So... Anyone else ever run a Kickstarter and then posted it on Reddit, or forums, or whatever?
Time for my rant.
Mine is coming to an end now (www.kickstarter.com/projects/s…
, and the overwhelming response I get to this project, which I have spent a fairly large amount of money on - about half my paycheck for the last 2 years - the current funding level is less than 1/6 of what I spent to make this project happen and I have struggled to get this much - is one of two things:
1. Come back when you're a successful game creator with a bunch of games under your belt, because we don't trust someone making their first game enough to spend money on it - you could easily take the money and run.
So, I thought I'd mitigated this one (at least a little) by having the book basically finished, a clearly professional video, photos of the printed book and so on. Nope. It seems the expectation is that backers will both have heard of your before and you'll be a successful company that doesn't... need... crowdfunding. Unless you're Wizards of the Coast or Pathfinder... bye bye.
... Is that utterly ludicrous, or is it just me? It's impossible to have a successful Kickstarter in these peoples' eyes unless you're someone who doesn't need one and is just trying to take their money!2. Eh, it's nice, but the funding goal is too low for you to produce this, so you'll be stealing our money and running.
... Seriously. You include a photo of a finished book, you say you're just doing proofreading... what the hell more can you even do?
So yeah. Crowdfunding really sucks because unless you don't need it, people don't want to pledge. Kickstarter can't do anything about that, the new security precautions they have put in place are seen as a complete joke.
All you can do is brave it out for several Kickstarters, spend your own money (thankfully I earn enough to do this slowly) and actually deliver on something that's a tiny budget and try to build faith.
And no, I don't expect anything to change.