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Feature: Mars Reigns

Kickstarter Katchup – 28th July 2013

Two big wins this week and both are projects that I've been intrigued by since I first saw them. Lacuna Passage is the game about mysteries on Mars, using real topography of the Red Planet, and Satellite Reign is the Syndicate successor that promises an emergent cyberpunk city. Excellent news. The two represent different points on the Kickstarter spectrum. One is a project with a…

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Feature: Kicking The Habit

Kickstarter Katchup – 21st July 2013

There have been plenty of weeks with no losers and several winners, but I can't remember compiling this column and finding losers without winners to sit above them. There are lots of projects that are readying themselves for a spot in the winners' section though, propped on the podium, parading their plaudits. Dungeonmans and Tangiers are my current favourites, with Monochroma not far behind. It's…

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Feature: Point and Pledge

Kickstarter Katchup – 14th July 2013

When was the last time a project made almost a million dollars in a week? Warmachine: Tactics came and conquered, with its fantastic visual design and promise of turn-based shenanigans pleasing all who saw it. Well, maybe not all, but a heck of a lot. Elsewhere, intriguing procedural pirate game, Freebooter, was cancelled early in its campaign, leaving me with affections to spare. I'm lavishing…

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Feature: The Fail State

Kickstarter Katchup – July 7th

There are several failures this week, although most vow to return or to continue development by finding other means of funding. That's becoming increasingly common by my reckoning. There are also more developers realising that while operating a campaign is hard work in and of itself, the amount of effort expended before even launching can be just as important. New space games make up the…

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Feature: Now in syndication

Kickstarter Katchup – June 30th 2013

Last week I was at Rezzed instead of looking at Kickstarter pages but I've made up for it by spending most of today browsing through projects. Thoughts of Kickstarter's purpose have been hanging in the air (on twitter and in chatrooms that I frequent) and I have been pondering how I see the site. I have backed projects knowing that I'm essentially pre-ordering something that…

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Feature: Ghost with the most

Kickstarter Katchup – June 16th 2013

Occasionally projects appear that tickle me right in the hype-ocampus. They're the kind of games I'd like to take out for a drink. I want to get to know them better and feel like I've waited my whole life to meet them. It's awkward when two appear at the same time but thankfully I don't have to choose a favourite. Frozen State is an open…

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Feature: All reality is a game.

Kickstarter Katchup – June 9th 2013

I can't stop thinking about the Deus Ex Machina 2 trailer, which you can see below. Make sure to listen to it as well as looking at it, but also be sure to have some powerful mental mouthwash on hand/ It has taken up residence in my brain and I don't know how to get it out. Maybe I'll play a game. I've spent the…

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Feature: Katch me if you can

Kickstarter Katchup – June 2nd 2013

I've been quiet for a few weeks so this Katchup is going to be a little different. I'll add a few new projects, but I'm also looking back all the way to April 28th, when the last Katchup emerged, and checking the success or failure of every project included. That way everyone can remember why they were/weren't enchanted by Dog Sled Slaga, tell all their…

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Feature: World of Magic, Sea of Stars

Kickstarter Katchup – April 28th 2013

Jagged Alliance: Flashback arrives in the Katchup this week. I've expected (and hoped for) a Jagged Alliance crowdfunding attempt for some time now. As soon as it became obvious that Kickstarter was a place where old franchises could revive themselves, every week that the mercenaries didn't appear was slightly more unsettling than the last. Would I rather have a direct sequel without a crowdfunding campaign?…

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Feature: Happiest mask and ukulele

Kickstarter Katchup – April 21st 2013

Two $100,000 winners this week and a few other projects close to the finish line. While I was compiling the column this week, I realised I was keeping track of the number of projects that apparently 'contained roguelike elements'. It's about 90%, although to be fair I stopped keeping track almost as soon as I'd started so that figure is entirely made up. Perhaps my…

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Feature: The Win Bin

Kickstarter Katchup – April 14th 2013

Last weekend took on a life of its own, which is the sort of thing weekends should probably do more often, and I was stranded away from my trusty keyboard and therefore unable to type words about games that might exist at some point in the future. This was a sad thing. Fortunately, missing a week means that there are more winners than ever before…

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Feature: Happy Chocolate Eggsmas

Kickstarter Katchup – April 1st 2013

I haven't eaten a single chocolate egg in the last twenty four hours, which would normally be an acceptable dietary state, but with this being the extended weekend of confeggtionary rabbit worship, I'm a little bit upset that nobody bought me a big Smarties egg. There's nothing like a tube of Smarties to make me feel like a kid again. Some crispy chocolate buttons, a…

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Feature: An Ice Kream Sunday

Kickstarter Katchup – 24th March 2013

A few winners, a few losers and a heap of new entries. It's a busy week and there are quite a few projects that people have contacted me about that aren't included, even though I'm interested in them. I'll do some individual posts on those over the next couple of days but, for now, feast your eyes on the contents of the Katchup at the…

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Feature: Putting the 'ding' back into crowdfunding

Kickstarter Katchup – 17th March 2013

The Katchup contains a delicious new entry this week that goes by the name, 'The Adventures of Dash'. It stars a narcoleptic boy. Then there's Back to Bed, a success story that contains a sleepwalking chap. Yet here I am, an insomniac man, writing on the internet at one o'clock in the morning. If computer games can teach people to fire guns and drive cars…

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Feature: To the Victors, the Spoils

Kickstarter Katchup – 10th March 2013

The winners' podium is crowded this week, and by those that have been funded rather than the crowds wot have funded them. Hopefully, when the games are actually released, we'll all be winners though. There are so many success stories this week that I didn't even make room for the most ridiculous victory of all time. The spiritual successor to Torment took a mere seven…

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Feature: Like Klockwork

Kickstarter Katchup – 3rd March 2013

There haven't been any 'losers' in the Katchup for a while, partly because projects that are moving very slowly tend to be removed before they run out of time, and partly because there haven't been quite as many small projects to cover. The list of 'players' is increasing rapidly though and even though the first comment will undoubtedly be from somebody reminded me of a…

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Feature: Kurb Your Enthusiasm

Kickstarter Katchup – 24th February 2013

Only one victor this week and several projects either on the brink of the precipice of funding failure, or in a prolonged mid-term slump. It's enough to make a man pre-emptively proclaim the Kickstarter craze dead and buried, but if that same man then casts an eye over the promising new projects and remembers successes and shortfalls of the past, he may well decide to…

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Feature: Katch As Katch Kan

Kickstarter Katchup – 17th February 2013

Two contrasting success stories this week. Dreamfall Chapters didn't need a full week to reach its target and come the morning, the first stretch goal will almost certainly have been reached, adding Mac and Linux support. Unwritten needed almost every second to reach its goal but did cross the finishing line with a tremendous amount of support in its final days. There are several new…

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Feature: Kick It With A Tribe Called Quest

Kickstarter Katchup – 10th February 2013

In terms of anticipation and dollars pledged, this has been the week of Dreamfall Chapters but you already knew about that one, right? The Katchup concerns itself with all Kreatures, great and small, and there are plenty of newcomers this week, including Tom Hall's keen platforming tools, Projects Awakened and Cornerstone, the mad and possibly brilliant Ritual Dementia and gorgeous light-speed drifter, Race The Sun.…

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Feature: Quarter-Backers

Kickstarter Katchup – 3rd February 2013

It has been a week of travel, talk and teamwork for me, as I visited the Paradox Convention, met good people and then cursed loudly as they defeated me in everything from The Showdown Effect to Europa Universalis IV. Now that I've returned to my computer, I find that Dreadline has failed to reach its goal, which is saddening but unsurprising given how far from…

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