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The Pivot

I am a professional musician who lost a year or more of gigs and bookings, and maybe a career, to the COVID pandemic. When I’m not playing music, I’m playing games. With lots of time on my hands, I’ve been playing A LOT of games. Card games, board games and video games.

I’ve backed many musical crowdsourcing projects for friends and colleagues in the past, but recently I’ve been looking for new, fresh games. I found some really fun projects to back on Kickstarter. It can be a great way to help support independent creatives like myself.

As a lifelong games enthusiast, I’ve created handmade games, adapted existing games, and dreamed of creating new games that are fun and entertaining. I have a music-themed board game idea and it seemed like a good time to fuse my two passions: Music and Games.

What does it take to go from a board game idea to a professionally produced product that I would be proud to share with friends and family?

How is a game manufactured?

How do I run a successful Kickstarter campaign?

Will this new endeavor be a startup business?

Then how do I get my game sold at games stores or online at Amazon?

Could the startup grow to a full time business to provide me and my community with living wage jobs?

Follow along as I explore, work, stumble, learn, and answer these questions while I create a game.

PHOTO CREDIT: Carolyn Caster. Marge at Benaroya Hall in Seattle, Washington, pre concert sound check.