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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:

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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.

KickStart This: July 8, 2013 Edition

kickstarterSome of us are probably still recovering from the holiday weekend – at least if you’re in the United States you may still be recovering.  And even though we’re recovering, what better way to recover than to take a look at some new crowdsourced projects – some of which need our attention, others of which are way past successfully funded but could be made better with more funding.

Just like last week, 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 8, 2013

  • The Question Block Lamp by 8-Bit Lit is at $89,169 of a $100,000 goal.  This Kickstarter has 10 days to go to reach their goal.  It looks like this project could use a little extra push to help them achieve their goal.  Check out their project here:  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1189253589/the-question-block-lamp?ref=live
  • The Long Road – A Documentary About Following Your Passions failed to achieve funding.  🙁
  • Frontiers has 8 days to go, but has already reached it’s initial goal of $50,000.  Current amount funded is $99,437 with the next stretch goal unlocking at $100,000.
  • Mind’s Eye Theatre: Vampire the Masquerade is now at $206,335 of $60,000 needed – with less than a day to go.  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 $154,466 of $600,000 to reach their initial goal.  With only 11 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
  • Cthulu Wars was very successfully funded, achieving a crowdsourced final of $1,403,981, achieving 3,509% of the goal.  The funding goal was only $40,000.  There are a ton of Cthulu fans out there apparently!

Now to look at other gaming related projects needing funding.  This week we look at four projects:  a computer game that will have all card games on it, a documentary on a classic game studio, a program that will let you design games on Linux for Linux, and a comic that pits gamers against zombies.

1.  The Lotus Project on IndieGoGo

lotus-projectThis project has a relatively short time to go, but is also already fully funded.  With less than 14 hours remaining, Lotus Project has already achieved $4,903 of $1500 needed.

The project is defined as providing “every card game you’ve played in a single client.”  It goes on to define that it’s for any game from poker to Go Fish in what is touted as a free client for people to play games with others online.

Funding for this project goes towards design, hosting and server costs.

This project has also reached all of its stretch goals, including the final stretch goal of $3,500 which will allow for European Servers as well as tournament and draft support.

Even though this project is fully funded, like many crowdsourced projects, the more money they receive, the better the end product will be.  Check it out here:  http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-lotus-project

2.  The History of Sierra On-Line Through a Documentary by Molotov Angel Productions

If you were a child of the 80s, or even just an early gamer with access to a computer and some games, these titles might mean something to you.

  • King’s Quest
  • Space Quest
  • Police Quest
  • Quest for Glory
  • Leisure Suit Larry
  • Gabriel Knight
  • Phantasmagoria

heroes-the-history-of-Sierra-on-lineIf not, you are missing out on some great, classic games.  And this documentary, “Heroes, The History of Sierra On-Line,”  is going to explore the people and the stories behind the company responsible for bringing countless hours of entertainment to millions around the world and laying the foundation for video games as we know them today.

This KickStarter needs $125,000 to be successful.  Currently it only has $10,427 raised and 28 days to go.

The producer behind the project explains that the funding goes to the following post-production elements:

  • Editing of film and creation of official theatrical trailer
  • Creation of original artwork and graphics for the film
  • Licensing fees for copyright music that comprise the film soundtrack
  • Development of the original score for the film
  • Marketing of the film to generate awareness
  • Costs associated with submission to film festivals

All reasonable expenses for a documentary.  If you fondly remember your Sierra On-Line Games and want to support this documentary project, check it out here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/772847014/the-history-of-sierra-on-line-through-a-documentar?ref=category

3. Leadwerks: Build Linux Games on Linux by Josh Klint

leadwerksLinux is becoming more and more popular, not just for servers, but for regular people using it as an alternative operating system to Windows and Mac.  With Valve announce that it’s popular game platform, Steam, will be coming to Linux, it only makes sense for more developers to want to be able to program games for Linux.

That is exactly what Leadwerks promises to do – to allow you to create Linux games while on a Linux system.

With only 22 days to go, this project is bound to be a success as it is already at $18,651 of $20,000 needed to crowdsource this project.  If the project reaches a stretch goal of $26,000, they will improve the project to allow for games for the OUYA to developed through the program as well.

The team has a lot of perks for the project, including for $100 getting a copy of the software for Linux so you can start programming your own games in C++ and Lua.  Donate higher amounts and you could get versions of Leadwerks for your PC or Mac.

This is definitely an innovation in development of games for Linux.  Check it out and see if you want to contribute to its crowdfunding here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1937035674/leadwerks-build-linux-games-on-linux?ref=category

4.  Gamers vs. Zombies issue 0 by Eureka! Comic Labs

gamers-vs-zombiesImagine you are a teenager in today’s world, trying to survive the Zombie Apocalypse with your friends with only the skills you’ve learned as a gamer.  That’s exactly the path this proposed comic book, created by Jason Mattingly, is going.

I would say that the comic interests me for the sake of it, but no, I’ll be honest, it interests me because one of the characters is named after me and the personality fits me too.  See description:

Grace is the self-appointed leader of the group. She represents Action. She doesn’t go looking for a fight, but she won’t back down either. One of her best talents is thinking under pressure, though the challenge is making her understand that her way is not always the best one.

In all honesty though, the premise of the comic really does interest me, the characters defined as they are helps add interest to it.

Sadly, this project started June 28 and has only raised $343 of the $7,200 goal they hope to achieve.  With 19 days remaining, they have a chance but could definitely use a boost in funding.

And of course, they also have stretch goals, starting at $17,000.

The downside of this project is that the text alone doesn’t tell you what the money raised will be going towards nor does the video, which makes me question why they need funding – and it may be the reason why they haven’t received much funding as of yet.

That being said, the artwork is amazing and the storyline sounds interesting, so if you have an interest in it, I encourage you to check it out and possibly support it.

Check out the project here:  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/eurekacomiclabs/gamers-vs-zombies-issue-0?ref=tag

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

 

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: July 1, 2013 Edition

kickstarterAnother week means it is time for another KickStart This. We’ll take a quick look at the KickStarter Projects mentioned in our previous article that still have funding time remaining to see how they are doing funding wise before we look at this week’s projects.  Eight days have passed from the time we wrote the articles, and many of the projects have seen significant increases in their funding.


Project Standings as of June 30, 2013

  • The Question Block Lamp by 8-Bit Lit is at $77,034 of a $100,000 goal. This Kickstarter has 17 days to go to reach their goal.
  • The Long Road – A Documentary About Following Your Passions is at $820 of $8500 needed with only four days remaining.
  • Frontiers also has 16 days to go, but has already reached it’s initial goal of $50,000. Current amount funded is $79,852 with the next stretch goal unlocking at $82,500.
  • Mind’s Eye Theatre: Vampire the Masquerade is now at $149,219 of $60,000 needed – so they are at more than double the minimum goal with 8 days remaining and many stretch goals left to unlock.

Now to look at other gaming related projects needing funding. This week we look at a new Kickstarter, this one for a game, by a webcomic author who’s had several projects funded; a HP Lovecraft based board game, and a look at a completed Kickstarter that is continuing crowdfunding to improve their game through their own site now that they’re funded. This KickStart This is a little short because at time of writing the article, the other funding site I was going to pull two games from to write about is down. So those will be covered, hopefully, next week.

1. LFG – The Fork of Truth by Ryan Sohmer

lfg-the-fork-of-truthI’ve followed, and for a while moderated and admined forums, for Looking For Group, a webcomic by Ryan Sohmer and Lars deSouza. They’ve successfully funded other projects, including a short animated cartoon for Looking for Group, and two other projects for Sohmer’s other comic, called The Bear. But this project has a bit more of a monetary need as they are designing a 4-player co-op based on the comic.

They hope to raise $600,000. Their funding started on June 19. As of June 30, 2013, they have raised a little more than 1/6th of the goal with $106,797 raised and 18 days to go.

The Looking for Group team has teamed up with Paladin Studios to create this game, which will be a sidestory from the main storyline. You will be able to play one of four characters that are known from the comic: Richard, Cale, Bennie or Crunch. What’s even better, the game will be available for Windows, Mac and Linux systems. If stretch goals are met, they will port it to other platforms as well – including consoles and tablets.

For as little as $25 contribution, you can get the deluxe edition of the game. Other perks are available as more money is donated, including at $80 donation you get 4 copies of the deluxe edition. Pretty sweet perks there.

While $600,000 is the minimum, the group does have stretch goals as well, all the way up to $1.1m raised.

Much like the game Frontiers, they have a pie chart that breaks down exactly where the money is going, the majority of which is for Game Code and Design. Of course art and voice talent plays a part too as does everything else. It looks like some of their planned voice talent are folks who have voiced for the animated shorts and have done voice work for their other projects as well – so they have experience.

The other thing I find impressive about this KickStarter is that the writer and the artist of the webcomic are both on hand with the game development. Sohmer is behind the writing and Lars is behind the art direction – obviously he can’t do all the art work for the game himself as that would be near impossible and a team of artists is needed for the game.

The LFG crew puts out a good product each time they do a KickStarter. I think that the game will add some interesting dimension and interaction to the webcomic that we, the readers, haven’t seen before. Check out this current one and if you like what they’re doing or planning to do, donate some funds to them.

KickStarter is here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1412277313/lfg-the-fork-of-truth

2. Cthulu Wars by Sandy Petersen

cthulu-warsThis game is being touted as a “strategy/horror board game from Lovecraft’s classic Cthulu Mythos” played with highly detailed miniatures. And let me just say, looking at the images provided, they aren’t joking about the highly detailed part. These miniatures look amazing.

This KickStarter only required $40,000 to be funded. As of June 30, 2013, the funding sits at $818,309 with six days remaining. Quite impressive for a board game. It also has a large number of stretch goals based on money raised and number of backers they get. They have monetary stretch goals of up to $900,000 and backer stretch goals of up to 4700 backers. Currently they have 3,231 backers.

Sandy Petersen, the creator of this Kickstarter, is the designer of the original Call of Cthulu role playing game. In the RPG, you were striving to avert impending catastrophe, but in this game, you are one of The Great Old Ones and are a part of the catastrophe.

This is a game for 3-5 people played with a board and miniatures – and it looks to be a lot of fun.

Check out their gameplay videos and various perks provided, then if you want to help them reach some of their stretch goals, consider contributing.

The Kickstarter can be found here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1816687860/cthulhu-wars

3. Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues by Portalarium

shroud-of-the-avatarI have always been an Ultima fan, then an Ultima Online fan, all of which were games spearheaded by Richard Garriott de Cayeux . It would come as no surprise that this game was another one that I wanted to see get funded, even though I couldn’t afford the pledge level I really wanted while the KickStarter was in session.

The game was defined as “the “spiritual successor” to Richard’s previous work in the FRP genre. Our primary objectives are to tell a story even more compelling than Ultimas IV-VII, create a virtual world more interactive than Ultima VII, develop deep rich multi-player capabilities beyond combat akin to Ultima Online, and offer a bold new approach to integrate them with “Selective Multi-Player”.

As you read on about the game, you learn it is a buy-to-play game without any required subscription to play – which is where the Kickstarter perks come into play.

For as little as $45, you would get a DRM-free downloadable version of the game. For a $500 donation, you got housing in the game that would be “rent free” as well as other in-game perks such as a special title, copy of the game, etc. And of course, with the more you donated, the better your perks got.

I saw a number of interesting and unique things happen with this KickStarter, that I’m now starting to see other KickStarters adopt – and that was a way to accept donations outside of the KickStarter via PayPal or other means for people who didn’t want to use Amazon for their donation purposes.

Garriott and his team set up a way to donate to the project via their site and PayPal. If you donated through PayPal prior to the funding period ending on KickStarter you could get the same perks as everyone else.

Then they did something else – continued the crowdfunding after they successfully funded the project, getting $1,919,275 when they wanted to raise 1 million through KickStarter plus another $200,000 via PayPal. Once the project was done, they wanted people who still wanted to contribute to do so, getting different perks than those that funded through KickStarter. They also offered another option for folks – a layaway plan where they could pay off larger donations over time. While they players would pay slightly more to do it this way, they still get the perks they want without having to shell out a significant amount all at once.

I think other successfully funded and popular KickStarter projects could benefit from doing something similar, especially if they are still wanting to reach stretch goals they didn’t reach during their funding period.

In addition to this, they also did several Google Hangouts throughout the funding period where they could answer player/contributor questions. And they didn’t just stop doing those when they got funded – no they continued doing the Google Hangouts and chats since then. It’s always great to see Kickstarter project founders interacting with their fans and funders after the funding period is over. It also helps to keep the followers informed on what’s going on with the game – which is awesome.

I look forward to seeing the project, which is slated to be released, if I recall correctly, sometime in 2014. Alpha testing is slated to start in December 2013.

The completed Kickstarter can be found here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/portalarium/shroud-of-the-avatar-forsaken-virtues-0?ref=live

The continuation of the crowd funding can be found here: https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/

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

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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