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
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!
Hey, Minions – good news, I *finally* got the Vagabond convention editor up and running. You can now add conventions when you create your Demo Reports, although we strongly recommend you do so ahead of time (like, as soon as you get your badges) so we can list the shows in the Upcoming Convention Appearances on the site index.
To add a convention: www.indiegamealliance.com/demos/convention. We’ve extended the usual deadline for adding demo reports to account for the fact that people have been waiting for this to be done. Sorry it took so long. As always please let me know if you encounter any issues, and thanks for your patience.
Feels great to be coding on the IGA site again! By popular demand, you can now route demo report, survey, certification, and store purchase notifications each to separate email addresses. This should help out studios which have a couple employees with different responsibilities.
Set your preferences at https://www.indiegamealliance.com/account/studio/alerts.php!
Hey, everybody! Good news – IGA HQ is back up and running! We got power & telecom connectivity back on Monday night. As you might imagine, a week of misery has taken something of a toll on us, and our to-do list is obscenely long, but we’re working through it as quickly as we can. Thank you all for your patience — and please continue to give it for a few more days while we catch up. Thanks also to everyone for their well-wishes and concern. Now — back to gaming!
We’re closely monitoring the track of Hurricane Irma, which is presently forecast to impact the Orlando area on Sunday. As with all storms of this nature, we do not know what to expect in terms of power outages, etc. until the storm has passed. Therefore, we are preemptively closing all member and minion support effective Friday, September 8. We will reopen on Monday, September 10 if we are able to do so, and if not, we will do our best to get the word out about our status. We were already operating on limited availability due to our post-Gen Con vacation.
The data center that hosts indiegamealliance.com is also in the path of the storm, however, it is a world-class facility that’s built to withstand these types of events, so we shouldn’t experience website downtime. In the event it happens, however, look to our Facebook and Twitter accounts for updates.
As with all major hurricanes, we strongly encourage anyone in the path of this storm to check your emergency plan and supplies and be prepared. The National Hurricane Center has rated Irma as the strongest Atlantic storm it has ever recorded. Stay safe, and play lots of board games — even if you have to do so by candlelight.
Hey there! We’ve added a quick new feature that will help us out a lot in promoting our members’ Kickstarter campaigns: you can now link your Kickstarter profile to your IGA account. You can find the field to do this on your Studio Profile page at https://www.indiegamealliance.com/account/studio/profile.php.
Your Kickstarter profile link should look like https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/your_profile_name. To find it, log into Kickstarter, click your avatar in the upper right hand corner to open your account menu, and select Profile to visit your public profile.
Just cut and paste the link from your browser’s address bar into the field on your IGA Studio Profile, click Save, and you’re all set!
IGA will use this information to proactively start sharing and supporting your current and future Kickstarter campaigns without the need for you to let us know before launch. It’s one more thing off your plate during the busy pre-launch period, and it makes sure that IGA can get to work promoting your project on day one, every time.
Hey, trophy hunters – IGA’s Minion program now has Achievements! Earn up to 13 potential achievements for running demos, collecting surveys, and a few other things that will just have to be surprises. Check out the achievements you’ve already earned — and those you can still earn – – on your account dashboard. Don’t forget to share the ones you master on social media!
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!
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!