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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:
    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:

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:

To check out the Kickstarter and perhaps back it:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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

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, 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:
  • 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:  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:

  • 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:
  • 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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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.

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

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, 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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