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(Some Guy)   Kickstarter contributors learning that throwing money at someone doesn't guarantee on time delivery or that a product will even be released. VC dudes: welcome to the real world, kids   ( crowdsourcing.org) divider line
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2012-10-22 03:52:59 PM  

timujin: I have yet to encounter someone who has funded a Kickstarter or similar campaign that had the idea it was a guaranteed bet. The overall impression that I have received from others, and the feeling that I have when I "invest", is that I am putting money I can afford to lose into something that I think would be worthwhile to support. If it makes it, fantastic, I get something cool and I get to have been a part of making that happen. If not, well, that sucks, but not every project is going to be a winner. You try to find the ones that you think are worthwhile and have a reasonable chance of success.

Of the five I've backed, I've received one so far. The other four are on track, so we'll see.

I did a tabletop RPG system. It has been delayed a bunch be he's getting close. If I do manage to get the handbook it at the very least will give me some additional concepts/idea's to better some of my current game groups. The newest kickstarter he attempted failed. I suspect this was due to the fact he is late on the first campaign. And I bet Order of the Stick will meet its commitments but I missed that one :(.
2012-10-22 06:53:49 PM  

t3knomanser: starsrift: I'd be leery of any kickstarter software projects that 'employ' programmers, as opposed to being run by programmers.

At the same time, games made by programmers tend to end up looking more like Minecraft than Skyrim. As a programmer, I know that the skillset for programming and game design are not the biggest overlap on the Venn diagram. In general, you want to look for a team or a studio, that already has developers committed to the project through completion.

Graphical fidelity and game mechanics are things that are easy to show up front. That shouldn't be an issue - you either like what you see, or you don't, and if the entrepreneur can't show that with his video, you shouldn't be backing it anyway.
2012-10-23 11:03:48 PM  
There's one born every minute.
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