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A Bleg: A Kickstarter Fundraiser for Bushi-Go and Agiliste

posted Jul 28, 2012, 10:20 PM by Douglas Sun
Originally posted: February 6. 2011

And the clock starts... now. As of this afternoon, Bushi-Go is now using Kickstarter, the website that allows creative folks to raise capital on a small scale for their projects, to fund the last leg of our debut project, Agiliste. I was actually being a little optimistic here when I said that we could finish the game with the resources we have in hand; we can, but it will much harder and more painful than if we could raise some more money to bring extra people on board. So Kim Unger put up a good and proper listing to see if we can garner enough support to make sure we can get this project in the can in a timely fashion.

Kickstarter is a wonderful idea. There seem to be other websites with a similar purpose, but my sense is that Kickstarter is the most popular. I have heard from various sources, all of them inside the game industry, that they have used it to good effect and they feel that it works quite well if you know how to pitch your project in an appealing way. The fact is, there are plenty of interesting ideas that, in past times, would never have seen the light of day because the traditional gatekeepers — publishers, record labels, investors, and so on — considered them not worth the investment. Perhaps they were out of phase with current fads, perhaps they were judged to have niche appeal at best, or perhaps they were flat-out misjudged. Perhaps they required too little money to realize — venture capitalists will dismiss out-of-hand projects that are too small, no matter how worthy. And not everyone knows an angel investor. Kickstarter fills that void in the modern patronage network, giving artists, small publishers with little cash on hand and even inventors a way of raising sums that are beyond their own means but well beneath the radar of VCs.

Bushi-go is in that position now: We don’t have publisher support for finishing development of Agiliste, and the amount of money that we need to finish it expeditiously is somewhat beyond our means, but at the same time, asking professional investors to back us would be like asking them to scrutinize a mote of dust floating in the breeze. And so, to the few people who actually read this blog: I’m not trying to jerk any tears out of you, and I’m not going to twist any arms. But if you find this message in a bottle and you’d like to kick in, I’d appreciate it. There are even a few bennies, depending on how much you pledge — if you care about such things.

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