Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Kickstarter Update

It's been a few months, and I'm trying to distract myself from GenCon right now because if I spend too much time thinking about it, I'm not going to sleep. For the next two weeks.

So ... yeah.  I'm excited.

But it's been a few months since I did a Kickstarter update, so here's how things stand in Kickstarter-land for me as of today:

Recently Arrived
The Morrow Project, 4th Edition - they had continual problems getting the softcover together, so they upgraded most (or all) of their backers to the hardcover edition.  Mechanically, it's not really to my liking. It's tons of charts and tables and graphs. A very crunchy game.

Dragon Kings - I have the PDF.  The print version is yet to come, though. So, while it's still behind, I'm glad to have seen progress.  I haven't read it, yet.  It's in queue.

Tianxia - A Fate-driven wuxia game. It's well-assembled and reads easily. And, unlike a certain other wuxia-flavored game, it's in my hands. Less than six months after funding.

Ortus - This sounded like a fun game. And, after having played it a bit, I think I like it. I want to play it more.  There are a few bits where the rules could have used a small amount of polish, and the rulebook images don't match the included components. But - again - I want to play it more to see if it's as good as I think it is.

Atlantis Geographica - I mentioned Atlantis: The Second Age last time.  This is the second book in the line, and the third has since funded. I remain satisfied with Jerry Grayson's work.

Corporia - I don't remember if this had arrived last time or not. It's a near-future Arthurian game. I grabbed it because the concept was appealing.  It's in queue to be read.

NGS - Narrative Gaming System - In queue to be read. But I'm a sucker for a story-driven game, and this is one of those rare generic story-driven games.

Adventures in East Mark - Technically our copy was returned to sender for reasons unknown. But they contacted us right away about it.  Not only that, but a friend didn't like it, so we do have a copy (which is going to be a gift for a friend).

13 True Ways - We have the PDF. And I love it.

Formula E is fun. Not amazing. Not exceptional. But fun. I'm glad we backed it.

The Card Game of Oz has a few issues. But they're not the designer's fault (although his side of the story is the only one I've heard). And he's trying to make it right out of his own pocket.

There are a few others that've arrived, but it's nothing I was concerned about. It's just projects fulfilled as expected. The system working like it's supposed to.

News From Beyond
Our copy of Top This! has apparently shipped. I'm as shocked as anyone with regards to this development.

Running Behind With No Concerns
Several of these were mentioned last time - and I'm still not concerned.

Dragon Kings - I have the PDF for the core book. I have faith that they are working on it.

Tales From the Floating Vagabond - Again: Lee (the designer) spent time in a coma. Not only that, but he's been keeping his backers more-or-less in the loop and has not treated his backers poorly in the process.

The Whispering Road - I mentioned this one last time, too. And it's still behind. But we're seeing progress, and they're not ignoring us.

 Alas, Vegas - I trust James Wallis. It's that simple. He doesn't update as often as I think he should, but James Wallis has never failed to deliver when he said he was going to deliver. He's one of the Gaming Industry Good Guys.

Fae Nightmares - it's only two months late at this point. I'd appreciate more frequent updates, but they're good about updating when there is news to report.

Castles and Crusades Codex Nordica - Several friends have received theirs, so I have faith that it'll be here soon enough.

Running Behind With A Few Concerns
Chuubo's Magical Wish-Granting Engine - We got an epub version of the rulebook, but not a PDF. And, as I'm a Kindle user, an epub does me no good without conversion software.

Call of Cthulhu - Chaosium has been a bit disorganized when it comes to their Kickstarters. Progress is being made, but I don't see many mechanical updates to the game from the (Ennie-nominated) quick start rules.  Not surprising, but a bit disappointing.

Tunnels and Trolls - I'd like a few more updates. I have no fears that it's not coming, but, at the same time, it's not here, yet. There have been illnesses on the team, and other setbacks. But the delays are starting to get frustrating.

Given Up
I will never see Far West. I've resigned myself to that. If it does show up, it's doomed to sit on the shelf until I'm done being frustrated. And that could be a very long time, because the author has spend a great deal of his time online antagonizing people. Instead of writing. Yes, he had a major illness. But if he'd been working instead of picking fights, I fully believe it'd be done by now.

And, of course, the rest of the usual suspects from last time.

As usual, you can check all of the projects we have backed right here.

Next week: My Game of the Year short list.

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