent consultant and owner of DKInsights. As a matter of fact, she thinks there is a great deal to be gained from exchanging ideas outside of your industry.
Danny Collins, 37 North founder and guide, says the biggest leap they took in the first year was to purchase a vehicle. That major financial investment, however, allowed them to provide their outdoor guide services at a price point they felt was more appropriate.
Springfield Diner owner Ömer Önder sits down with a restaurant consultant who starts challenging the menu offerings."No bashful food." The blunt conversation is the launching off point to determine how the Mediterranean influence will affect the young restaurant's offerings in the future. Made to Order is an ongoing sbjLive documentary series in collaboration with Springfield Business Journal tracking the rebranding of a local restaurant.
Haden Long, owner of Ellecor, opened a retail home decor business five years ago in a traditional retail space. When the interior design side of the business took off, she decided to renovate a 100-year old bungalow to better show off product samples and installations.
Scott Shotts, partner with Missouri Spirits, says when they started in 2011 there were approximately 300 distilleries in the U.S. and now there are more than 3,000 so competition has grown significantly. Diversification of their business model has helped them succeed.
Matthew Blystone of Theta Float Spa had the financial means to start the unique business, but used crowdsourcing for pre-orders to determine market interest in addition to gathering a nice cash reserve before opening.