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Adult Sword Owner
Jun 19, 2011

u deserve diploma for sublime comedy expertise


We have a thread in GBS for horrible ones, and that's great and all, but there are actually some really cool projects that (might) not take the money and run. Here's a few I have contributed to

Ogre Designer's Edition: Most anyone who has played board or card games has heard of Steve Jackson. Munchkin? Zombie Dice? Illuminati? This guy and his company. Ogre was his first game in 1977 and they're reissuing it. It's always sounded great but I've never been able to get ahold of a copy. He's awesome and updates and has seen out a couple in the last week with surveys, such as a survey about which card layout the donors prefer. I'd be surprised if he steals the money because it's a well-known company.

Pebble: E-Paper Watch for iPhone and Android: It's an e-ink watch with Bluetooth that pulls data from an Android or iPhone device. You load apps onto the thing via an installed app on the device (the SDK is available already) and apparently any data an Android app can reference, this can as well. It's water resistant, has a backlight, and has a 3 axis accelerometer as well as 4 buttons, so I'm looking forward to banging out some music controlling app where I can wave my arm around and change what's playing. The only things missing is a touchscreen and (full color) video playback, but this will be a great little toy. The company producing it already produces a higher-end version so I probably won't lose my money here.


edit: Mother loving icon argh

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dinozombiesgoRARR
Dec 25, 2010

Momma said knock you out

My favourite was the Kickstarter for the Pratchett-approved Discworld short film Troll Bridge.

They nearly doubled the amount they needed so it's definitely happening. There's production updates on their Kickstarter page.



Saint Darwin posted:

Pebble: E-Paper Watch for iPhone and Android:
The company producing it already produces a higher-end version so I probably won't lose my money here.

quote:

$7,225,316
pledged of $100,000 goal
They're 7,225% funded.
I'm unfamiliar with the way these things work, do they often exceed their funding goal by such hilariously high margins?




Also I started a kickstarter so we can buy a new icon for this thread:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/847271450/saint-darwins-shitpost-thread

Please give generously, goons.

dinozombiesgoRARR has a new favorite as of 16:35 on Apr 30, 2012

Adult Sword Owner
Jun 19, 2011

u deserve diploma for sublime comedy expertise


dinozombiesgoRARR posted:

They're 7,224% funded. "psyduck:
I'm unfamiliar with the way these things work, do they often exceed their funding goal by such hilariously high margins?


Not always, but there are very notable examples of this happening recently. The Wikipedia entry has a chart on projects that finished and went far over the original amount.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kickstarter



quote:

Also I started a kickstarter so we can buy a new icon for this thread:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/847271450/saint-darwins-shitpost-thread

Please give generously, goons.
I hate love you.

dinozombiesgoRARR
Dec 25, 2010

Momma said knock you out

Didn't SA have their own inhouse fundraiser at some point? Back when Katrina took down the SA servers?
Edit: yep.

Also the wonderful Donate to Japan, Permaban a Shithead GBS thread that raised over $70,0000 for charity. I guess getting a guy permabanned counts as a Kick(out)starter.

And for the sake of completeness, [Holiday Charity] SA Adopts a Tiny Village in Haiti: $79K+ raised!! They sent pics!!



They're not really kickstarter projects per se but they're great examples of cloud funding.

HopWallace
Sep 8, 2004

free balloon day

I helped fund this about a month ago. It's a project to build an underground park in NYC:
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/855802805/lowline-an-underground-park-on-nycs-lower-east-sid

It look like they made $155,186 out of their $100,000 goal, so it's definitely going to get built!

doczoid
Mar 14, 2012

by Y Kant Ozma Post


HopWallace posted:

I helped fund this about a month ago. It's a project to build an underground park in NYC:
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/855802805/lowline-an-underground-park-on-nycs-lower-east-sid

It look like they made $155,186 out of their $100,000 goal, so it's definitely going to get built!

doesn't it just mean that they'll definitely take your money?

Red Minjo
Oct 20, 2010

Out of the houses, which is the most blue?

The answer might not be be obvious at first.

Gravy Boat 2k

The Cucumber Quest Book Project

A wonderful and colorful comic by Gigi D.G. (formerly hiimdaisy, the creator of those silly Persona and Metal Gear Solid comics) about bunnies on a Paper Mario-esque journey to save the world. She needs our money to make the book for the first two chapters even greater.

cuntrageous
Jun 6, 2008




HopWallace posted:

I helped fund this about a month ago. It's a project to build an underground park in NYC:
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/855802805/lowline-an-underground-park-on-nycs-lower-east-sid

It look like they made $155,186 out of their $100,000 goal, so it's definitely going to get built!

The kickstarter is for their tech demo, not the actual park.

Adult Sword Owner
Jun 19, 2011

u deserve diploma for sublime comedy expertise


cuntrageous posted:

The kickstarter is for their tech demo, not the actual park.

Yes, it's for a mini version showing what they want to do and how they want to do it. It's going to require far, far more funding than this to actually do. Plus I don't think they want to take money until the city finally says "yes go do this thing," because who knows how far off that is.

Cross_
Aug 22, 2008


Saint Darwin posted:

Pebble: E-Paper Watch for iPhone and Android: It's an e-ink watch with Bluetooth that pulls data from an Android or iPhone device.

Estimated battery life: 7 days.

Bruce Leroy
Jun 10, 2010


Cross_ posted:

Estimated battery life: 7 days.

Just charge it overnight along with your cell phone while you sleep .

That seems like far less of a hassle than old school watches that you have to wind every night.

Bruce Leroy has a new favorite as of 22:37 on May 1, 2012

DrBouvenstein
Feb 28, 2007

I think I'm a doctor, but that doesn't make me a doctor. This fancy avatar does.


Bruce Leroy posted:

Just charge it overnight while you sleep along with your cell phone.

The big downside, though, is that it won't use MicroUSB. Something about the waterproofing making it need some kind of proprietary connector...shame...

I'll probably still buy one...I'm tempted to "donate" but I really want it to be released and see reviews first...also, to see what the "user voted" color will be...though I can't imagine I won't get black.

Adult Sword Owner
Jun 19, 2011

u deserve diploma for sublime comedy expertise


Cross_ posted:

Estimated battery life: 7 days.

Bluetooth murders batteries like no other. As people have said, just charge it when charging your phone. Hell, I have a small solar charger I can just whip out anywhere and charge it up fast.

Sinz
Feb 17, 2011

God I fucking love Diablo 3 gold, it even paid for this shitty title

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/4pm/the-grid-a-playing-card-deck-by-4pm-designs

Combines my two favorite things. Poker cards and Tron!

njark
Apr 26, 2008

Show them the Wasteland


http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2dawngames/ravaged
a post apocalypse 64 man shooter by the desert combat and battlefield 2 guys.

Boiled Water
Apr 5, 2006

YOU ARE A BRAIN
IN A BUNKER


Sinz posted:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/4pm/the-grid-a-playing-card-deck-by-4pm-designs

Combines my two favorite things. Poker cards and Tron!

Looks like they just gave the cards new borders and a pallet swap.

Bruce Leroy
Jun 10, 2010


Boiled Water posted:

Looks like they just gave the cards new borders and a pallet swap.

Yeah, I'm underwhelmed.

I'd be more impressed if they redesigned the king, queen, and jack portraits to look like the Tron programs.

Sinz
Feb 17, 2011

God I fucking love Diablo 3 gold, it even paid for this shitty title

Bruce Leroy posted:

Yeah, I'm underwhelmed.

I'd be more impressed if they redesigned the king, queen, and jack portraits to look like the Tron programs.

Well they got nearly 2 months. I'm hoping it gets better than that.

Erostratus
Jun 18, 2011

by R. Guyovich


http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jungkimphoto/daniel-johnston-here

A photography book / exhibit about Daniel Johnston. I'm not too familiar with him, but i've liked what i've heard and the photography was decent and i'm always up for helping out artists with interesting projects. It was mainly for a friend, and the book i'll be getting seemed like a great present.

Waffleman_
Jan 20, 2011



Bruce Leroy posted:

Yeah, I'm underwhelmed.

I'd be more impressed if they redesigned the king, queen, and jack portraits to look like the Tron programs.

I'd like to see the King be Flynn, the Queen be Quorra, and the Jack be Sam.

Alan Smithee
Jan 3, 2005



I'd like to see the cards glow though I imagine that would mess with the card weight not to mention cost

Farbtoner
May 17, 2011

by Y Kant Ozma Post


Bruce Leroy posted:

Yeah, I'm underwhelmed.

I'd be more impressed if they redesigned the king, queen, and jack portraits to look like the Tron programs.

Having vaguely Tron-ish colors and a nudge-nudge title like The Grid is brushing pretty close to the edges of copyright as-is, an infamously litigious company like Disney would probably jump at the chance to sue someone for making unauthorized Tron merchandise if they did that.

Le0
Mar 18, 2009

Rotten investigator!


I backed Grim Dawn an action RPG video game.
The game is already well advanced and they are very close to their goal so I guess it'll go on.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYI2DMPWpWg

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/crateentertainment/grim-dawn

mcsnitches
Oct 26, 2010


My self-titled game 100% committed. Back my game I promise its on the caliber of every other Kickstarter out there.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8NmlsLEI8o

Alan Smithee
Jan 3, 2005



mcsnitches posted:

My self-titled game 100% committed. Back my game I promise its on the caliber of every other Kickstarter out there.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8NmlsLEI8o

The Awful KS thread is in GBS

Bruce Leroy
Jun 10, 2010


Farbtoner posted:

Having vaguely Tron-ish colors and a nudge-nudge title like The Grid is brushing pretty close to the edges of copyright as-is, an infamously litigious company like Disney would probably jump at the chance to sue someone for making unauthorized Tron merchandise if they did that.

I didn't mean explicitly copy the film characters as Waffleman_ suggested, but rather just taking the classic card portraits and modifying their clothing to look like that of Tron programs, replace the swords and axes held by the kings with identity discs, etc. I mean, just look at what they did with the joker cards, those are sort of what I was talking about.

I'm pretty sure that would still fall under "fair use," just like the dozens of other merch sites, like teefury.com, which constantly sell things with designs inspired by copyrighted media.

Chainclaw
Feb 14, 2009



http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/blinkworks/indie-game-the-movie
Indie Game: The Movie
A well done documentary on the development of Fez and Super Meat Boy, with clips of Jonathan Blow whining about how Soulja Boy doesn't understand the deep meaning in Braid. It's in theaters right now, if you have anything in town playing independent films. The DVD release schedule is still being figured out.

The Metagame
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2093152267/the-metagame-by-local-no12
http://metaga.me/
Like Apples to Apples, but with video game stuff. Haven't had a chance to play my copy yet, but I'm dying to give it a go. Orders are now fulfilled through Amazon, which is pretty cool.

Both of these completed a year or two ago, but they are both great examples of successful Kickstarter projects.

Bricky Tombs
Jul 13, 2009


http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/coolminiornot/zombicide

This is almost over, but it is pretty sweet. It is all done so really you are just buying it early. Pretty legit crew too.

Dik Hz
Feb 22, 2004

Fun with Science



A link to the GBS thread would be handy in the OP for those of us who don't frequent GBS.

Given the nature of PYF, I thought this would be a "worst of" thread. A link to the actual "worst of" thread would be nice!

Edit: Awful Kickstarters

Siljmonster
Dec 16, 2005

by LITERALLY AN ADMIN


Nova Cry

Backed this recently its basically a sci-fi tactical card game with up to 6 player multiplayer, but also because the artist is my older brother and I hope to see some of his stuff get put out there.

Rulebook: http://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/78327/nova-cry-rulebook-v-1





Adult Sword Owner
Jun 19, 2011

u deserve diploma for sublime comedy expertise


Hm, $35 for it. Maybe. That's an awful lot for a card game.

Do you think you could bother your older brother and tell him that it looks like there's enough room to spell out the words? Those abbreviations hurt my head.

senrath
Nov 3, 2009

Look Professor, a destruct switch!




It's not much more expensive than Munchkin is, and comes with more material.

pantX0r
Jan 7, 2004
hey, back again!


I'm liking this one:Arcade Brewery
It's a local brewery trying to start up, and while the video waffles on for a bit, they seem like ok guys. They're throwing a party next weekend, and I can't wait to try their beer.

IShallRiseAgain
Sep 12, 2008

Well ain't that precious?



pantX0r posted:

I'm liking this one:Arcade Brewery
It's a local brewery trying to start up, and while the video waffles on for a bit, they seem like ok guys. They're throwing a party next weekend, and I can't wait to try their beer.
So they basically want to be Jones Soda, but with beer? I don't know why this is even on Kickstarter. This is something that seems that it would be better funded by actual investors who can ask them questions about their business model and actually expect some returns from them.

bomblol
Jul 17, 2009

my first crapatar


Bricky Tombs posted:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/coolminiornot/zombicide

This is almost over, but it is pretty sweet. It is all done so really you are just buying it early. Pretty legit crew too.

This does look great. There have been a lot of cool boardgame KS projects, wish I had the money to fund stuff like that and not just 10 dollar game pre-orders.

Siljmonster
Dec 16, 2005

by LITERALLY AN ADMIN


Saint Darwin posted:

Hm, $35 for it. Maybe. That's an awful lot for a card game.

Do you think you could bother your older brother and tell him that it looks like there's enough room to spell out the words? Those abbreviations hurt my head.

You don't need to buy booster packs to play the game either, it says they will have expansions for it at least.

I talked to my brother, he has no control over that aspect of the cards, just the art. He said to leave a comment on the kickstarter page or email them, sorry!

Ok Comboomer
Oct 20, 2007

USNews: Biden approves $735M weapons sale to Israel


nesl
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/birdhouse/nesl?ref=home_spotlight
I want a couple of these on my desk.

Drifter
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/celsiusgs/drifter-a-space-trading-game?ref=home_spotlight
A PC/Mac port of this upcoming iOS game by the guy who made Red Nova- which you should play if you have an iOS device.

Joycewalk app
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/504430587/joycewalk-0?ref=home_spotlight
I like James Joyce and I like Dublin. I also like the idea of a museum-style app that uses a whole city as its subject. If it works with GPS, that's double awesome.


Past successes:

iPhone 4/4S Eyepiece Adapter
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/637232010/magnifi-the-worlds-first-iphone-photoadapter-case?ref=live

gently caress everyone who dissed this in the GBS thread. This would've been so useful back when I was doing microscopy poster projects in college, and it's going to be awesome for researchers and teachers. Microscope-specific cameras and specialized mounts are expensive as hell and most of the ones out there are clunky ~1 megapixel deals unless you're prepared to blow more grant money than you should to get something decent (try $800 for 3 megapixels- and you have to plug it into your computer and run proprietary software). The iPhone 4S has an 8 megapixel camera- by that logic, this adapter should help people get Nature cover-worthy shots for a fraction of the cost.

TikTok/LunaTik
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1104350651/tiktok-lunatik-multi-touch-watch-kits?ref=most-funded

They sell these in Apple stores now. I have one. It's pretty boss.

TiGr Bike Lock
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1051734209/tigr-titanium-lock-as-cool-as-your-bike?ref=live

If this works as well as they say it should, then I'll definitely be buying one.

Sapphaholic
Mar 21, 2008

Delicious.

This one's already been completed, but it was by far my favorite:

Shadowrun Returns
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1613260297/shadowrun-returns?ref=live

The creator of Shadowrun has nabbed the Shadowrun video game IP and is making a Shadowrun game to do the franchise proud (read: Not another XBox Shadowrun). The goal is to bring everything fans love about the game back into the style of the old Genesis and SNES game.

There's no words to describe how happy this makes me.

Justin Godscock
Oct 12, 2004

Listen here, funnyman!

Soiled Meat

The Last of McGuinness

A little backstory on this one: Nigel McGuinness was an indy pro wrestler who was extremely successful and well-liked. Particularily in Ring of Honor Wrestling where he held their world title. Over the course of the last few years he wrestled less and less and eventually quietly retired and now commentates Ring of Honor's TV show. He promised that he would tell the story of why he left the ring via a documentary. This got funded in record time.

Idle Thumbs Video Game Podcast

I'm really picky when it comes to podcasts especially gaming related ones. Most are either relentlessly nerdy, fanatical or try too hard to "change reviewing" I find. Idle Thumbs, on the other hand, felt really genuine like it was a bunch of guys getting together and talking honestly about the games they played that week. It was a refreshing change to hear someone say "I'm getting a little tired of bros-in-space" when talking about Killzone 2 with complete honestly and not a kind of smugness. I was legitimately bummed out when I found out they ceased production.

Anyways, I came across a Kickstarter to bring it back when I was checking out the site for the first time. Within 5 seconds I had my credit card out trying to find out how I could donate.

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kazmeyer
Jul 26, 2001

'Cause we're the good guys.



Saint Darwin posted:

Ogre Designer's Edition: Most anyone who has played board or card games has heard of Steve Jackson. Munchkin? Zombie Dice? Illuminati? This guy and his company. Ogre was his first game in 1977 and they're reissuing it. It's always sounded great but I've never been able to get ahold of a copy. He's awesome and updates and has seen out a couple in the last week with surveys, such as a survey about which card layout the donors prefer. I'd be surprised if he steals the money because it's a well-known company.

Just an update on this one; they're at $600,000, and if they reach $700,000 (five days left) he's promising to do a Car Wars kickstarter as well.

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