Crowdfunding whether from Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or GoFundMe is the new way to make dreams happen. But its not just passing the digital hat, it’s involving people in the process. Believers become backers who become beta testers. And then they become supportive consumers before ultimately (hopefully) fans.
Right now there is an RPG Rennaissance even bigger than the d20 era. If you ever wanted to have an adventure or sourcebook or even a rule set published, now you can. Assuming you’re both good at your ideas as well as good as getting those ideas noticed. There have been 622 RPG projects in ‘Tabletop Games’ just in Kickstarter. Currently 29 are actively live and 377 were successfully funded.
DungeonMastering.com is fortunate to have writers who have been involved in getting their ‘gaming baby’ born via crowdfunding; Pure Steam a unique steampunk setting designed for Pathfinder. It was called “THE definitive steampunk resource for Pathfinder, 4.5 stars” by an expert named Endzeitgeist and that was his 1,700th review so he truly knows what the frak he is talking about. We’re looking to see if the Pure Steam team can write more about that process, as beneath every DM is an aspiring (wanna-be) game designer. Moreover they’re actually going to be running yet another Kickstarter in the next month to help create a new Western expansion (Pure Steam Wild West) for their setting.
But we’re here today to talk about 2 other fund raising efforts, both polar opposites. The first is for a card game called Exploding Kittens, and if you haven’t heard of it yet then you will. Even more than Cards Against Humanity, this “kitty-powered version of Russian Roulette” has an absurd amount of support. 200,000+ backers pledging $8.4 million dollars. That’s Million million. For Orcus’ sake they’ve left 54,000 comments! This is the 50 Shades of Grey of games. I have no idea how good either the cards or the movie will be but I fully expect to be seeing both at some point. And if you hurry, you can too- drive is still on through 02\19@9pm. Leave the Shades movie for a rental.
Now contrast all that incredible record-breaking raising (Exploding Kittens is literally the 2nd most funded project in the history of Kickstarter; chew on that for a moment) with an effort to help a sick gamer, via the awesome folks at d20pfSRD:
A fellow gamer needs a liver transplant and you might be able to help. We’re having a 50% off sale and donating the proceeds to his GoFundMe fundraiser. Click More details to see the info or “Ok Got it” to go about your bbidness
The gamer’s name is Joe Flores and he lives in Myrtle Beach, SC- land of the mini golf courses. He’s hoping to get just $5,000 to help him cover travel and medical expenses associated with the life-saving procedure he’s been approved for. In 6 days, 50 people have raised $1,400ish. Not exactly a record. And it’d be nice to change that.
Here’s the link to buy good gaming stuff for this good cause:
Again, through 03/13 all proceeds go to Joe. “Goooo Joe!” [GI-Joe theme song] PLUS if you spend $20, you’ll get a free PDF from 14 titles ranging from wands to fighters to Evil. Lastly and perhaps most awesomely, thanks to a ‘Multi-Vendor Special’ you can also get a bundle of 18 (EIGHTEEN) titles for a measley $10!!
But lest you think the purpose of this piece was solely a guilt trip aimed at pulling your heart strings enough to get some of you to open your wallets for an impulse purchase with the added bonus of helping a man in need, fear not. For there is a lesson in this Tale of 2 fund drives. And that is, quite simply, that if you are ever going to make a game, make a game that somehow has comical cats. Why? Because there are at least 8 million reasons to.
And also, frak terminal diseases.