Kickstarters in Review

Thought it would be nice to keep a Kickstarter tally of shorts.  List which ones I’ve backed and what I think of them so far.  Probably update once a month or as often as there is new news or feelings to express (ie impatience).  So here we go!

For starters, so far no Kickstarter delivers the goods on time.  Not a single one.  I”m also going to limit to only talking about 5 of the projects I’ve backed at a time so I’m not reviewing 25+ subjects each post.

Chip Maestro

I bit off more than I can chew with this one.  Its a MIDI cartridge for the Nintendo that allows you to directly connect to a MIDI keyboard.  I ordered the dev kit stage which evidently involves writing your own code.  Top that off with this taking 2 years to get out and my excitement for chip tunes has died off significantly.  Great looking product and box that I’m ashamed to say I still haven’t used.

Shadowrun Returns

I’ve been pretty vocal for the most part about this one,.  They were a month or two late from their goal but they delivered.  I joined on the get a copy of the digital game tier and later preordered a collector’s edition.  Gave away the extra Steam code on our forums.  The Kickstarter went great.  The collector’s edition not so much.  The collector’s edition turned out to be a USB dog tag with no data on it.  Mine didn’t even work.  I just received it a week or two ago,  which is several months after the game released.  The USB stick doesn’t even work.  If Hare Brained Schemes was a larger company that I wasn’t worried about going broke I’d bug them about replacing it.  As is, the USB still looks great as dog tags.  Still waiting on the Berlin DLC though.

Double Fine Adventure & Massive Chalice

I’m burnt out on this one.  I’m okay with their new business strategy but I’ve lost confidence in Double Fine’s ability to manage their money.  No I don’t think they blew it on stuff that isn’t the game, I just think they’re a bunch of artists who don’t like math.  But its alright.  The adventure game will come and it will be fine.

Probably the worst part is I’m super excited for Massive Chalice and maybe spent too much on my tier.  But I’m the most worried about this game.  Double Fine has already shown they aren’t going at the money managing.  Fingers crossed!

Veronica Mars Movie

This is probably the funnest kickstarter out there.  Rob Thomas is a funny and charismatic guy.  And I already received my backer t-shirt!  I’m pretty sure the money was almost entirely for backer merch and there’s a movie studio behind everything paying for it because otherwise I don’t know how they can afford this.



About MusiM
Musician, writer, Gundam model hobbyist, video game lover, host of The Carousel Podcast, and all with a day job.

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