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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:

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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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