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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Kickstarters

Is anyone else as sick of kickstarters as I am? I hate to be the bearer of the ring of doom, but could we just possibly tone it down a bit? I realize that begging and the selling of relics were real professions in the middle ages, he says tongue in cheek, but enough already. I realize that advertising and hyperactive capitalism is also the American way but. quite frankly, I'm starting to feel like I need to take a shower after reading some of these kickstarters that promise the world on sticks with cash and prizes. I'm wondering if anyone has seen anything really good come out of a kickstarter yet anyway? I'm not saying I haven't, but how long does it take to see returns on a kickstarter, beyond the prizes you get for donating your beer money?

9 comments:

Unknown said...

Agreed. I also feel like larger companies should be less involved in Kickstarters. I envision this as a means for the little startup to get some momentum, not for the risk of a new product line to be put on the backs of customers and fans of a company when they want to explore new areas. They should have funding for that set aside and a solid plan in place that they have confidence in to limit their risk. I feel like they are basically saying, lets try this and if it flops at least we are not out anything just those folks who pitched in $5 and $10 and so on...
Not what I'm looking for from my favorite companies.

Medriev said...

Absolutely. I am a customer not an investor. I will buy a finished product if it looks good but I refuse to fund ideas that might get made if enough money is raised.

Vinsane said...

I am of mixed feelings on this. I am getting tired of Kickstarters, mainly because there are a lot of things I see that I would like to support.

While I do find it cheating for established companies to use this to secure funding for products, I would have them rather utilize kickstarted than not taking the risk at all. What I dislike about kickstarter is the elimination of the local gaming shops from the process. These places provide a place for us to get together and try out new games and what kickstarter does is soak up a lot of the customers. I believe this is a travesty, and something we as a community would need to address. I'm not sure how though.

Richard A. Hunt said...

@Vinsane: Thanks for your comments, sir!

blindedscience said...

There are some great things coming out of Kickstarter, but you have to be willing to wait for them. In particular, I love the Pathfinder gem, "It Came From the Stars". Lots of miniature projects such as the Reaper Bones project have made sure that I'm well-stocked for miniatures for a long, long time at a discount price. I'm currently anxiously awaiting Cthulhu Wars so that I have ample miniatures for the horror-themed campaign I just started. As long as you carefully review what you're backing, the benefits can be immense (cheaper items, exclusive items, stuff that will never reach market, etc).

blindedscience said...

There are some great things coming out of Kickstarter, but you have to be willing to wait for them. In particular, I love the Pathfinder gem, "It Came From the Stars". Lots of miniature projects such as the Reaper Bones project have made sure that I'm well-stocked for miniatures for a long, long time at a discount price. I'm currently anxiously awaiting Cthulhu Wars so that I have ample miniatures for the horror-themed campaign I just started. As long as you carefully review what you're backing, the benefits can be immense (cheaper items, exclusive items, stuff that will never reach market, etc).

The Mad Gamer said...

I halfway agree. It's one of those things that I like indie developers having it so they have a chance to make it. I mean, I can't wait to see what we get from Star Citizen, as well as Wasteland 2 and the new Tex Murphy games. Not to mention it brought us FTL and Cards Against Humanity. At the same time, there are a lot of things that were funded then ended up failing. But that's the nature of it. It's not even like a preorder where you know it'll come out, it's a straight up gamble.

Plus I, for one, would totally donate to a kickstarter that had something like the calendar generator I saw in this blog from a few years back.

electryc03 said...

I picked up the bones II from Reaper for my tabletop minature collection from kickstarter, my only project I backed. The other ones so so. I kind of hate the early access for kickstarter computer games. It's kind of nice that developers listen people on how they develop a game. It has its drawbacks as well when a few vocal minorities cry until they dull down a system so much the game ends up bland to the rest of the masses.

electryc03 said...

Kickstarter Bones 2 from Reaper is the only thing I have backed in Kickstarter. I see other cool projects there. I am tired of the 'early access' perks for Computer games where they construct games on the users feedback. Sometimes that can bite a game in the ass when you have a vocal minority that cry and cry to dull someones vision in an inept attempt to create some 'balance' that the majority hates when they receive the final product