All posts by Matt Holden

IGA renews partnership with Print and Play Games

IGA is proud to announce that we’ve renewed our partnership with Print and Play Games, a premier provider of both prototype printing and full-turnkey service. Print and Play offers fantastic quality and can do turnaround of as little as 48 hours.

IGA Pro and Lite members save 5% off of all orders at Print and Play, and an additional 5% off orders exceeding $200. If you’re prototyping a game now, this benefit alone could easily be enough for your entire year of Pro to pay for itself — plus you get access to all these other amazing benefits!

Pro and Lite members can find the updated coupon codes to use at the Print and Play partner page.

2020 Convention Services on sale now!

It’s here! Sign up for convention support at Escape Winter Convention, Gen Con and Origins Game Fair with IGA now! We’ve also listened to your feedback from the recent survey, and we’ve cut the prices on ALL convention services significantly. IGA Pro members save an extra 10% on top of that, too!

Plus, with our newly redesigned Convention Service Store, you can now book the exact time you want – no more asking for a time and waiting to be scheduled!

Important to note: IGA Pro and Lite members have an exclusive window to purchase Gen Con and Origins time. We’ve waived it for EWC because EWC is a very short run — it was a last-minute add to our schedule and the show is in late February, so you’ll need to act now if you want representation there. As for Origins and Gen Con — if you want first access to the best timeslots, you can always upgrade to Pro now!

Book time now from your Studio Dashboard at https://www.indiegamealliance.com/account/studio/conservice!

IGA adds new benefit for its entire community with TicketsAtWork

IGA’s pleased to unveil, for the first time, a benefit partnership that impacts all members of our community – designers and publishers, minions, conventions and retailers, freelancers, and more. We’ve partnered up with TicketsAtWork to offer all of our community members some fantastic deals on — well, fun!

TicketsAtWork is most famous for its discounts on admission to theme parks and attractions and tickets to everything from movies to Broadway shows, concerts and sporting events – and don’t get us wrong, it’s pretty awesome for that! But in addition, TicketsAtWork can save you big on hotels and rental cars, which we hope will be a huge help to members and Minions traveling to conventions. You can also score discounts on things like AAA memberships, Sams Club memberships, and even new and used cars.

If you have an IndieGameAlliance.com account, you’re eligible for this benefit. If you’re a member publisher, retailer, distributor, partner or convention, you may extend this benefit to your employees and/or volunteers as an additional perk of employment. It’s open to IGA Minions and freelancers, too — we strongly recommend that Minions not book hotel stays for conventions without checking it out. Signing up for an account costs you nothing; there’s no buy in or setup fee.

To get started, simply to go ticketsatwork.com and create an account. When prompted for a company code, enter IGAFUN and check out the ridiculous deals. It’s that simple. You can save an extra $10 off your first ticket or hotel purchase with the promo code 10Welcome at checkout. If you need help, they’ve got a call center that’s open pretty much around the clock.

Matt’s been a TicketsAtWork member for 13 years, and he’s super excited for IGA to have grown large enough to be eligible to sign up and bring this benefit to you all!

More details can be found here.

IGA’s Minion Manual is Live!

One of the longest-requested features of the IGA site is live at long last. IGA now has a comprehensive Minion Manual! Minions and potential Minions can browse this living reference to learn or refresh themselves on such topics as:

  • Filing a demo report
  • Policies for demos
  • Caring for your game library
  • Learning about options available to our members
  • How to get credit for referring new Minions
  • Public Minion profiles and Achievements
  • Collecting demo surveys
  • Volunteering at conventions, including hotel and badge allocations
  • Running special events like publisher speed dating, Tabletop Day, and Extra Life
  • Our playtesting program
  • Account management
  • Minion code of conduct

… and more! Particularly observant Minions might find a way to earn a new achievement as well.

Minions should consider all policies in this guide to be in force, and that you are responsible for upholding all policies and procedures described within.

IGA would like to extend a huge thanks to Minion Kurt Winkler, who wrote 90% of this guide over the last few weeks and brought a project that has been on the to-do list for 57 months to completion in just a matter of weeks. Thanks for all you do, Kurt!

Designer / Publisher Member Manual Coming Soon!

Members, don’t fret!

Matt and Kurt are working on a manual for you next!

The Member Manual will include details on how to use every nook and cranny of the IGA website and service offerings to maximize the value we deliver to you for your subscription and take your game to the next level. Look for the Member Manual in early March!

IGA selected as Organized Play Provider for Dice Throne

We’re thrilled to announce that IGA member Roxley Game Laboratory has chosen IGA to run its new Organized Play Program for its smash-hit title, Dice Throne!

Roxley has merged its existing Diceroy corps with the IGA Minion team. Minions may join the ranks of the Diceroys by signing up with Roxley at diceroys.dicethrone.com. Existing Diceroys will need to sign up for the Minion program on indiegamealliance.com. Diceroys are required to join the Roxley Discord server.

Minions that participate in the Diceroy program will be eligible for great swag for running Dice Throne tournaments at their local conventions and game stores. Of course, Diceroys joining the Minion program are eligible to demo not just Dice Throne, but any of our other 1100+ member publishers’ games.

As a result of this merger, In the past week, IGA’s demo force has grown in size by over 6%, with 43 new Minions signing up, and we’re now just shy of 800 volunteers worldwide. This is the sort of impact that happens when IGA members take the time to drive their fans to the demo program — remember, a larger team means more demos for everyone!

Roxley is the first of hopefully many members to take advantage of IGA for organized play. If you are a member interested in implementing organized play through IGA, please contact Matt at mholden@indiegamealliance.com to discuss.

Introducing our Updated Invoice Module

Hey there! We’ve just rolled out our new, vastly improved invoice module. You can check it out at https://www.indiegamealliance.com/account/invoices.

Previously, this page only showed you “manual” invoice we generated for one-off charges, but I frequently get requests for re-sent invoices for subscription charges, store orders, or convention service purchases. Now, you can see all of these in one place, conveniently date-sorted, at any time.

We’ve also added some other useful data to the invoice page, such as direct links to related store orders, subscription details, and card information. Remember, IGA does not store any information on your credit card details; Stripe handles all of that. 

If you need to add some data to your invoices, for example, a VAT number or IČO number, you can now do so on your Account Profile located at https://www.indiegamealliance.com/account/profile.

Any data you add here will then get appended to the Invoice To section of your invoices.

Unfortunately, we can’t easily add it to the emailed Stripe receipt, but you can always get it from your invoice history.

We hope this new module will help our members that have more stringent accounting requirements.  As always, this is new code, so please let us know if you have any issues with it.

Hey Designers! Say Hello to IGA Lite!

Over the years, we’ve learned a lot about different types of game creators. One of the big things we hear a lot lately is that folks don’t necessarily all want to go through the hassle of a Kickstarter; some would rather just find a publisher. We totally get it!

For those folks, the IGA Pro membership plan has felt a little bit overkill. As the service has expanded and we’ve adjusted the price in order to cover the costs associated with providing those services, we inadvertently left some of our designer members behind. We’ve heard time and time again that “I just don’t use most of these services, and I don’t want to pay for them.” Given the margins for designers in this industry, that makes total sense. We’ve heard you.

Welcome to 2019. Say hello to IGA Lite. 

IGA Lite is a designer-focused subscription that offers only the benefits that make sense for designers: playtesting, surveys, and publisher matchmaking. Why pay for warehouse space you’ll never use or distribution that’s your publisher’s problem?

IGA Lite is a right-sized solution for you… and it’s just $10 a month.

IGA Pro membership should now be considered “for publishers” whereas IGA Lite can be thought of as “for designers only.” If you’re both a designer and a publisher, you’ll probably want to keep your IGA Pro membership, as it includes all of the IGA Lite features as well.

You can review the full service breakdown for IGA Starter, IGA Lite and IGA Pro right here:

Here’s some answers to questions we expect to get:

I already have IGA Pro, but IGA Lite is a better fit for me. What can I do?

If you visit your Studio Dashboard, you will be able to downgrade your subscription. Any fees you’ve paid will remain on your account, so effectively, it’ll triple the amount of time you’re paid up for. We cannot and will not issue refunds for paid Pro time. 

I already have IGA Pro and I’m a publisher. What’s changed for me?

Absolutely nothing. Carry on.

I haven’t decided if I want to self-publish (on Kickstarter or similar), or find a publisher. Which plan should I choose?

Feel free to start with IGA Lite. If you decide to start building a Kickstarter campaign, as soon as you make that decision, it’s time to upgrade to IGA Pro so we can help with marketing, consulting and discounts. You can switch back and forth between IGA Lite and IGA Pro any time you need to; either way, you’ll never lose money you’ve paid, your account will just be prorated one way or the other.

Does this mean I should expect a price increase for IGA Pro?

We have no plans to change the price of IGA Pro at this time.

 

Happy New Year from IGA!

Welcome to 2019, everybody! We hope 2018 was your most successful gaming year ever, and that 2019 tops it!

IGA has some really big plans and announcements coming for the new year, so stay tuned to our weekly newsletter, Facebook groups and Discord server. We are wrapping up the launch of our consolidation service and getting ready to start talking about Pharos, the most ambitious project we have ever undertaken. We are going to introduce you to some new team members and roll out some quality of life improvements for members and Minions alike.

Buckle up everybody! It’s gonna be a busy year!

– Matt and Victoria

 

IGA Pro Members Now Save 5-10% on Prototypes at Print and Play

Let’s start off our week with an exciting announcement! We’ve partnered with Print & Play Admagic to bring IGA members up to 10% off on all prototyping! Remember, Print & Play is famous for their 48-hour turnaround time on prototypes and promo cards, and now, IGA Pro members save big! Save 5% off ALL orders, no matter how large or small. Plus, if your order is over $200, save an EXTRA 5%, or 10% total!

Get all the details and reach out to the P&P team at https://www.indiegamealliance.com/partners/partner.php?uid=3143. Time to get prototyping, Team IGA!

Important Change Regarding Automatic Tabletopia Demo Reporting

Hey, everybody! Good news and bad news. The good news: I finally figured out why Tabletopia automatic reports failed sometimes, and fixed it! The bad news: everybody who wants to use automatic reporting will need to re-enter their Tabletopia player URL on your minion profile at www.indiegamealliance.com/account/minion/profile. Sorry about that.

Basically, I was under the impression that Tabletopia used your Steam username as your Tabletopia username — turns out, that’s true sometimes, but not always. That led to issues where some users where not getting their reports filed; in some cases this was causing an error because Tabletopia user URLs don’t support special characters and spaces. Fortunately, Tabletopia’s development team got me straightened out, and we should be good to go now.

I’ve decided to retain the existing Steam username field as-is, because we may need that at some point for Tabletop Simulator integration. I didn’t want to copy-paste the Steam usernames into the Tabletopia field, because some of them won’t work for the reasons described above, so I’ve left the field blank for Minions to re-populate with accurate data.

Sorry about that!