Last night I found kickstarter.com
through a Twitter post. I visited the site and fell in love with their idea. At Kickstarter you can register a project that in turn is funded by fans. Any funding put into a project will be rewarded based on how much you pledge.
An amazing success story unfolded before my eyes. The project Double Fine Adventure
launched a quest to raise $400'000 to create a fan funded click and point adventure. When I first had a peak they had already pledged $250'000. Amazing.
Less than 24 hours before the project launch they have surpassed their goal and they are now closing in on $1'000'000. Even more amazing. I love a good success story, and I also love click and point adventures.
Today I spawned the idea that maybe I can fund further development on my game Astrofighter.net this way. Making music and developing game is what I am passionate about and it could give me the opportunity to dedicate 4 months which is what I estimate is needed to complete the game.
After some mental exercises of how to plan and present the project - I went back to Kickstarter to fund the Double Fine Adventure game. I was first a bit disappointed that they didn't support PayPal payments, only Amazon payments. I guess I could live with that.
I also found out that only US residents can start a project at Kickstarter. Apparently it is because they are forced to use Amazon payments due to lacking features in Paypal to support their payment and refund process. Regardless of what the cause is, I am truly disappointed as this means it's a no-go for Astrofighter.net =(
Oh well. Better to have a dream and lose it than not to dream at all I guess.