Needy Cat Gamesis creating Tabletop Game Design Courses & Advice
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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 James M Hewitt and Sophie Williams, 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 roles that included sales, game design, community management, art management and licensing), and in 2017 we decided to set up our own business.
We designed Blitz Bowl for Games Workshop, Hellboy: The Board Game for Mantic Games, Ancient Grudges: Bonefields for Macrocosm Miniatures and Devil May Cry: the Bloody Palace for Steamforged Games... as well as a lot of stuff that we can't talk about yet! We've also helped countless designers get their games ready for publication with our rules review and editing services,
Helping other people make games is a thread that runs through a lot of what we do. A few years ago we set up the Nottingham Tabletop Industry Collective, to help the city's industry folk come together for advice and support. More recently we started the Finding Games podcast (thanks to our lovely Patreon supporters!) where we talk to people who work in and around tabletop games, and find out how they got their start, in the hope that it will encourage newcomers to give it a go.
In early 2019 we took an idea we'd been toying with for a while and took a leap of faith - and that's how we started running game design courses! Our first course, Introduction to Tabletop Game Design, was run in-person here in Nottingham, with three full-day sessions each a month apart. We went through our process for taking game ideas from concept to final prototype to published game, and we had an absolute blast doing it. We repeated the course later that year, and had just as much fun.
When COVID-19 struck in early 2020, we realised that a lot of people would be stuck indoors without much to do, so we created Game Design Online. This was a revamped, retooled version of Introduction to Tabletop Game Design, but split into six weekly online seminars. We had people from all over the world signing up, who hadn't been able to attend our Nottingham-based courses but had wanted to. When the course finished we made it available as a full six-part package on our website, which people can access at their leisure.
Now, we're releasing the next step through Patreon. Game Design Quick Tips is a series of short videos, each zooming in on one element of game design. We'll be covering rules writing, playtesting, working with freelancers, promoting your game and loads more. New videos will be released every two weeks on a Friday, and will be available to everyone who supports us at the $5 per month level and above.
We hope to build a real catalogue of clear, friendly and easy-to-follow advice on tabletop game design. All Patreons also get access to our Discord server, where they can ask us questions and seek advice, as well as a wealth of other exclusive content we've uploaded over the past couple of years.
Thanks so much for your support. It makes a real difference!
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James and Sophie
Needy Cat Games