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Thought it might be worth starting a thread for Kickstarter related games?

I've missed a few I would have liked to have joined because its not really something I check regularly.

I've signed up for the new Broken Sword KS - loved the original games, I fondly remember playing them when I was at Uni :)

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/165500047/broken-sword-the-serpents-curse-adventure

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http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lagamespace/la-game-space-a-place-for-re-imagining-video-games

$15 gets you:

«GAME PACK» 30 VIDEO GAMES! An experimental game and prototype pack with 30 original games from indie game makers, media/net artists, authors, filmmakers, architects, and comic creators!

From the people behind Bit.Trip, QWOP, Hotline Miami, Katamari Damacy.

The money is going to...

We are creating a place for discovering the potential of video games. The Space is in Los Angeles, but everyone online will be able to participate in our talks, workshops, and exhibitions. All of our programs are open to anyone in the world.

LA Game Space is a nonprofit center for videogame art, design, and research. It is a place for game innovation, education, and exhibition; where all of us can play and make and study and showcase games.

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Well. the short answer is there is no guarantee of getting your money back if a game doesnt come out once it has reached its funding target. however, if a game doesn't reach it's funding target that is different. everyone gets their money back.

The best way to treat it, is as if you are a publisher. any investment is a risk. there is no guarantee the project will be finished or be of sufficient quality.

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good article

http://www.gottabemobile.com/2012/05/30/what-happens-when-kickstarter-projects-fail-after-funding/

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What I find remarkable is how willing people are to donate to big big studios recently who should by rights, easily be able to get funding from a proper publisher. It strikes me that if they can't get funding from a publisher - why not, and so why should I risk my money? If they can but don't want it - why, and should I be concerned too? Is it because they want to be 'in control' and turn the project into the new Duke Nukem Forever, forever changing it in search of perfection? Is it just because Kickstarter means they reap all the profit as there is no publisher stake to dish out a slice to?

I can wholly understand the concept for small indie games, out there ideas etc. but when you have big studios with established histories using it, I struggle to find a decent reason why they'd be using it, that warrants me risking my money on them.

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I think that the projects which I've pledged for, so far, are quite niche, Broken Sword, Elite and Godus, and I can understand why publishers aren't keen to back them - but to me its worth the gamble - in each case I've gone for the early starter pledge, so for the 15-30 quid layout I hope to get a game I'm really interested in which would not have appeared if it wasn't for the crowd sourcing approach.

I don't think the studios involved are particularly big, and like any developer its going to be a huge gamble making a game which isn't mainstream. If they can get funding up front, from interested gamers, then to me it makes perfect sense - they have the cash to make the game, full control over the development, involvement from the target audience - and at the end hopefully a game which will go on to sell to other people who wanted to wait and see what the final game would be like. Sounds like a win for everyone.

Yes its a risk but for the level of investment I'll take it.

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http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lagamespace/la-game-space-a-place-for-re-imagining-video-games

$15 gets you:

«GAME PACK» 30 VIDEO GAMES! An experimental game and prototype pack with 30 original games from indie game makers, media/net artists, authors, filmmakers, architects, and comic creators!

From the people behind Bit.Trip, QWOP, Hotline Miami, Katamari Damacy.

The money is going to...

We are creating a place for discovering the potential of video games. The Space is in Los Angeles, but everyone online will be able to participate in our talks, workshops, and exhibitions. All of our programs are open to anyone in the world.

LA Game Space is a nonprofit center for videogame art, design, and research. It is a place for game innovation, education, and exhibition; where all of us can play and make and study and showcase games.

This has already reached its goal (nearly $30k over) so there are 71 hours left should anyone want to get on it and get some games/extras.

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Just funded this: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1949537745/armikrog

 

Doug TenNapel, creator of Earthworm Jim™ (Interplay) and The Neverhood™ (Electronic Arts) has partnered with Pencil Test Studios, to create what some have called The Neverhood's "spiritual successor" -- a clay and puppet animated adventure game called ARMIKROG.

 

It looks fun !

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Just funded this: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1949537745/armikrog

 

Doug TenNapel, creator of Earthworm Jim™ (Interplay) and The Neverhood™ (Electronic Arts) has partnered with Pencil Test Studios, to create what some have called The Neverhood's "spiritual successor" -- a clay and puppet animated adventure game called ARMIKROG.

 

It looks fun !

 

Yeah I backed that last week, definitely worth a punt so looking forward to it!

Although, currently it's hard to tell if it will make it :(

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Planetary Annihilation is now available on steam at the price of £67.99.

 

http://store.steampowered.com/app/233250/

 

As mentioned in this thread it is also on Kickstarter

 

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/659943965/planetary-annihilation-a-next-generation-rts

 

Not quite sure who would pay that much for it - unless you were desperate to get early access.

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While not a kickstarter game, I didn't really think it deserved an new thread just for this.

 

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/moments-lost

 

Blade Runner is more than a cult classic: it’s an icon, the modern definition of dystopian future-noir. Its visual, auditory and narrative complexity remain striking more than 30 years after its debut. Now, a Swedish group of artists, musicians and writers seeks to create an entire experience inspired by the seminal movie, with help from Indiegogo.

Moments Lost is part fanfic, part musical tribute, and part historical preservation. The goal is to create a full eight-song album, using the same iconic (and very rare) Yamaha CS-80 analog synthesiser that made composer Vangelis’s original soundtrack sound simultaneously futuristic and bleak. Each song will serve as the backdrop to a new short story by Emil Arctaedius, based in the Blade Runner universe but with new characters. Noted sci-fi artists Killian Eng and HR-FM will provide the visuals to complete the package.

 

http://youtu.be/PFCnJ-R33jw

 

https://soundcloud.com/analogsweden/the-escape-moment-lost

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^^ Yeah seems like the typcial Molyneux mess - over promise under deliver - you'd think he would have learnt by now wouldn't you??

 

I only backed at the 15 quid level so I'm not too worried - I did play the Beta quite a lot when they first released it and enjoyed it so I don't feel robbed of anything.

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