2014-04-15 : Cultivating Your Audience with Love
Graham Charles came to me in a dream last night and explained to me that while he knew I didn't mean to be rude, I was being, yes, a little unforgivable.
So, my friends, please let me set aside my frustrated and impatient ideology. I've been where you are now! I started from zero too, with big dreams and nobody listening. Let's talk about how to get your games the attention they deserve.
NDP said some good things yesterday, I think:
Think about what you can succeed at doing. Maybe it's a playable draft, maybe it's a complete game, maybe it's going to a convention and running the hell out of your game, maybe it's blog posts about the theory behind your choices. Success breeds success. The only thing that broadens your audience is putting material out there. What material can you generate that is honest, strong and worthwhile? (Hyperbole and marketing-ese gets you nowhere)
I can tell you that the first time I ever put out a call for playtesters, it was for Dogs in the Vineyard in 2004. By then I'd been publishing games and game drafts for free at the Forge for two or three years. Without kill puppies for satan, Before the Flood, Matchmaker, Otherkind, Chalk Outlines, Hungry Desperate and Alone, Toward One, and I forget what maybe else, nobody would have given Dogs in the Vineyard the attention it needed.
Am I being rude again? I can't help it! Somebody help me out. How can you cultivate an audience for your games without being an ass like Vincent?
1. On 2014-04-15, Tim Ralphs said:
2. On 2014-04-15, Vincent said:
3. On 2014-04-15, John Harper said:
JC go "Trust John on this"*
FL go "Can I do that too please?"
*click in for more
4. On 2014-04-16, Tim Ralphs said:
5. On 2014-04-17, Simon C said:
TR go "Interesting!"*
JMMM go "Or maybe it's the title."*
BL go "long titles are less bad than people think that they are"*
PC go "Oh, I disagree with JMMM"*
VB go "Me too."
SS? go "Hey, Simon, where does one get TWSADODITA?"*
SS? go "No worries"*
*click in for more
6. On 2014-04-30, Fang Langford said:
7. On 2014-05-04, Josh W said:
8. On 2014-05-04, Vincent said: