KickStart This: Week of Aug. 12, 2013

kickstarterWelcome to another edition of KickStart This. I ended up taking three weeks off due to other projects taking up time and preventing me from writing (aka no downtime to research projects and tell you more about them). Throw in being out of town, school starting for my son, etc., and I got a wee bit behind. So, now I’m playing catch up.

Just like previous weeks, we’ll take a quick look at the KickStarter Projects mentioned in our previous articles to see how they are doing funding wise before we look at this week’s projects. This will catch up on the funding of all projects that weren’t finished when the KickStart This Week of July 15 article went live.

 

Project Standings as of August 11, 2013

  1. The Question Block Lamp by 8-Bit Lit raised $131,480 of its $100,000 goal, making the project 131% funded. Many thanks to Linsey who told me of this project. I look foward to seeing these unique gaming lamps available for purchase in the near future.
  2. Frontiers exceeded it’s initial goal of $50,000 and was 315% funded. Total amount raised: $157,381.
  3. LFG and The Fork of Truth, unfortunately failed to meet their funding goal on July 19, achieving only $225,382 of the $600,000 to make the game. While a lot of the followers were saddened by this, Blind Ferret and crew are re-evaluating the project to see what they should do – perhaps another KickStarter with less lofty goals. Hard to say at this point.
  4. The History of Sierra Online Through a Documentary unfortunately failed to meet its goal of $125,000. The project only raised $28,872. This was a documentary I was personally interested in. The funding period ended Aug. 5. Hopefully the people involved look to other ways to fund the project as it would be neat to watch this documentary.
  5. Leadwerks: Build Linux Games on Linux is 212% funded, achieving $42,359 of it’s $20,000 goal. It achieved 3 stretch goals: Android and Ouya for everyone with the program, Blender Integration, and 64-Bit Builds. I look forward to the finished product.
  6. Gamers vs. Zombies comic series is another project that didn’t succeed in funding raising only $415 of their $7,200 goal.
  7. Pandemia: A Zombie Apocalypse in Your City by Francesco Elia only raised 222 Euros of the 29,000 Euros needed.
  8. Satellite Reign by 5 Lives Studios successfully funded July 28, raising 132% of its goal.
  9. Liege by John Rhee more than achieved its funding goal of $15,000 and raised $81,459, making it 543% funded. This group, like others, has an ability to still support the project through their website/Humble orders if you missed out supporting the project. So if you still want to donate, find out details here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/codagames/liege?ref=category
    It looks like all of their Stretch Goals were unlocked as well. Way to go 5 Lives Studio and their backers!
  10. Heroes of Video Game Music Album and DVD by Rick Ede also was successfully funded, achieving 201% of its 7,000 pound funding goal. Learn more about the funded project here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1998295508/heroes-of-video-game-music-album-and-dvd?ref=live

Now to look at other gaming related projects needing funding. This week we look at

1. Bring Revolution 60 to PC and Mac by Giant Spacekat

revolution-60With 18 days to go, this project has already met, and exceeded, its low goal of $5000 to get funded. Seeing as it raised it’s amount in under a week, you have to ask, just what is Revolution 60? Well the project originator describes it as “…Heavy Rain meets Mass Effect with an all-girl cast, made with the Unreal engine. One choice changes everything.”

Premiering at PAX East as an Indie game for iOS, Revolution 60 was praised as “One of the best games you’ve never played,” by MSN. Now it’s developers are wanting to bring it to PCs and Macs. But to do that, they need help. Thus, this crowdfunding project.

Not only will this get the game out to people without iOS devices, it will help the team complete the game.

They have reached their initial goal, which will get anyone who backs with a minimum of $20 a PC Copy of the game. If they reach their stretch goal of $10,000, then everyone who has backed a minimum of $20 will get a copy for PC and Mac. Not a bad deal at all.

The basis of the game, found on their website, is this: “Players will control Holiday, a trained assassin using intuitive gestures with the touchscreen. They will make the decisions that will make her mission to N313 succeed or fail. Players will make moral choices and live with the consequences. Will they side with Minuete, the rogue commander hellbent on completing her mission? Or with Amelia, the engineer determined to figure out what went wrong? “

So if you like the idea of the game and have a few dollars to spare, help support them in reaching their stretch goals to complete the game and port the game over to PC and Mac.

For more information on the game: http://www.revolution60.com/

To check out the Kickstarter and perhaps back it: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/spacekat/bring-revolution-60-to-pc-and-mac?ref=recommended

2. DemonWars: Reformation by R.A. Salvatore

demonwars-reformation-savatoreSalvatore is creating a new, old-school tabletop RPG. Let me repeat that with a little embellishment. R.A. Salvatore, known throughout the D&D realms as defining the drow race and creating memorable and enigmatic characters is creating his own RPG.

Normally, I’d say this is all that would be needed to make thousands of us nerds say “Take my money!” But sadly, that seems to not be the case, as there are 18 days remaining in the funding period and the goal hasn’t been reached. Honestly, I’m surprised that it wasn’t reached within the first few days – the goal is only $50,000. As of Aug. 11, the funding is at $43,802 – a little more than $6,000 from the main goal.

There are many, nice rewards for backers. For as little as $1 you get access to the forums for the RPG and a thank you in the book. The next level, for as little as $5 you get the same rewards as the $1 tier, but also a digital copy of one of his new books. For as little as $35 you can get a digital copy of the RPG book. For $50 you get a lot more: forum access, a Special Thanks entry, a digital copy of the complete game book and novella, and a professionally designed, high quality hardcover game book, signed by the authors. The reward levels just go up from there – all the way to $3,000 – but $50 for a hard copy of the book signed by the authors is not bad at all.

The initial funding goal covers producing a high-quality 320-page game book, complete with game rules, setting, a brief adventure and hooks into a larger story arc. The game book will include 16 original pieces of art, half full-color and half black-and-white. Like most Kickstarter projects, this one also has stretch goals, some relatively low, then the highest goal of $150,000. The highest goal shows them that there is an interest in the books and future projects related to it.

As I enjoyed playing old-school tabletop games in the past and when I can in the present, I strongly encourage you to take a look at this project and possibly toss some funds its way.  Check it out here:  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/rasalvatore/demonwars-reformation-0?ref=recommended

3. Crash Point by Indie Pup Games

crash-point-gameThis Kickstarter has come across my various newsfeeds a few times, so I decided I should probably look into it and see what it’s about. Crash Point is a cyberpunk-themed, 2D video game where you play as Val, a blacklisted mercenary, on her way to Avalon Prime. There are many ways to overcome obstacles, including combat and solving puzzles.

Crash Point is being produced by Indie Pup Games and they hope to have it released at the end of 2014 or at the latest, in the first part of 2015.

The team has raised 10% of their $40,000 goal, but has 45 days remaining to reach their goal.

While it is a 2D game, the graphics are unique and they show a good sampling of the main characters, mutants and the world in which you will be playing in. Like most other video game projects, they break down what the money is needed for. Their goals are modest and here’s their explanation on why they need the funds:

“Most of the money is going to go to the development team. We’ve asked for just enough to fully support two of our team members for over a year and provide the rest of the team with enough funds to devote after work hours to the project.

We are lucky to have a team that is capable of making, the art, music and sound for this game. So we don’t have to commission any of that from outside sources.

Most of the project so far has been done on free software like Gimp and Unity. Gimp has been great but it has some limitations, we’d like to purchase Photoshop for a few of our team members and to buy more sophisticated sound editing software.”

They also have unique music, which is always a plus for games.

I think this Kickstarter interests me because they are completely honest as to where 80% of the funds are going – and let’s be honest, 80% of $40,000 to fully support two team members for a year is not a whole lot of money – all things considered. That means they believe in their project and are only asking for enough money to get by, which is amazing.

If you like old-school looking games, check this one out as it will be coming out for PC, Mac and Linux. And if you like it enough, perhaps you will consider contributing to the project: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/10589586/crash-point?ref=recommended

4. Tanglers – Stealth driven by dark 20th century avant-garde by Alex Harvey

tanglers-gameThis project is completely funded with a little less than a day and a half to go before it receives its funding. That being said, the name is what caught my attention while looking for projects to feature in this week’s article.

The game is described as “a dark, uneasy game – an exploration of broken cities and landscapes” where stealth plays a large role in discovery.

The footage that they’ve shown thus far makes the game look dark and creepy – exactly as its described. I find myself at a lack of words to describe what I’ve watched, so the best I can say is, check out their Kickstarter, watch the videos, see what they’re up to, then if you have an interest in supporting them, contribute to them to help them reach some of their stretch goals in what little time the project has left.

For more information on Tanglers, check out: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1841885340/tangiers-surrealist-stealth?ref=category

5. Warmachine: Tactics by Privateer Press Interactive

warmachine-tactics-mainWarmachine: Tactics is, unsurprisingly, completely funded by its completion date of Aug. 10. It’s also not surprising that it exceeded its funding goal of $550,000 by $1,028.950, raising a total of $1,578,950 in 30 days. In addition, all of their stretch goals were reached, adding a lot of content, playable factions and characters to the game.

Warmachine: Tactics is a “Turn-based tactical combat game for PC and Mac, set in the steam-powered world of the award-winning WARMACHINE tabletop game.” The game can be played in campaign mode or multiplayer, adding to its appeal to fans of RTS games.

Everything about this game looks amazing, from the art to the design to the rewards for donating to the cause. Of course, I expect nothing less from Privateer Press Interactive – they are known for producing quality products.

Even though the project is funded and completed, I strongly suggest checking out the project in case you hadn’t heard about it and are interested in it. This is definitely a game to buy when it comes out. Check out the Kickstarter project here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/409030043/warmachine-tactics?ref=category

This concludes this week’s KickStart This. Check out the previous editions below:

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About Grace "Kayhynn" Snoke

Grace Snoke is a corporate journalist and author who enjoys gaming, reading, writing and jewelry making. Outside of her day job, she writes for a number of sites including: Video Game Scoreboard.com, Obsolete Gamer, SciTech Nerds and for a couple blogs and sites she owns. You can learn more about her adventures as an author here.

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