K is for Kickstart

I’ve been following the guys at Evil Hat in my feed reader (and Fred Hicks on Twitter) and this past Friday I saw mention of a kickstarter campaign for Do: Pilgrims of the Flying Temple by Daniel Solis, and was immediately intrigued.  The introductory blurb caught my eye:

Do: Pilgrims of the Flying Temple is a slapstick fantasy storytelling game. You tell the story of young travelers flying to different worlds, helping strangers, and getting in trouble along the way. Think of it like Avatar: The Last Airbender, but the main characters are Sokka, Momo and the Cabbage Guy. (http://danielsolisblog.blogspot.com/2007/08/do-pilgrims-of-flying-temple.html)

Part role-playing game, part-board game, geared towards family entertainment.  Sounds like a winner to me.  But before I was going to commit to backing this project, I wanted to sleep on the decision. That was April 9th, when Do had about $2500 in pledges.  When I woke up in the morning, I decided hey, why not, I’ll pledge my support.  And that was when I saw it had $6800 in pledges.  Not bad considering this Kick Starter project needed about $4200 in pledges to get going.

Take a look at the graph on Fred’s Tumblr; the green line is what they needed for funding.  Needless to say, the design/development team hit upon something rather impressive, and have certainly leveraged social media to stir the pot.  With the volume of pledges they have been adjusting the expectations along the way; Communicating how the additional pledges will affect production costs, print run availability, shipping costs, bonus features etc. All very exciting.

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