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05:39 am: Kickstarter Game Update: Week 8
Looking back: Week 7

Game I Viewed:
Allegiance: A Realm Divided
Status: 24% funded

This is a fantasy strategy card game which has fabulous art as its main selling point. It looks like it would make a pretty good game, and it has raised a lot of money. The problem I see is that the funding goal is far too high.


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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:September 29th, 2013 03:14 pm (UTC)
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Agreed about Allegiance. It's really beautiful, and looks like a fun game, but 90K is looking iffy for it right now. I was surprised when I saw the creator say they didn't send out any copies for review because they didn't want to be judged by poor-quality prototypes. Way to shoot yourself in the foot, there.

That being said, I'm not sure I would back even if I thought it would fund, because I really need to cut back on my Kickstarter pledging. (That's also why I'm mostly likely passing on Lords and Ladies, Marrying Mr. Darcy, and Ninja Dice. Hopefully I don't have some last-minute panic and pledge in the final 48 hours.)

I'm also keeping my eye on Befuddled, because I like word games, but funding looks pretty unlikely for it.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:September 30th, 2013 01:47 am (UTC)
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I really need to cut back on my Kickstarter pledging.

I just paid off the biggest chunk of my kitchen expenses, so my savings account is starting to look sadly slim. It definitely makes me think twice about pledging for anything.

On the bright side, I only have one more big expense (granite counter) before the end. It will be nice to be able to focus on saving rather than spending for a while. I'm definitely glad that a lot of the major expenses for the Japan trip are already paid.
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:September 30th, 2013 01:53 am (UTC)
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My mind is still not totally made up on this, but I just pledged on Allegiance for now, because the early bird level was looking pretty scarce. (This is the first Kickstarter I've backed that I wasn't sure would fund. Feels funny.)

Anyway: hurray for paying off most of your kitchen! It's pretty impressive to do it with cash.
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From:mangaroo
Date:September 30th, 2013 05:42 am (UTC)
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I pledged then backed out of 2 early birds this month. It's not a pattern I want to continue for fear of damaging my kickstarter reputation, but I figure that's the danger of offering early bird pledge levels.

Fortunately, I am mostly able to resist multiplayer, non-cooperative games. Even when the art is exquisite, like Allegiance. (Between this and The Gamers: Hands of Fate, I really wish I had seen Sara's MtG collection.)
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:September 30th, 2013 03:24 pm (UTC)
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It's not a pattern I want to continue for fear of damaging my kickstarter reputation

It's not like it's a matter of public record or something, is it? Anyway, I agree it's not the greatest habit, but yes, I think that's what happens when you offer an early bird.

(I see that there are still 15 left, so I really didn't need to panic yesterday, but you never know!)
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:September 30th, 2013 03:38 pm (UTC)
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It's not like it's a matter of public record or something, is it?

I don't think so. The creator of that individual project knows, but I don't think there's any public way to see everyone's withdrawn pledges. Successful pledges, yes, but not cancelled ones.

I see that there are still 15 left, so I really didn't need to panic yesterday, but you never know!

If I pledge for it, I'd probably go in at the $100 level. I would have to get that monk hero.
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:September 30th, 2013 04:03 pm (UTC)
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If I pledge for it, I'd probably go in at the $100 level. I would have to get that monk hero.


I did think about that, but I can always change to $100 if I decide I need the promo cards, and I can't go back to the early bird if I decide I don't (or if I just want to add the monk for $15--it's a better deal to get all of them promo cards, but $70 is still cheaper than $100, and I'm to the point where every dollar makes a difference in my budget).

I really had to talk myself out of the $175 early bird. (I do not need special dice and player mats. I do NOT.)
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:September 30th, 2013 04:24 pm (UTC)
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I can always change to $100 if I decide I need the promo cards, and I can't go back to the early bird if I decide I don't

That is a very good point. Ack. Now you're talking me into it, why??
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:September 30th, 2013 06:58 pm (UTC)
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I live to enable!
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From:sara_tanaquil
Date:October 1st, 2013 01:39 pm (UTC)
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Oh god, now you are all making me want to look at Alliance, and I am absolutely banned from Kickstarter until after Japan. (Well, I already pledged at a basic level for Ninja Dice. And when Rarr is reposted, I'll reinstate my pledge for that to get the Kill the Overlords promo card. But that's it!!)

(Between this and The Gamers: Hands of Fate, I really wish I had seen Sara's MtG collection.)

Aw, I should have pushed harder to make you guys check out the collection. It's pretty scary. :-)
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From:sara_tanaquil
Date:October 1st, 2013 01:47 pm (UTC)
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*Allegiance. Also, I checked it out, and wow, it is gorgeous, but NO MORE KICKSTARTER, SELF. I MEAN IT.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:October 4th, 2013 03:53 am (UTC)
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NO MORE KICKSTARTER, SELF. I MEAN IT.

We'll see how long that lasts...
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From:mangaroo
Date:September 30th, 2013 05:37 am (UTC)
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I'm definitely glad that a lot of the major expenses for the Japan trip are already paid.

I know! I still can't wrap my head around the idea that I won't have a hotel bill at the end of this trip. If I can avoid overspending on manga or food while we're there, I'll be halfway to my budget goal for the next Japan trip...which is a very good thing if I'm going to Indiana this summer.
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