Hand Cannon Online posts an editorial about a couple Kickstarter projects they’re watching

By Polar_Bear
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Jul 22nd, 2013
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Hand Cannon Online takes a look at a couple of Kickstarter projects in an editorial post.

From the post:

I’ve been on a Kickstarter run lately, and I’ve been fascinated at how many great projects there are out there.
So, in order to get a few of them some more exposure, and to help you spend more of your hard earned money on games, I’m to be compiling lists of projects that I find interesting, and worth funding.

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  • Just as I have come to believe… Tabletop Gaming News really has become Tabletop Kickstarer News.
    That’s a shame because your site was great until every second article becak another kickstarter add. And… Yes… Your own CMoN kickstarters always seem to be at the top of the page.

    • Looks like there is currently 4 Kickstarter posts on the frontpage out of 35.

  • Woops…* became *

  • wormwoode

    Kickstarter is part of the market now. Like it or don’t. Granted, I don’t know why the one about goofy plush swords gets so much press, but folks that talk about games talk about kickstarter, nowadays. It’s where some of the more interesting things (brilliant and stupid) are happening in the industry.

    If it’s not something your into, I can’t see why you’d waste any time worrying about it. Like I said, like it or not, it’s part of the hobby now. It’s cool to see the (ever dwindling) sweet deals one can sometimes get, and entertaining as hell to watch bad ideas and scams tank hard.

    • Ghool

      Maybe the ‘goofy plush swords’ get a lot of press because some gamers, y’know….have kids?
      My kids can’t wait to get those so-called goofy swords, and ask to see the page every day.

      That’s why I wrote the article in the first place.

      I’m also thinking you don’t have younger kids? It could be why you fail to see the appeal.

      • My kids are grown and have their own kids.

        It’s not that I dislike kickstarter campaigns but TGN just seems to have become rife with them and it’s driven me away from a web site that I really liked. I rarely look at TGN an more.

        Having said that: Ghool, your children might like plush swords – and good on them too – but your article just made me think of the reasons I don’t often log onto TGN anymore.

        wormwoode: I can have an opinion and I am free to express it and I don’t “waste my time worrying about it”. I saw the article, didn’t like it and commented. I thought my comment might provoke a reply so I came back to have a look.

        • Ghool

          Yeah, I get it. You don’t like Kickstarter.
          But, how is it any different than posting that a gaming company has a new product line?

          The only thing that’s changed is how those same companies get their funding. I don’t see why that bothers you so much.

          • Soulfinger

            Picture it this way: Shadow Dancing by Andy Gibb just topped the charts, you turn off your cassette player, hop out of your Oldsmobile Cutlass S, and crack open a can of TAB. You’ve just arrived at your Friendly Local Game Store to pick up a copy of the Dungeons & Dragons boxed set, even though your wallet is hurting after buying your kids one of those new Merlin electronic handheld gaming systems yesterday.

            You walk into the store, and suddenly you realize that it isn’t 1978 anymore. The gleeful anticipation of discovering new products on the shelves is dead and gone. Thanks to Kickstarter, you know about new products a year in advance of their actual release (and sometimes have to pay for them that far ahead). The shelves aren’t stocked with Dragon or White Dwarf anymore. All that stuff has gone online. Even the model paints have gone digital, or so it seems. The store owner looks at you with sad eyes and says, “Sorry old friend, we’re closing.” He starts to cry, “It’s all because of that damn Kickstarter. WHY!!!!???” He tries to embrace you, but he smells, so you keep your distance and give him one of those ‘there there’ pats on his nacho cheese encrusted shoulder.

            You look outside at the Cutlass S. Some people see the rust and the passenger door wired with a coat hanger to the passenger seat and dismiss it as a piece of junk, but people said the same thing about the Millennium Falcon. All those years ago, you were worried about your newborn cutting into your time playing Squad Leader. Now, they have kids of their own, while Avalon Hill, TSR, SPI, GDW, FASA . . . they’re all gone . . . GONE! That leaves you to contend with all of these kids with their Internet start-ups, selling a game or two and then going out of business in this supersaturated market.

            The game store owner looks at you and says, “All of these dumb ass kids . . . they come in here, play these stupid collectible card games, trash the place, and don’t buy anything because they are too busy investing in Kickstarters online for games about tentacle rape when they won’t even buy the tentacle rape posters I have in stock here with all of the other stuff that is evidence that I am a creepy old man.” You turn down his offer to play one last game of De Bellis Antiquitatis. Your heart just isn’t into it anymore.

            “It’s all the fault of the –” the game store owner starts to say, but you cut him off, because he is a racist . . . but also a Trekkie, so equal odds were that he’d have said “Romulans.” The only thing he hates more are black Vulcans and the actors who play Klingons. How Khan Noonien Singh of him.

            “I got to get home,” you say and point to the setting sun, “I’m scared of vampires.”

            “Me too.” the game store owner says, which would explain why he always smells like garlic. “I’m also scared of –” You cut him off again, because there was no way he was going to finish with “open-mindedness.”

            “Maybe we should start a Kickstarter,” suggests another regular patron who you hadn’t being paying any attention to until this point. He is wearing an official Rifts t-shirt and a fan-made 4th Doctor scarf. “We could start a Kickstarter to make things like they used to be . . . to set it all straight . . . open up these game shop doors and start a new Golden Age of gaming!”

            “Shut up, Keith!” you say, “Nobody likes your stupid ideas!”

          • Keith might not be the core, but he is the poodle. There is a point when your ideals become reactionary when you miss the stuff of old. Good or bad, the way things unfold and evolve is a collective effort driven in part by enthusiasm & new means and part greed and opportunity. It’s an iterative story where the next generations ramped up need for instant gratification fuels the natural “progression” utilising the findings of the prior. Some short sightedness and nihilistic tendencies are to be expected as much as the reactionary outcries from the old crowd.
            Though resistence is far from futile I do find it quite unnecessary to put the genie back in the bottle.

            That said – I do miss the good old days, but I’d be a hypocrite if I said I did not enjoy the fruit of all the new possibilities even more.

          • grimbergen

            Are you paid staff of TGN?? How do you find the time to write so much?? But I love it!

          • grimbergen

            My comment was for SoulF but i guess the thread’s too long so it put it at the bottom…

          • Soulfinger

            Thanks. Here, I posted a present for you in the Forum.

          • KelRiever

            Soulfinger, this is a great and funny story. Though I really think that the whole making fun of Kickstarter isn’t about crusty gamers not being able to get their hands around the way the young uns do it now.

            It is more of a matter of, “Well, if you like your tentacle game, why the hell do you feel the need to pay someone a year before you get it?” Is it really crusty to ask why people do that? You know, I wish people played Avalon Hill games, but I understand how it is a thing of the past. On the other hand, even when Avalon Hill games were around, nobody talked about paying for them a year before they came out to save 20% on them.

          • Soulfinger

            You remember the ending to the movie “Clue”? Well, That’s how it could have happened.

            The actual story is more like what you have concluded, but with a lot more profanity, figurine on figurine action, and I’m not going to sugar coat it, there will be some tears. At the end of the day though, when the kids are playing with the power lines and Duke from G.I. Joe arrives to tell them to get the f* away from those, he’d wrap up his community service message by saying, “Kids, Kickstarter was started so that entrepreneurs could launch a new business without needing to turn to a venture capitalist or bankrupt their parents. It could have been used to create sustainable businesses and lasting jobs. Reaper did it right with their Bones KS. Everyone got a ton of crap, Reaper launched a massive new line, and the factory tooling moved from China to the U.S.A. Go Joe!”

            Then Spirit steps into frame with his bald eagle companion, Freedom, perched on his shoulder. “Instead, half of these projects are pre-order options for products that haven’t even been finished yet — sometimes not even started. People are paying money up front so that someone who has never been published before and who can’t write a project pitch without copious misspellings and grammatical errors will finish writing and produce their game within a year. That’s not a business plan. That’s not a promise of greater things to come. You may get your game, but then that one-hit wonder company is likely to buckle afterwards. Isn’t that right, Shipwreck?”

            “Aye, Spirit! Not to mention that many Kickstarter projects are actually started by COBRA Agents. Aye, arrrr, avast, I’m a pirate!”

            Known COBRA KS Projects include:

            Cold Slither Reunion Concert and Album
            Build a weather machine for underprivileged youths
            Help us sample genetic data from history’s greatest villains
            Corpse Hammer
            Help Extensive Enterprises outfit a new community center and training facility
            Doctor Mindbender’s Microbrewery
            New titanium alloy heads for 28mm miniatures and 1:1 scale dioramas (technically run by Destro through his front man “Rowdy” Roddy Piper)
            Help us build a TV broadcast station in the Himalayas (Indiegogo)
            Anything involving crepes or blue lasers

          • KelRiever

            Oh. I thought it was just a way for Steve Jackson to release Ogre for the third time in 3 decades without spending any of his own money. Damn that man, everybody wants his signature.

            Corpse Hammer, also I though that was the Devil’s project. In. So. Many. Ways.

  • Feeple

    Just like how the weatherman should stop telling me it’s hot during the summer?

    I get you don’t like KS, and I won’t convince you, but it’s a huge part of the indusry now, which means it makes a lot of news. TGN reports what it finds and gets, so if all people talk about is KS as news…