The One That Got Away
I’m sure we all have stories about the one that got away. Maybe we went left when we should have gone right. Maybe we said no when we should have said yes. Regardless of how it happened, we let a good thing slip through our fingers, and now we’re living with the regret. This post goes out to the Kickstarters I should’ve backed.
What did you think I was talking about?
I’m sure we’ve all got a project that we regret not backing. Something we were skeptical of at the time, that when it came to fruition, was just too cool to have passed up. For me, one such project is Numenera, Monte Cook’s unique and inspired new role playing game. I was skeptical for variety of reasons–he was an established name with some baggage, I was afraid he’d be rehashing old terrain, etc., etc., etc. Now that I have a copy in hand, I see how wrong I was–it’s a truly impressive game, and I wish I had gotten in at the bottom floor and not let my negativity get the better of me–I’d have gotten more value out of my pledge than my dollars after the project closed.
Adding insult to injury is that my skepticism about Numenera (as well as some strong positive feelings about the original Planescape: Torment game), made me poo poo the subsequent InXile project for Torment: Tides of Numenera. Silly me, I’m going to end up paying a premium because I was too cool for school (and you better believe i’m going to buy the game based on the quality of Monte’s game…).
I suppose the morale of the story is, sometimes we don’t see what we’ve missed out on until it’s in the rear view. So maybe take a look at some of those projects you dismissed at first glance. It might not be too late to buy into something great.
Speaking of something great, frequent commentator Brian McDonald is running a Kickstarter for a good cause. His project, SEEDs of Autism: Sewing Our Way to Independence, is trying to fund new sewing machines for SEEDs, a vocational learning center for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders. As far as causes go, it doesn’t get much better than helping people help themselves. If you’ve some extra jink in your pocket, why not send it their way? I guarantee it’ll be appreciated.
Thanks, Chris. And thanks to you, and to David, for being backers. 🙂
As for the ones that got away…I’m sure that I could think of some things that I would have backed in retrospect, but I figure the stuff that got backed will eventually be out in the world, and I can get it then. I passed on the first Zombicide, but wound up buying it later on Miniature Market for 25% off, and all I’m really out are some of the bonus figures and extra zombies. Being in on the ground floor is nice, but being able to not think about it until it’s released is better. 🙂
By the way, that Torment page has a link to a PayPal store, so looks like you still could get in on the ground floor if you wanted to.
No man, thank you for reading and for your insightful comments!
And thanks for pointing out that PayPal link! I might be pledging after all!