I’ve been feeling a really huge wave of blahs rolling over me regarding Kickstarter lately. I think it’s because of my ever-lengthening list of really old projects that have yet to deliver. This is not a calling-out! But it’s definitely tamped my interest in backing stuff going forward.
From oldest to newest, stuff that is yet to be fulfilled:
Project Dark (original delivery date: August 2014): I think I saw an email in the past quarter. Mentally I’ve written it off; can’t even remember what excited me about it in the first place. TBH I’m more pumped about Blades in the Dark, which feels to me like the same zip code.
Timewatch (original delivery date: November 2014): I get emails every once in a while. Pelgrane is doing a good job of keeping everyone informed. I have no doubt it’ll appear eventually. Probably a good cautionary tale about overpromising enormous projects. So much material, yikes.
Last Days of Anglekite (original delivery date: April 2015): I know Mark Diaz Truman will tell me yet again that, yes yes, I got my damned PDFs so stfu. That’s true! I still want my damned printed books. They’re coming, maybe, unless he’s blown his 7th Sea windfall on a yacht or something. (No seriously, I know it’s coming. We had a really interesting conversation about the Chaos Worlds stuff in another thread. I learned things!)
Epyllion (original delivery date: September 2015): Okay now I’m actually a tiny bit surprised this hasn’t dropped yet. I played it last year with Marissa Kelly and it felt exceptionally well-cooked. It’s solid! And it’s something I’m genuinely looking forward to, which, you know, surprises me given it’s basically My Little Pony. Fingers crossed the project hasn’t gotten swallowed by more pressing priorities.
Blades in the Dark (original delivery date: November 2015): Having played the starter kit a few times, I think it’s gonna be a game I’ll run heavily for a while and then maybe not again. I’m very happy to have backed it! But it’s fussy in ways I don’t find that useful. A swing and a miss? Maybe I’ll discover some amazing new killer app in its final version.
Other World Mapper (original delivery date: December 2015): I’ve actually started keeping up with their beta downloads. This software is so rad. I don’t really play games that require elaborate world-building but I gotta say, I might start one just to use this software. Very neat. No idea how it stacks up against the competition because I don’t really need or use it.
The Dark North (original delivery date: May 2016): Okay so they’re officially late by one day, but I am looking forward to this, still. I have ideas about using the visuals to seed an Apocalypse World: Second Edition game. Haven’t heard from them in a while, but whatever, maybe next quarter it’ll be here.
Everything else I’ve backed is still in the future, so no worries until I’m worried! But even then, I’m looking at what’s coming and I’m already feeling my interest wane: why did I back Wurm again?