Matt Jacobs is creating Table Top Games
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patrons

WELCOME!
Hello! Welcome to my Patreon! Just the fact that you've landed here means that I owe you a great big thank you. You met me at a con or found me on Twitter or YouTube and bothered to invest your precious clicks in coming to see how you can support me in what I do. I appreciate that you would do that thank you for it!

Who is Matt Jacobs?
I am a freelance table top game designer & developer. I understand if you need a moment to unpack that previous sentence... That is a lot of adjectives. Simply put, I make board games, card games & dice games that I either sell to publishers or that I publish myself. Often times, when I tell someone that I do that, they ask, "Board Games? Like, Monopoly?" and I often respond, "Sure... Not exactly like Monopoly, but in the sense that my games are generally played at a table, sure, like Monopoly." 



Making table top games is a labor of love. Very few people in the industry actually make a living making table top games. That means that I hold down a full time job (I'm a technician at a fruit themed computer store) while following my dreams of making games. I also have a wonderful family! My partner, Alice Davis (also a game designer), and two amazing kiddos, Dawson & Olivia!

Kitten Klash


My first published game, Kitten Klash, was co-designed by my partner and I. We showed it to our friends and families, took it to local game nights in our community and went to conventions to test it. We worked for almost two years making Kitten Klash. Daily Magic picked it up and, a little over a year later, the game was published! Above is a little video of Stephenie Straw from BoardGameGeek playing Kitten Klash with Isaias Vallejo, Co-Founder of Daily Magic Games, that was featured on BGG's YouTube Channel.

Current Projects

Thieve's Den: I am currently helping with development on Thieve's Den. This game is designed by Alice Davis and will be published by Daily Magic Games in the near future.

XO: XO is a tactical, abstract game that I designed and is currently in final testing prior to self publication. Below you can see XO setup at a Playtest Northwest event at Blue Highway Games in Seattle. You can check out #xoabstract on Twitter and Instagram for posts regarding XO. I'm taking it to play test events & conventions for testing along with one of my other projects...



Chop Shop
: Chop Shop is a dice placement game in which players compete to get the most money before the cops bust up their operation. Below you see me (standing, cool hat, awesome beard) describing the game to a game designer friend of mine while we watch a bunch of other game designer friends of mine play the game at Gamestorm in Portland, OR.



What I'm Trying to Accomplish on Patreon
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As I mentioned earlier, there are very few people in the table top game industry that support themselves completely on game design and development. As a designer, I need to attend  conventions pretty regularly. These conventions provide me with a large number of people that I can test my games with. I attend (what averages out to) a convention a month. Most of those are right here in the Pacific Northwest, so that doesn't eat into the pocket book too terribly bad. However, there are larger cons that I would like to attend so I can test my games with people outside of my normal circle. These larger conventions also provide me opportunities to meet with potential publishers that I wouldn't normally have a chance to meet with. The three bigger cons that I hope to attend every year are UnPub in Baltimore, Maryland, Origins Game Fair in Columbus Ohio & BGGCON in Dallas Texas. In a perfect scenario, I would attend UnPub & Origins every year, then rotate between BGGCON and PAX Unplugged in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania every other year. Those two conventions were held the same weekend as each other last year, so attending both wouldn't have been an option. All told, including travel (gas, transit & flights), hotels & tickets to the events, I spend between $1500 -$2000 a year for conventions. I'm hoping that I can use Patreon simply to help with my convention budget.

Show Your Support
Just the fact that you got this far into this post is pretty awesome! There are several ways that you can support me and what I do, and not all of them require money. The first couple do, however:

1) You can become a Patron here. I've made a couple of reward tiers here that will give you some bonus me time or get you some games! 

2) You can head over to my ko.fi page and kick me a few dollars their. 

3) You can get in touch with your favorite game convention(s) and request that they invite me to come to the convention as a guest. Sometimes this means that the convention will pay for some of my travel expenses to come to the convention. They may give me discounts on getting a booth at the convention. They may give me free tickets and ask me to speak on a panel.

4) You can share links to my Patreon and/or Ko.Fi pages.

5) You can follow me on Twitter and/or YouTube!

In Conclusion
I am appreciative of any support that you feel willing to provide and thank you from the bottom of my heart just for reading about my crazy life for the few minutes that you have been. 
Tiers
Patron Only Feed & Con Calendar
$1 or more per month
At the $1 level, you get access to my Patron Only Feed! This is where I will be posting pictures and bi-weekly #DesignerDiaries. Check out my prototypes before they're really prototypes! I will also be posting my Convention Schedule here. Patrons will have access to my convention calendar which includes an itinerary for what I'm doing and where I will be during the convention.
Goals
2 of 100 patrons
When I reach 100 patrons, I will start doing monthly giveaways of a small game!
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WELCOME!
Hello! Welcome to my Patreon! Just the fact that you've landed here means that I owe you a great big thank you. You met me at a con or found me on Twitter or YouTube and bothered to invest your precious clicks in coming to see how you can support me in what I do. I appreciate that you would do that thank you for it!

Who is Matt Jacobs?
I am a freelance table top game designer & developer. I understand if you need a moment to unpack that previous sentence... That is a lot of adjectives. Simply put, I make board games, card games & dice games that I either sell to publishers or that I publish myself. Often times, when I tell someone that I do that, they ask, "Board Games? Like, Monopoly?" and I often respond, "Sure... Not exactly like Monopoly, but in the sense that my games are generally played at a table, sure, like Monopoly." 



Making table top games is a labor of love. Very few people in the industry actually make a living making table top games. That means that I hold down a full time job (I'm a technician at a fruit themed computer store) while following my dreams of making games. I also have a wonderful family! My partner, Alice Davis (also a game designer), and two amazing kiddos, Dawson & Olivia!

Kitten Klash


My first published game, Kitten Klash, was co-designed by my partner and I. We showed it to our friends and families, took it to local game nights in our community and went to conventions to test it. We worked for almost two years making Kitten Klash. Daily Magic picked it up and, a little over a year later, the game was published! Above is a little video of Stephenie Straw from BoardGameGeek playing Kitten Klash with Isaias Vallejo, Co-Founder of Daily Magic Games, that was featured on BGG's YouTube Channel.

Current Projects

Thieve's Den: I am currently helping with development on Thieve's Den. This game is designed by Alice Davis and will be published by Daily Magic Games in the near future.

XO: XO is a tactical, abstract game that I designed and is currently in final testing prior to self publication. Below you can see XO setup at a Playtest Northwest event at Blue Highway Games in Seattle. You can check out #xoabstract on Twitter and Instagram for posts regarding XO. I'm taking it to play test events & conventions for testing along with one of my other projects...



Chop Shop
: Chop Shop is a dice placement game in which players compete to get the most money before the cops bust up their operation. Below you see me (standing, cool hat, awesome beard) describing the game to a game designer friend of mine while we watch a bunch of other game designer friends of mine play the game at Gamestorm in Portland, OR.



What I'm Trying to Accomplish on Patreon
:
As I mentioned earlier, there are very few people in the table top game industry that support themselves completely on game design and development. As a designer, I need to attend  conventions pretty regularly. These conventions provide me with a large number of people that I can test my games with. I attend (what averages out to) a convention a month. Most of those are right here in the Pacific Northwest, so that doesn't eat into the pocket book too terribly bad. However, there are larger cons that I would like to attend so I can test my games with people outside of my normal circle. These larger conventions also provide me opportunities to meet with potential publishers that I wouldn't normally have a chance to meet with. The three bigger cons that I hope to attend every year are UnPub in Baltimore, Maryland, Origins Game Fair in Columbus Ohio & BGGCON in Dallas Texas. In a perfect scenario, I would attend UnPub & Origins every year, then rotate between BGGCON and PAX Unplugged in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania every other year. Those two conventions were held the same weekend as each other last year, so attending both wouldn't have been an option. All told, including travel (gas, transit & flights), hotels & tickets to the events, I spend between $1500 -$2000 a year for conventions. I'm hoping that I can use Patreon simply to help with my convention budget.

Show Your Support
Just the fact that you got this far into this post is pretty awesome! There are several ways that you can support me and what I do, and not all of them require money. The first couple do, however:

1) You can become a Patron here. I've made a couple of reward tiers here that will give you some bonus me time or get you some games! 

2) You can head over to my ko.fi page and kick me a few dollars their. 

3) You can get in touch with your favorite game convention(s) and request that they invite me to come to the convention as a guest. Sometimes this means that the convention will pay for some of my travel expenses to come to the convention. They may give me discounts on getting a booth at the convention. They may give me free tickets and ask me to speak on a panel.

4) You can share links to my Patreon and/or Ko.Fi pages.

5) You can follow me on Twitter and/or YouTube!

In Conclusion
I am appreciative of any support that you feel willing to provide and thank you from the bottom of my heart just for reading about my crazy life for the few minutes that you have been. 

Recent posts by Matt Jacobs

Tiers
Patron Only Feed & Con Calendar
$1 or more per month
At the $1 level, you get access to my Patron Only Feed! This is where I will be posting pictures and bi-weekly #DesignerDiaries. Check out my prototypes before they're really prototypes! I will also be posting my Convention Schedule here. Patrons will have access to my convention calendar which includes an itinerary for what I'm doing and where I will be during the convention.