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Crowdfunding Games: The Wave Of The Future


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First, thanks again for supporting Crowfall. You are backing a game vision that you want to play, and we believe that this is the cutting edge way for innovative games to be built. Many of you didn’t know about us before you heard about us from a friend, a colleague, on blog, on a community site or maybe from an email from another game like the ones below.

 

This update is specifically for thanking all the other crowdfunded game teams that introduced us to their audiences, even when we are, by all traditional standards, direct competitors. This willingness to expose our customers to other games is an expression of creators wanting the best for our audiences rather than simply thinking about our own selfish needs. Game makers are also game players, and we want more great games to get made. It’s good for you the consumer and it’s good for our industry.

 

If Crowfall is the first game you’ve ever crowdfunded, you should really check out all the other great teams below that are building innovative, cutting edge and/or just delightful games who are backed through pledges from regular people like yourselves.

 

Thanks again! 

Gordon Walton 
Executive Producer 
ArtCraft Entertainment, Inc. 
www.crowfall.com

 

 

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Shroud of the Avatar 
No game team gave Crowfall more exposure than our friends over at Portalarium and their game Shroud of the Avatar. Richard Garriott, Starr Long, and Dallas Snell (and the rest of their awesome team) have been incredibly supportive of ArtCraft as we prepared for launching the Crowfall Kickstarter. We’ve known them for years as friends and colleagues, and they were real pioneers in crowdfunding MMO’s, and they go even further with “crowdsourcing” than any other team we know. Their game vision is clearly different than ours, but it’s still incredibly cool. They deserve strong support for what they are bringing to the MMO medium.

 

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Descent: Underground 
Descent is in the middle of their Kickstarter campaign and could really use some assistance. Even a $1 pledge gives them momentum which drives them the extra publicity they need to reach their audience! Eric Peterson and team have also been extremely supportive of ArtCraft and Crowfall

The classic game Descent is back! Pilot your ship & battle foes through twisting, turning tunnels with unrestricted 3D movement & FPS action in Zero-G! It's an exciting, audacious project and Eric "Wingman" Peterson and his team assembled are exactly the talent needed to make this game. Descent redefined the idea of 3D space flight - six degrees of freedom INSIDE of planets and zero gravity space? Who does that!? This is a vision that demands revisiting. Be sure to check out their Kickstarter campaign
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Star Citizen
Chris Roberts and Star Citizen. First, this man and game, more than any other, has shown that crowdfunding is the wave of the future. His success is something any game developer is both envious of, and in complete awe of, simultaneously. 

He has demonstrated that you, the gaming community, are more powerful than any publisher in that you can support developers directly to get the entertainment that you want. This is both revolutionary and amazing. This sea change is disrupting the entire gaming industry, and it is scaring the biggest publishers as they lose their control over developers and of what games come to market. If you haven’t checked out Star Citizen, you should do so now! Its production values dwarf that of most AAA games because it’s led by an experienced and ultra-passionate game maker, who has a vision he must drive into reality. Chris, thank you for leading our industry into the future.

 

 

 

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Torment: Tides of Numenera
 and Wasteland 2

Torment: Tides of Numenera is the most funded video game on Kickstarter ever and Wasteland 2 is the number five most funded. Brian Fargo, our friend (and backer!) at inXile Entertainment who created these games, freely offered his advice on our Kickstarter page and video before we launched and supported us with his audience during our campaign. Wasteland 2 is already shipping (another crowdfunding success story!) but Torment: Tides of Numenera can still be backed.

 

 

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Pillars of Eternity/Project Eternity

Our friend Chris Avellone at Obsidian gave us great advice and social media help with our Crowfall campaign. If you don’t know about Pillars of Eternity you certainly should! The second largest funded project on Kickstarter, this game is shipping now! If you love real RPG gameplay, you simply must check it out.

 

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The Banner Saga
Our friends at Stoic who did The Banner Saga are just awesome! They shared their Kickstarter experiences with us well before we launched with us and supported our Crowfall campaign. The Banner Saga is a perfect example of a game that Kickstarter made possible; no publisher would have been interested before it was super successful on Kickstarter. Now the team is working on The Banner Saga 2, so expect more great gameplay and gorgeous graphics from this incredible, independent team.

 

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Toejam and Earl: Back in the Groove

The folks at Humanature Studios just finished their Kickstarter campaign to bring ToeJam and Earl back. Here at ArtCraft, Tully can be often found reminiscing of his days playing the original on his Sega Megadrive (Genesis to us in the U.S), so he's thrilled at the prospect that a true, funky sequel is in the works. We're proud to promote the game and the team reviving this classic. If you have fond memories of joyriding in the RapMaster Rocketship, be sure to support the project.

 

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Underworld Ascendant
If you haven’t already seen Underworld Ascendant, you owe it to yourself to check it out. We are long-time friends and colleagues of Paul Neurath, founder of Looking Glass Studios and now OtherSide Entertainment. At Looking Glass he pushed the boundaries of gaming by creating the first truly immersive, 1st person RPG experience with Ultima UnderworldSystem Shock, and ThiefUnderworld Ascendant promises to do the same with their ideas on improvisational game play. Just as we challenge you--with our destructible terrain--to be creative in solving problems, Underworld Ascendant will do the same by allowing you to use and change the environment in interesting ways. They emphasize the importance of player driven storyline. Your choices shape your gaming experience. This is something we can get behind. And we hope you will too.

 

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Edge of Eternity
Edge of Eternity is an indie tribute to JRPG classics. Explore a universe blending fantasy with science-fiction, intense ATB battles and branching story. The game is inspired by the great JRPG tradition for the strategical turn-based combats, the characters progression and by the latest success of western RPG for the vast open worlds to explore with a non-linear stories. In a few words, Edge Of Eternity is all about exploring, building up your characters, fighting and living an adventure to remember. They also have an early alpha demo if you want to try the game. It all sounds rather wonderful.

 

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Orion Trail
Our friends at Schell Games did a Kickstarter right before us. Their games are quirky but always fun! And this one is too. Orion Trail: A science fiction space adventure game where you must rely on your wit, your officers, and your spaceship to survive. Check this one out.

 

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Tahira: Echoes of the Astral Empire

Our Aussie friends at Whale Hammer Games just finished their Kickstarter campaign for their turn-based tactics RPG Tahira: Echoes of the Astral Empire. The game tells the story of Princess Tahira as she leads her people across a partially terraformed outpost world after the collapse of space-faring civilization. The game features a Middle Eastern aesthetic, inspired by the travels of their writer Peter Castle. The combat takes cues from Blizzard RTS games with each combat mission featuring a unique scenario that is tied to the story. As you travel you’ll develop relationships with a rich cast, which includes a mercenary power couple. The game has a lavish hand painted art style and rotoscoped character animations.

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ToeJam and Earl speaks to my inner child. Must be the late 80s early 90s inspired graphics style.

You still have the original Tully?

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I really like orion trail.

 

I am sucker for rouge like and old rpgs xD.

 

I played FTL and Runekeeper to the max... days gone xD ... weeks even!

But it is so refreshing when you beat it.

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Yep, already supporting star citizen, plan on streaming some game play tonight.

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My hope is that this camaraderie between studios, the lovely way they support and cross promote each other, will spill over into the soft drink industry and that perhaps someday, miracle of miracles, we can get Coke and Pepsi from the same fountain drink dispenser. 

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My hope is that this camaraderie between studios, the lovely way they support and cross promote each other, will spill over into the soft drink industry and that perhaps someday, miracle of miracles, we can get Coke and Pepsi from the same fountain drink dispenser. 

 

Good luck with that! Hahaha

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My hope is that this camaraderie between studios, the lovely way they support and cross promote each other, will spill over into the soft drink industry and that perhaps someday, miracle of miracles, we can get Coke and Pepsi from the same fountain drink dispenser. 

 

lol! that'd be the day  :D would be devastating for pepsi though wouldn't it? only reason people ever drink that is cause coke isn't available I think...

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My hope is that this camaraderie between studios, the lovely way they support and cross promote each other, will spill over into the soft drink industry and that perhaps someday, miracle of miracles, we can get Coke and Pepsi from the same fountain drink dispenser. 

 

I'm fine as long as Dr. Pepper is frequently carried by either.  It is the best cola.

 

 

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My hope is that this camaraderie between studios, the lovely way they support and cross promote each other, will spill over into the soft drink industry and that perhaps someday, miracle of miracles, we can get Coke and Pepsi from the same fountain drink dispenser. 

 

There's a couple burger joints around my area that already do that.  They are locally owned of course though.

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