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Our ‘Essen Edition’ Kickstarter is live. Support Industry Journalism at Spiel 2019

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We’ve launched our Kickstarter, The Essen Edition, to bring you coverage from Spiel in Essen, Germany. Get access to the stories early, grab a limited edition t-shirt, or get your company logo listed on every story as a sponsor.

Since November we have grown Tabletop Wire with news briefs and small stories. We have written about the manufacturing, finance, retailing, publishing, media and more. We have been to the GAMA Trade Show, and this August we will be at Gen Con

Conventions, like these, are a great place to find stories. In fact, our 4-days at Gen Con are already packed with interviews from all sorts of people in the tabletop industry.   

This kind of travel is not cheap. Our bill to attend Gen Con is over $1,000, and that is just for airfare and housing. 

And while revenue from advertisements and our Patreon have grown, we don’t have the funds this year to attend one of the most important tabletop industry events.

Spiel, in Essen, Germany is the epicenter of the international tabletop industry. We feel like we need to be there. Maybe you can help? 

Here’s the plan. We’ve launched Tabletop Wire: The Essen Edition.

You help us get to Germany. We will use our time in Essen to meet and interview tabletop companies from all over the World. We will ask them about trends, mergers, tariffs, employment and more. We will ask them important questions about the industry and where it is going. We will seek out as many international connections as we can make.   

We will then publish a group of stories we are calling:  Tabletop Wire – Essen Edition. These stories will published before, during and after the show. We anticipate they will be done by December. And for helping us, we want to let you read the stories first. 

We are going to keep this simple, so we won’t have any stretch goals or fancy rewards. Here are the pledge levels.  If we raise more money we will use it to hire local reporters and photographers to help us. 

Associate Producer 

You have our gratitude. You will have access to our Kickstarter updates. We will also list you as an Associate Producer.

Supporting Producer

You will have access to our Kickstarter updates. You will also have early access to all the stories we publish. We will list you as a Supporting Producer.

Producer

You will have access to our Kickstarter updates. You will also have early access to all the stories we publish. We will also send you a Tabletop Wire T-shirt. (Shipping is extra.) We will list you as a Producer.

Sponsor

You will have access to our Kickstarter updates. You will also have early access to all the stories we publish. We will also attach your company logo as a sponsor to all the stories. We are limiting this to four sponsors. Sponsorship does not entitle you to any special coverage or consideration. 

What do you say? Click here to back the Essen Edition.