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IGA is going to Origins Game Fair!

We’re thrilled to announce that after three years on the waiting list, IGA has just acquired a booth at Origins Game Fair this year! Miracles happen after all! The show’s in just seven weeks, so there’s a ton to do to prepare and not much time to book your demos and get us sales stock!

Because this is such a short notice booking, we’re going to shorten the IGA Pro exclusivity window to two weeks for this show, after which point it will become available to all members.

In celebration of this new opportunity, and to replenish our coffers from this surprise expense so we can get hotels and rent a truck for stock transport, IGA has not only reduced the pricing on demos for Origins, but put demos for Gen Con and Dice Tower Con on sale as well! Demo time has been reduced by $20 on off-peak days and $25 on peak days. They will certainly go fast at this pricing, though, so get yours now!

IGA to Sponsor Unrivaled Tournament Series

The Indie Game Alliance is proud to announce our partnership with Unrivaled, a nationwide series of tabletop tournaments with a $250,000 prize pool taking place in over 200 retail establishments. The six featured games for 2017 include two IGA member games: Nevermore from Smirk & Dagger Games and Villagers and Villains from Studio 9 Games.

Unrivaled is looking for more retailers to sign up to host tournaments, and there’s goodies in it for you if you do! Plus, if a tournament winner qualifies in your store, they will win $10,000, and so will you!  Check out what ICv2 had to say about Unrivaled here.

Qualifier tournaments begin in April, so time is of the essence! Of course, if you just want to decimate your competition and win the tournament yourself, find the closest host store and prepare for tabletop dominance!

Survey Editor Issues Resolved

We’ve received reports that the feedback survey editor had a few glitches that were affecting some users. We’ve done some debugging and are fairly confident we’ve corrected all the issues. Please let us know if you find any more! We’ve also added the option to delete a question, so long as it hasn’t yet been answered.

For those of you who don’t know what we’re talking about, IGA Pro members get access to a custom feedback survey editor that lets you create full-featured surveys, including multiple choice and free-text entry questions, using a simple drag-and-drop editor. The resultant surveys are mobile-friendly and easy, and we provide a QR code generator to help players get to the survey quickly and easily. The survey module is a critical component of IGA’s playtesting offering.

We encourage Minions to use these QR codes as well to help gather feedback for our members!

IGA is proud to sponsor the Connecticut Festival of Indie Games!

The Indie Game Alliance is announcing today that we’re partnering with IGA member Geek Fever Games to sponsor their indie-focused convention, the Connecticut Festival of Indie Games! As CTFIG’s newest annual sponsor, you can look for an IGA presence and materials throughout the convention.

Under the terms of our partnership, IGA members and Minions will receive 20% off of booth and attendee registration, meaning you can score a booth for the show for just $16! Visit our Member Discounts area to learn about the program and obtain a coupon code.

IGA Warehouse Upgrade Completed!

We just finished a move to our new warehouse facilities over the weekend! Our new space is twice as large as our previous storage facility, so we don’t have to be quite so nervous to take on larger quantities of games. This desperately needed to happen in order to accommodate the expected influx of stock in advance of Gen Con and our other summer shows. Huge thanks to the members of our team who helped with the move at both locations, and also assisted with the physical inventory we undertook as part of the process.

If you’ve got a package en route to us, don’t worry, we’ll still get it! We sadly can’t receive incoming mail directly at the warehouse site, so our shipping address is an offsite holding facility and therefore didn’t need to change.

Next up in our bid to improve our stock handling power: saving up for a box truck!

IGA is going to Dice Tower Con!

IGA is thrilled to announce that we’ve upgraded our presence at Dice Tower Con, here in our backyard in Orlando, FL. IGA’s now secured not only exhibitor/vendor status, but an ENTIRE ROOM for demos, tournaments and events! There’s only four of these rooms available at Dice Tower 2017, and one of them is going to be filled with YOUR games!
 
If you’re a member that wants to run events in our room, either in person or with us running them on your behalf, please let your IGA account rep know right away. If you’re a Minion who wants to work the show with us, let the minion coordinator know!

IGA’s Digital Revolution

Greetings! We’re super excited to make this announcement, as it’s the culmination of several months of work and negotiations.

IGA has long sought a way to make our playtesting offering better suited to the needs of our members – more playtesters, more iteration, and less cost. As some of you have discovered, platforms like Tabletop Simulator and Tabletopia have provided a great means to do so – albeit with certain caveats, namely that you don’t know who’s playing and when, and finding players can be a challenge.

Until now.

IGA is proud to announce the launch of our new partnership with all three major platforms for digital tabletop gaming: Tabletopia, Tabletop Simulator, and the new PlayTable!

Let’s start with Tabletopia, which is live on indiegamealliance.com right now. Here’s how it work:

You, as a publisher,  can add your Tabletopia link to our website via our newly-redesigned studio game catalog. (You have checked that out, right?). That will cause our system to “recognize” your game as an IGA member game, and also add a “Play on Tabletopia” link to the public game page for your game. Minions can see what games are available to be played and tested right here.

But, here’s the really cool part. IGA’s Minions can now add their Steam usernames to their account profile. See where we’re going with this? Under the terms of our deal with Tabletopia, IGA now has direct access to the gameplay data for your games. So, whenever our Minions playtest your games, our system knows. You’ll get a demo report just like you do for physical game plays, automatically generated and verifiable right from the Tabletopia system. Minions can now earn Loot Points for playtesting your game from anywhere, anytime, ensuring there is always got someone to play with!

We’re creating a new public Facebook group to share feedback, discuss, and find players, open to both members and Minions. I’ve gone through the Tabletopia game list and added all the IGA member games I could find to our database.

In case you haven’t heard, Tabletopia recently changed their model such that it’s now free to play. There is a charge to add games to the service, but IGA Pro members save 10% on the Workshop account for this purpose.

Pretty cool, right? But hold up. We wouldn’t just give you one awesome new tool, would we? There’s two major platforms for digital tabletop gaming. So we asked, why not both?

We’re thrilled to announce an additional partnership, signed late last night, with Berserk Games, maker of Tabletop Simulator! They need a few weeks to get the code written to give us database access, but once they do, the terms of that deal will be pretty much identical, so whichever platform you choose, IGA’s Minions are ready to play!

The Tabletopia and Tabletop Simulator deals are available to IGA Pro members only. If you need help getting your game imported into either system, let IGA support know. We have experienced freelancers on standby who will work with you at a special rate to get your game up in digital lights!

But wait. There’s even more.

If you’ve been on Facebook recently, you’ve probably seen ads for the PlayTable. This insanely cool device is billed as the world’s first console for tabletop gaming. It’s basically a giant tablet with a tabletop app store, support for physical components, and more, and it’ll be launching in late 2017 – early 2018.

Well, if you want in, IGA is the way. Under the terms of our new partnership with PlayTable developer Prizm Labs, IGA members will get access to their creation kit for games 30 days before everyone else, so you’ll get a head start on a new frontier of tabletop gaming. You’ll also get preferred placement for your games on their “app store”. IGA members and Minions will save 10% on the PlayTable devices themselves. Best of all, IGA Pro members will get an extra 10% revenue share on their games when they’re sold in the PlayTable app store!

We expect there’s going to be a ton of questions. We stand ready to answer. We’ll be manning all three groups on Facebook (and if you’re not in one, you should be) throughout the day. You can also reach us at support@indiegamealliance.com.

 

Minions: Get alerted when your games become demo-eligible!

Pleased to announce a cool new feature for our volunteer Minions. Now, if you’ve registered your BoardGameGeek.com username on your minion profile (and if not, you should do so now), and if you keep track of your game collection there, we’ll be able to tell you when you get new games that are eligible to be demoed for Loot Points!

New games will appear when you’ve added new games to your BGG collection that are IGA-supported, or when companies that publish the games you already own join the IGA team as members. Look for emails on Friday mornings if you’ve got new games to move to your IGA shelf!