Steve Ruduski over at The Company Bard recently interviewed Anne-Marie for his Gaming Careers Podcast. They covered origins stories for Fireside Games and how we grew from a part-time, when-we-have-time venture into a thriving and quickly-growing small company.
They also get into the nitty gritty of what it means to be a designer/publisher of boardgames and how the business side of things works. It isn’t all fun and games. Sometimes you have to knuckle down and do the boring (but very necessary) tasks required to run the business. You have to weigh your decisions carefully and balance your goals with your cash flow. And, yes, sometimes you have to take that leap and hope you will sprout wings.
If you are interested in publishing a game, or just understanding a bit more about how the industry works, you should definitely check out this podcast. Steve asks very thoughtful questions and does a great job of distilling the information for his listeners. Anne-Marie is a great resource for this information because she is our CEO and resident Master of Business Management. Plus, she’s just so darn likeable!
So, what are the main takeaway messages from this interview?
1) If you want to know something, ask. The game industry is full of awesome people who like to help and talk games.
2) Decide if you want to design games or run a business. You can do both, but you want to be sure you really want to take on the business side as it requires a commitment that can interrupt your design process. There are ways to join the industry that don’t require you to be a publisher.
3) Don’t quit your day job… yet. It is always a good idea to have a fallback plan and a way to keep the lights. Be sure your basic needs are covered so you don’t have to worry about that while you build your dream.
4) Take advantage of out-sourcing some of the work. This doesn’t necessarily mean out-of-country, just out-of-company. Not a trained bookkeeper? No problem, there are better qualified people who can do that for you. Don’t have space for a home warehouse? There are distribution options for that as well.
5) Have fun with it, but be strategic about it. It is work, but it can be fun, too. You’ll be successful if you can marry your work strategy with your passion for games in a way that supports and encourages both to grow in the same direction.
There’s so much more amazing information shared in this interview and we encourage you to give it a listen. You can download the podcast for free on iTunes, or you can listen directly on The Gaming Careers Podcast page.