Kickstarter’s company model is failing with the price increases.
We have all seen several game companies go under recently, and it is sad every time you see another announcement from a company closing its doors. Unfortunately, our margins in this industry are pretty slim. With costs increasing exponentially, we all took some big hits. Many companies did not have the reserves to survive that pinch.
Kickstarter companies in particular took a hit, as all the budgets they made got destroyed. Many of those were single-person companies, which paid themselves a salary, and now they don’t have the money to pay for printing, or pay to ship the games. It’s unfortunate, but I see a wave of cancellations coming from the Kickstarter bubble popping.
How are you trying to cope with COVID?
I live in Florida, where COVID rules have been relaxed, but still I cut costs across the board. When COVID first happened, I was told that as I was non-essential, I should not keep my office open. This means that I was by myself for many months.
Streaming shows, assembling and painting models, and teaching myself new skills helped, but I was certainly lacking the socialization I previously enjoyed from working and my board gaming hobby. My only interactions at this point were digital, except one of the times I had to get groceries, a woman and I talked for 20 minutes about cooking vegetables. I think we were both looking to talk to someone. I realized at that point that I needed more of a human connection. I found that using Discord to talk to my gaming friends and set up online gaming sessions helped to scratch this itch.
Depression is real, but it is something that can be difficult to recognize in yourself. The more I was able to interact with people, the better I felt. It still took a bit to recover to the point where I was able to look back and say, “Yeah, maybe I didn’t handle lock down in the best way”. I know we all have issues, some more apparent than others, but talk with people, relax somewhere outside your home, and try to pay attention to how you’re feeling, especially if that feeling is something negative. It may be as simple as, “I don’t feel like going out or showering today”, but self-care and introspection can help people work on the person they’d like to become.
How can I socialize if I can’t go places?
You can use the online meeting tools to speak with people. Some are video, and many are just audio if that makes you feel more comfortable.
Board games have several discussion channels on Discord, Zoom, and Skype, so try and use them to interact.
Several of us have multiple interests, and many can have actual chat groups on Discord. So you can post or chat about any number of things with people from all over. I know that it’s helped me to have this outlet, and I hope that it’s helpful for all of you as well.
Things for us to think about
- Am I getting outside enough?
- Am I interacting with people outside of work?
- Is social media bumming me out?
- Am I getting joy from things that are not electronic?
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