New Ways to Support Starlit Citadel Reviews

As long-time viewers of our video review series, Starlit Citadel Reviews, may recall, we’re constantly looking for ways to meet the demand for more video reviews while staying within a small business’ budget. For Season 2, this took the form of a IndieGoGo fundraiser that raised enough money to shoot an additional 7 videos on top of the 26 we funded ourselves. For Season 3, we decided not to run another full-fledged fundraiser, and are self-funding a 26 episode season.

For viewers who would like to support the production of extra episodes, we’ve set up a donation page. From there, you can make a donation of any size via Paypal to help with the production costs of Season 3. For every $500 in donations, we’ll produce an additional episode this year. You can keep track of current donation levels right on the donation page, and we’ll announce any extra episodes when they get funded. All funds raised go directly to production of Starlit Citadel Reviews.

If you’re a publisher or designer looking to have your own game reviewed, we’ve posted updated submission guidelines on our site. It’s worth noting that time from filming to release of one of our reviews ranges from 2-6 weeks, and that this should be considered if you need a game reviewed on a schedule. If you need a review completed outside of our regular schedule, or would like us to review something we don’t usually cover (in-progress Kickstarters, games not available for sale in Canada, etc), it is possible to purchase a sponsored review for the full episode cost of $500. A sponsored review looks just like one of our regular reviews, but is identified as “sponsored”, and can be released on an accelerated schedule. We’ll be just as honest in sponsored reviews as in our regular material, so games sent to us for review should still be well-designed and interesting. If you’re interested in having a sponsored review produced, you can contact Kaja Sadowski at ksadowski@starlitcitadel.com.

Thanks to all of our viewers for your support throughout the series. We’ve just released our 90th game review, and are very happy to be heading int a 3rd full season of videos. Happy gaming!

Starlit Citadel Reviews: A Very Special Episode

One of the promises we made our Season 2 fundraiser backers was that we’d produce a special episode that was a little different from our usual fare. Just in time for the holidays, here it is!

Join Kaja, Joanna, and special guests Edwin Perez (Standard Action) and Eric Fell (The Critical Hit Show) for an in-character playthrough of The Red Dragon Inn.

Video Reviews – Season 2 Fundraiser

As our first year of producing Starlit Citadel Reviews videos draws to a close, we’ve been hard at work crunching the numbers and planning for 2013. After a year of self-funding weekly, high-quality review videos, we’re trying something a bit different, and are reaching out to our viewers for help in making another season of Starlit Citadel reviews happen, while continuing to make our own substantial contribution to the project.

By the end of 2012, we will have released a total of 58 videos, or about 1 a week since we started last October (with a hiatus in December – January because of the busy shipping season). The frequency of the videos has been great, allowing us to provide quality new content for the site and engage with our customers — and a broader audience — in a much more personal fashion than is usually possible for an online business. We’d love to continue with that pace of production, but the costs have become a little too steep, especially when you factor in the cashflow needs of a growing business that’s been increasing its staffing and looking at physical expansion (my god, do we need a bigger warehouse!) to better serve customers.

As a result, we’ve committed to funding 26 new episodes for our second season, or a release rate of 1 video every 2 weeks. While this will allow the videos to continue and provide a good amount of content, it does little to address the requests for “More!” that we’ve been getting so often. To that end, we’ve launched an IndieGoGo fundraiser to help bridge the gap between what we can fund, and what our viewers want to see.

Our base funding goal is $7,000, which would fully cover the production costs for another 16 videos: 12 regular episodes, and 4 themed and holiday specials.

The intent of this campaign is to put together as many new videos as we can manage, and to get our viewers more involved in the process by providing new fan-centred content such as the special episodes, giving out perks to all of our contributors, and reaching out to viewers who aren’t Starlit Citadel customers (a sizable chunk, since 78% of our viewers live outside Canada).

We’ll be posting regular updates directly on the fundraiser page, and will be adding new promo videos to the YouTube channel in addition to our regular releases. Let us know if there are perks or stretch goals that you’d like to see us add to the campaign, and please don’t hesitate to spread the word to your friends, family and gaming group if you want to see even more of our videos. Thanks for your support!