Kickstarter Recap - Week I
Bloody Hell, we’ve gotten off to a great start. After launching the PortsCenter Kickstarter on Wednesday we’ve received $1,071 in pledges - just slightly over 25% of our goal. 25%! That’s twenty-five percent. For perspective, our previous Kickstarter received only $1,448 in pledges towards its $7,000 target. Think about that for a moment - in less than five days we’ve had more than 70% of the pledges it took us 60 days to get last year. That’s incredible news, and a huge Thank You to everybody who’s pledged so far.
There’s been a little bit of press: Alex Plant of GenGAME shared PortsCenter on Friday, writing, “I don’t think anyone can deny that sometimes ports are an important part of gaming history – especially when they differ in meaningful ways from their original counterparts.” That’s very true, something I’ll be touching upon in this week’s “Between the Pixels” podcast over at Pixel Perfect, which should go live on Tuesday. I spent rather a lot of time talking to the Pixel Perfect team about my motivations for the show, as well as exclusively announcing one of our Stretch Goals (for people not familiar with Kickstarter, Stretch Goals are goals extending beyond the base target amount). I’ll share the link when the podcast goes live.
What else? Oh yes - I got my first look at the exclusive 72Pins cart design we’ll be offering to Backers who pledge more than $100. It’s bloody marvellous. I can’t wait to share it.
Again, thank you to everybody who’s pledged so far. If you haven’t pledged, there’s still plenty of time - the Kickstarter ends in 30 days. If you’re not in a position to pledge, you can still help by sharing the link to the Kickstarter - Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Reddit, wherever you think is appropriate (please don’t spam the link - it’s just not the Done Thing).
Before I sign off, I want to share something with you. PortsCenter is on Twitter, and so we occasionally get people tweeting at us, usually in support of the Kickstarter. Early this morning, though, we received this tweet:
I wonder why fat british guys make the funniest video game show hosts. Maybe if I fund @PortsCenter on Kickstarter I’ll know why.— Mohamed Al Saadoon (@burning_phoneix) July 30, 2012
I’m not entirely sure how I should feel about that. There’s definitely a compliment in there, wrapped in a thin layer of (shall we say) fat. I think, truthfully, that this may be my all-time favourite PortsCenter tweet. But can it be topped??? Well, yes. Probably. Even still, though, it’s pretty great.