The Indie Game Developer Network (IGDN) helps indie game creators create, publish, and promote games. The IGDN is a volunteer network of pen-and-paper, card game, LARP, and board game designers who aim for quality. The group seeks varied views, especially from underserved gaming niches. Women, people of colour, LGBTQIA, and those with disabilities are urged by the network to join.
In 2022 the IGDN is back and running both a sponsorship application where they can help others and funding where you can help them.
Designers from a marginalised community can apply for a 2022 IGDN Diversity Sponsorship. The deadline is the 9th of October.
- An IGDN mentor for three+ months with monthly meetings
- Meetings with game industry professionals. Designers chose guests based on their interests and availability.
- Game playtesting.
- A share of all cash raised to utilise as needed. Your mentor can answer questions and advise you on budgeting.
- One-year IGDN membership. (IGDN process required)
Or, if you can help the IGDN, there’s a GoFundMe to do so.
The IGDN supports a scholarship for diverse game creators to attend Metatopia. Diversity isn’t accidental, and tabletop gaming is no exception.
This sponsorship will be distributed equally among the beneficiaries’ projects.
- $25: a simple spot illustration
- $50: one-hour discussion with a sensitivity or cultural consultant
- $75: a professionally printed board game prototype
- $100: basic copy editing of 30 manuscript pages
- $150: 1500 words of game design/writing
- $200: a detailed, one-page, colour map
- $250: basic graphic design and layout for 30-50 manuscript pages
- $300: Larp space rental
- $500: a detailed, full-colour book cover or box front illustration
The program has be running for nine years with 2021 recipients including Alé Fierro, Ema Acosta, Rodolfo Eduardo “Ari” Santiao, Theta Chun, Ximena De Ariño.
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