The emergence of patron backed publishing projects certainly caught me by surprise. By now I am familiar with Kickstarter and other similar endeavors and while I have promoted several I considered worthy and backed a select few, if you asked me about this possibility a few years ago I would say it would never work. Ten years ago I was not ready to embrace the new business reality brought about by the Internet, the shift from the importance of owning a physical object to having access to the content, the idea of people putting forth the money to finance a project they believe in before there is a physical object to purchase. I remain convinced that when future generations look back upon our age they will think of this time as we do of the industrial revolution. A time when the paradigm of business changed right in front of us, and some people didn’t realize it!
Now that I’ve rambled on and gotten this out of the way, let me share with you Kickstarter I just found about and is about to close. The Mass Transit IV Maps and More project is raising money for the production of the fourth Mass Transit map by Christopher West. I love using maps in my games, and be it Star Wars Sage Edition, Savage Worlds, or any other sci-fi game out there West’s maps are a beauty to see. Just click your way to his Maps of Mystery page and take a gander. I’ll wait…
See? I own one of his maps. It is top notch, very detailed, and while it does not come laminated it is easy enough to get it laminated at an office shop and voila! The Nova Eclipse looks gorgeous in the video and I would sure love for him to reach his goals for the extra rewards. There is not much time left, so if you love maps and play sci-fi, here is a nice project to back. I already pledged!
Kickstarter and similar services like IndieGoGo provide a great way of raising funds for creative projects. In the last year I’ve backed a couple of projects and all of them turned out great. Especially the Technoir Kickstarter was a fun ride.
But there are probably far more projects that never get funded or that turn into a train wreck after funding. I wouldn’t necessarily call me an expert on all things Kickstarter, but I have some ideas what you can do to prevent failure.
The most common problem is that even though you have a great idea, nobody seems to want to back your project. And usually you can see why this happens with one glance. Especially when I put some money on the table to fund a roleplaying game I want at least a PDF copy of the game. But I’ve seen Kickstarter projects where you had to back $20 or more for getting anything besides a “thank you”. Sorry, usually $20 is about my maximum I pay for PDF products that are already released. I don’t give you $20 for the hopes of getting something even when it looks interesting.
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I just learned about the Containment Kickstarter a few minutes ago. I was actually just looking for something on the Rogue Games website, when I noticed that they recently started a Kickstarter project for “Containment – espionage roleplaying during the Cold War”. The game will come in a boxed set (Yay!) and contain the rulebook, a gamemaster’s book, two adventures and all the dice needed to play. Since Rogue Games usually utilizes their 12° system, I guess it will be two d12.
The Kickstarter will end in 27 days from now and it’s still far away from its $8000 goal. So if you are interested in Cold war espionage games, why don’t you check out the Kickstarter project page?