Kickstarter Report: November 2014

Here are the eight most recent projects I’ve backed on Kickstarter:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1748303376/radiotopia-a-storytelling-revolution/widget/video.html

Radiotopia: A Storytelling Revolution

Radiotopia is a podcast network by Roman Mars, the guy responsible for one of my favorite shows, 99% Invisible. I’ve met him in person and he is a lovely, generous guy who has made it his life’s work to support new podcasters and new ideas, undoubtedly at the cost of his own time and financial success.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/molassesflood/the-flame-in-the-flood/widget/video.html

The Flame in the Flood

Looks and sounds like Beasts of the Southern Wild: The Game, which is right my up alley.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/theblackglove/the-black-glove/widget/video.html

The Black Glove

Like The Flame in the Flood, these developers were also on the team that made Bioshock Infinite. The Black Glove pinpoints my desire to explore weird worlds with a minimum of shooting things.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1320191398/karen-an-app-that-psychologically-profiles-you-as/widget/video.html

Karen – an app that psychologically profiles you as you play

From Blast Theory, the makers of real-world/digital experiences. I’ve always liked to think about what self-help guides will become in the future, and this is an interesting exploration.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1850151847/ice-bound-a-novel-of-reconfiguration/widget/video.html

Ice-Bound: A Novel of Reconfiguration

Book/game/app/interactive fiction crossover, therefore automatically of interest. I’m not hot on the augmented reality stuff but I guess we’ll see how this unfolds.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dejobaan/elegy-for-a-dead-world-a-game-about-writing-fictio/widget/video.html

Elegy for a Dead World: A Game About Writing Fiction

Pretty weird and I’m not convinced that people are keen on writing fiction, or indeed writing much at all, in a game. However, the prompting mechanism is neat and I look forward to trying it out.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1720861557/daughters-of-mercury/widget/video.html

Daughters of Mercury

The artist, Janet Bruesselbach, painted a portrait of me via Skype. It took over two hours and was a fascinating experience. I was happy to support her next project (this one).

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lazy8/extrasolar-season-2-be-a-part-of-the-story/widget/video.html

Extrasolar: Season 2

It’s difficult for any ARG to attract decent levels of funding, and unfortunately Extrasolar S2 was not successful on Kickstarter. However, Extrasolar was and still is a tremendously clever game and I expect it’s really just a question of figuring out the right business model before it sees greater success.

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