Tag Archives: Kickstarter

The Beauty of DNS Re-direction / Unblocking

Want to watch Veronica Mars in Canada for free, just like our US neighbours?

Well tough luck!!!

That is unless you pay for US VPN access or use DNS re-direction/unblocking.

I’m not going to discuss using a VPN.  They are generally expensive and slow.

I am going to discuss using DNS re-direction though, because that’s what I have been using to watch Veronica Mars for the past week.

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Project Fedora Kickstarter Success!!!

In case you missed it last week, the Project Fedora Kickstarter was a complete success.

The target was actually hit June 7th, but things really exploded on June 6th.  That was the day of “Update #19: The Magnificent 7!”

See, after 22 days of modest growth the Kickstarter was pretty much on target to hit the $450K goal shortly before the end date.  Most days were averaging around $9K.  It was then that the folks at Big Finish Games posted their 19th project update.

In this update, we were notified that as a result of hitting 4500 backers, the Magnificent 7 (7 unknown high donors) would be donating $4K for every $6K raised starting at $386K, as a means to leapfrog the way to the $450K project goal.

I don’t know what they were expecting, but things exploded!!!  Within minutes $20K had been raised and within hours we were within $20K of the goal which was achieved the next morning.  it was all very exciting as you could imagine.  Overall almost $100K was raised in that 24 hour period.

In the end over $600K was raised (including Paypal donations) which is pretty good compared to projects like SpaceVenture & Pinkerton Road.  I would have preferred a lot more, but considering $600K was raised by only 7000 backers (SpaceVenture & Pinkerton had over 10K backers each) I guess we can’t complain.

 

ComputerAbuser

Project Fedora – $300K Raised After 2 Weeks

It’s been slow going this past week, but I’m happy to report that after another week of pledges, the Kickstarter to raise funds for a new Tex Murphy Adventure Game has passed the $300K milestone.

We’re only 66% of the way there and in reality we really want to raise a lot more than the $450K Kickstarter goal, but $300K in two weeks is still pretty darn good.

If all goes well, we can maintain this pace and then far surpass $450K with the (hopefully) inevitable burst of pledges that seem to come right at the end.

If you haven’t already made your pledge, honestly, what are you waiting for?

No, seriously, go pledge.  😀

 

ComputerAbuser

 

Project Fedora – Over Half Way in 1 Week

I am happy to report that in 1 week, the Project Fedora Kickstarter has been able to raise over 50% of their target.

There is still a long, long way to go, but this is a good sign.

It’s no where near what Shadowrun Returns and Wasteland 2 were able to achieve, but we need to first hit our target before we worry about exceeding it.

Actually, now that I think about it, I’m not sure why these previous Kickstarters were so successful.  Are there that many more RPG fans out there than Adventure Game fans?

Under a Killing Moon, The Pandora Directive and Overseer were some of the best adventure games produced in the past 30 years.  Project Fedora aims to continue the series and it’s being done by the original creators.

In contrast, the Leisure Suit Larry Kickstarter was for a remake of a much simpler, shorter game and it raised over $650K.  Maybe I’m missing something?

 

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Project Fedora Passes $100K in Under 12 hrs

Technically, it took less than 11 1/2 hours, but either way $100000 is a huge number for this type of Kickstarter to achieve in such a short time.

I hope this bodes well for the final number.

As long as they are able to maintain this momentum it should be possible to go well above the $450000 goal; which is a very good thing.

The Pandora Directive cost over $4000000 to produce back in 1996.  I realize the technology has gotten better and you can do a lot more for a lot less money, but $450000 doesn’t seem near enough money to make Tex Murphy 6 as good as I would like it to be.

 

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Decided to pledge to Jane Jensen after all

Even though her Kickstarter met their $300 000 target a short while ago, I decided to make a pledge anyway.

Sadly, the Pinkerton Road Studio Kickstarter has served as an example of how not to run a Kickstarter.

The initial pitch was overly complex and unspecific.  Although, through dozens of updates they have been able to hammer the idea down to a single game pitch “Moebius” and better explain the idea of a Community Supporter Game system.

I’m a fan of the Gabriel Knight games, so I’m willing to make a small pledge to see what they can do with a new IP.

 

ComputerAbuser

Tex Murphy Kickstarter NOW LIVE!!!

Well it seemed like forever, but the Kickstarter of all Kickstarters has finally launched.

As of 9 AM, Mountain Standard Time, Project Fedora – the Kickstarter for a new Tex Murphy adventure game, is now up and running.

It’s off to a strong start, but that doesn’t mean anything if the money stops flowing in once the “Die Hard” fans have made their pledges.

I’ve already made my pledge and I will be watching very closely as the days progress.

 

ComputerAbuser

 

I decided not to support Leisure Suit Larry

I’m actually pretty excited for the Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards re-make that will now be made as a result of their successful Kickstarter.

The only LSL game I ever played was Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude.  It’s nothing like the original and it was made without Al Lowe’s involvement, so it doesn’t really count.

I enjoyed Magna Cum Laude to a certain extent.  There was some fun to be had, but nothing groundbreaking.  It ended up continually crashing at a certain point and I was never able to finish it.  No big loss. Read more »

I Cancelled My Wasteland 2 Kickstarter Pledge

Don’t get me wrong, I have no problem with Wasteland 2 and I think it’s awesome that they have been able to get as much money as they have.

I cancelled my pledge because I’m not a fan of RPGs, especially turn based RPGs, I can’t stand them.  I pledged $15 back in March before it had hit the $900 000 goal.  It seemed like the right thing to do after all of the excitement with Double Fine.

Clearly there is no longer a concern that they will hit their target (currently just shy of 2.5 million with 3 days to go).  So, I figured I could cancel my pledge and not feel bad about it.

I wasn’t really sure that I could and I’m glad that they have the option.  With the most important Kickstarter ever launching May 15th, I really need to save my money until then.

 

ComputerAbuser

Tex Murphy Kickstarter Announced!!!

I almost crapped my pants when I read this….

Unofficial Tex Murphy forum

and then watched this…..

Kickstarter announcement on YouTube

 

I’ve mentioned it before, but the Tex Murphy video games (well UAKM, PD and Overseer) are some of the greatest video games ever created.  Don’t just take my word for it.  Take a look at some of the YouTube reviews or read some of the comments following the Kickstarter announcement on any video game site.  I’m not alone in my beliefs.

Anyway, it’s a little early to get too excited.  The Kickstarter campaign doesn’t start until May 15th.  In the mean time, the folks at Big Finish Games will be putting together the campaign details.  They are also asking for suggestions for rewards and campaign ideas from fans.  You can submit those ideas to their contact page at http://www.bigfinishgames.com/contact or on the Unofficial Tex Murphy web site.

Expect to hear a lot more about this once the campaign begins.

 

ComputerAbuser