So last Sunday, after church we went out for breakfast. On the way home the radio was on…
Radio: “Finance minister Pravin Gordhan is being investigated for…”
Me: “Shit, there goes the exchange rate and I just dropped 200GBP on Kickstarter”
Wife: “Erm, say that again?”
So I’ve started playing around on Kickstarter. For those who don’t know what it is yet, it’s a means for people with ideas and product to get production funded by the masses. In return these masses get discounts/exclusive products/early launches and free stuff.
At first I was just dabbling on a few smaller games, Sans Alliés and Fog of Love. Nothing serious; in terms of cash, not individually anyway. I have to say that I have been a bit green when I seem some of the awesome stuff that other people get so I took a dive.
Next up was Masmorra from CMON. It looks like fun and it feels like King of Tokyo turned Dungeon crawler. I know I’ll enjoy it and the kids will too. So I did not mind going all in on that, well almost, I don’t really need treasure chests.
Then I saw Darklight. I really wanted this, but only once a certain stretch goal was unlocked. However I was really engrossed in a game of Shadows of Brimstone with the kids and I totally missed the last day of the KS. So when Dark Souls appeared I jumped in headfirst.
Now it looks great but there are a lot of misgivings on the web about the way the KS campaign was run. A lot of negativity, but I was hooked. It seemed like something that I can get behind. It’s got a fast setup and then you just hit the ground running. I like that.
*sigh* some many good looking games, but I just don’t have the cash. After Sunday I’ve actually sobered up a bit and realised just how much money I’m throwing into the internet.
Since then I’ve been hearing horror stories of campaigns ending and the creators vanishing. No products to be seen; or half-baked products that don’t live up to what was promised. I’ve dialled back. Cavern Tavern looks awesome and I think I’ll have a few laughs (and draughts) playing it but I’m going to skip. Outlive too, it’s got a fallout shelter! Fallout is amazing but no.
Dark Souls will stay though. I love the IP and there’s a local company Skycastle that’s arranging to order on behalf of SA players. That means we score on the shipping!!! They are also planning on doing the same for This War of Mine so I’m definitely going to grab that. It sounds like an amazing retelling of the hardships of war from the POV of civilians.
Well that’s my first foray into Kickstarter. I’ve gone from excitement and elation to disheartenment and nothing that I’ve backed is even close to shipping yet! At least I’m not going to be as broke as I would have been had Sunday morning note happened. It’s really easy to get caught up in things and not notice the money just flowing away.
Also Massive Darkness is going to be out soon too…