Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Kick-start My Heart

Now that I'm employed again, I'm having a hard time stopping myself from supporting various projects on Kickstarter, specifically a number of really cool-looking games:

Project Eternity: From the guys that brought us Planescape: Torment, several of the Fallout games, Baldur's Gate and more comes a new isometric 3D fantasy RPG that looks cool as all heck. This one's already funded, thank goodness, and I can't wait until it's released.

Wasteland 2: I remember being enthralled by Wasteland back in the 90s, when Jeff and Ron and Susan and Steven and Andrea and I gathered at Tony's place to guide our avatars - survivors of a global thermonuclear war - through the wastelands. If this is half as good as the original, it'll be worth playing.

Ogre: I had a heck of a time playing this back in the 80s, and now Steve Jackson's first game returns in a deluxe edition. I can't wait.

Carmageddon Reincarnation: For folks with sick, twisted senses of humour, Carmageddon and Carmageddon 2 were gifts from the gods. Vehicular mayhem returns!

Deadwood Studios USA: I love movies. I love westerns. I love board games. This game combines all three, casting you in the role of bad actor struggling to make a living working in Z-grade western films. And it's from proven studio Cheapass Games! They're even offering the original edition of Deadwood for free on their website. Blam!

All Quiet on the Martian Front: This looks like the miniatures game that was specifically designed for me: Martian tripods versus puny but plucky humans of the post-Victorian era! The models are gorgeous, and it seems like the kind of game I could convince at least a couple of my friends to play.

Age is starting to make me a little cynical, but I really think the Kickstarter model has the potential to make all kinds of small-scale business ventures possible - projects lacking wide mainstream appeal, but with enough dedicated core support to succeed if only we could be made aware of the possibilities. Kickstarter brings creative folks and their fans together, and so far that looks like a pretty good thing.

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