Rob’s Kickstarters

I back Kickstarters from time to time. I setup this page to help promote what I’m backing but I’ve since started to use it to evaluate my investments. I’ve been burned on a couple of projects and don’t want to let anything fall through the cracks. This can also serve as a bit of a consumer report for dubious Kickstarter’s I’ve been part of.

Status Guide
Past Due: The Estimated Delivery Date has passed and all or parts of the project haven’t been delivered.
Delivered: Everything promised has been delivered.
Funded: The project has been fully funded, the Estimated Delivery Date has not passed, and not everything has been delivered.
Not Funded: The project failed to receive funding.
Still Funding: The project is still ongoing, GO BACK IT!

Last Updated: 04/26/2013

Delivered


Backer Level: $50 – Doll: Josh will handcraft a unique doll for you. The doll will be at least 10 inches tall. You will receive, a physical copy and an electronic copy of the game. You earn the right to copy and reprint the game for personal use.
Estimated Delivery Date: December 2013

I received everything I expected.

Delivered


Backer Level: $12 – One of the new eighth pressing of the now-famous ‘Iron coin of the Faceless Man’ which will also release at WorldCon. Be one of the first to get this new edition… die #2, (including the “h” in “morghulis”)… done in ‘coin registration’ (meaning that you flip it head over heels to view the reverse side… ‘medal registration’ would mean flipping side to side to view the reverse).
Estimated Delivery Date: September 2013

I received everything I expected.

Delivered


Backer Level: $10 – Novice: You get the final PDF as soon as it’s done, as well as any electronic stretch goals.
Estimated Delivery Date: September 2013

I received everything I expected.

Funded


Backer Level: $20 – THE GAME = Download MASSIVE CHALICE for Windows, Mac, and Linux, DRM-free and on Steam. Plus you’ll get a special backers-only badge on the official Double Fine forums and your name will be listed in the “Backers” section of the MASSIVE CREDITS in the game and on the official website!
Estimated Delivery Date: September 2014

Nothing has been delivered, and nothing is expected for a long time. The last update was on August 29th, 2013 and there have been lots of regular updates.

Funded


Backer Level: $32 – DIGITAL DESTROYER CHROME TIER = The kickstarter-exclusive CHROME BARBED WIRE BASEBALL BAT for use in single and multiplayer game modes. Access to the exclusive ROAD REDEMPTION DEVELOPER’S FORUM + a monthly pdf of the official ROAD REDEMPTION DESIGN.DOC. A DRM-free digital copy of the ROAD REDEMPTION GAME upon release. Your name (or moniker) in ROAD REDEMPTION HALL OF FAME. Exclusive access to the early ROAD REDEMPTION CLOSED BETA.
Estimated Delivery Date: April 2014

Theere have been pretty regular updates about the project. There hasn’t been anything for me to get my hands on yet but it looks on schedule.

Delivered


Backer Level: $30 – HASTED ASCENDANT – 1 year of Ascendant membership on Obsidian Portal. We will send you a postcard thanking you for being awesome. A special badge for your Obsidian Portal profile identifying you as a Reforger. Your name (or Obsidian Portal username) will be listed on obsidianportal.com as a Reforger.
Estimated Delivery Date: August 2013

I received everything I expected.

Delivered


Backer Level: $25 – CENTURION: Receive a copy of CENTURION: Legionaries of Rome in Print and PDF formats.
Estimated Delivery Date: September 2013

I received everything I expected.

Delivered


Backer Level: $30 – HERO: This will give you physical copy, along with everything in the DIGITAL tier. Your name will also be in the book, as thanks for your support!
Estimated Delivery Date: July 2013

I received everything I expected.

Delivered


Backer Level: $30 – The PDF, the soundtrack and THREE COINS OF THE REIGN (copper, silver and gold)! + $20 Full Color Map!
Estimated Delivery Date: August 2013

I received everything I expected.

Not Funded


Backer Level: $20 – Early bird discount for $25 tier. Digital Download of Project Awakened + Access to the closed beta starting August 2014 + Pre-release Digital Soundtrack + Exclusive Desktop Wallpaper + Exclusive Kickstarter-only forum access with development journal updates.
Estimated Delivery Date: August 2014

Funding failed, nothing expected. The creators went on to attempt to raise funds on their own website, but the details of the project started getting more sketchy. I’m actually glad this Kickstarter failed, since I’m not comfortable with the project any longer.

Delivered


Backer Level: $25 – Print d8. Receive a printed copy of the Cortex Plus Hacker’s Guide, plus a PDF, including all funded stretch goal material.
Estimated Delivery Date: May 2013

I received everything I expected.

Not Funded


Backer Level: $25 – BETA BUNDLE! You’ll get ACCESS TO THE CLOSED BETA & the Beta forums before the game ships! You’ll receive a PDF copy of the MaK ART BOOK featuring concept art and 3D models, shortly after the game is done. You’ll also get another awesome, Kickstarter exclusive in-game character part (BELT) to customize your character.
Estimated Delivery Date: December 2013

Funding failed, nothing expected. This is a damn shame, I really hope these guys secure funding in some other way.

Delivered


Backer Level: $75 – MARQUIS OF TALENTS: PDF of Wilderness, Houses of the Blooded, softbound Wilderness book, Style Point pack, plus a set of Twelve Houses of the Blooded Dice and the patch.
Estimated Delivery Date: December 2012

I received everything I expected.

Delivered


Backer Level: $41 – BATTLER: Print edition. Print and PDF editions of Blood on the Snow sourcebook. PDF edition of finished book. Immediate access to fully playable preview draft in PDF format.
Estimated Delivery Date: April 2013

I received everything I expected.

Funded


Backer Level: $20 – For early backers only! DIGITAL DOWNLOADABLE COPY OF PROJECT ETERNITY. All Kickstarter backers will receive a special Kickstarter only in-game achievement and item. Includes Cooking with Tim – An RPG-themed e-Cookbook, and Making of Project Eternity Documentary (streaming).
Estimated Delivery Date: April 2014

The game hasn’t been released yet, but there are a lot of updates for this and I feel really good about its progress. I don’t think it’ll be hitting its April deadline, but I’m not concerned about it yet.

Delivered


Backer Level: $20 – THE DECKHAND: you get a full autographed hard copy of the CD as well as a link to the Digital Download of the album.
Estimated Delivery Date: October 2012

I received everything I expected.

Past Due


Backer Level: $100 – Your Pitch: Pitch me a game in a paragraph or less. I will make it as a microgame and add it to the collection. You will get five copies of it. Not only do you get the basic seven games, you also get a copy of every Your Pitch game, and any additional games we make as part of this Kickstarter.
Estimated Delivery Date: October 2012

I received a couple of the games at GenCon 2012 where I also, very briefly, discussed my Pitch. The last update was December 16th, 2013 when the creator announced he wasn’t going to complete this project and offered refunds. I talked with the creator that day and we worked out what we agreed would be an appropriate refund. I haven’t heard anything since. Despite not fulfilling the majority of this Kickstarter the creator has since started and funded a couple other projects. There was an update that talked about being robbed at GenCon 2012 and while I see how that was a major financial blow the money I spent on this project wasn’t stolen but also has yet to be accounted for. Out of everything I’ve ever Kickstarted I feel the most burned by this one, which is partly because it’s the largest amount I’ve ever spent but it’s also the only project I have almost nothing to show for.

Delivered


Backer Level: $30 – SPECIAL EDITION VINYL OF “BITTER DRINK, BITTER MOON” – 180 gram moon colored vinyl in a die cut jacket with vellum interior sleeves. Comes with a reversible zoetrope and an MBD Japanese-style globe light. Cord kit not included. Digital download codes. INCLUDES DL OF “LIKE THE EXORCIST..” and the new single “I Came Around”.
Estimated Delivery Date: September 2012

I received everything I expected.

Delivered


Backer Level: $31 – The Radio Tier: This tier includes the DRM-Free digital download of Dead State plus access to exclusive developer updates.
Estimated Delivery Date: December 2013

I received everything I expected.

Delivered


Backer Level: $65 – Theurgist: Hardcover, Bonded to the Book, Shirt, PDF, Wallpaper, Kickstarter Exclusive Supplements
Estimated Delivery Date: August 2012

I received everything I expected.

Delivered


Backer Level: $25 – {BACKER-EXCLUSIVE LIMITED EDITION CD} beautifully packaged backer-only version of the CD in a hardbound case. includes a 24 page art booklet. PLUS deluxe digital download & thank-you card.
Estimated Delivery Date: September 2012

I received everything I expected.

Past Due


Backer Level: $25 – VIP (VERY IMFLAMMABLE PENGUINS): Access to exclusive discussion forums on the carmageddon.com website. You will also be granted early Beta access to the game, and early access to the official Steam Community game discussion forum. Plus, you get a personal avatar for the site. You’ll appear in the credits list on our website. You’ll get the released game, to download from Steam. You’ll receive sexy exclusive wallpaper. Finally, you’ll be credited in the game as a Carmageddon Kickstarter! A DRM-free non-Steam version of the PC game to download. A voucher that will allow them to visit GOG.com and download Carmageddon & The Splat Pack for FREE!
Estimated Delivery Date: February 2013

I received a key on Steam for the game, but it doesn’t work at all… Sooo… I don’t really consider this project delivered.

Past Due


Backer Level: $50 – INTELLIGENTSIA EDITION: République Journal, the République game for the platform of your choice, digital soundtrack and documentary series.
Estimated Delivery Date: June 2013

I have received nothing yet. The game is out on iOS but I’m still waiting for my PC version. I have access to the Humble Bundle so whenever its released I should be good

Delivered


Backer Level: $25 – The $5 package plus a hand-painted stenciled spray-paint print of a world heavyweight champion. A ‘thank you’ mention on my site and a warm place in my heart.
Estimated Delivery Date: July 2012

Received everything I expected. Also, came with the $10 Backer Level (a hand-drawn marker sketchcard of a world heavyweight champion) which was of my choosing. The Spray-Paint I received was Ric Flair and my choice of card was Vampiro. I also want to say that the end results are amazing. I love my pieces.

Past Due


Backer Level: $35 – Golden Level: Here, you get the physical book. You also receive the PDF. You’ll also receive a key. You’ll get the PDF of Foie Gras to Fear. Lastly, you’ll get the exclusive Farewell to Fear Guestbook sheet. You’ll also be credited in the final product.
Estimated Delivery Date: August 2012

While I did receive my physical copy of the book along with the PDF of the game and numerous modules, I never received the key or exclusive Guestbook sheet. The last update was on March 22nd, 2013 but it looks like everything has shipped… Except for my missing pieces. I’m also not expecting them because the creator was robbed at a convention (see Machine Age Micro Games Mega Project for more details).

Delivered


Backer Level: $20 – The Mobile Frame Zero: Rapid Attack book, printed and glossy, and shipped to your door, plus the PDF as soon as it’s finished!
Estimated Delivery Date: June 2012

I received everything I expected.

Delivered


Backer Level: $50 – UNIQUE in-game item, “The Kickstarter”. A Steam copy of our action-RTS game; DETOUR! A HUGE thank you from us, and your name will go in a very special section of the game credits! An exclusive medal on our Sandswept forums! A copy of the game upon release! A copy of The Dead Linger Official Soundtrack once it releases! A SECOND copy of The Dead Linger to give to a friend, girlfriend, boyfriend, pet, or grandparent.
Estimated Delivery Date: September 2012

The game is on Steam’s Early Access as of September 27th. While the game is far from complete, I have my copy and am simply waiting for development to continue.

Delivered


Backer Level: $25 – WATCH IT HAPPENING: I will send you email updates detailing observations and research including pictures, sketches and notes.
Estimated Delivery Date: June 2012

Technically, I don’t believe this has been fully delivered. The update on December 4th, 2012 Jen notified everyone that a fire had destroyed her apartment. The latest Estimated Delivery Date was March 2013 and there haven’t been any updates as to the status of the book. However, I was only backing this to support a friend and have no interest in the end product. As far as I’m concerned, the project has been fulfilled.

Funded


Backer Level: $50 – One digital copy and one full LARGE BOXED COPY OF WASTELAND 2, complete with worn cloth game map and old school instruction book. Also features the digital soundtrack and digital concept art book. Also receive an early release episodic Novella (Part 1).
Estimated Delivery Date: October 2013

There have been regular updates and I feel assured of the project’s future. I have access to the Steam copy, but I’m still waiting on everything else.

Delivered


Backer Level: $60 – You’ll be listed as a backer in the final product, and receive the digital form of the game. You’ll be the proud owner of the hard copy of Amaranthine.
Estimated Delivery Date: Project created before Kickstarter mandated Estimated Delivery Dates.

I received everything I expected.

Delivered


Backer Level: $25 – Softcover copy of Coronets and Never Crowns with your name listed as a silver sponsor in the credits.
Estimated Delivery Date: Project created before Kickstarter mandated Estimated Delivery Dates.

I received everything I expected.

Delivered


Backer Level: $2 – A link to me reading the story in my deep, mellifluous voice.
Estimated Delivery Date: Project created before Kickstarter mandated Estimated Delivery Dates.

I received everything I expected.