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Author Topic: KICKSTARTER KOMBAT  (Read 20370 times)

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Ted Belmont

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KICKSTARTER KOMBAT
« on: June 19, 2012, 11:53:34 AM »

Yeah, so rather than spamming the Internet Superstore thread with a bunch of kickstarter projects I think are neat, I'm just going to make a new thread!

First up, artist Brian John Mitchell, of Silber Media has been doing some neat things with Kickstarter. Mitchell makes mini-comics and other assorted things; in keeping with that, he's also created some mini-Kickstarters.

First there was the Silber Mini-Comics Collection, where backers could get a number of mini-comics encased in handmade wooden boxes. (that one ended a couple of months ago)

Now, he has two going on: the Silber Bottle Comics project, where he's going to bottle his mini-comics and set them out to sea for people to find, and the Soma Puzzle Boxes project, which is centered around small(noticing a trend here?) versions of the wooden puzzle boxes.

Mitchell's project goals are also tiny. The two mini-comics projects have/had goals of $300; the puzzle box project's goal is just $150. When other Kickstarter projects are raising thousands, even millions of dollars, it's kind of neat to see someone just using it to fund and distribute his weird little art projects.

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Re: KICKSTARTER KOMBAT
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2012, 06:34:49 AM »

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Re: KICKSTARTER KOMBAT
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2012, 06:55:41 AM »

None of the levels appear to contain a bottle of mead.  PASS.
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Re: KICKSTARTER KOMBAT
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2012, 07:08:07 AM »

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Prohibited content. There are some things we just don't allow on Kickstarter. View prohibited items and subject matter
 •Alcohol (prohibited as a reward)
 •Automotive products
 •Baby products
 •Bath and beauty products
 •Contests (entry fees, prize money, within your project to encourage support, etc)
 •Cosmetics
 •Coupons, discounts, and cash-value gift cards
 •Drugs, drug-like substances, drug paraphernalia, tobacco, etc
 •Electronic surveillance equipment
 •Energy drinks
 •Exercise and fitness products
 •Financial incentives (ownership, share of profits, repayment/loans, etc)
 •Firearms, weapons, and knives
 •Health and personal care products
 •Heating and cooling products
 •Home improvement products
 •Infomercial or As-Seen-on-TV type products
 •Items not directly produced by the project or its creator (no offering things from the garage, repackaged existing products, weekends at the resort, etc)
 •Medical and safety-related products
 •Multilevel marketing and pyramid programs
 •Nutritional supplements
 •Offensive material (hate speech, inappropriate content, etc)
 •Pet supplies
 •Pornographic material
 •Projects endorsing or opposing a political candidate
 •Projects promoting or glorifying acts of violence
 •Projects using Kickstarter simply to sell existing inventory
 •Raffles, lotteries, and sweepstakes
 •Real estate
 •Self-help books, DVDs, CDs, etc
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Re: KICKSTARTER KOMBAT
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2012, 07:16:11 AM »

That makes me miss Moniack so badly. FUCK YOU, LCBO!!!!
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Re: KICKSTARTER KOMBAT
« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2012, 07:04:45 PM »

Oh hey guys here's a Kickstarter to publish one of Osamu Tezuka's manga in English(and in color)!



JUST LOOK AT THAT LITTLE GUY
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Re: KICKSTARTER KOMBAT
« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2012, 08:14:42 PM »

Yes. I will be contributing to this.
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Re: KICKSTARTER KOMBAT
« Reply #7 on: June 26, 2012, 10:59:29 PM »

http://www.indiegogo.com/zworlddetroit

I'm not sure how I can see them dealing with the legal/insurance fees of children getting that close to actual fist fights but whatever this would be cool sorry it isn't kickstarter same thing
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Re: KICKSTARTER KOMBAT
« Reply #8 on: June 27, 2012, 02:13:24 AM »

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/70755535/dead-state-the-zombie-survival-rpg

speaking of zombies. This is fallout 1 but with zombies I think.
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Re: KICKSTARTER KOMBAT
« Reply #9 on: June 27, 2012, 02:43:04 AM »

Cult is a procedural wilderness roguelike with a dwarf-fortress like world generator and terraria-like construction and crafting. This game looks awesome and deserves more money being thrown at it.
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Re: KICKSTARTER KOMBAT
« Reply #10 on: June 27, 2012, 05:24:52 AM »

Nex, this isn't a criticism of you, but having been around Kickstarter for a while(just ask Lottel!), I can well and truly say I am sick and tired of goddamn zombies.
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Re: KICKSTARTER KOMBAT
« Reply #11 on: June 27, 2012, 06:42:45 AM »

In Dead State's defense, it is probably the one out of 500 zombie games coming out that actually has a chance of being decent. It's at least better than the other zombie game he linked in IRC a week or so ago which claimed "THE ZOMBIE GENRE IS DEAD... AND WE ARE BRINGING IT BACK TO LIFE!"
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Re: KICKSTARTER KOMBAT
« Reply #12 on: July 05, 2012, 05:36:18 AM »

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Re: KICKSTARTER KOMBAT
« Reply #13 on: July 05, 2012, 06:22:20 AM »

This is one of those things that's sort of hilariously depressing.

So there's a kickstarter campaign up to bring back Mage Knight as the former players knew it, as a minis game.

The catch is, that like Heroclix Online, they want to bring it back as an online game. However, as part of the promotions for this, they will make and release a limited small set of real figures (supposedly with swappable dials to allow them to be played in Heroclix as well).

There are a few prrrrroblems though.

First, NECA (and their video game subsidiary) are doing great financially. The recent Mage Knight board game (which really doesn't have anything to do with Mage Knight other than a few names) was a big boardgame hit. Heroclix is also selling quite well. So it's one of those iffy "Big company with lots of money goes fishing on Kickstarter." situations.

Second, the rewards are really messed up. Most of the donation levels offer little to justify the price, and some of the few that do are unclear or costly (the big one is the $170 mark which is the level that gets you the promotional physical figures but even then it's not fully clear if the figures are random or not - for $170 I would sure hope not!).

Third, a lot of this feels like the real figures are just being dangled as bait by a bunch of programmers and video game designers hoping to make a new computer/console game, who just happen to be fans of Mage Knight. It's not quite a bait-and-switch, but it almost smells like one. Why not forget the video game and just have a modest Kickstarter to sell a small fixed boxed set of physical figures?

Finally and most importantly, they sure have set a laughably high goal. Sure there have been campaigns that got this high, but they started with modest ($20,000, $40,000) goals and kept upping the ante with more loot as they added stretch goals.

I don't think they're purposely looking to fail, but given how thoroughly the old WizKids destroyed the game's fanbase the demand really may not be there. They may have deliberately set the bar very high, such that they're only looking to do anything if the demand is so high that there's no risk to them at all.

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Re: KICKSTARTER KOMBAT
« Reply #15 on: July 06, 2012, 09:27:18 AM »

That is only half-joking.
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Re: KICKSTARTER KOMBAT
« Reply #16 on: July 10, 2012, 08:28:50 AM »

And then there's this thing.

I'm always a bit wary of these kind of pie-in-the-sky kickstarters, because even if they are completely honest, there are a lot of hurdles that can pop up even after they've been successfully funded, and that's a lot of money that could easily just vanish into thin air. Still, I'll be keeping an eye on it, because an inexpensive, Android-powered gaming console is a pretty nifty idea. I'll probably throw 10 bucks at it just to reserve a username and stay in the loop for if and when it launches.
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Re: KICKSTARTER KOMBAT
« Reply #17 on: July 10, 2012, 08:47:00 AM »

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Re: KICKSTARTER KOMBAT
« Reply #18 on: July 10, 2012, 12:05:49 PM »

And then there's this thing.

I'm always a bit wary of these kind of pie-in-the-sky kickstarters, because even if they are completely honest, there are a lot of hurdles that can pop up even after they've been successfully funded, and that's a lot of money that could easily just vanish into thin air. Still, I'll be keeping an eye on it, because an inexpensive, Android-powered gaming console is a pretty nifty idea. I'll probably throw 10 bucks at it just to reserve a username and stay in the loop for if and when it launches.

There's a chance we'll see something really neat come from this.

There's also a chance that this is going to be the project that ruins Kickstarters forever.
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Re: KICKSTARTER KOMBAT
« Reply #19 on: July 10, 2012, 12:39:25 PM »

Hopefully it ruins Kickstarters after this one takes off

Pre-Thad Thadding: The Penny Arcade dudes are attempting to kickstart enough funds to run PA for one year entirely advertising free.
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