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Obsidian Considering a Kickstart

On a note related to the story above, a tweet from Friday by Obsidian's Chris Avellone asks about interest in a Kickstarter project, pointing to their blog as where to register interest. Apparently this was quite high, as a follow-up tweet says they needed to reconfigure their blog to handle 1000 hits per second following the query (thanks Develop). Word is:

All of Double Fineís success from Kickstarter has been inspiring.

I GUESS PEOPLE LOVE THOSE CLASSIC ADVENTURE GAMES AFTER ALL.*

The idea of player-supported funding is... well, itís proof certain genres arenít dead and sequels may have more legs than they seem. And the idea of not having to argue that with a publisher is appealing.

Out of curiosity, if Obsidian did Kickstart a project, what would you want to see funded? (You can respond in comments or to @ChrisAvellone on Twitter, whichever you prefer.)

* I only use all caps for sarcasm and shouting. And for the Think Tank in Old World Blues for comedy value.

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44. Re: Obsidian Considering a Kickstart Feb 14, 2012, 08:22 Dev
 
Bhruic wrote on Feb 14, 2012, 07:57:
Or, to put it more succinctly, once they have your money, to whom are they accountable?
Basically to their peers and anyone who gave them money.

For instance, if Tim Shaefer and double fine doesn't deliver, they likely will have issues in the future from getting publishers interested and getting fans to pledge. No publisher is going to want to fund a person or company that can't deliver in a reasonable timeframe.

All that word of mouth from a successfully funded project would turn negative if someone doesn't deliver. Anything else that person would do in their career would be tainted by that, everything they talked about online they'd have people posting about how they lied and didn't deliver. Most of the projects have names, pictures/video of the person in question, and all have a location (city and state).

People could easily go after them in small claims court (I wouldn't for $10, but for $1000? Yeah I would).

Its possible, but its highly unlikely. After all, ONLY projects that have been FULLY funded actually get the money. If a project is just crap thrown onto a page, its unlikely that it would get fully funded. If a project represents someone's dream, why wouldn't they pursue it once they got funding? I think the main possible concern would be over someone trying to deliberately cheat the system just for the money. But thats part of the purpose of posting a video and detailed description of the project. You can see if they actually have an idea they've spent some time on that they are excited about and thats worth backing, or if its just some stuff on a page.

Example of a kickstarter project from some random browsing:

What's your thought when you see this page? Mine is that it looks someone's school project, and they have very little details and the video isn't someone excited about the project and laying out plans, but instead just a few mins of playing whatever that is. Looking at just the kickstarter page it feels very impersonal. Even if this is a worthy project, its not presented very well compared to others. If I was going to fund a project between the double fine and that one, I'd go for the double fine one just because of how its presented even if I knew nothing about Tim.

Edit: The project has since been canceled by the creator before the time was up so I removed the link.

This comment was edited on Feb 19, 2012, 15:16.
 
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