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KickStart This: Sept. 6 – PAX Prime Edition

kickstarterWelcome to another edition of KickStart This. This marks article number eight in the series for this year and is coming to you a few days late due to our trip to PAX Prime and being overwhelmed with the awesomeness that is PAX.  Okay, truth be told, helping to run a booth and doing interviews as media is hectic and I had no down time to process any articles once I did the interviews.  So we’re a wee bit late – okay almost 5 days late – but better late than never.

Before I take a look at the projects to talk about this week, let’s take a quick look at the KickStarter Projects mentioned in our previous articles to see how they are doing funding wise.

Project Standings as of Sept 4, 2013:

Now to look at projects that we found interesting for this week.

tabletop-connect1.  Tabletop Connect: 3D Virtual Tabletop for Windows and Mac by Carl Pinder

Have you ever wanted to play RPGs with friends who have moved far away, making it almost impossible to play a good game locally.  Some of us have substituted and used Skype to play RPGs with friends who have moved elsewhere.  But now we have the opportunity to play with our friends via Tabletop Connect, a 3D Virtual Tabletop that lets you play with your friends as if they were right there with you.

This project launched Aug. 24 and has raised $13,725 – a little more than half the funding goal of $22,000.  The project has 16 days remaining to reach its initial funding goal.

The program is intended to launch with the ability to play any RPG system through it – so from my understanding you could play anything your heart desires whether it be D&D 3.0 or 4.5 or Star Wars RPG or Pathfinder.  That makes the system very flexible for gamers.  Or, if you prefer to play with miniatures, you can do that with the program as well.

The game comes complete with an ability to create/fill in character sheets from any character sheet that is in an image format as well as auto-mapping software.  The auto-mapping software is neat because it will keep things hidden and move your character the number of tiles accurately without you having to count it out. Factor in that the developers intend the game to be DRM free and it’s a win-win situation.

For as little as $10, you get the players edition of the game which will allow you to play in the overall game.  For $35 you get the GM’s edition which includes 12 miniatures and 3 terrain sets.  The perks only go up from there.

So if you’re interested in playing various RPGs with friends from days past, you might want to check this out – and get your friends to check it out too and donate for either player or GM versions as it will help you bring back the fun times of days past.  The project can be found here:  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/840448191/tabletop-connect-3d-virtual-tabletop?ref=category

case-for-humanity2.  Case for Humanity by Greg Spence

This project doesn’t really need a lot of help as it is already way over it’s initial funding goal of $1,000.  It currently sits at almost $19,000 raised with 12 days to go.

This project is to create a wooden case for the card game Cards Against Humanity.  Cards Against Humanity currently has more than 700 cards if you have purchased all the sets.  As it is a game people like to bring with them to play with others, it only makes sense that someone might be interested in a wooden carrying case.

Correction, so far 382 backers have been interested in the Case for Humanity.  And I’m sure with all the folks who bought out the Cards Against Humanity packs at PAX, there will be even more interested.

The cool thing is, this can be used for any card game, not just Cards Against Humanity.  So if you play Dominion or Magic: the Gathering or anything else, it would work for that too.

Both stretch goals have been reached for the project, so all funding will be going into buying materials and such to make the product.  For as little as $25 you can get all the parts to put your case together yourself – great for DIYers. For $40 you get a full assembled case and better perks the higher you go.

Even though it’s fully funded, if you’re interested in pick up a box, I strongly suggest checking it out and contributing to it: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gspence/case-for-humanity?ref=category

tetrapulse3.  Tetrapulse by David Laskey

Tetrapulse is a cooperative game where players must save the planet they are on using the only thing available to them – their life force.  The idea for this game came from the Global Game Jam.

The game promises a game that requires co-operative play in order to win.  Players will have to work together to get the Heartstone and move it to where it is needed to provide defenses for that area.  Which makes it an interesting game to play.

For as little as $10 you get a digital copy of the game + a personalized Vine video and a thank you in the game credits.  If you’re a big spender, you could drop $10,000 to get a one and only unique 4 player version of the game on an arcade cabinet.  Pretty sweet.

With 18 days to go, the team has already raised $5,587 of their $15,000 goal.  If it’s a game you think you’d be interested in, check it out here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/575525637/tetrapulse?ref=category

starcraft-universe4.  Starcraft Universe by Upheaval Arts

This one caught my eye because even though I haven’t had time to play Starcraft, I am a fan of Starcraft and mods for Starcraft which is exactly what this project is.

Starcraft Universe is defined as “telling a story set in an alternate reality, where the ending of StarCraft II:Wings of Liberty has a grim conclusion for Kerrigan. Without the Queen of Blades to stop the hybrid’s assault, the protoss are overwhelmed and defeated. In this reality, what would the survivors of these shattered worlds do? StarCraft Universe tells this story.

StarCraft Universe (SCU) is a game mod (Note: it is not a standalone game) for StarCraft II. Originally named World of StarCraft, SCU focuses on telling an epic story and intense combat action, as well as highly replay-able multi-player experiences. StarCraft Universe will be released as a series of custom games published through Battle.net.”

The game promises new monsters, bosses AND character classes as well as a ton of other stuff.

The project has been backed by more than 1,200 people and has raised $69,755 of the $80,000 needed to make it a successfully funded project.  With four days to go, the project is likely to get the funding it needs, but just in case it still needs a boost, check it out and see if you like any of the perks and donate what you can.  The project also has a number of stretch goals to achieve if they reach their initial funding goal.   The project can be found here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/747939120/starcraft-universe?ref=category

video-game-artwork-posters5.  Video Game Artwork Posters by Matt Stott

This project just barely exceeded its funding goal of 1,000 pounds, raising 1,604 pounds total, as of its end date of Aug. 26.

Matt’s designed some minimalistic video game-related posters to decorate your gaming area with.  With designs ranging from Mario Bros. to Space Invaders to Halo, he’s bound to have something you would like to have adorning your wall.

With 10 designs already created, he plans to do a limited run of professionally printed and numbered prints of the designs and ship them to whoever ordered them.

Matt had some interesting perks, including for as little as 10 pounds, you could get all 10 prints as postcards or for as little as 20 you could get a single, numbered print shipped to you.

Even though the project is finished, check out his artwork here:  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1506296950/video-game-artwork-posters

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

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KickStart This: Week of Aug. 26

kickstarterWelcome to another edition of KickStart This. This marks article number seven in the series for this year. Advanced warning, while the road to hell is paved with a ton of my good intentions, it is my intent to have another article ready to go a week from today. However, as we will be at PAX, it may be on time or it may be late, depending on how swamped I am from PAX.

Moving on… each week I find a surprising number of interesting projects to talk about and then I have to narrow them down to cover for this weeks article. Often times, I select projects that are just started, in their final hours or were something I had not heard of, but was successfully funded.

Before I take a look at the projects to talk about this week, we’ll take a quick look at the KickStarter Projects mentioned in our previous articles to see how they are doing funding wise.

Project Standings as of August 26, 2013

  • DemonWars: Reformation by R.A. Salvatore also has 3 days remaining and has also reached its goal. Currently this project sits at $69,401 of the $50,000 goal. The first three stretch goals have been achieved. This project still has a lot of stretch goals outline for what money will be used for if they get more. They are $599 away from the next stretch goal. So even though the project is completely funded, if you want to make the project better, check out the stretch goals, then donate. The project can be found here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/rasalvatore/demonwars-reformation-0?ref=recommended
  • Crash Point by Indie Pup Games has only raised a little more than 10% of it’s $40,000 goal. With 5 days remaining in the project, it could use a little push – though I am unsure it will do much good at this point as they are still at $4,244 of the $40,000 needed. Check it out and see if it’s something you can support: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/10589586/crash-point?ref=recommended
  • The Devil Walks in Salem by Peter Adkison was funded 109%, achieving $43,730 of the $40,000 needed. Good luck to Hostile Work Environment on the projects they have lined up!
  • Enspira Online is at 17% funded with 11 days remaining. To succeed it needs to raise $18,000. It currently sit at $3,026 of what is needed. Check it out and see if it’s something you want to contribute to: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/enspiraonline/enspira-online?ref=live
  • Video Games Live – Level 3 – Game Composers of the World Unite by Tommy Tallarico is at 49% funded, sitting at $121,599 of the $250,000 needed to be funded. This project has 17 days to go. We will be sitting down with Tommy at PAX Prime to interview him about Video Games Live and this project. If you haven’t experienced Video Games Live in person, I strongly suggest you look for the PBS program on it on YouTube. You wont’ be disappointed. After that, check out his project and consider donating to it: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1916334303/video-games-live-level-3-game-composers-of-the-wor?ref=live

Rage Against Hel by Sean Eike is at $575 of $25,000 needed. He does have 24 days left to go to achieve his funding. Please, check out what he has going for the project, then consider donating. If you can’t afford to donate, but like what he has planned, share the project with others. His project can be found here: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/rage-against-hel

With the conclusion of the projects from previous weeks, we move on to projects for this week, which includes a twisted tale of a snake, a staged funding campaign launched after a Kickstarter project was canceled, an expansion to a game, a gaming convention and a mobile game.

1. Man vs. Snake: The Long and Twisted Tale of Nibbler by Andrew Seklir & Tim Kinzy

man-vs-snakeThis is another project that I have to add a disclaimer to as I know several of the main people involved in the documentary, most notably Tim McVey and Walter Day. That being said, I may be a little biased in wanting to see this documentary get funded, but at the same time, it is also a Kickstarter Staff Pick, so I can’t be totally wrong in that desire to see it funded.

The documentary focuses on Tim McVey and his goal of achieving the highest score ever on a video game on the classic game, Nibbler., and the other competitors in the industry, including Dwayne Richards and Enrico Zanetti The documentary has been five years in the making and is now in its final stages where it needs funding to complete the project.

The current funding goal is $53,470. Thus far, with 25 days remaining, they have raised $20,022.

Donations start at a minimum of $10 and for that amount you get a thank you tweet and some other minor digital perks. At $25 you get a digital copy of the film.

There are also some really cool pieces of artwork available through donating, drawn by none other than Don Bluth. To get one of those concept art pieces, the donation is a minimum of $350.

Like other projects, there are stretch goals as well. If $78,000 is raised, it will cover animation. if $106,000 is raised, they will have an original soundtrack.

Check the project out. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/playlandpictures/man-vs-snake-the-long-and-twisted-tale-of-nibbler The reward tiers get better with each tier and a lot of unique artwork is available when you donate over a certain amount.

2. Precinct Game through Staged Funding.

precinctSo what is Precinct?

Precinct is a new police adventure video game created by Jim Walls, creator of Police Quest., where you play Officer Maxwell Jones as a rookie and work your way up through the ranks.

What is “Staged Funding”?

If you’re like me, you’re wondering what “Staged Funding” means. According to the press release I received, a good definition was given:

Staged funding allows creators to break up a campaign into multiple funding goals to develop early prototypes and demos by which backers can track the project. With Precinct’s staged funding model, the team hopes to deliver more accountability, communication, efficiency and flexibility than current “all-or-nothing” crowdfunding campaigns:

  • Accountability: Multiple funding stages allow the team to prove their vision and development skills with early builds.
  • Communication: An open-ended campaign will ensure better community-building and long-term communication throughout development.
  • Efficiency: Expensive “rewards” have been separated from the campaign to guarantee that 100 percent of funding goes towards development.
  • Flexibility: Backers can pledge any amount at any time to receive early builds and a digital copy of the full game upon completion.

Okay. That makes sense. Have several goals, broken down by goal points and what they can achieve if they reach their funding. Similar to what IndieGoGo does with the flexible funding campaign, but without the charges and fees associated with it.

What are the funding stages?

There are four funding stages:
$25,000 provides a proof of concept.
$90,000 will allow for a more indepth example to be produced without having to create as much backend for it.
$250,000 will allow for a game demo to be produced.
$400,000 will allow for the full game to be produced.

The funding currently sits at $11,956 with more than 400 supporters.

To pledge towards the Precinct project visit: www.precinctgame.com. Interact with Jim Walls directly at https://www.facebook.com/JimWallsPrecinct and follow Precinct on Twitter @PrecinctGame using the hashtag #precinctgame.

3. Awesomenauts: Starstorm

Awesomenauts-starstormI was alerted to this Kickstarter by Awesomenauts PR manager, Jasper Koning. I have Awesomenauts, but haven’t played it a whole lot, but what I have played, i enjoyed. So when I saw they were doing an expansion via Kickstarter, I thought I’d take a look.

Launched Aug. 19, with 23 days to go, the project has already met and exceeded its goal of $125,000 and currently sits at $136,636 in funds raised.

The expansion promises to release new characters, new features and a new place to do battle. All new characters will be available on the PS4 expansion when the game releases.

The project has stretch goals as well, with the first stretch goal unlocking at $200,000 and the last stretch goal unlocking at $630,000 with at least half a dozen intermediary stretch goals between.

Minimum donation is $5 and gives you a bunch of digital wallpapers. A $15 donation gets you the DLC for the game through Steam as well as a game key for Awesomenauts on Steam – if you don’t own Awesomenauts already, this is a great way to get the base game and the expansion. Donation tiers increase in prizes as you go, maxing out at the $10,000 tier level.

While the game has reached it’s goal, it is still a little more than $60,000 from its first stretch goal and it would be great to see it go further than that. Check out the project below: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ronimo/awesomenauts-starstorm?ref=home_popular

If you don’t own Awesomenauts, or are not familiar with the game itself, check it out here: http://www.awesomenauts.com/

4. Grassroots Gaming Expo

20130720084524-GGE_2013_LOGO_copyThe third annual Grassroots Gaming Expo is once again seeking funds to fund the project in the Video Game Capital of the World, Ottumwa, Iowa. Organized by Elizabeth Bolinger, her husband Josh, and others from the local gaming community, Grassroots Gaming Expo replaces a previous event held in 2010.

This is a flexible funding campaign, meaning the group gets the funds whether or not they meet or exceed their goals – so every donation counts. You can purchase advance tickets, gamer packages and vendor packages through the IndieGoGo Campaign.

Check them out and if it’s something you think you can support, consider donating through their project page here: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/grassroots-gaming-expo-2013–2

5. Edo Superstar by Jed Henry

edo-superstarEdo Superstar is a game for iOS, Android, Mac and PC Platforms described as “a fighting RPG with a gorgeous Japanese style!”

What’s surprising about this Kickstarter is that it doesn’t matter what your donation tier is, every backer is guaranteed a copy of the game – which means the minimum donation level is $10. So at $10, not only do you receive a copy of the game, but also a PDF copy of the Art Book/Strategy guide. The prizes go on up from there, some even including Woodblock art, original artwork and more.

Launched on Aug. 6, the project has raised $28,286 of its $60,000 goal. With 9 days remaining, it seems like it may need some boost from fighting game fans and fans of Japanese art. The project page shows a lot of the unique artwork that will be available in the game. I strongly suggest checking it out and perhaps even contributing to get some of the artwork if you aren’t interested in the game.

The project can be found here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1499165518/edo-superstar?ref=discover_rec

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

Do you want to have your KickStarter promoted/reviewed on this site? Or do you know of a KickStarter or similar crowd-funding platform based project that is gaming related that you want promoted? Submit it to gracesnoke@videogamescoreboard.com

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.

KickStart This: Week of Aug. 19, 2013

kickstarterWelcome to another edition of KickStart This. This marks article number six in the series for this year, number seven if you count last year as well.  Each week I find a surprising number of interesting projects and then I have to narrow them down – which is not easy.  However, we have narrowed them down for this week.

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.

Project Standings as of August 18, 2013

  • Bring Revolution 60 to PC and Mac by Giant Spacekat is still raising funds and is past its initial goal of $5000 and are nearing the stretch goal of $10,000.  With 11 days to go, the funding sits at $8,064 with 249 backers!  If you want to support them, check out the project here:  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/spacekat/bring-revolution-60-to-pc-and-mac?ref=recommended
  • DemonWars: Reformation by R.A. Salvatore also has 11 days remaining and has also reached its goal.  Currently this project sits at $53,720 of the $50,000 goal.  This project still has a lot of stretch goals outline for what money will be used for if they get more.  So even though the project is completely funded, if you want to make the project better, check out the stretch goals, then donate.  The Kickstarter for this project can be found here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/rasalvatore/demonwars-reformation-0?ref=recommended
  • Crash Point by Indie Pup Games has only raised a little more than 10% of it’s $40,000 goal.  With 12 days remaining in the project, it could use a little push.  Check it out and see if it’s something you can support: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/10589586/crash-point?ref=recommended
  • Tanglers – Stealth driven by dark 20th century avant-garde by Alex Harvey exceeded its goal of 35,000 pounds to raise 42,006 pounds for their game, completing funding on Aug. 13.  Good luck to Alex and his team on this game!

Now that we have reviewed the projects from last week, we can look at some new ones.  It is interesting to note that all of these Kickstarters are from people on my friend’s list or that I follow in some way/shape/form through social media.  This week we look at a film based off an adaptation of a roleplaying game session, a game produced by a staff member who used to work on Ultima Online, Video Games Live’s Kickstarter Project, a comic book needing funding by a friend of mine who has helped out with gaming events in the past, and a funded project that is a game based on dubstep.

1.  The Devil Walks in Salem by Peter Adkison

devil-walks-in-salemThis project while under the name of Peter Adkison, is from a group called Hostile Work Environment LLC founded by Peter Adkison, who is the founder of Wizards of the Coast and owner of Gen Con.  The goal of the company is to promote short films, webseries and feature films for gamers.

This will be their first project, if it gets funded.

With 56 hours to go as of 5 p.m. CST on August 18, the team is a little less than $9,000 away from the funding goal of $40,000.  So it seems the need a little push.

The Devil Walks in Salem: Who is the real witch in Salem is slated to be a narrative film inspired by the Salem Witch Trials and based on an actual roleplaying session on the topic.   This project is planned to be a 30-minute short.

In addition to this film, funds raised will also help to complete a documentary on gamers as well as allow a short film of actual gameplay in a roleplaying session of Fiasco to be produced.

I know at least one other gamer who works with Hostile Work Environment, so I think it would be really neat to help this project along.

If you like the idea of the project and wish to learn more, or just want to donate, check out the project here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/peteradkison/the-devil-walks-in-salem

2.  Enspira Online by Kirk Black

enspira-onlineThis project was brought to my attention by one of the posters on UOForums, mentioning that one of Ultima Online’s previous developers, Runesabre, was trying to fund a new video game project.  Hearing that I had to look into it.

Enspira Online seems to be an MMORPG with non-violent gameplay  targeted at children.  The game is currently in internal alpha testing.

In many ways, it looks like a child friendly Farmville targeted at children, getting them accustomed to the quests and rewards while letting them interact on a limited basis with other players.

The project has 19 days to raise the remaining $15,000+ to reach the $18,000 goal.

While the project seems interesting, and different, I’m always hesitant when it comes to MMOs targeting children.  However, it does have potential, so I would encourage you to look into it and if you think it’s worth it, consider donating.  You can find the project here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/enspiraonline/enspira-online  The game website is here:  http://www.enspiraonline.com/

3.  Video Games Live – Level 3 – Game Composers of the World Unite

video-games-liveTommy Tallarico of Video Games Live launched a KickStarter project Aug. 14 to raise money to produce Video Games Live third album.

I’ve attended one Video Games Live show – and want to attend more – and own one of the two currently available albums.  A lot of money goes into making orchestral albums and the amount Tommy is trying to raise is only a fraction of the costs needed to pay for the orchestra, choir and studio time, in addition to other costs involved.

All they are looking to raise is $250,000, which will cover a fraction of the costs needed to just record the album, pay for the musicians, etc.  Tommy and others are pouring other money into the project to make it happen.  More importantly, they are not looking to make a profit off of the project.

As of Aug. 18, the project is sitting at $96,753 of the $250,000 needed.  For as little as $5 you get a digital copy of Video Games Live – Bonus Round.  For as little as $10 you can get the album they’re raising funds for.  Not a bad deal.

Check it out, see which deal is best for you rewards wise, and consider contributing: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1916334303/video-games-live-level-3-game-composers-of-the-wor

4.  Rage Against Hel by Sean Eike

rage-against-helWhile this is not exactly gaming related, the creator of the comic – in some technical ways – is.

I’ve known Sean for a couple of years now, enjoyed seeing his drawings through Facebook in addition to the amazing work he did designing the trophies that were distributed in 2010 at the International Video Game Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.  So when I saw he was doing an IndieGoGo for this new work, I thought it would be nice to promote what he’s doing as well.

Sean Eike describes the project as:

“Rage Against Hel” is a story that I have wanted to tell for a while. It brings Nordic tales and tradtions to light in a story about a young woman named Tanngnidr Huginnson (no one in the story really knows about her past) who thinks she is one of Odin’s Valkyries trapped in the modern world. Most people pass it off as her being an eccentric person but in reality she is two souls trapped in one body as part of a plan by Hel, guardian of the underworld, to take over the world. The four part mini-series will explore Tanngnidr’s relationship with her single mother roommate, Emily, and the struggle with the two souls in her mind. Will she be able to confront Hel and restore hope for the world of the living?”

He has a current goal to raise $25,000 in the next 30 days.  So far, he has raised $425 in this flexible funding campaign.  A majority of the funds needed go to the printing and associated costs therein.  But he needs this money to make the comic book happen.  And honestly, $25,000 isn’t a whole lot to make a comic book happen.  For as little as $20, you get an unsigned copy of the comic book.  And rewards go up from there.

Take a look at the project, and consider donating: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/rage-against-hel

5. DUBWARS – Play until you DROP by MURA Interactive LLC

dub-warsThis is another gaming project that was more than funded by the project in the time it ran.  DUBWARS raised $34,509 of the $30,000 needed.

DUBWARS is described as “a music game that combines the mechanics of a top-down shooter with the power of dubstep and electronica music. Your weapons are synced to the music creating times of intense weapon load outs and calm moments where your survival skills are tested.”

Similar to a game called BeatHazard, at least from the initial description.

DUBWARS is in current beta on the OUYA system and was showcased, receiving a lot of praise, at E3.  With a full list of artists whose songs will be featured on the game as you battle your way through waves of enemies, DUBWARS will appeal to gamers who love music based games.

This game looks like fun and might even be tracked by us in the near future.  Check out the information available on their KickStarter:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1206692245/dubwars-a-dubstep-fueled-top-down-twin-stick-shoot  Or, visit their website: http://dubwarsgame.com/

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

Do you want to have your KickStarter promoted/reviewed on this site?  Or do you know of a KickStarter or similar crowd-funding platform based project that is gaming related that you want promoted?  Submit it to gracesnoke@videogamescoreboard.com

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.

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:

Do you want to have your KickStarter promoted/reviewed on this site? Or do you know of a KickStarter or similar crowd-funding platform based project that is gaming related that you want promoted? Submit it to gracesnoke@videogamescoreboard.com

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.

KickStart This: Late July 15, 2013 Edition

kickstarterWelcome to another edition of KickStart This.  I’m a day behind getting this written and posted as other things consumed my time this weekend – editing a novel and watching Pacific Rim and Lord of the Rings.  Okay, maybe it was needed downtime.  Either way, we’re back with another article.

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.

Project Standings as of July 16, 2013

  • The Question Block Lamp by 8-Bit Lit is at $114,075 of a $100,000 goal.  This Kickstarter has exceed its goal with a little less than 2 days left.  If you’re sitll interested in helping to fund it, check out their project here:  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1189253589/the-question-block-lamp?ref=live
  • Frontiers has less than a day to go, and  has already reached it’s initial goal of $50,000.  In fact it’s 280% funded.  Current amount funded is $140,439 with the next stretch goal unlocking at $150,000.
  • Mind’s Eye Theatre: Vampire the Masquerade is funded at $239,995 of $60,000 needed – 399% percent of their goal.  I’ll be honest, I ended up backing this project to get a hard copy of the book.  It will be a $35 well invested.

  • LFG and The Fork of Truth is at $210,546 of $600,000 to reach their initial goal.  With only 3 days to go, they too could use a push for funding.  Check out the project here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1412277313/lfg-the-fork-of-truth?ref=live  They did a really cool 30 hour live stream last week which pushed them over the 1/3rd mark, but these guys really do deserve the funding.
  • The History of Sierra Online Through a Documentary is at a little less than $14,000 of the $125,000 needed to produce the documentary.  With 20 days remaining, they too could use a bit of a boost and promotion.  Check it out here:  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/772847014/the-history-of-sierra-on-line-through-a-documentar

  • Leadwerks: Build Linux Games on Linux is completely funded with 15 days to go.   They are currently at $24,007 of their $20,000 goal.  A little less than $2,000 needs to be raised to reach the stretch goal of $26,000 to be able to add Ouya game development to the program.  Check it out here:  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1937035674/leadwerks-build-linux-games-on-linux
  • Gamers vs. Zombies comic series is another project that isn’t doing so hot on the crowdfunding front.  At a dismal $563 of their $7,200 goal, and 12 days to go, they could use some support to reach their goal.  Check it out here:  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/eurekacomiclabs/gamers-vs-zombies-issue-0?ref=live

Now to look at other gaming related projects needing funding.  This week we look at a zombie survival game for Android and IOS platforms, an RTS game from the creators of Syndicate Wars, a game based on reimagining 16-bit classic games,  a video game music album, and a successfully funded video game webseries.

1.  Pandemia: Would You Survive a Zombie Apocalypse in Your City by Francesco Elia 

pandemiaWhile this project has closed – temporarily – on IndieGoGo, I’ll still talk about it because it is being re-launched on KickStarter in the near future.

The interesting aspect of the game is that it takes your real-time location into consideration while you are playing – so you are expected to play the game when you’re walking down the street.  This can be both a good and bad thing.  Good because it will allow you to interact with other players that will show up on your map – bad because you may not want to interact with other players.  It also can cause distraction – which can be dangerous to you as a walker on the streets; being run over by a car or bus is bad after all. The other disadvantage – your GPS must be turned on for the game to work, which means the developers know where you are at all times.

And I’ll be honest, that’s the only thing that interested me about the game – the fact you can interact wtih others while playing and it takes into account where you are in the world to change the game – but being unable to play it without GPS turned on, or without being able to play when you’re chilling at home makes it less appealing.  And perhaps that is why the funding on IndieGoGo was not going so well.

The game is slotted to be a Free2Play game with items you can by via RMT.  They do have a way to contact them and tell them about concerns, so that may help as well.

If you’re interested in the game, learn more about it here, then wait for their KickStarter Project to be announced: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/pandemia-would-you-survive-a-zombie-apocalypse-in-your-city

2. Satellite Reign by 5 Lives Studios

satellite-reignWith 12 days to go, this KickStarter project is two-thirds of it’s way to completion with £238,803 pledged of £350,000 goal.  The game is being promoted as a cyberpunk, class-based RTS game where you are fighting for control of your city.  There are three ways to achieve your goal: brute force, infiltration or propaganda.  What method you use is up to you.  You, the player, are trying to overthrow the mega-corporations that are in charge of everything?  The ultimate reason – whether to take over for yourself or to free everyone – is up to you.

If you are familiar with Shadowrun, this definitely has the Shadowrun feel to it.

Like most KickStarters, this team has stretch goals, which if reached, will improve the overall quality of the game.

And for those that don’t have a currency converter on hand, the team even provided a currency converter so you know how much to donate for what perks you want.  For as little as $25, you can get a digital copy of the game.

This game has potential and looks very well planned out and is being produced by an Inide Developer.  Check out the KickStarter and see what you can get for what you contribute to the project:  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/5livesstudios/satellite-reign?ref=category

3.  Liege by John Rhee

LiegeThis project is already more than 200% funded with 12 days to go.  They have raised $32,231 of their initial $15,000 goal – which means they can now focus on their stretch goals and achieving them.  Already the first two stretch goals have been achieved and the third one unlocks at $40,000.

So what is Liege?  According to their Kickstarter page, Liege is:

  • A party-based, tactical role-playing game for the Playstation 4, Vita, PC, Mac, iOS and Android.
  • A game that’s inspired by Japanese RPG classics, chess, and others.
  • An interactive epic about ordinary people like us, placed in fantastic, larger-than-life circumstances. In equally vague terms, it’s a game about family, power, love, death, and other way serious, totally heavy things.

Perhaps the most interesting part about the game is that is planned as a trilogy which is scheduled to have the first game released in 2014.

I do love reading their descriptions of the game and what’s expected in each area, then the summary.  For example:  “tldr: War epic for grown folk. Think more GoT, less FFXIII– in RPG form!”

Unlike other game Kickstarters, he doesn’t have a chart showing what the breakdown of the funds being raised will be used for, which would be nice to see, but not a reason to not fund it.

If you’re interested in the game and would like to be a contributor, check out the KickStarter here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/codagames/liege?ref=category

4.  Heroes of Video Game Music Album and DVD by Rick Ede

heroes-of-video-game-musicIf you enjoy listening to video game music soundracks, can name the game a song came from or enjoy attending Video Games Live concerts – this project will definitely interest you.

Heroes of Video Game Music Album and DVD is promising to be a compilation more than 20 of the games’ industry best composers to create a unique album celebrating the music in video games.

The KickStarter gives a great description of what they hope to achieve with the project:  “Between them they’ll create a host of new and re-worked tracks that will celebrate the wealth of styles and genres that we’ve seen in games across the decades. There’ll be some classic chip-tune styling in there, as well as some of the more cinematic, orchestral tracks too, and everything in between. We’re hoping to create at least one new piece that features contributions from ALL of our artists, something that will be a truly international collaboration. “

For as little as $25 (if my conversion is correct), you can get digital download versions of the album.

While this project is completely funded with £9,222 raised of the £7,000 goal, if you’re interested in supporting the project, you have 12 more days to do so.  If you’re wanting to hear what some of the composers have created in the paste, or wanting to contribute, check out the KickStarter page here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1998295508/heroes-of-video-game-music-album-and-dvd?ref=live

5.  Video Game High School: Season 2 by Freddie Wong

video-game-high-schoolThis is a successfully funded KickStarter, that completed Feb. 12, 2013 with $808,341 raised of the $636,010 needed.

So what is Video Game High School?  From it’s KIckstarter, it is described as “… a series set in an alternate reality where professional video gaming becomes the biggest spectator sport in the world. It follows Brian D, an aspiring pro gamer who lands an invitation to VGHS, the most prestigious gaming academy in the world. Think Hogwarts, but instead of spells and magic wands, it’s headshots and IBM Model M keyboards!”

Season 1 was successfully funded in 2010 and has has received over 40 million views and is now available on Blu-Ray, DVD, iTunes, Netflix, as well as Xbox and PS3.

Season 2 promises to be a 6 part series covering more drama, scandal and competition between the main characters.

Move over King of Kong, you’ve got some fictional competition.

Check out the KickStarter, which is complete, but has a lot of information on the series as well as a link to Season 1. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/freddiew/video-game-high-school-season-two?ref=card

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

Do you want to have your KickStarter promoted/reviewed on this site?  Or do you know of a KickStarter or similar crowd-funding platform based project that is gaming related that you want promoted?  Submit it to gracesnoke@videogamescoreboard.com

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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