Well, thanks 1,057,975 to be exact 🙂
Yes, the Dungeon Saga Kickstarter made over a million dollars all told, which was a pleasant surprise. A huge thanks to everyone who backed it and helped to make it a much bigger and more exciting project than it could otherwise have been. All that remains now is to get on and realise all those cool ideas.
I’ll let you know how I get on 🙂
It has been a great great KS !
Now you have your homework for some months ^^
I will do the same I did for Deadzone : asking silly questions to clarifiy rules 😉
Excellent plan 🙂
The Q&A dance continues… Huzzah!
Near perfection rules…rules !
Actually, I may have another task for you guys, if you’re up for it 🙂
Quite likely. What say you, Pikaraph?
So what is this task, anyway, Jake?
Good work and good luck! 😀
Was a great KS – looking forward to how the final game will play.
If anyone can do it you can Jake.
This is the game that could make you a house hold name and in 25 years time people will be calling for the 25th aniversary edition
It might do if they remember to put my name on the box this time… 😛
Given that you were not listed in the thank you list on the kickstarter and presented way more useful info about the game, you might want to check that.
Dreadball has your name on the box and that is an excellent game!
Thank you Alberto 🙂
Looks like Mantic took two of your games out of the bargain bin with both Green Menace and Project Pandora going back to regular price. Maybe they saw an uptick in interest due to the kickstarter.
Could be. I can’t say I ever look at the Mantic shop other than to pinch an image or two 🙂
This KS drained my wallet way beyond my imagination… Yes, I blame you too, and as you are the key to make this a best game ever, beware… Fail to succeed and 5,963 man army will make you one of Mortibris minions 😉
Seriously, I love previous DKH games and I’m sure you’ll deliver us something we will pass to our grandchildren with pride 😉
Thanks Grzegorz, I’ll do my best 🙂
Congratulations on a very successful Kickstarter – outstanding result!!! I’m sure you’ll thoroughly enjoy working on this project over the next several months, especially with the financial backing to be able to take it where you want 🙂
I can’t help wondering what heroes the three “Design Your Own Hero” pledgers will chose to create. I hope one is a Witch Hunter…
Judging by similar things on other projects that I’ve seen (not just Mantic) we’ll get two main types:
1) Mundane (put my face on something that’s already in the game) – fun if you are or know the guy (hey look, it’s you!), but kind of unexciting if you don’t. For most of us it’s just another warrior, Dwarf or whatever.
2) Off the wall. Something you simply hadn’t thought of. For example, the child on the robo-dinosaur in DB. Love it or hate it, you can’t deny it’s a change of pace 🙂
Both types have their place, and as someone has paid for the privilege I don’t begrudge them either approach.
Not sure personally if i love mantics style of kickstarting but i cannot claim it does not work for them. It just sort of feels cleaner to back something from impact which finishes with like 46k since i know tom anders could not do what he is doing without the kickstater. But giving money to mantic seems better than to gw since as far as i know mantic at anypoint was not run by a guy from the drug store industry who was not even interested in why the customers would buy their products. While i am sure there was more than a little celebrating at mantic this week end, i do not get the supervillian laughter image.
So much for you do, i have a hard time thinking where to start. Probably depends on production schedule stuff, and whether cards, tiles, or books need to go off to the printers first.
I wrote up my final review of the kickstarter funding drive:
I gave you a A++++, but was more critical of the Mantic side of things mostly on the presentation of information side.
Thanks eriochrome. That may be the highest mark I’ve ever had 🙂
I’ve passed on the link.
Thanks Jake, I emailed it to Chris yesterday after getting an email from him apologizing for slow response to a question about a mail order contents.
He noted that you had sent it to him also in his reply and commented that I have strong opinions that made an interesting read. The opinions are certainly strong but I do not think anyone could claim they were knee jerk. I did not see any other blogs follow the kickstarter at the level I did, testing the missions, examining the dice mechanics, collating mission and rules information.
Nor did I.
The feedback is useful, and all goes towards improving the way things are done in future. Mantic have been good at learning lessons of earlier campaigns and when they try new stuff which doesn’t work they learn too. Overall I think the DS campaign was the smoothest so far.
I wonder if some backers are going to make a stink about the “kickstarter exclusive” dungeon journal contents all being reprinted in the not exclusive hardback compendium. I prefer that more people get access to that stuff in the future as you are writing a ton of missions for that book it would be a waste to lock them up. With so many people pledging in the 200 dollar range the actual softcover dungeon journal and adventurer companion might be rarer than one would expect from the number of backers.
I for one would prefer to share the campaigns and rules in the journal, the only thing I could perceive as justified in uniqueness would be art work and stories. But that’s my own opinion
Some of GW’s Limited Edition models were made in far larger quantities than their normal, cheaper (and equally good) alternatives. It was only the LE tag that gave them a perceived value. What ends up being considered rare or special is largely illusory 😉
GW also has a reputation now of being run by comic book villians sitting in offices laughing manically while lighting cigars with hundred dollar bills. I did get a kick out of the limited edition injected molded characters they did when they relaunched their new webstore. Really tells you about how well they cost control mold burning that they would make and “retire” not one but two molds for promo purposes.
I think the only Limited Edition GW thing that I own is a Games Day Lizardman Blood Bowl team that I got on Bartertown for the price of what a the normal pewter team would cost there. The team might be a recast but the person selling was not highlighting that it was a special type of team which I would expect if you took the time to recast a limited edition team. I do really “collect” blood bowl players though.
This kickstarter I am much more looking at game play than models and am avoiding any of the resin add ons (maybe the wound and pile of bones ones). Not sold yet on the Dragon expansion or the Black Fortress until some more details come out. Also on the fence about whether to add the Ancient Grudge models. The value is fair but pretty much every model in there I can find an equivalent in my fantasy stock but I do not love getting the models from different ranges all mixed together. We must have order.
I have not followed any of Mantic’s other kickstarters this closely before either so I guess maybe I am holding them to standard that is too high but they are on their like 7th one. I checked on most of them a couple of time and even calculated some pledge values but none seemed to draw me like this one did. I was always interested in the DKH line and read the reviews on frontlinegamer but never encountered any of them in the states to really take a look.
I covered both of the Reaper Bones kickstarters in depth along with considerable discussion of mold quality failures from the first one making such a nuisance of myself that they admitted that they did not do proper pre production sample approval and really had no idea about the process of how their masters where converted to the molds. They admitted recently that they are still having problems with master to mold conversion which is delaying the second kickstarter delivery.
Congrats on the very successfull campaign to you and Mantic!
What happens now? I could imagine you have a busy year ahead of you. What can we expect to see on this blog in the following year? Whats the next thing you’re working?
I’m so excited for this!
I’ll have a talk with the guys at Mantic and see what they’re happy with me sharing. I’m sure I’ll be able to talk about various topics and stages of the development.
Just watch this space…
Congrats jake.. 🙂