First up, if you supported Anima: Gate of Memories, thank you! They cleared their goal, hit a stretch goal, and continue to push with a PayPal account set up through their website. While I don’t know if they will hit it or not…the $300,000 stretch goal includes co-op play. Who doesn’t love that? (Incidentally, there have been some technical problems with the website the last couple of days, so if its down, fear not).
Secondly, with a late surge, there was a victory for sandbox MMORPG fans when Pathfinder met their $1,000,000 goal as well. I did not pledge there – mostly because I thought it was a pretty poorly run campaign that suffered from developer neglect (no contact or updates in the last 72 hours of the project…um…), as well as stilted investment levels that actually penalized late investors. Early bird rewards are one thing…giving players who pledge in the first week 6-7 times the number of goodies as late adopters is a bit much.
If you are looking for other good projects to invest in, let me suggest two for more traditional PnP RPG players and one for CRPG players.
- If you are an old school RPG guy, Ken St. Andre and the Buffalo crew are saddling up for a final ride: Deluxe Tunnels & Trolls. The project is already funded and blowing away stretch goals left and right. Get in for as little as $14, or dig deep to get sweet rewards like a character portrait done by legendary Liz Danforth herself.
- Chaotic Shiny, who creates free random generators for RPGs, and whose generators I’ve put to good use before here, is working on her first non-digital product – a deck of cards that doubles as a visual random tavern generator. That’s…really cool. Decks are $11 or $13 depending on how quickly you get over there.
- If you are a fan of old school CRPG’s like the original Final Fantasy, but wish they would be updated for the modern day…boy do I have a treat for you. Project BC, who has gotten several small indie RPG’s out the door right now, is working on something really neat. Its hard to explain, but go to their kickstarter page, and read the updates and information on how this game will be what we all know and love – but with a twist that makes it even better. Vacant Sky: Awakening. $10 gets you the finished game and (assuming they raise another ~$250 or so, which they easily will) a bonus story involving one of the main characters.