I don’t know about the rest of you, but for me Kickstarter is beginning to feel like a number of one night stands. Drunk with beneficent gamer’s glee, I’ve sowed my arbitrary funding oats across a number of projects now, but at mostly $10-$15 a shot I’m starting to lose track of what went where and with whom.
More to the point: in nine or so months I’ll start getting these strangers turning up, informing me that at some point in the past we were intimately involved, that I ‘gave them a donation’, before handing over a little bundle and telling me that ‘here, this is yours’.
I think the idea is pretty much Analogy Complete – it even has that layer of built-in guilt, considering that they did all the hard work over the subsequent months, and I just happened to be there at the start, throwing my sponsorship seed around with wild abandon.
Hmmm, perhaps I should instead start selecting the ‘No reward, I just want to donate’ option, the Kickstarter equivalent of donating to a sperm bank.
I like the idea of kickstarter, but after looking through many of the board & card games it seems I have essentially three options.
I can “donate” $50 and get a copy of the game when it’s released, aka, buying the game.
I can donate $10-$15 and get a thank you email if the game is ever produced.
I can donate $25 and get the basic version of the game playable by just 2 players. Except from reading the game’s description it’s a lot more fun if played by 4 players so I really want the full version with the two expansion packs. Which I can get if I “donate” $50.
Speaking of one-night stands:
Look on the bright side, at least it isn’t a real one-night-stand, where you end up having to take care of a baby and pay child support in nine months…that would be more akin to a Kickstarter for a subscription game, no?
I love the idea of kickstarter, but I am kind of worried about the metaphorical children that will result from it.
Feverish expectations of games that will bring back the good ol’ days, only made with modern features without losing anything that was great. And ‘input from the community’, because nothing bad ever came out of a committee.
I suspect we are going to have some seriously chagrined parents when they realize that their kids turn out like kids always do: not as you expect.