Do small press publishers even attempt to release games without a Kickstarter campaign any more? I have no idea. Literally every small press game I’ve gotten for the past uh…three years, maybe four, have had Kickstarter campaigns. I may have gotten them via drivethrurpg later, but when they first appeared? Kickstarter.
I’m a Kickstarter “superbacker” and I have a lot of very mixed feelings about that. Super happy that I’ve backed stuff, and super happy to have supported and made friends along the way! But it’s as nearly frictionless a pathway for money out of my wallet as Kindle’s in-gizmo shopping tool. I’m already pretty impulsive and susceptible to hype. It’s something I’m working on.
My real answer: Either Ryuutama at $50 and no plays, or Fall of Magic at $78 and one play. Yes I know how math works. But I feeeeel like Ryuutama is gonna hit the table, maybe with family, at some point whereas my Fall experience was instructive that it was something I didn’t actually have to own (but I’d be happy to sit for a table of it at a con, and someone else’s copy).
Oh wait…The Clay That Woke at $73 and no plays — went all in on the wood chits — good choice as well. But! I’ve got a couple folks locally who have expressed actual interest in the game (they rarely express interest, just happily play what’s on offer). I’ve been rereading and I’m getting excited to try it as well. I’m thinking about minotaurs, Paul Czege!
Oh…Timewatch at $40 and I’m never going to play it. Gumshoe and a very cinematic, not-serious take on the subject. What was I thinking? I know me better than this.
Hmm…Undying at $79 for the hardback, pretty steep, might get one play.
As far as getting stuff to the table: I can’t tell where my intrigue for a game stops and where my desire to recoup my investment starts. Never in my life have I spent so much money sight-unseen. And this is what makes the indie world go ’round these days. It’s something I’ve been thinking a lot about. I know I’ve slowed down my backing pace; I wonder if that’s a widespread phenomenon? I’m sure KS has the stats.