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KickStart This: Week of Nov. 11

kickstarterWelcome to this week’s edition of KickStart This. Last week was overwhelming with other deadlines and I just didn’t’ get a chance to write this up – I can’t tell you how many times I opened up the document to start then got pulled to a differen project.

There are a lot of interesting projects out there, whether they be video game documentaries, video games themselves or hardware, there’s a lot of projects to chose from. As always, we thank folks who have taken time to email us about their projects and even more thanks to those who have agreed to do interviews with us which should appear in the near future.

Before we go into the projects we’re going to look at this week, let’s recap the projects that were still in progress as of last week and where they are in their fundraising endeavors.

Project Standings as of Nov. 11, 2013

  • Funding for Beyond Eyes by Sherida Halatoe has ended and raised a total of 4.745€ of the 10.000€ needed to fund the project. This was a flexible funding project, which meant the developer received all funds raised, even if they didn’t meet their goal. If you are curious about the project, you can sitll check it out here: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/beyond-eyes
  • castAR: the most versatile AR & VR system by Technical Illusions has, unsurprisingly met and exceeded its goal a few days after launching the Kickstarter. The project has raised more than $792,000 and continues to grow. This system has a lot of potential to change the way we game and I look forward to seeing what they produce. With 3 days remaining, you might consider chipping in a a bit to help the project go further. Two of the three stretch goals have been met, the third one unlocks at $800,000 raised. The third stretch goal will add earbuds and an integrated mic for positional audio and team-based communications. Check it out here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/technicalillusions/castar-the-most-versatile-ar-and-vr-system
  • Indie Van Game Jam by Binary Solo failed to reach their funding goal via KicKStarter, so they have launched it again, but through their website, and are already 28.8% funded. Check out what they’re up to – building games from a van while doing a webseries on other Indie Development Studios – and perhaps contributing to their project to make it successful. http://www.indievangamejam.com/
  • Star Realms Deckbuilding Game by Robert Dougherty has met and exceeded it’s initial goal of $20,000 to fund the project. When the project concluded Nov. 2, a total of $51,481 was raised. Congrats to Robert Dougherty and the folks behind Star Realms!
  • World 1-1 by Jeanette Garcia and Daryl Rodriguez also reached and exceeded their goal of $15,000, raising $15,539 by the time the funding period concluded Nov. 6. Check out what they’re working on and the first in the documentary series here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1128229743/world-1-1
  • RETRO: The Multi-Format, Throw-Back Video Game Magazine by Mike Kennedy also finished Nov. 3 and exceeded its funding goal of $50,000. By close of fundraising, the project achieved $75,759 towards the magazine. If you’re interested in what the project was about, you can learn more about it here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/socalmike/retro-the-multi-format-throw-back-video-game-magaz
  • Obduction by Cyan, Inc., is steadily heading toward its goal of $1 million raised, currently sitting at more than $933,000. With 4 days to go, I really hope the creators of Myst and Riven will achieve their goal, but people should still consider contributing to this awesome game. For as little as a $25 contribution, you get a digital copy of the game as well as access to private forums and other little perks. For as much as $4,500 you can attend the launch party at Cyan’s HQ. There are, of course, a bunch of perks for contributing between those two amounts, but those seemed the most interesting – at least to me. Check it out and see what appeals to you and consider contributing in the final days of the project. Every contribution counts: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cyaninc/obduction
  • Red Baron by Mad Otter Games seems to be hurting in the fundraising departments, having only raised a little more than $37,000 of the $250,000 goal. With only 10 days to go, it may be difficult to raise the funds needed to make this project successful. Remember, for as little as $15 you get a digital copy of the game and other digital perks. For $45 you get the game, digital perks AND access to the game during Alpha testing. For $500, you will receive: FOUR COPIES of the Red Baron game; digital download wallpapers and art book, TEN limited edition insignia’s, TEN limited edition skins, alpha access, classic Red Baron pack, every standard plane skin, a signed Red Baron poster of your choice, and YOUR NAME in the credits as a supporter. There are many other perks available for various contribution levels as well, so be sure to check it out here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/madottergames/red-baron
  • Spark Rising–Build. Battle. Conquer. by Wicked Loot not only met, but exceeded its goal of $17,000 – raising a total of $21, 037. Congrats to their team!
  • Steam Works Video Game by Steam Works looks to be struggling extremely bad, needing to raise $150,000 and having only raised $13,180. With three days to go, the likelihood of this project reaching funding goal is slim. However, if you are interested in trying to make it succeed, for as little as a $15 contribution, you can receive a digital downloadable copy of Steam Works for XBOX1, XBOX360 PS4 or PC. This limited price point is only available for the first backers of Steam Works. There are many other pledge levels from $15 all the way to $10,000 all of which contain copies of the game in addition to other perks for the respective contribution levels. Check it out here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1725471086/steam-works-video-game?ref=tag
  • You Are Not the Hero by Donn Manalili has done extremely well with funding, having raised $81,412 – exceeding their goal of $12,001 by more than $69,000. With less than 24 hours to go, it won’t be surprising if this game gets more funds before close. Check it out and see if you want to help it reach more stretch goals: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/812850535/you-are-not-the-hero?ref=tag

This week we have five projects to talk about, including one that brings the Virtual World of Jane Austen to us as an MMO, a project that gives “real rewards” for digital achievements in games, a cool, game-oriented flask, another MMORPG kickstarter project that was cancelled but relaunching, and a game that will remind you of Geometry Wars and Robotron 2084.

ever-jane  1. Ever, Jane: The Virtual World of Jane Austen by Judy L. Tyrer

I’ve read Pride and Prejudice and…well that’s mostly it. But a lot of my friends who are authors really enjoy her works, so I’m not surprised that someone wants to create a game based on Jane Austen’s world and the concept is actually kinda neat. And those friends are how I heard about this project via Facebook.

As described in the About Section: “Ever, Jane is a virtual world that allows people to role-play in Regency Period England. Similar to traditional role playing games, we advance our character through experience, but that is where the similarities end. Ever, Jane is about playing the actual character in the game, building stories. Our quests are derived from player’s actions and stories. And we gossip rather than swords and magic to demolish our enemies and aid our friends.”

A prototype is downloadable for play for anyone who is wanting to see more in depth what they have going on.

This project is looking to raise $100,000. It has raised $42,520 in 11 days and has 19 days to go.

Like most projects, there’s a decent variety of contribution levels with matching perks. For $1 you get a perk in game. For $5 you get access to early beta. For $10 you get access to the game during development and for $15 you get the same but also a dress with added stats. The perks only go up from there, all the way to $10,000.

If you are a fan of Jane Austen, this game may appeal to you as well. Check it out here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/30564009/ever-jane-the-virtual-world-of-jane-austen

honored-logo2. Honored – Real Rewards for Digital Achievements

The team at Honored wants to provide physical merchandise to dedicated gamers for the achievements already earned in game. They launched this IndieGoGo project to raise funds to launch their beta of the project. Their goal is to raise $25,000 and have already raised $3,241 with 27 days remaining in the project.

Like other IndieGoGo projects, Honored is a Flexible Funding project, meaning the team gets all the funds raised, minus fees,

This was brought to my attention by one of my Facebook friends who’s into gaming and also into Cosplay as an idea that this would be a cool way to exhibit in game achievements in the real world where friends and fellow gamers could see it. I think my son and others might dig it too so I figured I’d look into it a bit more for one of these articles.

What I read was the following description:

Honored is a system designed to preserve your gaming achievements across your favorite systems and consoles. We combine all your records into one archive where you can look back on your conquests, gloat about the present, and plan ahead for future games and consoles.

Honored also motivates you to complete the games you already own by offering meta-achievements, recognition unique to Honored for completionists who leave no stone unturned and every bad guy eviscerated.

Lastly, the best part about being among the Honored: badges.

What caught my eye was the last part. Badges. Theses are embroidered badges/patches you could add to a special piece of clothing for various achievements. Kinda like the ones you could add to your letter jacket in high school – but for nerdier achievements now.

Minimum contribution level is $5 with respective level perks for contributing. Contribution levels and perks come at many reasonable intervals, ranging all the way up to $10,000. So if you think this is something you may be interested in, consider contributing – and know that whatever you contribute is going to go to them working on this project. http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/honored-real-rewards-for-digital-achievements

ink-whiskey3. Ink Whiskey Concealable Entertainment Flask by Ink Whiskey LLC

This is another one of those that came across my Facebook feed and perked my interest. I like flasks – especially unique flasks – and have ever since i started doing LARPs when I was 14. I’ve seen an interesting number of flasks and canteens but this would be the first true gaming cartridge flask I’ve ever seen.

The fact they’re using NES cartridges for it just made it even better.

So if you haven’t determined what this project is seeking funding for, let me go ahead and explain it to you. It’s to create a flask that holds your favorite beverage (liquor or non-alcoholic) of choice concealed as an NES cartridge. Note: while they show it being put in their back pocket, I wouldn’t recommend it!. The project has several “labels” available for the flasks – all parodies of popular NES Games – including Mario Bros., Duck Hunt, Castlevania, etc.

Unlike many projects, this projects doesn’t have a breakdown of what the funds will be used for.

However, they’re only seeking to reasonable $12,000 and have raised, thus far, $6,935. With 11 days to go, it is likely they will reach their goal, but it never hurts to help them along their way. Anyone can contribute a dollar and be thanked for contributing. The next contribution amount is $15 and you get a flask with a “Drunk Hunt” label. There are several $20 contribution levels – each for a different label – so you can pick which label you want on your flask before it comes to you. For $50 you get a “gold” edition of the “Legend of Drink” flask – only available via Kickstarter. Other perks are available, up to $250. Though I have to say, $20 for a flask with label of your choice isn’t a bad deal at all.

If one of these perks interest you, check the project out here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/inkwhiskey/ink-whiskey-concealable-entertainment-flask

trials-of-ascenion-logo4. Trials of Ascension: A Truly Innovative MMORPG by Forged Chaos

Sadly from the time I started writing this article, till now (within the past two days) this project was cancelled. That’s sad news. The good news is the group behind is planning to regroup, reform and relaunch the Kickstarter later on. Since they are planning to do this, I figured I’d go ahead and talk about the game since it’s going to eventually be relaunched on KickStarter.

This reminds me of a modernized version of Ultima Online – a totally sandbox driven MMORPG. It promises to have crafting, a wide ranging skill system, innovations (where when you craft you have a chance to learn how to make something new), housing and more.

As it is a sandbox game, it means people can do almost anything they want – within the confines of the developed game environment of course. The website is very well designed and provides a lot of information as to what they want to do with the game.

Check out the cancelled Kickstarter and if you like what they’re wanting to do, keep an eye on their website to back them when the new project launches. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/forgedchaos/trials-of-ascension-a-truly-innovative-mmorpg

Print5. Archive: The Game by Misfit Children and Hypermetric Studios

This project came to me not only via email, but through a couple gamers as well who heard of it and were fans of Robotron and Geometry Wars.

This is the first game being produced by Misfit Children and Hypermetric Studios and is a top-down, dual-stick shooter similar to Robotron: 2084 or Geometry Wars but also incorporating a tower defense game with it. The game has been seen at several industry events, including PAX East, but now the team needs funds to add more content to the game and finish it.

They are looking to raise $20,000 CAD. The project launched Nov. 4 and has so far raised $1,365 CAD. With 30 days remaining in the project, it is possible for them to attain their goals if people contribute. Like some other IndieGoGo projects, this is a Flexible Funding project, meaning the team gets all the funds raised, minus fees, So even if they don’t reach their goal, they get helped by the funds.

What’s really awesome are their perks for contributions. For example, for the minimal contribution of $5 you are guaranteed a digital copy of the game on the platform of your choice. For $15 you get this game and another game from their sister development studio. Every perk is great and increases with contribution levels, all the way to $1,000 CAD.

If you are a fan of either Robotron: 2084 or Geometry Wars, consider contributing the minimum of $5 to get a copy of the game and make it a reality: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/archive-the-game

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 Oct. 28

kickstarterWelcome to this week’s edition of KickStart This.  There are a lot of interesting projects out there, whether they be video game documentaries, video games themselves or hardware, there’s a lot of projects to chose from.  As always, we thank folks who have taken time to email us about their projects and even more thanks to those who have agreed to do interviews with us which should appear in the near future.

Before we go into the projects we’re going to look at this week, let’s recap the projects that were still in progress as of last week and where they are in their fundraising endeavors.

Project Standings as of Oct. 27, 2013

  • Beyond Eyes by Sherida Halatoe has raised 4.230€ of the 10.000€ needed to fund the project. This is a flexible funding project, which means the developer will get whatever funds are raised, even if they don’t meet their goal of 10.000€.  They have three days left to raise funds for the game.  Check them out and consider donating to this interesting and unique game.  http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/beyond-eyes
  • CastAR: the most versatile AR & VR system by Technical Illusions has, unsurprisingly met and exceeded its goal a few days after launching the Kickstarter.  The project has raised more than $640,000 and continues to grow.   While they have no stretch goals listed, I won’t be surprised if they appear soon.  This system has a lot of potential to change the way we game and I look forward to seeing what they produce.  With 18 days remaining, you might consider chipping in a a bit to help the project go further.  Check it out here:  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/technicalillusions/castar-the-most-versatile-ar-and-vr-system
  • Indie Van Game Jam by Binary Solo  has raised slightly less than 10% of their $40,000 goal.  As of this morning, they have raised $4,411 and have 9 days left to achieve their goal.  Check out what they’re up to – building games from a van while doing a webseries on other Indie Development Studios – and perhaps contributing to their project to make it successful.  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/binarysolo/indie-van-game-jam
  • ARTCADE: The Coin-Op Art Book by Tim Nichols raised almost twice it’s goal with a total of £22,055 of its £10,000 goal.  This is a book I’m looking forward to seeing in print.  If you haven’t heard about the book, learn mroe about it here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/woodpunk/artcade-the-coin-op-art-book
  • Star Realms Deckbuilding Game by Robert Dougherty had beaten its goal last week, but continues to grow, having raised $36,665 of its $20,000 goal.  Like similar games in its genre, Star Realms has a lot of potential and for a reasonable investment, you can get a copy of the game to play once it releases by contributing to the Kickstarter.  Check it out here, and if you are going to contribute, do so in the next five days: :  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1172937197/star-realms-deckbuilding-game
  • Bot Colony, The First Game to Understand and Respond Intelligently in English by Eugene Joseph, North Side Inc. only raised $2,539 of the $100,000 to make the project successfully funded. The creator canceled the project six days ago, so it is no longer up for funding.
  • World 1-1 by Jeanette Garcia and Daryl Rodriguez has 9 days to go to meet their goal of $15,000 and are only 1/3 of the way there, having raised $5,228 so far.  Check out what they’re working on and the first in the documentary series they’re wanting to create and help them reach their goal here:  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1128229743/world-1-1
  • RETRO: The Multi-Format, Throw-Back Video Game Magazine by Mike Kennedy is nearing their goal of $50,000, having raised $40,758 with 6 days remaining to reach their goal.  I think they can do it, but need the next little push.  For as little as $7 you can get the premiere issue of the magazine.  For as little as $12, you can get digital copies of the magazine for a full year.  For as little as $30, you can get a full year of printed copies of the magazine.  So really – if you’re contributing now, it’s like you’re paying for your magazine subscription early.  Check it out, as there are plenty other options that may fit your needs and help them reach their goal.  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/socalmike/retro-the-multi-format-throw-back-video-game-magaz
  • Obduction by Cyan, Inc., is steadily heading toward its goal of $1 million raised, currently sitting at more than $637,000.  With 19 days to go, I have no doubt that the creators of Myst and Riven will achieve their goal, but people should still consider contributing to this awesome game.  For as little as a $25 contribution, you get a digital copy of the game  as well as access to private forums and other little perks.  For as much as $4,500 you can attend the launch party at Cyan’s HQ.  There are, of course, a bunch of perks for contributing between those two amounts, but those seemed the most interesting – at least to me.  Check it out and see what appeals to you and consider contributing.  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cyaninc/obduction

As always, we understand some folks can’t contribute to all the projects out there they want to see happen – I know I can only contribute to a few a year.  So if you can’t contribute, consider tweeting and talking about these projects to spread the word.

Now for this week’s projects, which include

red-baron-logo1.  Red Baron by Mad Otter Games

If you enjoyed the classic dog-fighting sim, Red Baron, you just may like this as it’s the same creators of Red Baron updating the game.  The project founders describe their intentions as:  “We will transform your PC into a fighter aircraft from the era that defined dogfighting. Our team built Red Baron, Aces of the Pacific, Aces over Europe, A-10 Tank Killer and Ace of Aces. We set the standard for flight games with excitement, realism, great gameplay, authenticity, and immersion. We continue the tradition now with Red Baron. … Red Baron will put you in the cockpit of a biplane fighter from the Great War. You will see your pilot working the controls: the stick, the throttle, and the guns.”

That sounds amazing.  And I enjoy dog-fighting games and if it’s a remake of a classic, being remade by its original creators, I think it can only be a good thing.

This project needs $250,000 to be fully funded.  It has raised $30,902 and has 24 days to go to reach the goal.

For as little as $15 you get a digital copy of the game and other digital perks.  For $45 you get the game, digital perks AND access to the game during Alpha testing. For $500, you will receive: FOUR COPIES of the Red Baron game; digital download wallpapers and art book, TEN limited edition insignia’s, TEN limited edition skins, alpha access, classic Red Baron pack, every standard plane skin, a signed Red Baron poster of your choice, and YOUR NAME in the credits as a supporter.  And for the biggest donation of $10,000, you will receive: Ten copies of the Red Baron game; digital download wallpapers and art book, ALL limited edition insignia’s and skins for ALL TEN of your game copies, alpha access, classic Red Baron pack, every standard plane skin for ALL TEN of your game copies, a signed Red Baron poster of your choice, your name in the credits as a PATRON, and a day and DINNER WITH THE TEAM where you will help DESIGN a SKIN, an UPGRADE, an INSIGNIA, and a MAP LANDMARK.

There are, of course, a lot of contribution levels and perks in between those amounts, but they are all appropriate for the amount donated.  Check the project out and if it’s your type of game and you have some clams to spare, consider contributing here:  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/madottergames/red-baron

spark-rising2.  Spark Rising–Build. Battle. Conquer.  by Wicked Loot

This was one of those projects that came my way via press release in my email and I found it to be kind of interesting.

Spark Rising is a third-person action game, infused with strategy and sandbox creation. Players take the role of a Spark Bot whose prime directive is to build and conquer fortresses, then engage in massive battles, all in an attempt to protect rare resources. During the build phase, strongholds can be fortified with all sorts of nasty stuff — turrets, traps, barricades and troops. Players can even create their own creatures and weapons. Once the battle begins, gamers jump into unique class-based exo-suits to take down whole armies. The galaxy is for the taking, as the game expands into a 4X strategy game, where other players now enter the fray. Spark Rising is planned for release in 2014.

A new reward tier provides the first 100 supporters at the $45+ donation level with a free copy of the popular voxel-creation tool, Qubicle Constructor, which costs $40 on its own. All supporters of the Kickstarter, even at the minimum donation of $10, will receive Alpha access to Spark Rising when it becomes available.

With a little more than 2 days to go, the project needs a little less than $6,000 to meet their $17,000 goal.  For as little as a $10 contribution, you can get a digital copy of the game for PC or Mac.  There are a ton of new rewards in addition to previous awards available.  Check them out – $10 for a game is not bad and you’d be helping to get it funded while adding a game to your library.  If you like the idea behind the game, the project can be found here:  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/johnmasterlee/spark-rising-a-build-battle-sandbox-game?ref=live

steam-works3.  Steam Works Video Game by Steam Works

This game looks to have an interesting premised based in one of my favorite genres: Steampunk.

With a little more than 2 weeks to go, this project needs to raise a total of $150,000 to be successful.  Sadly, it has only raised $2,475 which is why we are talking about it today.

Steam Works is an open world RPG set on the planet of Arcade where the player decides the fate of human and alien kind.  The game combines classic RPG elements with being a FPS.  So instead of swords and magic, you have Steampunk based weapons like lasers and plasma guns, etc.

This project, however, is one of those projects that looks too well done to get funding.  With the really awesome graphics and multiple videos completing the pitch, many people would ask why in the world they’d need funds for the game.  And perhaps that is why they need funds, they put a lot into it, now they just need the final amounts to finish it.

The world is well defined in the project as are some of the characters and potential evil characters/monsters as well.

For as little as a $15 contribution, you can receive a digital downloadable copy of Steam Works for XBOX1, XBOX360 PS4 or PC. This limited price point is only available for the first backers of Steam Works.  There are many other pledge levels from $15 all the way to $10,000 all of which contain copies of the game in addition to other perks for the respective contribution levels.  This would be a neat game to see get off the ground, so if you like Steampunk, check it out and consider being a contributor:  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1725471086/steam-works-video-game?ref=tag

you-are-not-the-hero4.  You Are Not the Hero by Donn Manalili

While this project has already well exceed its goal of $12,000 – it’s sitting at $43,410 – I thought it was an interesting project to look at with 14 days remaining in its funding period.

You Are Not the Hero is described as  a 2D Action Platform RPG that ditches the battle system to focus on richer RPG gameplay elements. Instead of playing a traditional hero that saves the world, you’re playing a bystander swept into the affairs of heroes and villains alike.

You play as Petula, an unemployed, emotionally charged, ill-tempered, otherwise average young woman. With the royal army hot on their heels, the heroes have made their way to your village where they begin scavenging for supplies in everyone’s homes. After you confront them for stealing your pendant, they rush off to continue their quest, giving you a quest of your own to retrieve it.

The project page is full of fun details and quirks about the game – including mini-games and puzzles in the game itself as well as the fact it will have a custom soundtrack.  The game has an interesting appeal and perhaps that’s why the project has had such a successful funding push so far.

The funding on this project was so successful with contribution levels selling out that they added a number of additional contribution levels for people to contribute through.  I think almost every Kickstarter project founder would agree – that’s a good problem to have.  And let’s be honest, the $10 tier to receive a DRM free version of the game sold out, so they needed other options for people to contribute on.

This project has multiple stretch goals, several of which have already been unlocked.  If another $7,000 is raised, an extra chapter will be added to the game.  If a total of $60,005 is raised, another chapter, for a total of 2 extra chapters, will be added to the game.

As the $10 contribution level sold out, the lowest amount you can contribute to receive a copy of the game is $15 and you receive a couple other digital perks as well.  For $30 you can gain access to beta along with other perks.  For $2,000 you can get a whole bag of goodies, including the ability to design your own town in the game.  Only one contribution at that amount is available, but if you have that amount to throw at a game, you might consider it.

Full details of You Are Not the Hero can be found here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/812850535/you-are-not-the-hero?ref=tag

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 Oct. 21

kickstarterOctober is almost over and we’re quickly moving into the Christmas season where money might be a little tighter for people who are wanting to buy presents for family and all that. But there are still worth Kickstarter Projects out there, and we’re going to feature three of them this week. Once again, sorry for the slight delay in getting this out. It has been a busy week at work and in my household. The article was 2/3 written Monday afternoon and I didn’t get a chance to touch it again till Wednesday and didn’t finish it till today.

Before I take a look at the projects to talk about this week, let’s do a quick recap of the KickStarter Projects mentioned in our previous article to see how they are doing funding wise – a number of them have been funded or well exceeding their funding goal.

Project Standings as of Oct. 21

  • Terminus by Ryan Czech fell short of its $28,000 goal, raising only $10,677 CAD so far. This interesting Sim-City like game for colonizing planets has potential and I wouldn’t be surprised if they try another Kickstarter or another campaign for funding. You can still learn about the game at the project site here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/976465455/terminus-2?ref=category
  • The Ballads of Reemus 2 – 2D Point and Click Adventure Game by Jay Ziebarth reached and exceeded the goal of $15,000, raising a total of $17,276 and unlocking both stretch goals. Check the project out to see some of the art work that he’s already created for the donation level to turn you into a character in the game. Congrats to Jay and his team for a successful funding project! http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1311956304/the-ballads-of-reemus-2-2d-point-and-click-adventu
  • Beyond Eyes by Sherida Halatoe has raised 3.995€ of the 10.000€ needed to fund the project. This is a flexible funding project, which means the developer will get whatever funds are raised, even if they don’t meet their goal of 10.000€. Check them out and consider donating to this interesting and unique game. http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/beyond-eyes
  • castAR: the most versatile AR & VR system by Technical Illusions has, unsurprisingly met and exceeded its goal a few days after launching the Kickstarter. As of 10:50 a.m. Oct. 21, the project has raised more than $560,000 and continues to grow. While they have no stretch goals listed, I won’t be surprised if they appear soon. This system has a lot of potential to change the way we game and I look forward to seeing what they produce. With 24 days remaining, you might consider chipping in a a bit to help the project go further. Check it out here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/technicalillusions/castar-the-most-versatile-ar-and-vr-system
  • Indie Van Game Jam by Binary Solo has raised slightly less than 10% of their $40,000 goal. As of this morning, they have raised $4,091 and have 16 days left to achieve their goal. Check out what they’re up to – building games from a van while doing a webseries on other Indie Development Studios – and perhaps contributing to their project to make it successful. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/binarysolo/indie-van-game-jam
  • ARTCADE: The Coin-Op Art Book by Tim Nichols has raised almost twice it’s goal – and will likely reach double the goal before funding ends in 27 hours. So far the project has raised £19,541 of its £10,000 goal. This is a book I’m looking forward to seeing in the future. Check it out and consider contributing to this awesome project. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/woodpunk/artcade-the-coin-op-art-book
  • Star Realms Deckbuilding Game by Robert Dougherty had beaten its goal last week, but continues to grow, having raised $31,555, more than 11.5k more than it’s $20,000 goal. Like similar games in its genre, Star Realms has a lot of potential and for a reasonable investment, you can get a copy of the game to play once it releases by contributing to the Kickstarter. Check it out here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1172937197/star-realms-deckbuilding-game
  • Bot Colony, The First Game to Understand and Respond Intelligently in English by Eugene Joseph, North Side Inc. has 8 days to go but, sadly, has only raised $2,539 of the $100,000 to make the project successfully funded. The fact that the game is supposed to eliminate built in responses and respond to how you type your answers, it is a very interesting concept. If you like the idea, I strongly suggest checking out the Kickstarter here and consider contributing. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2109642122/bot-colony-now-conversation-is-part-of-the-adventu

Now on to the three new projects we are looking at, which include the first in a documentary series on video games, a print magazine for retro news and retro articles from the past and a game from a company that made some of our PC favorite games.

world-1-11. World 1-1 by Jeanette Garcia and Daryl Rodriguez

Another video game documentary – I know, I know, some folks are probably tired of seeing these, but I think this one is neat because it’s a series that will cover the history of video games, especially the early years. And if you are like me, the early years were before you were born – I was born in 1980 but I still love the classic.

World 1-1 is the first full-length film in the documentary series and will be covering:

  • The business deals
  • The personalities of the pioneers
  • The creations of the engineers
  • Retelling the story

The money from this Kickstarter goes to equipment needed to produce the documentary as well as travel expenses to interview key figures including, but not limited to, Nolan Bushnell, David Crane, and others.

With 16 days to go and only $2,107 of the $15,000 needed raised, this project could use a little retro-gaming love. For as little as $20 you get a digital copy of the film, a digital wallpaper and thanks in the movies for contributing to its success. For $35 you get a DVD of the film and all the perks of the $20 contribution. And if you’re a big spender and are looking to contribute $1,000 to $5,000, you can be an executive producer and earn other exclusive perks to those reward levels. So if you like video game documentaries, consider checking this one out and contributing to it: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1128229743/world-1-1

retro-magazine2. RETRO: The Multi-Format, Throw-Back Video Game Magazine by Mike Kennedy

Video game auction site GameGavel.com and the RetroGamingRoundup.com podcast have teamed up to create this Kickstarter to fund a Retro-gaming Magazine titled RETRO. This magazine will be “an independent print, digital and online publication dedicated to the past, present and future of the video gaming pastime that will hearken back to the amazing magazines from the 80’s, 90’s and early 2000’s.”

Each issue promises to be 52 pages long with only 4 pages of advertisements. They already have a team of writers ready to go including Patrick Scott Patterson, Keith Robinson, Michael Thomasson, Alexandra Hall and many others.

The initial funding goal of $50,000 covers the cost of publishing six issues. They do have stretch goals to increase number of pages printed and other published items.

It would be great to see another gaming magazine out there – something that is different from Game Informer. I strongly suggest checking this project out and consider contributing to it. Or if you’re interested in writing for them, they are still accepting authors as well. Check it out here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/socalmike/retro-the-multi-format-throw-back-video-game-magaz

CyanLanding-300x1873. Obduction by Cyan, Inc.

If you are an older PC Gamer – heck even some of the younger PC gamers may know the names of the games if not played the games – then you remember Myst and Riven. Obduction is a new, real-time, first-person adventure game by the creators of Myst and Riven and the game is designed in their spirit. Or, to put it simply, Obduction will be the spiritual successor to Myst and Riven.

Launched Oct. 17, the project has a month to reach it’s funding goal of $1.1 million. As of Oct. 24 – 6 days post launch – they have raised more than half of their goal with $579,733.

Obduction is being touted as “an entirely new property, delivered using one of the most powerful game development technologies available today. Obduction is an adventure game for the new millennium that stays true to the concepts that made the genre great.” And “is being built with the same framework that made Cyan’s earlier games such a wonderful experience: stunning landscapes, deep storyline, engaging characters, dramatic soundscapes, and challenging yet intuitive puzzles.”

As this year marks 20 years since Myst was launched, it’s great to see the company creating a new IP.

For as little as a $25 contribution, you get a digital copy of the game as well as access to private forums and other little perks. For as much as $4,500 you can attend the launch party at Cyan’s HQ. For $10,000 you get to join in on a design session and attend the launch party with a bunch of perks – hint if you want this, there are only seven left as three have been claimed.

Like most Kickstarters, they plan to have stretch goals, but won’t be listing those until they reach their goal of $1.1 million.

If you enjoyed Myst or Riven or both of the games, check this project out as it’s full of information about storylines, game design, graphics and more, then consider contributing. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cyaninc/obduction

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