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The Daily Quest - Do You Back Kickstarters?

Posted Apr 13, 2015 by William Murphy

The Daily Quest - Do You Back Kickstarters?

Today's quest is a contentious one. On one hand Kickstarter has given us some amazing games in its short existence: Wasteland 2, Pillars of Eternity, Hand of Fate, and so on. But when it comes to MMOs, we've yet to see the fruits of all our money. And with the success of Crowfall on the platform, we're likely to see more games go for crowdfunding. Our question is... do you back games on Kickstarter?

I've stepped to the plate for several games, myself: Shroud of the Avatar, Pillars of Eternity, Shards Online, Crowfall, Torment: Tides of Numenara, Camelot Unchained, Pathfinder and a few others I can't recall right now. I'm a believer in the process, even though there's no guarantee that the products which come from a campaign will be what we're all hoping to get. 

When I think about why I back games, it's usually because I trust in the developers behind them or believe in the vision they present. I've been around this world long enough to know that a lot of what they're trying to do would never be funded by a AAA studio, and I know that I want the kind of games they're trying to build. It only makes sense to me then to help them reach their goal.  

And yet, at the same time, I know that the end product may never be what was pitched at the beginning. And that worries me, but as a middle-class american with decent enough disposable income, I know I feel good about supporting studios trying to make games I believe in. It's a double-edged sword of sorts.

But what about you?  Do you back games on Kickstarter, IndieGoGo, or other services?  Why or why not?  That's today's Daily Quest.

William Murphy / Bill is the Managing Editor of,, and lover of all things gaming. He's been playing and writing about MMOs and geekery since 2002, and you can harass him and his views on Twitter @thebillmurphy.

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