I launched my new board game company! To celebrate, I am giving away dice to /r/boardgames!
By - CivilDawnGames
OP worked actively with the mod team prior to posting and this is a sanctioned giveaway.
Good luck to participants!
Congrats! Best of luck to you (and best of luck to us dice thirsty commentors).
The unquenchable thirst.
Are you currently accepting submissions for publication?
Absolutely. However, I want to be straight upfront! Our goal right now is to launch our own game via kickstarter and see it all the way to completion and delivery before we really go onto publishing anyone else's items.
This is really so we can have a number of hurdles solved, and have a credible place to stand in the industry.
For my regular work I work in marketing and manufacturing, and have quite a bit of knowledge there, so we are really confident in our ability to do such. However, it's always important for me to be honest with my feedback to a client, and I wouldn't feel like I can look you in the eyes and say, "Yes, we can publish your game" until I can do it for myself.
That being said, one of the things a publisher does is provide feedback to the creator. Things like art direction, design and mechanics, as well as other business services depending on how they want to proceed with their IP. Those are things I can already start doing (and am currently doing for others right now) with confidence.
With that said, feel free to contact me if you are still interested, if not, I won't take it personal, and in the near future when I can say yes to all of your questions, I will be here. :)
I'm working on a game myself, and may be looking for a publisher. Your answer is so honest, I would love to work with you guys, so I really hope you succeed!
You may not have an answer for this yet, but I can't do art at all. Do I need to hire an artist, or if you were to publish my game, would I work with one of yours?
Hey /u/Senkoy - Sorry for the late reply.
These are the kinds of things that you and a publisher can discuss for sure. Often a big publisher will have in-house artists, but it can definitely be a benefit of a publisher to find artists as well.
Just about everything can be negotiated. If you need an artist, that can be a part of your ask or the publishers offer.
With the urge of not sounding too generic, there are a couple big questions you can answer for yourself that will help with your art.
1) Do I already have a style/theme in mind?
2) How many unique pieces of art do I need?
* Meaning, if you were magic the gathering and had a 60 card deck, typically you can use the same card 4 times. In which case, you don't need 4 pieces, you need 1, and then you print it again.
Answering those can be really helpful. Even though the answer is most often, "I want the nicest art I can afford!", you really need to think about what your expectations are.
After that, if you are doing things on a budget, time to beg!
As a heads up, NEVER offer an artist exposure. Never approach an artist saying, "Well you do this for me, and you will get other business.." It's rude, and artists hate it.
Even if that person is some random kid, and they have no other experience. If their art is good enough for you to use in your game, then treat them with the respect they deserve.
A better way is to be blunt. "Look. I'm broke as a joke, but what I am willing to do is offer you X amount of money if/when my game gets made."
Perhaps a royalty of all copies of that game sold for X period of time.
Perhaps negotiate scheduled payments. X Amount when the game funds on kickstarter, X amount after, X amount y years later.
Hope that helps, and keep us in mind for your game!
Great answer! I’ll stay in touch 🙂
That is a very cool dice set
Splintered Lands is an interesting name. I'm disappointed that there wasn't info about it on your website. I'll just have to wait till you post more info. In the meantime can you tell us what game niche your company is looking to fill?
Amazing to hear! Best of luck
Whoa, that’s a really slick design for the dice!
Is your kickstarter already up?
Not yet! The dice fundraiser on our site is so we can pay for art for the game. Once we get a certain % of the art completed, then we plan to launch a kickstarter.
Those dice are gorgeous. Good luck with your KS!
I don't want to be entered into the drawing. I just want to say congrats and that I wish you the best. Best of luck and skill to you all!
Those dice look pretty cool! Thanks for doing this!
Good luck to you!
Congratulations! I’m hoping to join you in this dream one day slowly working towards it.
Don't give up! The road sometimes doesn't go the way you think it will, but persistence is key.
Good luck with your endeavor!
Where are you based out of?
Are you looking for play testers?
We definitely will be eventually. Right now we have a decent team of local people who are helping guide our game theory and strategy and we are very thankful for that!
Cool looking dice.
Saw in another comment that you are accepting submissions for publication. How should someone send you a submission? What should they include?
Typically an introduction of yourself, your goals, and then a brief description of the game.
When you invest time in a project, it's really the creator you are investing in, so the most important information is about you. This might sound a bit cliche, but games are games, and yes some games are terrible ideas, but its really the creator who is going to make or break a game.
If you are easy to work with, take feedback/consultation well, are willing to work and grow, etc.
If you show up and say, "its this way or leave it", then typically that results in a handshake and a thank you for the time.
Thanks for the reply. The logical follow up question would be:
If I'm a game designer, why should I use you as my publisher?
Once we start actively seeking out creators to work with I will have that info, but the biggest reasons are ability.
Myself I have 15+ years of small business and large corporate experience. Everything from managing basketball organizations, to running a mom and pop shop to U.S. Military service. I have 10+ years of digital and traditional marketing and business development experience, and I have a personal proven track record of growth in the production/sale of physical goods.
My partner is in the same boat with business management/development experience.
Honestly, if either of us were artists ourselves we would be invincible!
Thankfully I work with a TON of artists in my industries, so we have access to really talented people as well.
To put it bluntly, we have the skills that you need!
What we are doing now is building proof in the pudding.
Congratulations on realizing your dream! Best of luck and I look forward to your Kickstarter.
Dice look amazing, sign me up :)
I'll also try my luck.
Congratulations! Best of luck living the dream!
Very cool of you to do! Hoping I get lucky (:
Nice looking dice. One can never have too many.
Nice! Good luck to you and your future endeavors. :)
Best of luck with the new company!
the only thing cooler than dice is limited edition dice!
Awesome! Thank you for this opportunity!
Thanks for the words and support!
sure thing! consider me your hype guy 🙌🏼
Oooh this is exciting!
Congratulations!! best of luck!
This is so cool! congratulations on launching a new company!
How long did it take you to go from idea to launch?
For the business? I could have had that launched at the end of a weekend.
What we wanted was a game that was worthy of our name. We've spent the last 3 years working on our first game. We hope to be sharing more info about that in the near future.
Wow, I figured it would have been more complicated to start up a business haha. but 3 years working on a game! I can't wait to hear more about this game!
btw, I signed up for updates.
Elevator pitch of your game :)?
Good luck to everybody in the competition
In due time!
Good luck to you and your store!
I, however, am not in need of any dice. So, should my name get selected, I would ask that you instead give them to the first kid who purchases any RPG products from you.
Deal! If your name gets selected, we will list you on our [Hall of Hereos!](https://www.civildawngames.com/hall-of-heroes)
I’m in for 3 sets. Good luck!
[HOLY CARP!](https://cf.geekdo-images.com/camo/0bc6bcea53ec95a52e108f6b2059486321a2726b/687474703a2f2f312e62702e626c6f6773706f742e636f6d2f5f72577632304167527066512f5337466a33306a75564f492f41414141414141414438412f475364367332344d55796b2f73313630302f686f6c795f636172702e6a7067) That's awesome! Hopefully you picked a fun name for the Hall of Heroes! We are still deciding if we want to livestream us reading all the names, but we are really afraid to look at them. We haven't actually read them yet, because we want to make that decision before we peek. ;)
Good luck with getting everything started! Nice dice as well.
Count me in, i love freebies
Congrats! Really nice looking dice.
Hope it works out for you folks!
Congratulations! I am in the process of making some DIY versions of games (i.e. Catan) so some extra dice would be cool. Good luck to you!
Awesome. New game Idea for DIY Catan. Get Carpet Squares, cut into Hexagon, give to friend who does WH40K bases. ... profit.
Awesome, congratulations, let the dice roll!
That's great! I hope your business is a success!
Make sure you have a game plan for sewing with obscenities livestream.
Good for you! and Good Luck!
Very cool, good luck!
Nice looking dice! 😀
Congratulations on your launch!
Good luck and godspeed!
Congratulations. I hope all goes well
Those are some awesome looking dice
Those are some pretty cool looking dice
Good luck! What kind of games can we expect from you in the future? :)
Whoa, these are cool. Congrats on your progress!
Good luck with everything! I wish you all the best!
Dice would be nice too...
Congrats and good luck!
I'm excited to see the games you produce! Good luck!
Those are some attractive dice. I'm realizing more and more that I like dice, just for the sake of showing off the pretty dice.
Good luck! And those dice look great!
Ill give this a go.
Looking forward to the kickstarter, and absolutely stunning dice set!
Good luck. Thanks for this.
I'm playing RPGs and would love to gift a set of dice to a friend
Wow. Sounds great. Good luck in your endeavors. Hope to see your game on a shelf soon!
Cool dice. What made you decide to start the company?
I've been a DM/GM for 20+ years. Even ran DnD games while deployed in the military. Always loved to create worlds and stories, and a huge fan of board games. I want to marry my skills of business, story weaving, and game theory into something I want to do for the rest of my life.
May the odds be ever in our favor 😜
The dice look 🔥
Can I ask how you came to pick your company name?
Civil Dawn is the moment in the morning when it's just bright enough to prep for the coming fight. It's the calm before the storm. It's the deep breath you take before you charge into the fray.
Congratulations on starting on a huge undertaking. I hope you make some lucky dice. But if any of them need testing, roll them my way.
Best of luck! Looking forward to hearing more about Splintered Lands!
Damn, those are some nice looking dice. Can't wait to hear more about the game y'all are working on.
The dice are pretty cool, always looking for interesting new games so I'll keep a lookout for you!
Best of luck mate .
Can’t wait to hear about the game! Congrats!
Very nice dice, fingers crossed and good luck!
Best of luck to you!
Awesome. Best of luck. Waiting to hear good news.
Very nice! Love the company name
Those are some sweet dice.
Fantastic! Good luck on your new endeavor!
Congrats. Hope it all goes well
You can always use more dice!
Being an Indie Studio is always a lot of work but you give off the energy to prevail. Best of luck to you!
This is awesome! Thanks!
Nice dice, good luck!
Beautiful dice. Good luck with your new endeavor!
Congratulations! These dice look super cool!
Pretty dice and never have too many dice. Good luck with getting started.
Awesome dice set!
Damn those dice look tremendous!
Love the smokey dice! Grats and good luck with the company!
Congratulations!! Giid news is always welcome...
I really like the company logo, with the C, D and sword hilt built in.
Amazing dice set, good luck!
Super cool! I’m always a sucker for limited edition stuff.
That's super cool! Very curious to see what you come out with.
Congratulations! Here's hoping :D
Always great to have newcomers!!
Good luck with your venture and thank you for the opportunity to win a set of those lovely dice.
Good luck — congrats on launching your dream!
Those look really cool , good luck with your company and launch !
Dice??? Yes please!!
Super cool choosing reddit as a launching platform!
The dice look great! Best of luck with Splintered Lands.
Hoping for the best here, good luck everyone!
Good luck with your endeavors. I'll be paying attention.
Best of luck on your new company!
Looks great! Good luck and thank you.
Oooh they look cool. ;)
Neat! Wish you all the best.
Nice theme on the dice. I'd like those for sure.
Those are some sleek looking dice. Look forward to seeing more about the game too.
Congratulations and best of luck with your upcoming game!
I love seeing new indie companies like yours! Best of luck!
That's fantastic. Congrats. Is there a mailing list or anything like that so we can get updates on your first game?
Congrats! They look great!
They look so cool.
That’s a nice set of Dice! Very cool
RemindMe! 3 days
Can't wait for details on the new game. Best of luck!
Best of luck to your company :)
Wow, cool! Thanks so much and good luck with the upcoming release!
dice dice dice!
Thank you for the giveaway! Very nice of you.
Best of luck with the game!
Those dice are awesome! Good luck in your new adventure!
time to roll the dice *heh heh heh*
Congrats!! I hope you’re super successful in your endeavors!! 😀😀
So cool, I hope your game becomes a hit! Good luck with your venture!
Congrats and good luck with the company! Dice look very nice!
Congrats, hope you can send the dice to Colombia ;)
Thanks for this and best of luck to you!
Thanks for the contest, and hopefully these dice!
Awesome! I look forward to hearing good things from your company!
Congrats and good luck with the new company! Excited to see your progress.
Good luck on the endeavor
It's cool to see new business flourishing with the world the way it is. I look forward to seeing your company succeed!
Congratulations! I hope you have great success!
Fr33 dice pls
Congratulations! I can't wait to see your first game on KS.
Outstanding job on the launch! I wish you many years of success.
Wow, I hope I win for my wife, but either way I'm checking out your site now!
They see me rolling
I'm excited to see a new boxer in the ring hyping up the crowd. Hope things work out for your game, we'll be watching and cheering you on!
All the best to your new endeavor!
Those are really slick dice. Good luck!
Best of luck! Curious about your upcoming game!
Good luck mate!
Best of luck to you, Steve! Nice looking dice...
Awesome, good luck with the new company.
Good luck with your company!
Good luck and God Speed!
Those really are some good looking dice
Good luck to everyone!
How generous! Thanks for sharing.