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Friday, May 06, 2011

Kickstarter

I've become a bit of a Kickstarter addict. If you haven't heard of it, it's a way for projects to crowdsource fundraising. The project generally has a video and some text to describe it and various levels that users can pledge funding towards the project and get rewards. If you back a project and it meets its funding target the money is taken from your Amazon account. If it doesn't meet its target the project doesn't get any money and nothing come out of your account. Kickstarter takes 5% of the total, and I think Amazon takes another 5%.

I'm currently backing 2 active Kickstarter projects, both of which are gaming related: DungeonMorph dice and Do: Pilgrims of the Flying Temple.



You can pledge as little as $1, which might get you a mention on the project's website. Larger amounts have better rewards, such as downloads of the finished product in the case of music or film projects, or the actual physical product if it is a board game or electronics project. Some of the projects have pledges in the thousands of dollars with exclusive rewards, like being a guest at a film premier.
Previously I've backed a couple of short animated films:



And Coffee Joulies, something to cool your coffee to drinking temperature and then keep it warm. This project had a goal of $9,500 but proved so popular that they actually raised more than $300,000 in funding!



One that I'm not currently backing, but I'm tempted to once my current active ones have finished is The Troll Bridge. An Australian film company is trying to complete their film version of a Terry Pratchett story:



There are lots of projects in all sorts of areas, from fashion to film to food so have a browse around the site and see if you can help someone get their project off the ground.

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