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Great games to support on Kickstarter

Kick starter logoThere is no denying that many creative minds had quite a few successful projects on Kickstarter. Projects like OUYA, Project Eternity, Star Citizen or Shadowrun Returns have been backed successfully, and despite some horror stories things are looking bright! Today I thought I’d share my backed projects, possibly convincing some of you to still back them.

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1. Project Eternity

Project Eternity was my first project I backed, and not only that, changed my pledge a couple of times (upwards of course!). Project Eternity aims to recapture the magic, imagination, depth, and nostalgia of classic RPG’s that we enjoyed making – and playing. This project pays homage to the great Infinity Engine games of years past: Baldur’s Gate, Icewind Dale, and Planescape: Torment – all games I loved in the past and which I bought on Gog.com the moment they were released.

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Thankfully the game was successfully backed, and not only that, it was the most backed project (before Star Citizen at least) – a tremendous achievement! If you love some of the greatest RPGs of the past decade then I strongly recommend you have a look at this game. Not only that, if you still want to back this project then you can do that here.

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2. Star Citizen

Star Citizen aims to revive the space flight genre. It brings the visceral action of piloting interstellar craft through combat and exploration to a new generation of gamers at a level of fidelity never before seen. At its core Star Citizen is a destination, not a one-off story. It’s a complete universe where any number of adventures can take place, allowing players to decide their own game experience. Pick up jobs as a smuggler, pirate, merchant, bounty hunter, or enlist as a pilot, protecting the borders from outside threats.

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Star Citizen turned out to be the most funded game ever, with over $2,000,000 on kickstarter and over $4,800,000 on the RSI website, where you can still back it if you are interested.

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3. Sui Generis

Sui Generis interested me because of its great looking combat. Unlike your traditional RPGs, Sui Generis is not about running around killing hordes of enemies in order to collect experience points and numerous items. It is about exploring a world and being involved in major events there. What exactly you do and how you do it is entirely up to you. The world is carefully designed to be believable and have a life of its own. It is not there to wait for you to go on quests, trigger events or make decisions. Events will take their course and may take a turn for the worse if you don’t get involved. The Witcher anyone?

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Sui Generis was successfully funded on Nov 29th. You can still help fund the game by visiting Bare Mettle’s website.
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4. Limit Theory

Limit Theory offers you the chance to explore a vast universe, prospect and mine minerals in asteroid fields, take jobs as a patrolman, escort, bounty hunter, courier, etc, or become a pirate and hijack convoys. When you’ve acquired enough wealth, hire other pilots and purchase more ships. Customize and outfit your fleet with whatever weaponry and equipment you desire, then fly alongside your armada in combat, or send them off to explore, trade, or conquer while you attend to other affairs. No restrictions are placed on the number of ships that you can own. A wealthy player can play the game much like an RTS, achieving victory from afar.

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Limit Theory’s kickstarter campaign will end in 13 days from now, and it has already reached its goal. You can still pledge towards the strech goals and make the game even more awesome here.

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5. War for the Overworld

War for the Overworld interested me because it immediately reminded me of Dungeon Keeper and Overlord, two amazing game franchises which deserve a lot more love! In War for the Overworld you have the power to create vast dungeons filled with hordes of evil minions who share a common goal: to crush the bones of the goodly heroes that dare to enter your unhallowed halls. You will command mighty armies, create vicious traps and cast dastardly spells to overcome the pitifully gallant armies that defend foolish principles such as “honour” and “righteousness“.

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The campaign is still running for another 25 days and needs a lot more pledge love, so please if you can help then visit the kickstarter page.

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6. Forsaken Fortress

Forsaken Fortress reminds me a bit of Fallout meeting Left 4 Dead meeting X-Com. Unlike many other existing post-apocalyptic RPGs, Forsaken Fortress emphasizes simulation features such as base building, character personality/interaction, and resource collection. You will need to lead a group of survivors to construct your base and maintain its basic functions, such as electricity generation or food storage. Meanwhile, you will ensure the base’s security by building defenses and setting traps. You will also need to lead your expedition team to the wasteland to gather supplies and to work on missions, balancing their professional skills in order to maximize their effectiveness. Characters in Forsaken Fortress are highly dynamic in their behavior. They have needs, goals and personalities which will influence their daily life and decision making. Some of them may fall in love and some of them may not get along, but all them bring life to the devastated, forsaken world.

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The campaign is running for another 12 days and desperately needs a bit more pledge love. If you like Fallout Tactics, X-Com and more then please help here.

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The ones that didn’t make it…

The nature of kickstarter is that some projects are left on the wayside, never to see the light of day. There are many reasons for this: lack of interest, badly managed campaign, lack of communication, lack of self-promotion. Games like Thorvalla (link) or Nexus 2 (link) for example could have been amazing, but hey, maybe next time.

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