Robert Burke looks for players.
… The Belmont family man spends office hours as a banker. On nights and weekends, he combines artistic talent with an interest in board games — a recipe that’s paying off.
To scope potential interest and investors, Burke turned to Kickstarter, an online source for crowdfunding.
Visitors to the site peruse the plans and decide whether to donate, usually in exchange for rewards such as advance copies of the project or other product-related paraphernalia.
If the creator raises enough money to meet the initial goal, he or she gets the cash, minus the 5-percent fee Kickstarter charges, as well as any credit-card processing costs.
Burke said the atypical fundraising technique has paid off. Cartoona made it onto game-store shelves with the help of more than $16,000 from Kickstarter supporters.
Online investors anteed up $4,000 for Gnomes and $37,000 for a card game called Battle for Souls.
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