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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!

Black Friday Sale extended through Friday 12/3!

Designers and publishers: Thinking about upgrading to IGA Pro and taking advantage of over 40 membership discounts, increased demo opportunities and everything else we offer? Now through Dec. 3 at midnight Eastern, save an additional $20 when you upgrade to a new annual IGA Pro subscription! For just $180 ($15 a month – a 25% savings over our monthly plan!) you can get a year of Pro and access to our 300+ volunteer Minions for about what you pay for your favorite video service or blind box.

Check out all the benefits at www.indiegamealliance.com/pro or sign up now!

Now Designers Can Solicit Reviews with One Click

Hey there! Just a quick, pre-Gen Con tweak to the site. Designers and publishers, you can now solicit reviewers for your game with a single checkbox!

To advertise a game for review, simply go to your Studio Game Catalog. (If you don’t see the menu item under Designers and Publishers, log in to your studio account first.)

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Select your game from the list on the left, and then find the new checkbox labeled Presently seeking reviewers for this game.

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Click the green Save  button on the bottom, and you’re done!

Reviewers can visit the new Games Seeking Reviewers page, which can be found under Games in the menu. No login is required.

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Once you do, you’ll see a listing of all the games that are flagged as seeking review. Check back often, because we anticipate that lots of reviewers will be watching this page to quickly snap up review copies!

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Obviously, it’ll take a little while for designers to learn about this new feature and flag their games as seeking reviewers.

Click Contact Designer to reach out to the designer and request a copy. Designers: Your contact information will not be shared with the reviewer; this is done internally by IGA’s website. The reviewer will not get your contact information unless you reply to their request.

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Happy reviewing!

Introducing IGA’s Referral Program!

Greetings!

A few days ago, we asked you to help spread the word about the Indie Game Alliance, and now, we’ve made it even easier, and more profitable, to do just that.

Each member studio and Minion now has their very own referral link, which can be accessed via https://www.indiegamealliance.com/refer.php (login required). You can print or download a QR code, share on social media, or grab an HTML snippet to easily add a referral button to your website. Alternatively, just cut and paste the link and give us a mention in a Kickstarter update, and be rewarded for anyone that joins as a result!

Studios who recruit 5 volunteer demo Minions that file at least one demo report, or refer 5 new member studios that sign up for IGA Pro, will earn a free month of IGA Pro for themselves. Minions receive 10 bonus Loot Points for every active Minion or IGA Pro studio they refer!

Not to mention, you’ll be helping grow the demo team and the available resources we’ll have to attend conventions, print handouts, and make a bigger splash for our members. We’re hopeful that this new tool and incentive program will help us to build on the already-successful team we have to help serve our members even better. It’s a win/win, so get out there and share that link!

IGA’s Second Birthday

They say time flies when you’re having fun, and so we can’t believe it’s already been two years since we started the Indie Game Alliance. On April 25, 2015, Brotherwise Games became the first member of our group. At the time, designer Johnny O’Neal told us that if we could recruit five studios into the Alliance, it would succeed. As I write this, our membership list is 342 names long.

I’d like to mark this occasion by telling you a bit about the state of our Alliance, to show you how far we’ve come together, and to ask for your help in order to grow the Alliance and make it better able to fulfill its mission for all of its members.

The revamped IndieGameAlliance.com

On November 26, 2015, we rolled out a new website, rebuilt from the ground up to better handle the growing and changing needs of our members and Minions.

Some of the highlights include:

  • A mobile-friendly demo reporting tool that our Minions use to submit feedback to studios and earn Loot Points
  • freelancer board where the community can find and rate artists, graphic designers, rulebook editors, and other talent
  • A hosted survey module that members can use to customize mobile-friendly feedback surveys and email lists  for one or all of their games
  • An interactive IGA game catalog, integrated  with BoardGameGeek.com, for all your game details and to help Minions find IGA games they own
  • A publisher marketplace where designers can list their games for publication and publishers can find their next big hit
  • Free advertisement of members’ active Kickstarter campaigns

Since the site was relaunched, we have continued to make massive improvements and additions. We’re presently working on a revamped reward store for our Minions and an even more streamlined process for joining the Alliance and managing your account, as well as giving IGA staff (yes, we have staff now!) the tools they need to better support our members.

Upcoming Conventions

We’ve got quite a few conventions coming up! If you want your game on the Open Play Library or Prototype Preview Showcases, all you need to do is get us copies of your game and become an IGA Pro member.

Slots are filling up fast for our demo booth at Gen Con. Contact support@indiegamealliance.com to sign up for your slot or to get your game in our retail booth for sale!

IGA Pro: A Simpler, Better Service Plan

IGA was founded two years ago this week on the idea that many small, independent groups, contributing to a common effort, would have the resources to stand with the larger conglomerate publishers. That dream only works when everyone pitches in.

One of the biggest ways you can help is financially. Based on feedback from our members, we eliminated the confusing Bronze, Silver and Gold membership levels and replaced them with a single, streamlined service offering we call IGA Pro. Pro members get access to all the good stuff from the old plans, plus a ton of new things we’ve only started offering since the website launched. For as little as $16.67 a month, you can make a very meaningful impact on the Alliance’s growth.

Pro subscription fees help us ship games to volunteer demo reps worldwide. They help us have the funds ready to pounce on available booth space at popular conventions that sell out fast, like Gen Con, Dice Tower Con, Origins, BGG.con and the PAX shows, and to reimburse badges and hotels for our volunteers when they work those shows. They help us pay the bills for the phone service, the web hosting, the liability insurance, and the rent on the warehouse space. They help us buy banners and business cards and flyers. Eventually, it is my hope that they will pay full-time staff that will devote their full attention to promoting your games.

I know you realize how expensive that all is — you’ve likely either done it before or found it prohibitive to do so. Together, we can make these goals trivially, and reduce or eliminate your need to do it individually – if we all pitch in.

We think we have something going here. 342 designers and publishers agree that the IGA model is viable. I’m asking all of our members to consider upgrading to IGA Pro to give us the resources we need to make this mission a true success that will benefit you all.

Expanding the Minion Corps

Every one of our members has a fan base they’re cultivating, whether it’s thousands of people who have backed their Kickstarter or just a few dozen playtesters. These are people we can reach, who already have and love your game — why not let them help us promote it?

We are calling on all members to help us recruit new volunteers and swell the ranks of the Minion corps worldwide. All it takes is 30 seconds to send a Tweet, to post a Kickstarter update, or tell a friend that they can earn free games by teaching any of over a thousand games — including yours. Alternatively, fill that inch of dead space in your manual with a notice that fans can sign up for your official demo team at indiegamealliance.com.

Recruiting for our team takes almost no time and costs no money, but the benefits can be huge for you and your fellow members. Every new Minion means more representation at game stores and conventions around the world, helping to promote their favorite games, which you already know include yours. It’s a huge win for everyone. Please take a minute to let your fans and social media followers know about IGA today.

Entering Year Three…

The future is bright for IGA. With new members and new IGA Pro subscribers all the time, we are continuing to grow, adapt and learn. We’re so proud of the work we do supporting all of you and helping the things you create find and expand an audience. Thank you so much for being a part of our team and supporting the work we do on behalf of the indie gaming community.

~ Matt