If you’re a regular reader, you know by now that David and I have some pretty strong opinions on what should and shouldn’t be crowd sourced. No matter how the narratives around Kickstarter and Indiegogo may be changing to become more inclusive of established creators, the institution of crowd funding is rooted in the idea that people with the means to give can support the creative endeavors of people without the means to realize them. I’m talking about helping out the little guy–the weekend warrior, the lay craftsperson, the dreamer–get a leg up and maybe bring something wonderful into the world. We’ve long held that the more established creators that leverage the crowd, the less support there will be for the indie creators. This is especially true in media driven categories like video games, movies, and music, where backers are likely to fund an obvious winner, or where fans may choose to back a favorite, rather than try their luck with an untested indie artist looking for a break…
That lengthy preamble brings us to today’s news: James Franco has launched a project on Indiegogo.
I’m pretty sure crowd funding jumped the shark today.
I mostly back products at the digital level, or as a straight donation. Mostly. When I don’t, I back for the swag. On more than one occasion where miniatures are concerned I have been known to pledge more than is reasonable to theoretically secure some awesome swag that might someday belong to me.
In this whole process (I reached 101 projects backed near the beginning of the week) it never occurred to me that I might, you know – move. I was pretty happy with where I was, but recently an opportunity forced itself on me that requires me to move. Moving means changing the shipping address on the 19 projects outstanding with physical rewards.
So after I lost an hour or two of my life navigating a dozen different backer survey formats I got to thinking about Kickstarter and how it relates to me. Keep reading if you’re interested.
Still on a high from the success of the Exalted 3rd Edition Deluxe Kickstarter, I stumbled across another classic game leveraging the crowd to fund a new product. Chaosium Games’ seminal horror title, Call of Cthulhu is up for a 7th edition (is that an industry record? I’m not sure…), and they ‘re asking for the help of the Kickstarter community to kick it off. After my fervor for Exalted, you might think I’d be slavering all over this project. But I’m not.
Peek below the fold to find out why.
Week after week we continue to get large projects on new mega projects on Kickstarter. It appears like miniatures have become a major feature of the crowd funding landscape. Is this a symptom of new leaner manufacturing techniques and digital sculpting techniques? It’s hard too say, but it is certainly fascinating.
This week there are 5 new miniature projects worth taking a look at.
A couple weeks ago I mentioned that a project long awaited by gaming geeks the world over finally launched on our favorite crowdfunding website. Since then, the Exalted 3rd Edition Deluxe project has not only knocked down Onyx Path Publishing’s previous “high score” for the Werewolf the Apocalypse 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition, it has also gone on to smash the funding record set by Monte Cook’s Numenera, making Exalted the most highly funded tabletop RPG on Kickstarter to date. With a total fast approaching $600K (at the time of this writing), that isn’t a record that’s likely to be challenged any time soon–and there are more than 24 hours left to go, so we haven’t even seen the end of the tail spike.
All that said, I think Onyx Path could’ve done even better. Peek below the fold to find out how.