Jolly Dutch Productions B.V. was founded in December 2017 by Alexander & Arnold to develop and publish board and card games. The two combine their love for board games and entrepreneurship, to bring joy to families and friends by getting them around tables and playing entry-level games.
Alexander focuses on the game mechanics and gaming experience, whereas Arnold’s focus is on getting the game ready for production and marketing. The two work with Henk-Jan Hoogendoorn as the designated artist for Jolly Dutch games.
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The team decided in early 2018 to launch their first crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter for Chartered: The Golden Age, but pulled the plug after a matter of days as it became clear there was not enough momentum to reach the funding goal.
In October 2018 the team relaunched a new version of Chartered: The Golden Age, this time with success. Within 24 hours the crowdfunding campaign reached the funding goal and by the end of the campaign the total funding added up to 284%.
A total of 1.389 people backed the project, thereby ensuring that the game went into production. Due to the plastics in Chartered, the production took several months but the supporters are still scheduled to receive their copies in mid/late May 2019. The game is also set to hit the first stores and conventions as of late May 2019.
Following the success of the Chartered Kickstarter campaign, Alexander, Arnold and Henk-Jan are working on the second Jolly Dutch game: Boogie Beasts. The idea behind the game was born in the summer of 2018 when Alexander took up skydiving. Following a number of failed and functioning prototypes, the team is currently working to put the finishing touches on the artwork for the game. Aiming to launch a crowdfunding campaign in June 2019, allowing delivery in October 2019.
The team is working on several other game ideas, ranging from large board games to light card games. They are also working on two expansions for Chartered: The Golden Age.