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The Kickstarter thread

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Since there's probably going to be a fair few Kickstarter projects that aren't done by Tim Schafer, I thought it might be nice to start a separate thread for all the little games on Kickstarter that don't get as much exposure.

For example: Feeble's Fable: The Legend of Runes by Atomic Chimp Games. Another point-and-click adventure game, but this one is going for more of a cute and charming feel. It definitely looks interesting, though they've nowhere near the backing they need. :(

And another: Americana Dawn by one guy, Max K. Lambert. It's a freeware retro-styled RPG about the French & Indian War and the American War for Independence. Kickstarter page is a little bare (he doesn't actually say what he needs the money for, for one), but it looks like an awesome game.

So let's see what other Kickstarter projects you think is worth shining a little light on!

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  • So, uh, here's the latest controversial project.

    In short - 9 year old girl teased by her two brothers wants just over $800 to go to a summer camp where she could learn to make an RPG Maker game.

    Already, this is questionable, as one of the rules of Kickstarter is:
    [Quote]No "fund my life" projects
    Examples include projects to pay tuition or bills, to go on vacation, or to buy a new camera.[/Quote]
    On top of this, the project description (ostensibly written by said 9 year old girl, even though it's clearly her mother imitating a 9 year old) states that she "really want[s] my very own laptop". She outright states in the same paragraph that she already has a Mac desktop and a KindleHD, as well as saying she has a PS3 (and her fav. game ATM is Dragon Age 2, but hey, she's 9, I'll cut her some slack for that). Hmm.

    Kinda odd so far, right? Well, it got worse.

    Here's the description for the $10,000 (which no-one in their right mind would ever pledge, but that doesn't detract from the fact that it's still a physical option!):
    [Quote]ROCK STAR REWARD LEVEL: At this level, you get everything from the previous levels plus a personal apology from her brothers and the satisfaction of knowing that you've not only started a career, you've also helped to fund future courses in computer programming for her along with more (and better) games![/Quote]See that underlined bit? Yeah. I didn't make that up.

    Oh, and then there's an absolutely massive image I'll just link to (since it's so massive): Click to view

    Basically it spells out that the girl's mother, who made the Kickstarter, has been sending twitter message all over the place when Kickstarter explicitly says not to send unsolicited @-replies over twitter, has been involved in some very shady (and profitable) schemes involving her company The Judgement Group and a previous technological startup company that was sold for $100 million and made her one of FORTUNE's Top Ten Female Entrepeneurs, claims not to be particularly rich but tweets about buying expensive shoes ($1,500 for a pair of shoes!) and allows her 9 year old daughter to play games clearly rated M.

    Discounting the last point (which is an entirely different subject altogether), this entire project is looking incredibly skeezy and people are very much voicing their disapproval.

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    Vainamoinen Moderator

    @Darth Marsden said: In short - 9 year old girl teased by her two brothers wants just over $800 to go to a summer camp where she could learn to make an RPG Maker game.

    I found this to be a really, really funny idea and would have been happy for the mother if it worked out - until I saw how much money people are throwing at this.

    There are creative people out there who REALLY need your money, all right??? And that mother just needed a 1,000 bucks. What essentially happens now is that the rest of the money (currently over 20,000$) goes to charity (as promised by the mother). So WHY THE FUCK don't the additional backers just give the FUCKING money to charity directly instead of TO KICKSTARTER AND AMAZON FUCKING PAYMENTS as well?

    God damn waste of money by intellectually impaired people who missed their chance to do good.

    Sure, Kickstarter loves it. They get their percentage.
    Please note AGAIN this campaign was approved by Kickstarter. If you have a problem with that, contact Kickstarter.

    I'll never back crowdfunding projects via Kickstarter/credit card/Amazon Payments. It's PayPal all the way.

  • Yeah, but I'm fairly certain they didn't approve that final reward tier. That's a form of child abuse, surely.

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    I think it was George Lucas who said something like "When the bear is slaughtered, you don't leave the fur behind". That's what the mother must be thinking... I believe it's the American way. :rolleyes:

  • If this is so controversial and breaks Kickstarters's TOS, why hasn't someone reported it?

    If if someone has? Why doesn't KS take the project down?

  • People have been complaining about it on forums rather than actually using the 'report' feature. :rolleyes:

  • Well, I just reported it.

    This Kickstarter is spamming people on Twitter; it is being used to buy a simple laptop for someone who can obviously more than afford it themselves; and it is being used to pay tuition for a computer camp. All of these things are against KS's Terms of Service Agreement.

    See below:
    http://h13.abload.de/img/1364168115669gafg5.png

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    @Chyron8472 said: Well, I just reported it.

    Have a look at the last update please. Kickstarter is actively supporting this. The quote in my last post is from that very last update.

  • They probably SHOULDN'T be supporting it though. I don't really have a problem with the fact that the family can probably afford this without the Kickstarter, it's that it breaks the damned rules and it's not even being subtle about it. The evidence is right there, on that picture, clear as day.

    If they're not going to stop this project, Kickstarter needs to say why and they'd damn well better give a good reason. I'm not relying on HER word for it that they're supporting her. She's hardly proven herself the most reliable person in the world.

    Also, it sets a dangerous precedent for what others will try to do. What if I want to start a Kickstarter to buy a motorbike? With a few very carefully worded phrases, I can make it seem completely legitimate despite being in flagrant breach of the rules, very much like this.

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    Vainamoinen Moderator

    @Darth Marsden said: If they're not going to stop this project, Kickstarter needs to say why and they'd damn well better give a good reason. I'm not relying on HER word for it that they're supporting her. She's hardly proven herself the most reliable person in the world.

    True, but faking that entire letter from Kickstarter's "John" would be a bit over the top. :p

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