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The Kickstarter/Crowdfunding thread

posted by Darth Marsden on - last edited by Jennifer - Viewed by 33.3K users
Since there's probably going to be a fair few Kickstarter projects that aren't done by Tim Schafer, I thought it might be nice to start a separate thread for all the little games on Kickstarter that don't get as much exposure.

For example: Feeble's Fable: The Legend of Runes by Atomic Chimp Games. Another point-and-click adventure game, but this one is going for more of a cute and charming feel. It definitely looks interesting, though they've nowhere near the backing they need. :(

And another: Americana Dawn by one guy, Max K. Lambert. It's a freeware retro-styled RPG about the French & Indian War and the American War for Independence. Kickstarter page is a little bare (he doesn't actually say what he needs the money for, for one), but it looks like an awesome game.

So let's see what other Kickstarter projects you think is worth shining a little light on!
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  • Hey all,

    I would just like to mention that Torment: Tides of Numenera by inXile entertainment:

    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/inxile/torment-tides-of-numenera

    is about to end in less than 7 hours. If you haven't yet heard of it or are still thinking about to pledge go to the site and check it out. Now is the time before it's too late :D
  • Damn! That's not enough time to raise ten thousand dollars!
  • Alcoremortis;784255 said:
    Damn! That's not enough time to raise ten thousand dollars!
    Try telling them that. ;)
  • Yeah, but I can't start a kickstarter campaign to raise ten thousand dollars so that I can fund a different kickstarter campaign.

    I'm pretty sure that's against their rules.
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    Now look where the scheme comes into Harebrained Schemes. This from their brand new backer website:
    Now, that may prompt the question, “What about DRM-free?” To honor our original promise of a DRM-free version of the game, the Harebrained Account Website will also contain a downloadable version of Shadowrun Returns that does not include Steam integration. While this version will include the Seattle story (and Berlin, via a one-time update), without Steam integration, it will be unable to browse and play community-created stories from within the game. Any future DLC will only be available through Steam.

    This is SICK. SICK. SICK. SICK. Absolutely inacceptable. I am crowd funding DRM free games exclusively so that I DO NOT add to Steam's stupid monopoly. I have not given these guys money so that they can cut fundamental parts out of the main Shadowrun game and make them Steam exclusive.

    These bastards will hear from me.
  • Steam's not a monopoly though, there's still GOG, Desura, Origin (BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA) and some other stuff. Gamersgate.

    Anyway, can Indie Gogo crowdfunding projects be posted here as well? Also not really a video game, but more of something traditional.

    Been funding this one, which is basically funding a shrink wrapping machine for custom produced tabletop games. It already reached its main goal, but now they're aiming at the first stretch goal, which is FREE shrink wrapping for every customer FOREVER.

    Also, their other stretch goals are new custom items you could use for your own game you can design or something, so yeah.
  • To be perfectly fair, there's not really a way to get user-created content without some way of... distributing that content. Same with the DLC. There's not a really good way of distributing it unless they go to GoG or something.
  • Vainamoinen;785404 said:
    This is SICK. SICK. SICK. SICK. Absolutely inacceptable. I am crowd funding DRM free games exclusively so that I DO NOT add to Steam's stupid monopoly. I have not given these guys money so that they can cut fundamental parts out of the main Shadowrun game and make them Steam exclusive.
    They're cutting NOTHING. They said the core game (and the Berlin extra) will both be DRM-Free. It's just future DLC and community-made stuff (that they wouldn't officially support anyway) that is Steam only.

    The core game, the thing you pledged money for, is still going to be DRM free.
  • Darth Marsden;785419 said:
    They're cutting NOTHING.
    I have to disagree.
    Shadowrun Returns Pitch" said:
    One of the things that we feel most strongly about is that the world of Shadowrun was created for all of us to tell stories within. That’s one of the beautiful things about in-person tabletop role-playing—the stories are extremely relevant to you and your friends because they were made by you and your friends.

    In honor of that tradition, we plan to release our PC-based level editor when we release Shadowrun Returns so that everyone can create their own Shadowrun stories & “runs”. When you upload your stories, you can make them available to your Friends Only or the entire Shadowrun community.
    They promised a DRM-free version, and yet that version won't have access to a part of the game that they "feel most strongly about", which is there so "everyone" can create their own runs. Modding is a pretty important part of the pitch and cutting it out for people who don't use Steam, after promising a DRM-free edition, is kind of shitty.

    It's ALSO kind of shitty to raise money on the backs of folks who want a DRM-free version of the game, and the abandon and refuse to support them once the core game is complete. People who backed under the assumption that they'd get a version of the game sans-DRM and then telling those same people that a major feature and all future support are being pulled, at the very best, is something that technically follows the letter of the promise while pulling the rug out from beneath them when it comes to the spirit of the thing, leaving many of their earliest and most fervent supporters stranded and considered second-class citizens.

    When the message is "We have your money, your support can now be taken for granted", that kind of sucks.
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