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KickStart This: Week of Sept. 23, 2013

kickstarterWelcome to another edition of KickStart This. This marks article number 10 in the series for this year.

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 23, 2013

  • Rage Against Hel by Sean Eike raised $1,469 of $25,000 needed. As it was a flexible funding program, Sean is going to continue on with the comic book and possibly have other funding projects later on. Check Sean out on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SeanEikeArtist or his project Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RageAgainstHel
  • Man vs. Snake: The Long and Twisted Tale of Nibbler by Andrew Seklir & Tim Kinzy achieved and exceeded their funding goal of $52,310, gathering a total of $61,440 and unlocking a stretch goal. Congratulations to the team. You can check out the project and updates to it here:  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/playlandpictures/man-vs-snake-the-long-and-twisted-tale-of-nibbler 
  • Precinct Game through Staged Funding. Funding for this project continues and is at $11,961. They still need to raise a little more than $13,000 to achieve their first stage of funding. Check the project out here: www.precinctgame.com. Note: This project has not raised any money in the last three weeks.
  • Awesomenauts-starstormAwesomenauts: Starstorm completed their funding project Sept. 18. Their initial goal of $125,000 was well exceed. They raised a total of $345,835. Congratulations to that team and to all the backers who helped it be successful. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ronimo/awesomenauts-starstorm?ref=home_popular
  • Tabletop Connect: 3D Virtual Tabletop for Windows and Mac by Carl Pinder exceeded its funding goal of $22,500 and finished with a total of $34,061, unlocking four stretch goals. If you haven’t had a chance to learn about this project, check it out here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/840448191/tabletop-connect-3d-virtual-tabletop?ref=category
  • Case for Humanity by Greg Spence is 3465% funded. That’s right. The project only sought $1,000 in funding and raised $34,650. Do you like card games? Talk about a very successful campaign. Congrats Greg!
  • Tetrapulse by David Laskey is sitting at a little more than half funded, with $11,750 of the $15,000 to be successfully funded. With a little more than one day remaining, he may reach it, but could still use the push. If you are interested in the game, check it out here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/575525637/tetrapulse?ref=category
  • The Bounty by Dave Vogt has seen some movement since the last article, raising $145 of the $2,500 sought to fund the project. This is a flexible funding project, so they will get whatever is donated, even if they don’t reach the goal. This project has 14 days remaining and every dollar will help them create a better project. Check out the project here: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-bounty
  • Attack of the Gelatinous Blob: RTS game meets tower assault by Paper Machete Games is at $1,817 CAD of the $20,000 CAD needed to fund the project. A fun game, check out the demo, and if you like it, consider donating in the next 16 days: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/353817188/attack-of-the-gelatinous-blob-rts-game-meets-tower/
  • Bionic Fighters- Super Smash Bros Style Combat by Imagination Vent failed to raise funding needed to make the game. A little more than $5,000 of the $75,000 needed was raised. I wish them luck in their future endeavors.
  • STEM System: The Best Way to Interact with Virtual Worlds by Sixense is still going strong having raised more than half a million dollars towards the project. With 18 days remaining, it will likely garner more donations and attention. Check out the project here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/89577853/stem-system-the-best-way-to-interact-with-virtual?ref=popular

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

tinker-deck-photo1. Tinker Deck-Steampunk Playing Cards by Tesh of Project Khopesh

This project recently achieved and exceeded its goal of $11,000 – it wasn’t close to that when I put it on my list to cover. With 11 days remaining and $11,270 raised, it looks like the Steampunk inspired playing card deck will make its way to production.

The Tinker Deck is described as “a set of fully customized playing cards, inspired by steampunk designs and old machinery. I’ve infused all of the art in the deck with textures from photographs I took in the mining town of Eureka, Utah. There’s just something fascinating about old, worn metals and machines. That photography trip inspired the Tinker Dice I designed, and really made this Tinker Deck come together.”

The success of the Kickstarter project (which it has been funded and now can continue to receive further funding) would decided whether or not this deck would be printed by Bicycle on card stock or on something else – since it reached funding, Bicycle will be printing the decks.

The project does have stretch goals and the cards would be a must have for anyone that’s into Steampunk. Check out the project and if you’re interested in a deck, consider contributing $11 (if in the U.S.) to the project. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tishtoshtesh/tinker-deck-steampunk-playing-cards?ref=category

shantae2. Shantae: Half-Genie Hero by Wayforward

This promising HD adventure game by the developer of popular games such as Contra, Adventure Time and Ducktales Remastered is close to reaching its Kickstarter goal of $400,000. With 10 days remaining and $395,910 raised, chances are this project will reach and exceed its funding goals.

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero puts you in play as the Genie Shantae where you fight monsters, dance, solve problems and more to discover who the new evil power in the world is and banish it. The game is set to be released in chapters, so you meet new characters and get to new levels as you go.

If they achieve the funding goal, three chapters and the ending of the game will be able to be completed, but like with most projects, they have Stretch Goals as well which will add different gameplay modes, extra chapters and more.

So if you like the idea behind the game and want to see it come to fruition, checkout the Kickstarter project and consider donating: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1236620800/shantae-half-genie-hero?ref=category

might-no-93. Might No. 9 by comcept USA, LLC

This project is 269% funded, raising $2,425,297 of the $900,000 it needed to get funded. With 8 days remaining and 5 stretch goals to reach, the project is bound to acquire more funding, which is why we’re looking at it.

Mighty No. 9 is described as “an all-new Japanese side-scrolling action game that takes the best aspects of the 8- and 16-bit era classics you know and love, and transforms them with modern tech, fresh mechanics, and fan input into something fresh and amazing!” The game is being designed for PC, but if enough funding is acquired it will be ported to consoles as well.

The other interesting topic behind the game is the point they have on their Kickstarter of: “Every aspect of development—art, level design, music, programming, etc.—is being handled by veteran Japanese game creators with extensive experience in the genre, and with Mega Man in particular, all the way up to and including the project’s leader, Keiji Inafune himself! Backers will have unprecedented access to seeing this team at work through blogs, podcasts, videos, concept art—the works!”
That makes the game sound even more amazing than before.

The Kickstarter page has a lot of information, art, and concept art for the project. Check it out, then perhaps consider contributing for stretch goals to be reached. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mightyno9/mighty-no-9?ref=category

River-City-Ransom4. River City Ransom: Underground by Conatus Creative

River City Ransom: Underground is an officially licensed, North American follow-up to one of the most beloved RPG beat’em ups of all time – River City Ransom. If you can ignore the fact it has been 20 years since the original game came out, it’s all good – and for anyone who enjoys retro games, the time between the games won’t make much of a difference, right?

If you like fighting games, this sequel should get your interest.

The project currently is sitting at slightly more than halfway to the $180,000 CAD goal and has 15 days to reach the goal. Check out the rewards for donating and if you have a few dollars to spare and like the game, consider donating. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/combitstudios/river-city-ransom-underground?ref=category

GCW-Zero-handheld5. GCW-Zero Open Source Gaming Handheld Device by Justin Barwick

This is one of those projects that also escaped my notice earlier this year when it was being funded because it was hidden under the Technology section (don’t worry, I’m checking that section regularly now).

This project was 183% funded by it’s funding date of January 28, 2013, raising $238,498 of the $130,000 goal.

GCW-Zero was described as an open-source handheld gaming device designed by gamers for gamers with a processor powerful enough to run classic PC games, emulate classic console games and run homebrew games. The Developers of GCW-Zero are also dedicated to making sure as many games and applications players want to have on it work on it.

Which explains why they got as much funding as they did.

This looks like an interesting handheld device and I hope to get my hands on one in the future.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gcw/gcw-zero-open-source-gaming-handheld?play=1&ref=search

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: Sept. 16, 2013 Edition

kickstarterWelcome to another edition of KickStart This. This marks article number nine in the series for this year. Since the Article for the week of Sept. 2 came out so late, we decided to skip the Week of Sept. 9 and just move forward with the article for the Week of Sept. 16.

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 14, 2013

  • Enspira Online raised $15,341 of its $18,000 goal. The funding period ended Sept. 7. Good luck to Kirk Black in his future endeavors – perhaps he’ll re-launch the project with lower goals.
  • Video Games Live – Level 3 – Game Composers of the World Unite by Tommy Tallarico was 114% funded, raising $285,081 of the $250,000 needed to be funded. Congratulations to Tommy and his team on the success of this project. If you haven’t checked out our interview with Tommy Tallarico from PAX Prime, check it out here.
  • Rage Against Hel by Sean Eike is at $1,282 of $25,000 needed. He has 4 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 Remember, this is a Flexible Funding project, so he receives whatever funds he raises for the project, even if he doesn’t achieve the goal.
  • man-vs-snakeMan vs. Snake: The Long and Twisted Tale of Nibbler by Andrew Seklir & Tim Kinzy has 6 days left to go and only needs a little less than $1,000 to reach their funding goal of $52,310. Tim McVey, Walter Day and many others that I know in the gaming industry are in this film. Check out the project and consider donating: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/playlandpictures/man-vs-snake-the-long-and-twisted-tale-of-nibbler If it reaches its funding goals, still consider donating as they do have stretch goals to help further the project along.
  • Precinct Game through Staged Funding. Funding for this project continues and is at $11,961. They still need to raise a little more than $13,000 to achieve their first stage of funding. Check the project out here: www.precinctgame.com. Note: This project has not raised any money since our last report on it.
  • Awesomenauts: Starstorm has already exceeded their initial goal of $125,00 and are currently sitting at $267,009. Another $3,000 in donations will unlock another stretch goal level which will unlock custom games. This project has 3 days remaining to achieve further stretch goals. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ronimo/awesomenauts-starstorm?ref=home_popular
  • Tabletop Connect: 3D Virtual Tabletop for Windows and Mac by Carl Pinder has exceeded its funding goal of $22,500 with 7 days to go. If another $2,000 is raised, the first stretch goal will be unlocked. This is a really neat idea and I hope to see it come to fruition – I would have fun playing games with friends across the U.S. Check it out here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/840448191/tabletop-connect-3d-virtual-tabletop?ref=category
  • Case for Humanity by Greg Spence is 2409% funded. That’s right. The project only sought $1,000 in funding and has raised $24,089 and has three days to go. Do you like card games? Do you like Cards Against Humanity? If so, you might want to look into this to get your case before the Kickstarter finishes: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gspence/case-for-humanity?ref=category
  • Tetrapulse by David Laskey is sitting at a little more than half funded, with $7,591 of the $15,000 to be successfully funded. With 10 days remaining, he may reach it, but could still use the push. If you are interested in the game, check it out here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/575525637/tetrapulse?ref=category
  • Starcraft Universe by Upheaval Arts was successfully funded as of Sept. 10, raising $4,918 more than their goal of $80,000. Check out the project for more information if you are a fan of Starcraft: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/747939120/starcraft-universe?ref=category

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

the-bounty-logo1. The Bounty by David Vogt and Gaming World Wide.

As with most projects that are started by people who I consider friends, I must disclose that David is a friend and a business associate before I promote his project – an upcoming video game that he is working to create.

The bounty is described, by David, as “a unique, retro styled, high score based RPG. A roguelike with a classic arcade edge. It’s meant to challenge the player, and inspire them to push their limits further. You start your game, and delve into the dungeon; everything you do rewards you with points. But there are no shops, no inns, no safehouses. Once you die, you die. You’re awarded your score, and return to the title screen.”

The project is only looking to raise $2,500 and has sadly, despite being launched Sept. 6, has received no support from the gaming community, which is why I’m looking to you, my audience to help. The amount he’s looking for isn’t much and should be able to be easily raised.

The $2,500 they are looking for will cover the bare minimum needed – hardware, software, and staff payment – to develop the game. They hope to raise more than that so they can do more than the game.

What’s better is the rewards for donating. Per Dave on the funding site: “A little something else to say thank you to our backers; included in every perk is not only a timed early release of The Bounty, but also an exclusive level pack. This collection of fun special levels will be only released to indiegogo backers; though you can share if you want to.”

Check it out. Throw some money their way. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed with what you get in return. And think of it this way – these guys are REAL Indie Developers – doing it without a studio name or anything else and they are hoping to release it before the end of the year.

This is a flexible funding project, so they will get whatever is donated, even if they don’t reach the goal. Check out the project here: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-bounty

attack-of-the-gelatinous-blob2. Attack of the Gelatinous Blob: RTS game meets tower assault by Paper Machete Games

This kickstarter was sent to me by the Brent Owens, owner of Paper Machete Games via email and I decided to look into it – especially since a demo was available to be downloaded from the game’s website.

Attack of the Gelatinous Blob looks to be a fun game that is an interesting mixture of RTS and tower assault games. And if you know me by now, I enjoy tower assault/defense games a lot, so of course the game automatically interested me.

The Kickstarter page describes the plot of the game as “You play the mad scientist, Dr. Blob, who uses his evil genius to create an army of ravenous blobs who eat everything in sight: and we do mean everything. Depending on what they eat, your blobs will mutate and gain amazing new abilities, changing their attack types, damage, speed, you name it. And better still, you can combine blobs to make them bigger and nastier, working towards your greatest creation: the uberblob!”

But of course, you are going to have to fight the humans who don’t want you take over the world – thus why it is an RTS/Tower assault game.

The project needs to raise $20,000 CAD to reach its goal and has only raised a little more than $1,500 of the goal. With 24 days to go as of Sept. 14, the project does have a chance to succeed before it ends on Oct. 9. The fact the game was named Indie Game of the Week makes me think more than just myself think the game will be entertaining.

Check out the project, perhaps even download the Windows Demo (the game will be available on Windows, Mac and Linux) and if you like it, consider donating here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/353817188/attack-of-the-gelatinous-blob-rts-game-meets-tower/

bionic-fighters-kickstarter3. Bionic Fighters- Super Smash Bros Style Combat by Imagination Vent

With less than 5 days to go as of Sept. 14 when this article is being written, it’s hard to imagine that this game which promises a Super Smash Bros. combat game for multiple platforms will reach funding, but it could – especially if it receives a boost that it needs. So far, a little more than $5,000 of the $75,000 needed to successfully fund the project has been raised.

The game promises to have both single player and multiplayer game mechanics with unique, high level art and characters. And with as popular as Super Smash Bros. is, I would think a modern version able to be played on multiple console types – including the OUYA – would make people more interested in it.

Contributions start for as low as $1 or as much as $5,100 and the rewards for donating at each tier make it definitely worthwhile. Check out what the team has for artwork and plans for the game, then perhaps consider donating: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1284068399/bionic-fighters?ref=live

STEM-wireless_slider4-1025x5724. STEM System: The Best Way to Interact with Virtual Worlds by Sixense

I read about this project, initially, on Kotaku because the project raised $400,000 in a single day, crushing its funding goal of $250,000. As of Aug. 14, with 27 days to go, the project sits at $474,349 raised. There is no question – people are definitely interested in this new system being put together by Sixense.

The system promises full immersion for video games which will allow gamers to interact with games in a whole new way. Science-fiction is close to meeting reality if this project is good as it sounds.

The system has been in development since fourth quarter 2012 and a playable system prototype is promised to be produced by January 2014 with a July 2014 ship date for people who pay for a system through KickStarter.

The team currently only has one Stretch Goal, but are planning to add more to the project. They are currently less than $30,000 away from their $500,000 stretch goal which will add wireless communication between the STEM base and the computer you are playing on.

Check out the project and consider donating to a unique project that may make waves for gaming in a way like no other.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/89577853/stem-system-the-best-way-to-interact-with-virtual?ref=popular

delta-six-controller5. Delta Six: A New Type of Game Controller by David Kotkin

A game controller shaped like a gun which will be compatible with all of the current generation as well as the next generation consoles- this is what the Delta SIx game controller is. Successfully funded as of June 7, 2013, I’m surprised I missed the project in my search for Kickstarter projects to talk about – it was hiding from me under Technology.

The controller can be pre-ordered through the website (thedelta6.com ) at a price of $225. The retail price will be $299. Talk about an expensive controller.

The controller is described as the team creating something that they felt was missing from FPSes.

“We made a FPS controller that is like nothing you have ever experienced before. Our vision is to bridge the gap between motion control and Hardcore First Person Shooters. For the first time, the player will feel more immersed in game-play and have more control over the game than ever before. Unlike motion control of the past, we do the work for you.

  • Real recoil
  • Tap the magazine to reload
  • IR sensor triggers zoom by looking down the barrel
  • Move the stock to trigger a melee”

The project ended up raising $198,185 of the $100,000 it needed to raise between May 8 and June 7, 2013 and had 979 supporters. Backers who donated $159 or more received a Delta Six Game Controller. And the rewards only went up from there.

If you’re interested in seeing what the project was about, you can still check out the project page here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/356540105/delta-six-a-new-kind-of-game-controller?ref=live

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: 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:

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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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