Posted by Rampant Coyote on October 31, 2013
Since the Red Baron Kickstarter campaign didn’t have such an auspicious start (mainly because of the lack of pre-KS marketing, IMO), Mad Otter Games has decided to cancel it… with full intentions to bring it back in the not-too-distant future, with a better, more finely-tuned campaign.
It’s the way of things these days, I guess.
In the meantime – speaking of advance marketing – Guido Henkel has announced that he’ll be launching a Kickstarter for Deathfire: Ruins of Nethermore, which will be launching in about a week (November 6th). Yeah – duh – I’m going to be chucking money at that one, all the time questioning my own wisdom of helping finance other people’s games while only dipping into my own pocket to finance my own.
I’m stupid that way, maybe.
Seriously, folks – I spent some time chatting with a friend (and a far more successful game developer than me) who is growing despondent over the current situation with indie games. A vaporware project in mid-Kickstarter and a single joke going for it was greenlit on Steam, while entire libraries of quality, decently-selling (by non-Steam standards) games are still ignored. The things that will make a splash and get funded / greenlit are not the same things that make quality games. That doesn’t mean they can’t be combined into the same package. But there are no guarantees.
I guess it’s the same old story: Luck and a good story (or line of B.S.) trumps a good product. At least for a while. But neither is very reliable in the long-term. Please note that I’m not talking about specific KS projects (I’ve backed plenty, and in principle I’m a fan of crowdfunding) – just the tendency for people to be far more willing to throw time and money at a promise than reality.
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