How did Kickstarter work out for you?
Posted by Tobold's Blog [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 February 2013, 1:32 pm
I haven't supported Kickstarter projects very much. But I'd like to talk about the two projects I did support, because to me they somehow seem typical of the experience I also hear other people have.

My first Kickstarter project I donated to was Banner Saga by Stoic. That was supposed to deliver a single-player tactical turn-based game by November 2012. Now it's 2013, and the single-player game is still nowhere to be seen. Current estimated release date: "Our best guess right now is between mid and late this year." Not good! Instead Stoic made a multi-player game called Banner Saga Factions that is now being released. No wonder the backers are angry, the FAQ looks like a selection of hate mail. I consider this project typical, because I've heard of a lot of other projects that are late and/or delivered something rather different than promised.

My other Kickstarter donation went to rebuilding EN World, a hacked pen & paper RPG site. Now there my motivation to donate was a very different one: Mostly charity, with any rewards I might get being "nice to have" but not essential to my decision to donate. And I think this is another thing which is typical to Kickstarter: People voting with their wallets to express goodwill or charity towards some cause or genre of games. The big advantage of that approach is that it is a lot harder to end up disappointed if you weren't expecting much in return anyway.

So how did your Kickstarter experience go? Did you regret donating, or did everything work out for you?
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