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Posts tagged “Kickstarter”

Moebius Money, No Problems

Hmm, maybe we need to somehow add a live Kickstarter ticker feed to the site to save ourselves a trinity of blogging. The ritual seems to be: 1) news of returning dev/series via crowdsourcing 2) interview with said dev 3) news that funding targets have been reached. Reaching step 3 today is Jane 'Gabriel Knight' Jensen, whose new studio Pinkerton Road is working on GK-inspired…

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The Sun Has Got His Moneyhat On: Grim Dawn Funded

Forget the rest of the loot-gathering crowd for a moment and concentrate your senses on the other ARPG. The one that isn't a sequel but does see much-loved developers working in a genre where they have excelled in the past, the one with non-linear story progression and different factions to side with. Yes, it's this one, Grim Dawn from the designers of Titan Quest. Although…

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Prickstarter: Leisure Suit Larry Remake Going Ahead

Leisure Suit Larry's remake, from Al Lowe and a team of Sierra Online alumni, has finished its Kickstarter. And it won. 13,855 people have taken the half a million target to over $630,000. So we'll be getting the first Leisure Suit Larry for the third time. This time with swishy new graphics, fully voiced, and without the game trying to kill you every fifteen seconds.…

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Kickstopped: The Strange Case of Mythic: Gods & Men

While this last month or so has littered the digital ground with the beautiful blossom of Kickstarter triumphs (and not just in games; dunno about you, but I am in MAXIMUM NERDJOY mode about a Pebble watch winging its way to me later this year) this week has shown the potentially seedy underbelly of rampant crowdsourcing. The strange, faintly disturbing tale of Mythic: The Story…

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Keeping That Dungeon Warm: Nekro Is A-Go-Go

There's one surefire way of getting around my wariness about when and if to cover Kickstarter projects here, and that's when Kickstarter projects have already reached their funding goals. As well as being glad tidings in and of themselves, it means I don't risk inadvertently wielding RPS as a flaming sword of financial justice in the event I post about them. Instead I can just…

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Sherlock Holmes Kickstarter Fails, But Games Will Appear

Everyone let me down. I can't even bring myself to look at you. Not only did the Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective Adventure Mysteries Kickstarter fail to reach its goal, but it failed to reach less than a third of its measly $55,000 target. It's like you actively didn't want to pay so I could replay some games that I remember thinking I enjoyed about twenty…

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Magic, Machine, Money: Shadowrun Funded

Mother Nature's angry wrath spent the weekend attempting to tear many trees and buildings from the surface of England through careful application of furious winds and lashings of rain, which led to me spending the entire weekend indoors, occasionally peering through a trembling pane of glass. It is imperative that this week begins with merriment and what better way to bring cheer than to watch…

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The Kickstarter Dilemma

Be it Kickstarter, be it IndieGoGo, be it whatever new flavour of eBusking comes to pass, crowdsourced funding of indie games' development is a remarkable and wonderful addition to this ever-changing industry. It will lead to great things, I am quite sure. But it does present a number of issues for the media - or at least for this particular site, whose loose remit is…

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Banner Saga Kickstarter Wraps, Big Features Added

The seemingly infinite font of generosity that is Kickstarter has given rise to yet another rags-to-riches-to-restoration-of-faith-in-humanity tale - this time for the ex-BioWare trio at Stoic. If your only chance at survival after being crushed under a massive stack of cash was a bank-breaking, spine-saving donation to The Banner Saga, well, I don't know what to tell you, seeing as the drive has now officially…

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Feature: Kicking Against The Pricks?

$10,000,000 Given To Kickstarter Games Since March

No one can have escaped the chatter about Kickstarter. It's being a collection of remarkable stories of significant funds raised by crowd-sourced budgets, gamers investing in projects in the place of publishers. And those numbers are significiant. Since the beginning of March, gamers have pledged over ten million dollars to games via Kickstarter. And that's to projects that have achieved their funding, or are just…

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Here Comes The Sun: Grim Dawn Kickstarter

I wasn't sure what the polite level of enthusiasm for action-RPG Grim Dawn was but as it turns out it's perfectly acceptable to perform a small dance while saying "it appears to combine the best of the developers previous game, Titan Quest, with a pleasingly unpleasant new world to discover and factions with which to side and war". Alternatively, just holler wildly and punch the…

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Kitching Up With Catchstarter’s Big Names

We've posted about exactly this many Kickstarter projects recently: a few. But what's been going on lately with the likes of The Banner Saga, Leisure Suit Larry, Shadowland, Starlight Inception, Wasteland 2 and Bionite: Origins? In order to find out, I've just turned up unexpectedly at each of their doors, stared creepily at them for a few seconds and then wandered on to the next…

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Jane Jensen’s Next Game Is Moebius

And still they come. Jane Jensen's Kickstarter has been going for over a week now, and is steadily bringing in the cash. She's after $300,000, and has almost reached $173,000 with a month to go. It seems pretty likely she'll hit it, but what is it going to be? Well, a cannily released email has finally made me take notice by saying it's a "spiritual…

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Will It Fly: New Crimson Skies Nigh?

Kickstarter is feeling like this quote from Blues Brothers. No, not the God part. The "we're putting the band back together" bit. Jordan Weismen has already managed to set-up a triumphant stadium gig for Shadowrun, and he's told ShackNews that if it's a success it'll have a major impact on the potential for the return of the sky-pirate alternate history flight thing, Crimson Skies. I…

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Post-Kickerstartpocalypse: Fargo Swats Wasteland Fears

Wasteland's rags-to-riches-to-reuniting-Black-Isle tale has been one for the ages, but - with the Kickstarter account four days from ascending to Money Heaven, where the streets are paved with people - what happens now? If offered millions of dollars and one (1!) Chris Avellone, I'd do just about anything someone told me - so has Wasteland 2 taken on an out-of-control life of its own? Not…

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Happy As Larry: Al Lowe On Remaking His Classic Game

As infamous adventure creator Al Lowe puts it, the Kickstarter craze kicked off by Tim Schafer has, for many, been a lot like getting the band back together. So many names most famous for their games released in the 80s and early 90s are reappearing, some even coming out of retirement, with the promise of crowd-sourced funding. Many, stung by their experiences with publishers in…

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Reopening The Battlezone – Bionite: Origins

At this time of resurrection and rebirth, it seems apt to look at yet another Kickstarter project that aims to roll back both a stone and the years in order to bring glories from the past to walk our digital hallways once more. Bionite: Origins, already two years in the making, is an attempt to revive the play style of Battlezone '98, a hybrid of…

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Interview: Obsidian’s Chris Avellone on Wasteland 2

It's happening. An astounding $2.1 million later, Obsidian Entertainment is getting the Black Isle band back together with Brian Fargo to make Wasteland 2. It's like some kind of┬áCinderella fairytale comeback story, only everyone dies in a radioactive pain puddle at the end. Or the beginning, really. But anyway, happier things! Shortly before the big news broke, I had a chat with Obsidian chief creative…

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Team up! Wasteland 2 Hits $2.1m, Obsidian On Board

Let there much be rejoicing. Go on, rejoice. Well, at least smile. No? Well, how about a smiley instead? You won't have to use your face at all. You only have to press two buttons. Come on, let's do it together. On three. One, two, three : And again. One, two, three ) There now, that wasn't so hard, was it? The reason for this…

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You Blinked: Shadowrun Passes Kickstarter Goal

At this rate, I'm beginning to think the only way to halt Kickstarter's charging bull stampede of success stories is to start a Kickstarter with the express aim of stopping Kickstarter. Kickstopper, as John calls it. Maybe I'm exaggerating a teensy bit, but Shadowrun's not-so-shadowy run right past $400,000 in 28 hours is - as these things typically are - absolutely incredible. As of writing,…

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