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Opinion: Crowdfunding is killing board game expansions

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Crowdfunding has changed the world of tabletop gaming. Platforms like Kickstarter were originally a vehicle for creatives to bring innovative and radical ideas to life. Over time, however, the churn of new campaigns has become primarily a marketing framework for design studios to push mounds of plastic and cardboard at ever-increasing price points. Publishers are taking in millions of dollars, gamers’ shelves are reaching a breaking point, but it’s the games themselves that suffer. The biggest victim of all? Board game expansions.

In the before times — not pre-COVID, mind you, but pre-crowdfunding — a board game would come out, players would react and give feedback, and then the publisher would follow suit with an expansion…



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