Needy Cat Gamesis creating Tabletop Games, Design Courses and Networking Events
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People who support us for $1 a month get our patron-only posts, including sneak peeks of what we're working on and video updates from the office, and Episode Zero of the Finding Games podcast!
They can also join the Needy Cat Chat discord server, where we hang out to make up for the fact that we gave up working in large offices surrounded by other human beings.
$5 a month? Every month? That's amazing!
People who support us at this level get access to more content, mainly in the form of longer videos (like our Into the Vault series, or our Introduction to Tabletop Game Design theory videos).
It goes without saying that they also get the goods from the $1 pledge. We're told they also get a warm fuzzy feeling from significantly supporting a creator whose work they enjoy, but we can't guarantee that bit.
We're Sophie Williams and James M Hewitt, a pair of tabletop game designers who run Needy Cat Games in Nottingham, UK. We've both been working in the field of tabletop games field for over a decade (in diverse roles that included sales, game design, community management, art management and licensing), and in 2017 we decided to set up a business and start doing things for ourselves.
Most of the work we do is for clients. We've designed Blitz Bowl for Games Workshop, Hellboy: The Board Game for Mantic Games, Ancient Grudges: Bonefields for Macrocosm Minaitures... and a lot of stuff that we can't talk about yet, but we'll be adding it all here as soon as it's announced!
We've also started working on some game projects ourselves. A short while ago we announced Newbury & Hobbes: The Curse of Menamhotep, which we're making in close collaboration with bestselling author George Mann, but we've got a whiteboard in our officer covered in projects we want to do once we find the time!
That would be enough for most sane people, but we also run an industry networking group (you can keep up with it on Twitter or Facebook). As well as managing the online presence, we run two totally free monthly events with the aim of bringing together the (literally hundreds) of people in Nottingham who work in and around tabletop games. It's starting to expand beyond the city, too - we're currently looking at the next steps, and they look very exciting indeed.
Oh, and we've also started running courses in tabletop game design. We may be a bit mad. But we love doing all this!
We originally launched this Patreon in the hope of pulling in enough money on a monthly basis to do less client work, and more stuff for us; however, we realise that's a bit unrealistic. Instead, we're using it to fund little extras and cover a few monthly running costs. So, for example, our first goal is $50 a month, which will let us run a monthly podcast. With that money we can cover hosting, bribe industry buddies onto the show with large quantities of cake, and set aside a small fund to gradually upgrade our audio equipment.
As a small thank-you, we post snippets of patron-exclusive content on this page whenever we get a chance. There's a short series of videos (still ongoing, when we find the time to film them!) called Into the Vaults, where James looks back at games he designed before he knew what he was doing. There are sneak peeks and previews of things we're working on. We also do short video updates where we talk about what's going on with us. Oh, and when we run our game design courses, we'll be putting up the theory sections as patron-exclusive videos. We know it's not a lot, but we wanted to do something to thank the lovely generous folks who help us out!
So that's us, that's what we do and that's what we hope to do in the future. If you'd like to help us out in any way, we can't tell you how much we'd appreciate it.
Sophie and James
Needy Cat Games