Posts Tagged ‘kickstarter katchup’

Kickstarter Katchup – 27th January 2013

This week, spaceships are constructed, nobody loses and the Katchup features an open source 3D engine Linux port, which certainly sounds like the sort of thing that should be happening but also makes me realise how little I know about the availability of engine licenses and the complexities of game development. Maybe I’ll ask Jim to teach me, although I reckon most of his input on Sir, You Are Being Hunted involves polite requests for ‘more robots and tea’. A belated mention for Radio The Universe as well, which shot past its funding goal last week and looks excellent.

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Kickstarter Katchup – 20th January 2013

It’s taken me longer than I’d hoped, but I’ve finally managed to exorcise the last spirits of 2012 from the Kickstarter Katchup and the 2013 instalments can now begin. The extended break has left us with a lot to katch up on so there will be a lot of winners and losers this week, covering many of the games in the last Katchup. I’m not going to list every game that failed to reach its target but all the winners will be there, as well as any that are of particular interest or have detailed plans for the future. Then I’ll hunt down some ongoing projects and the whole cycle will begin again. I’ll be keeping a closer eye on submissions now that the Katchup is functional again, so do email me with anything that you’re working on, or that you find interesting. No promises, but it might just be here next Sunday.

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Kickstarter Katchup – 15th December 2012

I’ve got a terrible headache this morning and I haven’t done any Christmas shopping yet. The temptation is to throw copper coins out of my window at passing urchins, demanding that they purchase food and gifts on my behalf, but instead I decided to tuck into the selection box that is the Kickstarter Katchup to see what’s happening in the world of crowdfunding and gaming. The SPORTSFRIENDS survived, Consortium’s first-person role-playing adventure impressed and much else besides. I would say more but I really need to go and eat some painkillers though and then brave the crowds that are funding Father Christmas’ Commercial Extravaganza.

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Kickstarter Katchup – 8th December

Almost everybody was a winner last week so it would be greedy of us to expect a stocking packed with success this week as well. There is something in my threadbare footwear though and it’s a project I sadly etched into the ‘losers’ column so recently that I didn’t even have time to recognise its return before it passed its new goal. Antharion shot past its $10,000 target after just six days of its second campaign had passed. In other developments, Meriwether emerges from the wilderness and knocks both of my socks (distinct from my stockings) straight off my feet, David Braben and Chris Roberts indulge in SpaceChat and Peter Molyneux’s GODUmentary continues to raise smiles and eyebrows.

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Kickstarter Katchup – 1st December 2012

As we enter Christmasember and the elves enter the sweatshop, it seems only fitting that today’s Kickstarter Katchup is filled with merriment. More winners than EVER BEFORE! Two projects that DOUBLED THEIR FUNDING IN THE FINAL DAYS! I doff my comical Santa hat to Maia and Sui Generis, both of which are hugely ambitious and required more than small potatoes to fund their dreams – and both convinced the world to pledge. They’re not the only winners though and even the week’s loser (I might change that word in future Katchups because I’m a softie) has a positive spin, with hardy developers planning to continue their hard work. Bless ‘em all.

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The Kickstarter Successes: Where Are They Now?

Of all the many interesting discussions raised by the Kickstarter phenomenon of 2012, there’s one that’s only going to get more contentious: release dates. When a gaming project sets up a Kickstarter, they put an estimated date for the delivery of their stretch goals. And since these inevitably include a copy of the game, in doing this, developers are announcing a release date, often before they’ve even drawn any concept art. That’s not really how games development works. And so far, people don’t seem so hot on the guessing. Below is an epic list of all the $100k+ Kickstarters successful this year, and how they’re doing at keeping us up to date.

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Kickstarter Katchup – 22nd November 2012

We are approaching the singularity. First there were bundles and then there was Kickstarter. That’s pretty much how I’ll remember the last couple of years. Exciting sci-fi god game Maia has done the unthinkable and combined the two. That’s an update worth checking out. Currently performing victory dances in the endzone are Hero-U and Shadowgate, while two promising RPGs fall short – one promises to return soon, perhaps too soon, while the other may be gone for good. And if all that isn’t enough for you, there’s also a one-man space game that’s quite a bit cheaper than Elite: Dangerous, an egg and Peter Molyneux. Let’s take a look.

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Kickstarter Katchup – 17th November 2012

Three winners this week: StarForge still has plenty of time to reach some of its incredibly tempting stretch goals, Super Comboman cruised through the whole process and Distance had a remarkable boost last week, demonstrating how much a single update can change a game’s fortunes. Some projects, Ars Magica and Antharion in particular, are perilously close to failure, but, as ever, there are newcomers as well. A new game from the maker of Middens immediately assaulted my attention and the clever sorts behind Fallen London have a playable prototype of their latest. Onward.

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Kickstarter Katchup – 10th November 2012

The mechanised middle class march onward, beating the bushes and scouring the horizon for fresh prey. Sir, You Are Being Hunted has been funded and is the only winner this week. In other news, Elite has a new logo, wrestling attempts to set up its squared circle on the PC and some promising projects stumble and stall. It’s another week without losers, but there are lots of slow movers. Also, be aware that newcomers are at the top of the ‘Players’ column so there is some mingling of dollars and pounds. Always check which currency your pledges would be in.

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Kickstarter Katchup – 2nd November 2012

The British are coming! Lock up your tea, crumpets, biscuits, mild sexual innuendo and depressing postcards of empty beaches, because the toodle-pipping rotters need all that and more to fuel their infernal game-machines. The beginning of the Britstarter era brings a great deal of tempting prospects for your perusal – for starters, we’ve got the spirit of Bullfrog, the sequel to The Ship, a martial arts masterclass, dark fantasies and a dash of tweedpunk robo-horror. Never change, fair isles of wonder, never change.

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