I've been on a huge Kickstarter... kick... recently and I'm finding it extremely fun. I've had a chance to support indie games and movies, which is fun in itself, but rewards come with support as well. I usually pledge enough money so that I'll get a copy of the final product (game or movie) and maybe some beta access. So far this policy has served me well.
I'm getting semi-addicted to checking for new projects, but for now I just wanted to share some of the projects I've backed.
FTL is a sweet rogue-like crisis management game in space. You command your ship's crew and have to manage crisis after crisis while fleeing from an enemy armada. I've heard nothing but good impressions from people who've tried the game and I could really go for a tactical space game right now, so backing it was a no-brainer. FTL just surpassed 1000% (not a typo) funding and still has about 15 days of pledge time left. Apparently, other people are impressed by it too.
The very first project I backed was Indie Game the Movie. I've written about it before, but it's gaining more attention now and it's making the rounds at the festivals. It won an award for editing at Sundance and had showings at SXSW. I can't wait to get my copy!
A spiritual successor to Jedi Knight 2 by the name of Blade Symphony caught my eye a while ago. The creators are making a multiplayer sword fighting game in the source engine and it looks sweet. This one has been fun to track as game development continues.
Last, but definitely not least, is Legacy: Gears of Time. Legacy is a time traveling strategy board game. That concept alone almost won me over. Once I saw how far along the game was and the level of care and polish that had already been put into it I was sold. As a kicker, I later found out that the creator lives in the Twin Cities, so I was supporting a local artist without even realizing it! I always like supporting art in my city.
Readers, do you know of any other Kickstarter projects I should look into? Is there anything out there that made you put your money where your mouth is?