No more Kickstarters

About 2 years ago I made my first pledge to fund a project on Kickstarter. It was – very stupidly – the Doublefine Adventure where they wanted 400k, got 3.3 MILLION and as of today still haven’t released even a beta.
Since then I have put money toward 35 projects of which 29 were successful. In total it’s about $450:

    Catacomb Kids – A Very Roguelike Platformer

    MiniCiv, 4X game for Android

    Lords of Xulima – An Epic Story of Gods and Humans

    Bloom: Memories — A new kind of action adventure RPG!

    Night In The Woods

    SCALE

    RimWorld

    Worlds of Magic

    Neverending Nightmares

    Soul Saga! A J-RPG inspired by Playstation classics.

    Our Darker Purpose

    Unrest : An Unconventional RPG Set in Ancient India

    TinyKeep – AI Focused Dungeon Crawler

    Risk of Rain

    Shovel Knight

    Humans Must Answer – An explosive 2D shmup

    Infinite Space 3: Sea of Stars

    The Pop-Up Pinhole Project

    Worlds of Magic – A new classic 4X fantasy game

    Torment: Tides of Numenera

    Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues

    ASYLUM: From the designer of Scratches

    DELVER’S DROP

    Unwritten: That Which Happened

    Dreamfall Chapters: The Longest Journey

    Homesick

    Neocolonialism

    Predestination – A turn-based space 4X strategy game

    Double Fine Adventure

I looked through them this morning.

Predestination has been back with the begging bowl.
Worlds of Magic has also asked for more.
I think Shroud of the Avatar too.
Unwritten has been effectively cancelled.

Successful – as in I got something:
Neocolonialism (is on the Humble Store but the dev won’t give keys for that.)
Humans Must Answer
Risk of Rain
The Pop-Up Pinhole Project – which was superb.

The rest have slowly but surely moving ‘Expected delivery dates’ which were Dec 2013/Jan 2014 now going to 2015.

I know things take time but I’m getting a little fed up of reading how they are getting on, what’s got in the way this time blah blah. I read them and wonder if they would have a little more drive if they hadn’t had a wedge of cash up front. So I have decided that I will fund nothing else. I won’t visit the site and I will ignore all games that have the KS widget on their site.

3 comments

    1. I do not feel the same way about TinyKeep (or MiniCiv to be honest). The development there seems to have been focused and kept that way. Darker Purpose just launched and it too was the same. Despite what I said above one project did come along which got me pledging for Unsung Story. And then the hype started and they’ll deliver everything on every platform and get everyone involved and it’ll be AWESOME. So I cancelled because it won’t be.

      And Broken Age? Pile of skank. Seriously – if that’s all they can do with 3 MILLION DOLLARS then they should quit their jobs, stop believing their own egos and go do something real for a change.

      If they are that good – make something under a new name and stick it on Itch / Desura and then see how you go.

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