By now, I think most of us have become accustomed to video game related Kickstarter projects working a certain way. Essentially, a company working on a project until it is almost ready and in need of that extra push of cash. Then they come to Kickstarter with the goal of completing the game and giving backers a chance at a less expensive version of the game and some prizes.
But that’s recently changed.
Enter Goblinworks, Inc. — a small company made of up industry veterans from companies like CCP/WhiteWolf and TSR — wants to make a hybrid sandbox/theme park-style MMO based on the popular table-top IP Pathfinder.
As far as what the game will offer, they have some nice ideas that I think a lot of people will like, but that’s not what caught my eye. The interesting thing about this particular Kickstarter is that they are not asking people to back the final project. You won’t be getting a completed game when it’s finished (although they do have a big list of perks for backers.)
Instead, what backers will be funding is the tech demo that Goblinworks can show off to raise awareness of the project and attract potential partners.
They will be creating a working demo that can support a few people in a contained setting, but it won’t be something that everyone can get in on. It will be open to a backers who contribute more than $2000, but that has a limit of thirteen spots.
Currently, the project is already nearly funded with only about $3,000 to go. I was honestly a bit surprised by this since it seems like a lot of people look at Kickstarter as a way to pre-order the game and possibly get a discount at the same time. Perhaps the IP in combination with big industry names is what did the trick.