Kickstart madness

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Paul H
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Leisure Suit Larry is the latest kick-starter to go up.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1451923705/make-leisure-suit-larry-c...

It's been an interesting few months.

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gotta say I like it.. simple

gotta say I like it.. simple but just enough to be "cool" . With a new house I been planing some poster for my "fun" room.. I have some 5 foot by 4 foot Clockwork Orange posters i used to have hung ( yes a huge fan) but was thinking something a bit more video gamey.. I like that one quite a bit, about the only thing i can say it it look a bit like a movie poster.. and even with the game graphics it might be mistekn for one ( but thats good in a way)..

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The poster portion of the

The poster portion of the Drifter space trading Kickstarter computer game came today.

Drifter poster

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Bill Loguidice
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Here is exactly what we're

Here is exactly what we're talking about in terms of what happens when a Kickstarter doesn't come through with its promise: http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/179789/Promising_Kickstarter_game_run...

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Bill Loguidice
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Good stuff, Clok. Clearly,

Good stuff, Clok. Clearly, the Kickstarter corporation has been anticipating some of this with their recent rules changes. I think we'll see a few more changes before they're done as well.

I'm personally up to 21 funded on Kickstarter, with only 1 of those not yet confirmed as successful, though I think it likely will, which is why I'm counting it. I have a handful of others I'm funding or funded on other, similar sites. I've stopped contributing to software projects - even ones I really, really want to like some of those recent CRPGs - simply because their delivery dates are often 2 years or more out. My personal limit is about six months or so from the funding date. After that, I won't even know if I'll still want the thing or my interests will change. Obviously, the ones that I'm interested in, I'll still support with a purchase upon release, which all these people/companies will need anyway.

I've been supporting homebrew stuff for years and have gotten burned a few times. Kickstarter is just a more formal and mainstream version of that, one with at least a few more controls in place. Obviously the balancing act is having sufficient controls while still allowing sufficient leeway for mis-steps and needed corrections during production.

What I'd personally like to see is projects started and/or deeply in progress request Kickstarter funding to put the final polish on or put into mass production. I think what's happening is that a lot of these are going from zero to production, which is why the intended delivery is years. Not good in my opinion and I think Kickstarter will likely tighten that further.

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clok1966
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I see more fully funded

I see more fully funded Kickstarters leaving the investors out in the cold.. I did say investors.. Seems like we are going to be seeing more.. One guy is setting up a site to show progress on funded kickstarter projects.. (not up yet) he posts some surprising things (true or not?).. once funded about 30% never post anything after.. people are just assuming all is well. There are several over $100,000 who where funded 6 months ago that have not produced updates or products (2 notable ones where just producing YOUTBE VIDEOS!!!!!! $100,000 to make YOUTUBE VIDOES!!!! MATT! get on that Kickstarter page!) he even claims one (game) that has made $2 million is going to announce "issues" by Christmas and its doubtful it will complete.

Please keep in mind this is all just talk.. but several of his post have been true.. (he currently writes for Forbes or so he says, and his name matches and the stuff he has in Forbes is kickstarter related) I would have posted a link.. but dang computer at work puked and i lost page i stumbled on while looking at game info sites.

so just some rumors and maybes.. I don't find it hard to believe they are failing.. I find it sorta hard to believe how people don't understand its an investment.. not a promise..But it sure seems people are scamming.. taking the money and running.. and that is wrong.

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Wow
Paul H wrote:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/obsidian/project-eternity
$65 for a boxed copy, not too bad. They've certainly got the talent needed to complete a really good game.

http://planetaryannihilation.com/
They just closed their kickstarter and and raised a hair over $2,000,000. The promo video (which is a mockup that doesn't use the engine) makes it look REALLY fun.

This is all so amazing...I'm THRILLED for them, but also ECSTATIC for us! Thank heavens this is happening on our watch, while these guys are still young and energized enough to make great new games the way they SHOULD be made--that is, with the designers, not the publishers/marketing people calling the shots.

It's so hilarious that just a year ago I was interviewing Chris and Tim and they were saying how impossible it was that we'd ever see a return to form because all publishers are willing to fund is lame ass FPS-style RPG wannabes. Hell, yeah.

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Paul H
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Obsidian throws their hat in the ring

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/obsidian/project-eternity
$65 for a boxed copy, not too bad. They've certainly got the talent needed to complete a really good game.

http://planetaryannihilation.com/
They just closed their kickstarter and and raised a hair over $2,000,000. The promo video (which is a mockup that doesn't use the engine) makes it look REALLY fun.

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Matt Barton
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The Makee Makee.

The Makee Makee.

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Bill Loguidice
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No link
Matt Barton wrote:

This is really one of the coolest ones I've seen!

Which one?

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This is really one of the

This is really one of the coolest ones I've seen!

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