A5 Gamer's Notebook

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Thursday, 1 January 2015

Squarehex January Sale

The Squarehex sale starts today and will run until Thursday 15th January. In it you will find savings on a selection of printed mapping pads along with a small range of games and books. Some of the items are limited stock so order early to avoid disappointment.

Squarehex January Sale Link


Sunday, 28 December 2014

Squarehex Review of 2014

This post is a short review of my gaming business activity for the year. 

Kickstarters
In 2014 I ran 5 Kickstarter campaigns. They were all successful, with some making several times the amount set as a funding goal. Kickstarter has helped me build a range of printed pads and notebooks that I am immensely proud of. I cannot think of any better way to fund and market such niche products. All of my Kickstarter projects are carefully planned in advance. I usually set aside about 15% of the funding as a contingency pot for the project, which if not used up then becomes my profit. In the planning stage I look at a vast array of funding outcomes from 100% all the way up to 2000% (20 times the funding goal). My golden rule for Kickstarter is: Only start a new project after all the rewards from the previous one have been posted.

This year I also ran my first pre-order for print run of Isometric Mapping Pads. Although it was not as successful as an equivalent Kickstarter, the pre-orders still accounted for around 30% of the print run. It also allowed a much faster turnaround than a Kickstarter making it ideal for smaller projects.

2014 Kickstarters
  • A4 Numbered Hex Pad
  • A4 & A5 Grid Pads
  • A2 Battlepad
  • A6 Gamer's Notebook
  • A5 Gamer's Notebook


Exhibitions
I've taken stands at 6 UK conventions this year. Attending the shows is a great way to reach new customers. They can be hard work, but having done quite a few of them now, I'm finding the preparations for them a lot easier. They are also made a lot easier thanks to the help of my wife, who's assisted me at all of this year's shows. One thing I have found is that it is almost impossible to guess what will and won't sell at a show. We've sold out of an item at one show, and then stocked up for the next one and sold none of that item. Selecting what to take to shows is a very careful balance of what will fit in our small hatchback and what can be merchandised on a 2 metre stand. We tend to overload both the car and the stand.

2014 Shows
  • UK Games Expo
  • Continnum
  • Concrete Cow
  • Dragon Daze
  • Derby World Wargames
  • Dragonmeet


Website
The Squarehex website is something that I would like to have developed further this year. For now though it remains just a basic shop front open to customers from all around the globe. It features all the products created from past Kickstarters and a small selection of games and accessories.

Business
Squarehex as a business started in Spring 2013. Before that I had published issues of Oubliette (first issue was 2010) but that was very much a hobby activity. With Squarehex I planned to run it as a business, but one without any financial pressure to meet a given level of revenue or profit. My hope was that in the first year the business would make enough money to cover the its internet and storage costs. It achieved this with ease and this year it looks set to do better again. The growth of the business has also meant that the stock has moved from a 75 sq' storage unit to a 160 sq' unit.

Whilst the scale of the business is modest, I've still made sure that it is run correctly. For every Kickstarter I keep full accounts detailing income and expenditure along with profit and loss. Every project is also carefully planned and budgeted for. I want to make sure that the business is sustainable, and no from watching other Kickstarters that one poorly planned project can be lethal to a business in the gaming industry.


So that was this year, if I get a chance I'll post a follow-up article in the New Year detailing my plans for 2015. Thank you to everyone that has backed my projects, bought things from the webstore, or from our stand at a show this year. Also look out for the Squarehex January Sale which starts on New Year's Eve.


Monday, 1 December 2014

A5 Gamer's Notebooks Kickstarter is Live!

Following on from my last project to print A6 Gamer's Notebooks, I've now launched a new campaign to fund an A5 version.

The project launched last night and is already 50% funded. Here's a link to it:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1730454032/a5-gamers-notebook


Friday, 14 November 2014

Squarehex Free Shipping Weekend

This weekend (actually from now until I wake up on Monday) I'm offering FREE UK shipping on all Squarehex orders over £15. I've also added a few more RPG books and a selection of popular board and card games to the site. To get the free shipping simply enter FREESHIPPING1 at the checkout.
Overseas customers that spend over £15 before shipping will get a manual £2.90 postage refund against their orders and don't need to enter the code.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Gamer's Notebooks Now 20% More Pages

The Gamer's Notebook Kickstarter has just a few hours left to run. In the last 24 hours it hit a major Stretch Goal which adds 10 extra pages to the notebooks making them even better value. The campaign ends at midnight.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1730454032/gamers-notebook

Friday, 17 October 2014

Gamer's Notebook Last Day

The Gamer's Notebook Kickstarter has got just 33 hours left to run. It is currently sitting at 438% of the original goal, and less than £100 away from the Extra Pages Stretch Goal. These would make ideal Christmas presents for gaming friends and cost from just £2 (when you buy 10) each with UK delivery. The campaign also includes our very cool "Pencil+1" as an add-on and free with many of the reward levels. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1730454032/gamers-notebook




Wednesday, 15 October 2014

A2 Battlepads now on Sale

The A2 Battlepads from my last Kickstarter have now been added to the Squarehex.co.uk site. They can be bought as a single pad of 12 sheets for £6 or in a 2-pack for £10. I've also added the matching Planner Notepads which cost £1 each and come with a sheet of Battlepad joining stickers. The Battlepads are set as UK delivery only due to their size, but Overseas backers are welcome to contact me directly for a shipping quote.

Here's the links to the new listings:
http://squarehex.myshopify.com/collections/square-hex-pads/products/a2-battlepad-pack-of-2
http://squarehex.myshopify.com/collections/square-hex-pads/products/a2-battlepad
http://squarehex.myshopify.com/collections/square-hex-pads/products/battlepad-add-on-pack