So we are down to the wire, 30 days later.
Hex: Shards of Fate, the very first TCG/MMO crossover has less than a day remaining. Most of the higher specialty tiers are picked over at this point, what with the campaign shooting for a final stretch goal of 2.5 million dollars. Fans were upset that the final goal, which is to put on a HexCon in Las Vegas in the next year, with free invites to a special day of activities for King ($120) level backers and above. But Crypto has been adamant that their primary goal is getting the game into our hands as quickly as possible, and to that end, have refused to do anything that would delay a release.
In fact, several times since my last post Crypto has stuck to their guns, saying no to fans for clear and well reasoned…well…reasons. And at other times, where there was no harm/no foul situations, Crypto was more than happy to add in fans desires. To give two examples: they have refused to add any more numbers to the limited tiers, despite the possibility of getting even more money, because that would not be fair to those who signed into those limited slots and devalue their investment. And in the latter category, when fans asked if the double card bonus that was unlocked as one of the stretch rewards could apply to *all* the Kickstarter exclusive cards and not just the PvE ones, Crypto said: sure, why not?
And despite my bluster about sticking to a Warrior Tier ($35), as I’ve watched Crypto navigate this morass and handle their success with aplomb, humor, and heads-screwed-on-straight, I’ve come to admire them. And maybe even trust them.
So one night, when a $250 Pro Player Tier opened up…I snagged it. I didn’t even think twice. Even now, as the timer counts down, I may chicken out and move back down, but no further down than King Tier. I’ve tried to figure out why I was initially comfortable with dropping $250 on the game, because that is far outside my comfort zone.
And I think the only angle I can come up with is that that’s about the cost of a game + lifetime sub in the MMO world. Which is basically what that tier is, with free weekly booster drafts included (3 boosters a week for free basically. For life). I mean, I spent $150 on Star Wars, followed later by another, what, $70 or so for a six month sub…but that wasn’t all at the same time. And it was close enough to my birthday that I could convince my wife to let me do that in exchange for no presents. This one….man.
Anyway, stay or go, I’m still pretty invested in the game at this point. Beyond Crypto, the two Twitch.tv live feeds put me over the top. The game looks fun, clean, and incredible. The MMO elements are exciting and the dungeons interesting.
My only real curiosity at this point, is not about the stretch goals, but about how much I will, when the timer dings, have spent on this Kickstarter…