The headline news is that you can now get a piece of Pathfinder Online fame by being a backer at Kickstarter. At the time of posting, 463 gamers had done just that, raising more than $33,000 and with one of the three $5,000 top tier pledges already gone. We’re a day into the project.
However, it’s the other news that interests this blogger. Just as gamer and investor brains, people like Nicholas Lovell, are asking whether Kickstarter is high in the hype cycle, Goblinworks comes out with an overt alternative use.
As Ryan Dancey makes clear in the pitch – the $50,000 being asked for is to show to big pocket investors that there is strong market demand for the game. It reduces the risk for funders.
We already know that Paizo are playing hardball with Goblinworks and Dancey – offering them the Pathfinder license provided the MMO can be developed outside the tradional, money hungry, methods.
It’s also worth noting that investors always have objections. You don’t get to become a deep pocket investor without asking challenging questions. Goblinworks’ response seems to be equally along the lines of proving what type of game Pathfinder MMO will be as well as showing the market for it. Notice how often the video talks about persistent effects, sandbox and storytelling.
This is certainly one to watch.
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