Vox Republica 077: Indie Game Funding

Episode 077

Kickstarter is the current go-to location of many small and independent game publishers, but as rewarding as it has been for the hobby, Kickstarter isn’t the only option for getting your new game published. Contrary to popular thought, you do have options…

Length: 38:40

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We post new episodes every Thursday, with each episode being about 20 – 30 minutes long.

DESCRIPTION: Glenn Given of Games By Play Date joins Erin and Ryan to chat about the release of their new game that addresses a delicate issue before diving into the topic of crowdfunding options for small publishers and independent designers. We look into some other models you could consider besides just assuming Kickstarter is your only recourse.

GUEST: Glenn Given


  • Patchwork by Mayfair Games
  • Loot and Recruit by Swarm of Dice
  • Thornwatch by Penny Arcade


  • Games by Play Date releases Bad Habit
  • Using a game for cause awareness


  • Glenn expands on his experiences with Kickstarter, Patreon, traditional funding, and more.
    • Are all of these models created equal? How do you tell which could work for you?
  • What is the unofficial report card of Kickstarter?
    • What works, and what could be done better?
    • Is who it’s aimed for matching who is using it?
  • Offering some recommendations to new designers or publishers regarding getting your game published.

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Audio Credits: Intro music track is “Swing!” by Bargo!, used under Creative Commons license.