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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Understanding Kicktraq Project Pages - Part One

I’ll admit it - I have an Kickstarter problem.

I’m on the platform several times a day checking for new RPG games to back and watching the comments and updates on the projects I’ve already backed.

I love the community and seeing the creativity of all the game designers plus I’ve met some awesome people like Doug Shute of Victory Condition Gaming and Alan Bahr of Gallant Knight Games.  

There are some seriously talented and creative people breathing life into worlds and game frameworks on Kickstarter.

If you are a Kickstarter and RPG game addict like me who wants to get more involved in the success of your backed projects, or a game designer who wants to get his or her table top RPG or board game funded, there is a tool that you should be utilizing - Kicktraq.

If you have never heard of Kicktraq - despair not! In this series of posts, I’ll cover the basics of Kicktraq including how to use it to both find great projects to back and how to help boost your backed projects. 

If you are a RPG game designer, Kicktraq is definitely a tool that you want to do a little research and leverage for successful campaigns.

Now let’s dig into Kicktraq and discover the goodies.

Finding RPG Kickstarter Projects on Kicktraq


There are a few ways to find your backed RPG projects on the Kicktraq website.

First, you can type in the name of the project in the upper left hand search page. The field will remember past searches if you choose to use this in the future.

You can also select the link for the Kicktraq Hotlist. I cover the Hotlist in detail in a separate article.

The Hot List is of course, only a small portion of the main Kicktraq page - in another article in the series we’ll look at the other details main page menu.

The Kicktraq Project Page 


The Kicktraq project page for a Kickstarter project has several areas that are useful for tracking your created or backed project.

The pages is actually split into thirds - you have the project summary, the dynamic charts and then the news section.

In this article we’ll cover the upper third of the project page.

The KickTraq Product Summary


The project summary is the upper third of the Kicktraq project page.

Let’s go over each of the separate sections of this upper third.

At the top of the upper third is a header. This contains the title of the project on the left and a countdown to the end of the project’s Kickstarter campaign on the right.




On the far left of the page in this section you have a thumbnail of the project. This is taken from the picture - or the first frame of a the video - on the campaign tab of the Kickstarter project page.

Directly underneath this picture are links to the project and for social sharing.

We’ll cover the use of these links in a future article on how project creators can use these buttons to increase the visibility of their project and engagement of their backer community.




The middle column of the the top third of the Kicktraq project page contains a bunch of information starting off with a short description of the project - this is actually the subtitle of the project as it appears on the actual Kickstarter page.

Below that in a gray band is the category of the project - also taken from it’s listed category in Kickstarter.

Just below the category is a summary of the project which includes

  • Backers
  • Average daily pledges
  • Average pledge per backer
  • Total funding of the project compared to its goal
  • The dates of the project
  • The creators of the project - this is a link to the creator’s bio on Kickstarter.





The final piece of the middle column is a place for project creators to add tags to the project.

As the Kicktraq staff mentions in an article on tagging, creators should take some time to add tags to their projects to increase visibility in searches. 

To add tags click the  “+Suggest” button to get a dialog to look for approved tags. If you don’t see a tag that fits your project you can click on the link just below the suggestion field to submit a tag for Kicktraq’s consideration.




The final area of the top third is an a glance summary of the current funding as expressed in money and percentage of goal as well as the general trend of what the project may get for funding by the end of the campaign. 

The general trend is also expressed as a monetary amount and percentage of goal.

We will cover projections and trends in the next article on the middle third of the Kicktraq project page.

Until then - onward and upward with your Kickstarter campaigns!

About the Author


Michael Harrington is a cyber security course designer and instructor by trade and an self-diagnosed RPG addict. He first started playing RPGS with the original TSR Dungeons and Dragons back in elementary school.


He does freelance writing on the side and is the author of a book on using Google Earth in digital forensics. His Twitter account is @voidmarked and he’s working on a new website - www.rpgbruh.com.

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