I plan on trying out kickstarter to see if I can fund manufacturing Crazier Eights, and there are different options. I will make sure that people who pledge enough money get the product, but there are still some interesting options:
- I could manufacture the game with a major manufacturer (such as admagic) and mass produce the game, but it could take 3-4 months for people to get the product, I would have to convert the images to CMYK, and I would have to mail everyone the product on my own. The motivation for using this option is that the costs are lower, so I could make sure people who pledge $19 get the item (a 52 card deck), and higher quantities would come at a discount.
- I could manufacture the game with The Gamecrafter (a print on demand company), but the product would be more expensive. On the bright side everyone could get the product in two or three weeks, no color conversion would be necessary, and they have a bulk order fulfillment program that would save me a lot of time (and money). I could make sure anyone who pledge $24 get one copy of the item (a 52 card deck), and higher quantities would come at a discount.
- I could manufacture the game with The Gamecrafter and make sure anyone who pledges $29 gets one copy of the item, and twice as many cards would be included in every box (104 cards), which is enough for a six player game.
Even if the game is manufactured with The Gamecrafter, I hope to do a second print run with a company like AdMagic. That would likely require sufficient funding, though.
Edit: Looks like the Gamecrafter also offers free promotion for the game if you use them. More information on Gamecrafter Crowdfunding can be found here.
Which of these three options would you prefer?