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OK, Kickstarter funding of games is now a thing, and I just discovered this tonight:

Al Lowe is coming out of retirement to make Leisure Suit Larry games again. They want to remake the 1st one to show that it can sell, then go from there to make new adventures. As of this post, they're withing 10% of their USD$ 500K goal.

In this thread, we share worthwhile projects and yak about the stuff we've funded.

Choad of Choad Hall (kingfish), Sunday, 22 April 2012 07:56 (ten years ago) link

They're bringing back Shadowrun, with the original crew(of sorts):

Choad of Choad Hall (kingfish), Sunday, 22 April 2012 08:09 (ten years ago) link

And someone who many(read: Old Man Murray) blame for killing off adventure gaming thanks to Gabriel Knight 3:

Choad of Choad Hall (kingfish), Sunday, 22 April 2012 08:15 (ten years ago) link

I know some would tut-tut at the fact that the big prominent games are either sequels to established titles or mainly from established pedigrees, and to them I say, "I don't give a fuck." If all it takes is some heavy-hitters with proven track records to establish Kickstarter gaming as a thing, then so be it. Anything that delivers quality titles to my rig via Steam or whatever the subsequent d/l service will be, so be it. Hopefully, with crowdsourced funding, gamedevs won't necessarily need to jump thru the ever-increasing AAA hoops with multiplayer or bleeding edge graphics or whatever.

Fuck the current graphical trends, keep things a level or two abstract, just make a good game(with a compelling narrative if at all possible).

Hopefully, enough people working on these projects will prevent any legendary gamedev head from going full-Lucas and disappearing so far up his own asshole he starts doing Lucasian things.

Choad of Choad Hall (kingfish), Sunday, 22 April 2012 08:21 (ten years ago) link

Grim Dawn, spiritual successor to and from the guys who did Titan Quest(an action rpg set in classical Greece)

Choad of Choad Hall (kingfish), Sunday, 22 April 2012 08:32 (ten years ago) link

i figured someone would start this thread, as i was too lazy to. thanks fishy

Nhex, Sunday, 22 April 2012 08:40 (ten years ago) link

the only one i've supported so far is the Double Fine one, though i was very tempted to pitch in on Wasteland 2. then i realized i'm totally cool with waiting two years for it to come out and just buying it then, rather than taking the risk that it doesn't get made at all

Nhex, Sunday, 22 April 2012 08:41 (ten years ago) link

what the living fuck:

Choad of Choad Hall (kingfish), Sunday, 22 April 2012 08:48 (ten years ago) link

Note: I nicked the idea for this thread from SA

I dumped money into the Doublefine game, but somehow got stymied when I tried to do it for Wasteland 2. Oh well, I get it on Steam when it finally hits.

Choad of Choad Hall (kingfish), Sunday, 22 April 2012 08:50 (ten years ago) link

a handy tracking site:

Choad of Choad Hall (kingfish), Sunday, 22 April 2012 08:56 (ten years ago) link

they've hit $10 million in finished pledge drives, which is actually kind of depressing

thomp, Sunday, 22 April 2012 08:59 (ten years ago) link

on the other end, you have projects like, uh, this:

run by a dude who appears to be a cross between J. Mascis and a David Mitchell character. Online skepticism about his project is running a bit...high.

Choad of Choad Hall (kingfish), Sunday, 22 April 2012 09:07 (ten years ago) link

which is actually kind of depressing

how so?

Choad of Choad Hall (kingfish), Sunday, 22 April 2012 09:08 (ten years ago) link

never mind, i'm sure there's nothing better $10 million could do than continue to gratify the ego of the man who gave us 'Leisure Suit Larry 5: Passionate Patti Does a Little Undercover Work'

thomp, Sunday, 22 April 2012 09:10 (ten years ago) link

i know, it's a drop in the ocean, it's .1% of video game revenue in the US, whatever, i just find it ... eh

thomp, Sunday, 22 April 2012 09:11 (ten years ago) link

enh, if it results in a worthwhile game, and improved infrastructure for future game funding from newer gamedevs with worthwhile ideas, so be it.

Choad of Choad Hall (kingfish), Sunday, 22 April 2012 09:14 (ten years ago) link

one of the things people point to as a failing of the game industry is a preponderance of and a reliance on established properties and sequels, so it's sure nice to see that what the fans really want is a marginally different set of established properties and sequels


okay, there are also games being funded which aren't. hum.


i don't see how direct funding of games that aren't going to turn a profit otherwise is going to improve the infrastructure of the industry proper. i also don't understand how games companies have trouble making money, it seems kind of a no-brainer, i don't know whether that's unrelated.

thomp, Sunday, 22 April 2012 09:29 (ten years ago) link

making things and employing ppl costs money iirc

A Little Princess btw (s1ocki), Sunday, 22 April 2012 12:31 (ten years ago) link

Excited about this one...

Also unknown as Zora (Surfing At Work), Sunday, 22 April 2012 13:20 (ten years ago) link

what has surprised me about these - and it held true for the first couple high profile ones at least, i haven't checked every one - is that it isn't loads of people giving small change, but for the most part a few people giving loads of money.

Roberto Spiralli, Sunday, 22 April 2012 13:28 (ten years ago) link

There are rumours of a kick-started Thief 4 too, a game I've been hoping for for a looong time. I'm pretty hopeful about this restoring something like a decent games mid-list.

Also unknown as Zora (Surfing At Work), Sunday, 22 April 2012 13:54 (ten years ago) link

never mind, i'm sure there's nothing better $10 million could do than continue to gratify the ego of the man who gave us 'Leisure Suit Larry 5: Passionate Patti Does a Little Undercover Work'

that's unfair. he also did Leisure Suit Larry III: Passionate Patti in Pursuit of the Pulsating Pectorals

super excited for wasteland 2 btw

Mordy, Sunday, 22 April 2012 15:11 (ten years ago) link

I didn't realize there were so many of these, it's kinda awesome, though I fear it'll end up like Pixies reunion recordings or other stuff I would have prayed fervently for years ago then found I didn't give a shit about when it actually happened

A Little Princess btw (s1ocki), Sunday, 22 April 2012 15:53 (ten years ago) link

haha! that's a good comparison

Nhex, Sunday, 22 April 2012 16:05 (ten years ago) link

i figured someone would start this thread

ditto. I'm actually too lazy to even join kickstarter; let me know when they join forces with paypal

boy, was that Dan Fielding hungry for some cake! (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 22 April 2012 17:07 (ten years ago) link

Remember OGRE?

One of the things I like about these projects is that while the big ones are established names, usually, I get a much more personal/hands-on vibe from the creators. It's like, you can have a cool weird niche experience that doesn't have to go thru the AAA publishers or get contarded out or be some megablockbuster. I'm happy with an experience that goes for the vibe i want, but I'm a particular kind of niche hardcore type, as voluminously detailed on countless threads here.

The personal appeals filmed by the creators add to that sense of "here, we're a smaller team, we want to do something cool, and it's more pure & authentic & handcrafted(etc) and not dictated by Sony or EA's marketing departments."

I'm just hoping that these projects firmly establish crowdsourcing/funding as a thing; a valid source of game production outside of the megacorps and giving indie gaming a proper amount of resources to pull out a developed vision. Is this going to fund a 5-year AAA game? Probably not. Does it need to to be valid?

I'm assuming that there's eventually going to be infrastructure developed so that newer gamedevs get their stuff noticed and thus funded, but I'll take the fact that we need to establish stable capital channels first.

Choad of Choad Hall (kingfish), Tuesday, 1 May 2012 06:27 (ten years ago) link

i'm kind of curious about the reception when some of these games turn out to be stinkers

So now the guys from Space Quest are on this thing too:

which tbh I can't really see being any good (I think I gave up on SQ6 after about 10 minutes, and I spent money on it) but might still throw some money at for nostalgia's sake, and also because I didn't pay money for the Space Quests which I actually enjoyed as a kid

instant coffee happening between us (a passing spacecadet), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 22:10 (ten years ago) link

The Carmageddon guys want 400k to do a reboot. They've got 14k.

JimD, Wednesday, 9 May 2012 04:25 (ten years ago) link

haha, ouch. even 400K seems a bit low though

Nhex, Wednesday, 9 May 2012 04:27 (ten years ago) link

whoa, Carmageddon was awesome.

Jeff, Wednesday, 9 May 2012 11:45 (ten years ago) link

This is quickly going to reach the point of 'everybody uses it now, so now it's useless'.

'scuse me, while I Rim the Sky... (snoball), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 13:05 (ten years ago) link

if it hasn't already. i think the window passed with shadowrun

(Name Withheld to Avoid Hassle) (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 14:44 (ten years ago) link

eh, lots of projects funded already, don't think enthusiasm will run out for the right project
shadowrun raised $1.8 million, carmageddon already at £112,000 in 24 hours

zappi, Wednesday, 9 May 2012 15:47 (ten years ago) link

Cream will rise to the top.

Jeff, Wednesday, 9 May 2012 16:00 (ten years ago) link

what is that article about

A Little Princess btw (s1ocki), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 17:07 (ten years ago) link

there's this game specific kickstarter alternative launching at e3

(Name Withheld to Avoid Hassle) (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 17:11 (ten years ago) link

would like to see Day of the Tentacle reboot

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Thursday, 10 May 2012 10:38 (ten years ago) link

Another Maniac Mansion game will probably happen in time, but given how all the principles are currently working on other KS projects, I wouldn't expect any announcement for the next 2 years.

Choad of Choad Hall (kingfish), Friday, 11 May 2012 06:48 (ten years ago) link

Ron Gilberts non-KS game is revealing soon tho

zappi, Friday, 11 May 2012 10:45 (ten years ago) link

is it too late to declare a vintage-game-revival-kickstarter bubble

A Little Princess btw (s1ocki), Tuesday, 15 May 2012 17:55 (ten years ago) link

Idk where I got that rumour about Thief 4 from, but it was nonsense. It's still languishing at Eidos Montreal, no news from them since 2009, though they still say it's 'coming soon' on their website. Bum.

Also unknown as Zora (Surfing At Work), Saturday, 19 May 2012 09:57 (ten years ago) link

i think a more realistic goal for once they reach $100k would be 'hire a coder', but what do i know

thomp, Wednesday, 23 May 2012 22:34 (ten years ago) link

really wonder how many of these are going to end up with an actual finished game

(let alone a good one)

A Little Princess btw (s1ocki), Wednesday, 23 May 2012 23:27 (ten years ago) link

(besides this guy

A Little Princess btw (s1ocki), Wednesday, 23 May 2012 23:29 (ten years ago) link

heh - they literally took the character drawings from 19th century cartoons

Nhex, Saturday, 13 December 2014 05:11 (seven years ago) link

two months pass...

i'm still pretty excited for this

Mordy, Monday, 16 February 2015 00:21 (seven years ago) link

kinda sorta too, but expectations lowered a bit

Nhex, Monday, 16 February 2015 06:16 (seven years ago) link

one month passes...

Pillars of Eternity is live!

Maybe in 100 years someone will say damn Dawn was dope. (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 25 March 2015 23:03 (seven years ago) link

or will be tomorrow.

Maybe in 100 years someone will say damn Dawn was dope. (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 25 March 2015 23:03 (seven years ago) link

you bastard, getting my hopes up

Nhex, Wednesday, 25 March 2015 23:06 (seven years ago) link

well i thought i had it! I'm preloading on steam now and i recommend you do.

Maybe in 100 years someone will say damn Dawn was dope. (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 25 March 2015 23:19 (seven years ago) link

maybe we should start a new thread for this

Mordy, Wednesday, 25 March 2015 23:21 (seven years ago) link

i haven't been this excited about a release since fallout 3

Mordy, Wednesday, 25 March 2015 23:22 (seven years ago) link

I would be more into it if i hadn't just ordered bloodborne, but yeah
Pillars of Eternity: Obsidian's Kickstarter RPG

Maybe in 100 years someone will say damn Dawn was dope. (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 25 March 2015 23:27 (seven years ago) link

xp yeah, good point. i went to the backer portal and got my steam key

Nhex, Wednesday, 25 March 2015 23:31 (seven years ago) link

Oh look, you can pre-load it, too.

The Thin Blue Slime (kingfish), Thursday, 26 March 2015 07:39 (seven years ago) link

Thought I'd be able to roll a character before work but it's not unlocked yet.

JimD, Thursday, 26 March 2015 09:15 (seven years ago) link

Yeah, having the character creator as an early demo plaything would have been a neat advance promotional item

The Thin Blue Slime (kingfish), Thursday, 26 March 2015 09:29 (seven years ago) link

i... don't have the 18 gigs free to install... need to delete a lot of stuff.

Nhex, Thursday, 26 March 2015 14:36 (seven years ago) link

That was odd because it told me I'd need 18Gb but then once it was downloading it only pulled 6Gb. So either there's more to come once it unlocks, or that initial 18Gb estimate is wrong.

JimD, Thursday, 26 March 2015 14:54 (seven years ago) link

from the PC Gamer Review:

Almost an hour had passed, and I was still on the character creation screen. That s how I knew, before I d even started, that this homage to classic computer role-playing games like Baldur s Gate, Icewind Dale, and Planescape: Torment was authentic.

Maybe in 100 years someone will say damn Dawn was dope. (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 26 March 2015 15:08 (seven years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Little Devil Inside:

"Little devil inside is a story about a college professor who investigates paranormal activities. With you! "

This game looks doooooope, and just got Greenlit.

I dig the cheery little tophatted cyclops dude backpacking his way thru the wilderness.

Doktor Van Peebles (kingfish), Thursday, 16 April 2015 07:05 (seven years ago) link

that does look pretty cool

Nhex, Monday, 20 April 2015 06:27 (seven years ago) link

one month passes...

8 hrs to go on Bloodstained

Nhex, Friday, 12 June 2015 18:26 (seven years ago) link

$3.3M USD with 27 days left to go.

Coming for Ps4 & PC.

Curious how much Sony will kick in for completion given the fact that this met its (pre-sales) goal the day it was announced.

Purves Grundy (kingfish), Saturday, 20 June 2015 04:50 (seven years ago) link

Considering the first game cost $47 million to make...

Nhex, Saturday, 20 June 2015 05:15 (seven years ago) link

I mentioned in the E3 thread that a lot of the stuff in the first game had to be made from scratch, but all of that is included in modern, off-the-shelf game engines.

aaaaablnnn (abanana), Saturday, 20 June 2015 14:50 (seven years ago) link

And oh man they should break out Ryo's original character model, just for kicks

Purves Grundy (kingfish), Saturday, 20 June 2015 20:47 (seven years ago) link

the majority of funding for this game will assuredly not be from the kickstarter

jennifer islam (silby), Saturday, 20 June 2015 22:53 (seven years ago) link

one month passes...

These guys seem like the four guys who could pull it off

Justin Bailey has launched Fig, a new crowdfunding site built specifically for games. The former chief operating officer of developer Double Fine partnered with some big names and studios who previously had success on Kickstarter, specifically his old colleague, Tim Schafer (The Broken Age), Brian Fargo of InXile (Wasteland 2), and Feargus Urquhart of Obsidian (Pillars of Eternity). Each has pledged to launch campaigns for new games on Fig.

Fig also stands out from other crowdfunding sites in that you buy equity in a game or developer, meaning you can actually make money from a successful project...

Also, Justin Bailey is actually a real name?!

Purves Grundy (kingfish), Wednesday, 19 August 2015 02:36 (six years ago) link

bound to succeed, born a cheat code

Meta Forksclove-Liebeskind (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 19 August 2015 03:13 (six years ago) link

so that's where Masi Oka went!

Nhex, Wednesday, 19 August 2015 03:52 (six years ago) link

one month passes...

2D sidescroller inspired by Valkrie Profile, by the team that did Skullgirls.
Mostly notable for the high amount they're asking for...

Nhex, Wednesday, 7 October 2015 01:01 (six years ago) link

one month passes...

Psychonauts 2

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Friday, 4 December 2015 12:46 (six years ago) link

Broken Age is the only game I know of that had a 50% off sale before it was even finished. I'll wait.

aaaaablnnn (abanana), Friday, 4 December 2015 13:43 (six years ago) link

I think so too, though i am interested in this whole "Fig" thing

Nhex, Friday, 4 December 2015 21:47 (six years ago) link

Right now it's at $894K investment and $995K rewards - wouldn't have thought the ratio would be so close.
Kinda tempted to go on it as a lark, but probably not worth it given it'll take several years to recoup.

Nhex, Monday, 7 December 2015 16:48 (six years ago) link

three months pass...

So, Hyper Light Drifter finally launched today. Backed it back in September 2013... Hard to be all that excited after such a long time. On the plus side, I'm finally down to just 1 outstanding Kickstarter (the Bitmap Brothers book) that I've paid for.

CraigG, Thursday, 31 March 2016 09:29 (six years ago) link

I like Hyper Light Drifter a fair bit after an hour or so of playtime, but it's a little tough to tell what to do or where to go since the game works so hard to avoid giving verbal directions. some of the checkpoints are are frustratingly placed, too, although that may just be me learning how not to die. the good stuff (the art style, the controls, the level design, etc) is all really impressive, though - so far HLD feels like a game which occupies the precise midpoint between Another World and Bastion, although I'll obviously need to make more progress before I can decide whether it deserves to be compared to games as good as either of those.

grinding like a jolly elf (jamescobo), Saturday, 9 April 2016 05:17 (six years ago) link

two months pass...

So is Mighty No. 9 really as bad as everyone says? Watched a LP and was kinda shocked that it didn't look that much better than that GameCube version of Megaman from a decade ago.

Nhex, Friday, 24 June 2016 07:59 (six years ago) link

two months pass...

Bloodstained pushed to 1st Half 2018. Bummer, but I'd rather see a great game late than a mediocre one on time.

Nhex, Friday, 9 September 2016 03:00 (five years ago) link

if u happen to have an Xbox for some reason, earthlock released on 9/1 as September's free game for live. it's surprisingly fun if you enjoy basically cookie cutter jrpg types. there are a couple of interesting twists on usual mechanics (addicting if mindless agriculture) and the art style is pretty good. im estimating 30 hrs for playthrough.

geometry-stabilized craft (art), Friday, 9 September 2016 03:28 (five years ago) link

Obduction, a true sequel to Myst, was excellent. The scenery was beautiful and the story was interesting. The weirdest thing was when I first started this game and realized I couldn't jump and I didn't have an inventory menu. But damn this game was beautiful and it gets you hooked right away. Though, if you aren't much of an adventure gamer or you plan on using hints I might not recommend this game to you. There could of been more puzzles with more variation. Slow load times are noticeable in a couple locations. Overall, I can't complain too much.

PastoralCollage, Sunday, 11 September 2016 18:47 (five years ago) link

four months pass...
six months pass...
two months pass...

If this was for FF VI, I would pay in a heartbeat. Still, it was a good article.

Nhex, Monday, 13 November 2017 07:33 (four years ago) link

50k for a printed out Polygon article?

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Monday, 13 November 2017 22:36 (four years ago) link

eight months pass...
one month passes...

$4k away from their goal

Mordy, Thursday, 20 September 2018 04:07 (three years ago) link

thank god

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Thursday, 20 September 2018 05:43 (three years ago) link

two years pass...

probably won't make its goal, but I like the look of it - it looks like a 2D graphic adventure but the screen transitions prove it's 3D.

wasdnuos (abanana), Monday, 26 July 2021 10:51 (one year ago) link

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