It’s good of Kickstarter to recognise the roll of gaming in that too. Here’s how important gaming is to them; these stats come from Kickstarter, noting how games leap from 8th to 1st.
1. Games — $50 million
2. Film — $42 million
3. Design — $40 million
4. Music — $25 million
5. Technology — $16 million
Seven of the eleven projects that have beaten $1m this year, so far, are games – and an eigth is a comic about a game.
Here’s their thank you video. It’s kinda cool.
It is kinda cool – but where are the RPGs. Reaper Minis made over £3,000,000. That counts? That’s higher than DoubleFine’s total. The 7th biggest game, so far, is the horror boardgame Sedition Wars: Battle for Alabaster that nearly made a million.
Other smash Kickstarter hits include Steve Jackson Games’ Ogre Designer’s Edition, Cool Mini Or Not’s Relic Knights and their Zombicide game. In fact, 5 of the top 10 games on Kickstarter aren’t electronic. One of the successful computer games is Shadowrun – the computer game of the famous RPG.
So why aren’t tabletop games better featured in the video? Did they make for a less entertaining video? Or was Kickstarter worried about the mass appeal or, perhaps even, the reputation of tabletop RPGs?