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Running a Kickstarter: Part 2

So, Unpub 5 was AMAZING and I am so grateful to all of the fantastic playtesters and fellow independent game designers that I met last weekend. This weekend, I’ll have both Stars, Inc. and Amino! at BOSKONE 52. I was there this afternoon, and will be back from 10am to 3pm Saturday and Sunday. Stop by if you’re attending! With two weekends of conventions back to back, things have been a little crazy!

We have had a great start with the campaign for Amino! and over half of the early-bird rewards have been claimed. We will need your help to succeed, though, so please share the project with your friends: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cgsunit/amino-the-card-game.

More soon,

Running a Kickstarter: Part 1

I am so pumped up for today. Unpub 5 is open to the public in less than two hours. We’ll have a table for Stars, Inc. and Amino! there. In less than eight hours, I’ll be hitting the launch button for Amino! on Kickstarter!! I have been doing so much background work to make sure I am prepared for the twists and turns of running a tabletop campaign. I’ve been on the backer side of things dozens of times, but it’s not as easy to see the amount of work that goes into it from that end of the table.

One of the many places I’ve found for advice is a website for small business that posted a sweet infographic that I wanted to share with you all (click for full size):

 Make sure to check out our project! Link is at the far right under crowdfunding campaigns, and also at tiny.cc/fund-amino (after 4:00 EST today).
Thanks for reading!

General Status Update

Yikes, how has it been over two months since our last post?! Sorry for the radio silence! We’ve been working hard on our current projects. We’ve also set up a newsletter, and we’d love for you to subscribe!

Observing Journal: The majority of the progress we’ve been making on this project is deciding how best to bring it to the world, and extending our network of interested parties. We’ve been toying with the idea of breaking this down into several smaller texts that go into different astronomical objects and the observations you can make to learn more about each. Feel free to contact us if you’re interested in learning more.

Stars, Inc.: Stars, Inc. is at the point in its development where every small gameplay change requires several playtests to determine if (a) it has improved the aspect it was supposed to and (b) it hasn’t messed with any other gameplay aspects. We also just went through an overhaul of the planned components, which is both exciting and terrifying. We’ll be demoing this game at Unpub 5, a game convention in Baltimore, on February 7, and BOSKONE 52, a sci-fi convention here in Boston, on February 13-15.

Amino!: Carbon DioxideYou’ll be hearing a LOT more about Amino in the upcoming weeks. Development has been incredibly smooth, and we’re on track to put it up on Kickstarter soon! Our planned launch date is February 7th at 4:00pm EST, we hope to see you there on launch day! As always, the most up-to-date version of the rules can be found here on the website. Amino will also be featured at Unpub 5, February 7-8 at the Baltimore Convention Center. If you’re around, come say hi!

Thanks for tuning in!
Lauren, on behalf of the entire CGS Unit team

Shiny Kaylee Cosplay

While not a product of CGS Unit, I wanted to share another “crafty” project. For this year’s Halloween costume (and for cosplay at every convention I ever attend in the future haha), I decided it was finally time to make Kaylee’s jumpsuit.

There are plenty of blog posts across the net with helpful step of the process, but I found that many were outdated and linked to dozens of products/websites/etc. that no longer exist. I found Maggie’s Costume Site most helpful, since it collects tons of great reference photos. I won’t reproduce that content here.

Instead, I’ll list all the places I bought parts from, which I’ll hopefully try to keep track of broken links as time passes.


The top of the jumpsuit, showing also the shirt I picked and the heart patch (probably too close to center). This is before getting the flower patch on.



Below the bear patch on Kaylee’s left knee, there’s the Chinese character for “love.”


On the left hand pocket, there is a set of characters, meaning something along the lines of “travel safe.”


On the right knee, opposite the bear patch, is the Chinese character for “lucky.”


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