Jeff, Lee, and Kyle welcome you to the fifty seventh episode of the Happy Mitten Podcast.Topics for this episode include the board games they’re currently playing, the recent Aether Magic update, and their recent call to action to those interested in promoting their game or brand by *sponsoring the Happy Mitten Podcast. *
Publish a game that you would like to own and assume there are others like you. A reasonable statement, but merely a sentence in what needs to be a larger success “story.” That first sentence could be Happy Mitten’s motto for Aether Magic. We took an interactive, wonderfully designed game and tailored it in the ways that felt right to us, while carefully listening to the guidance of our play testers along the way. We then combined those elements with the talents of a fabulous illustrator and were left with an awesome game that we could stand behind. We constructed a terrific sentence, but our Kickstarter results proved we were missing what was needed for our success “story.”
People often spend time on activities few else find interesting. I feel they do it because they have an unrelenting desire inside them to do that thing. For no obvious reason, that thing is what they need to do otherwise they would not be able to function, they would die. Some people can mesh their passions with a business endeavor and accomplish spectacular things, but that typically does not happen. It doesn’t happen because a person can not create a business in which their work is convincing others that what they’re doing is great. Some ideas resonate, but most do not. Business owners should be listening to what people need first and identify the skills they possess that can satisfy that need in a great way.
As proud as we are of Aether Magic, when we withdrew the campaign on March 10th, we raised enough to sell two hundred units. Two hundred units is far short of a reasonable print run of fifteen hundred units. The results revealed that we were not satisfying a demand, we were convincing others that they should have a demand. If we re-launched an improved campaign today and were hypothetically able to triple our success, that would still leave us with roughly nine hundred units in storage that we would be pressured to sell as the warehousing costs eat away at our potential income. After re-grouping, Jeff, Lee, and I have mutually decided not to go forward with an Aether Magic re-launch. It was a difficult decision for us to make, but one that was needed.
As Happy Mitten continues, we want to improve the elements of our company that people are responding to. The feedback we’ve collected from you (our audience), reveals to us that our podcast has been the community’s favorite part of what we do. So, we will go with the flow and focus on making our podcast the best it can be while we evaluate our opportunities to improve the industry we love.
In order to ease our time and financial burdens, for the first time ever we are now opening up our podcast to select, company sponsors. Our sponsors will be promoted by the three of us at the beginning and end of our episodes. While we are exploring the idea of making this a Kickstarter campaign, we would like to present the opportunity to you guys before anyone else. If you are interested in joining the first group of companies to sponsor our participating Dice Tower Network podcast to utilize Happy Mitten’s audience in promoting your brand, please contact us using our form *HERE*.
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In this episode…
Happy Mitten Games is joined by friend and board game designer, Matt Worden. When Happy Mitten began accepting game submissions for our debut game, Matt’s prototype, “For Goods and Honor,” stood out among the rest due to the games rich player interaction and approachability. After demoing the game with friends, we knew we had a special game and with Matt’s guidance, slowly refined the prototype into “Aether Magic,” On Kickstarter Now. Since the launch of Aether Magic’s kickstarter, Matt has gone the extra mile with what he’s obligated to do. Matt wrote about “The Magic Sauce” of Aether Magic and Aether Magic’s “Clever Spell Casting” on his website, and took the time to design a proper two player variant for the game when backers demanded it. Partnering with a talented designer that is able to help with game promotion and continuously add value to the project has been a best case scenario. We’re excited to have Matt on our 54th episode of the Happy Mitten Podcast to discuss Aether Magic, board game design, and Matt’s upcoming projects.
Aether Magic is on Kickstarter now! Check out the project HERE and make sure to share!
Matt Worden Games
In this unique episode…
The three of us are literally working on finalizing things the night before we launched, and you’re in the moment with us. We were up super late into the night making sure everything was ready to go. Then, cut to the day of launch and Kyle joined us via speakerphone while we hit the LAUNCH button. Later that day we reconvened to talk about how we were feeling so far. Enjoy this unusual episode as a fly on the wall during our Aether Magic Kickstarter launch.
In this episode…
The three of us were interviewed by Grand Con’s co-founder, the creator of Grand Gaming Academy, and friend, Marc Specter. At a time when Jeff, Lee, and I were new admirers of board games, we were fortunate to get introduced to Marc. Marc invited the three of us to be a part of the Grand Gaming Academy and through that organization, we were properly introduced to the board game community and plenty of incredible board games. Throughout the Happy Mitten Podcast, we have been lucky to talk to a fraction of the awesome people in our industry, but never have WE been interviewed. Marc expressed interest in interviewing us in the past and the opportunity felt right for our fiftieth episode and upcoming game. Marc asked thoughtful questions and is clearly a natural speaker. We hope you enjoy getting to know more about Happy Mitten and the “road” we took to get Aether Magic on Kickstarter this February.
Aether Magic is launching on Kickstarter early this February. We hope you take a moment to check out what we’ve been spending our time on and invite you to join us on our journey HERE.