enerses wrote:Sorry you feel that way. I'm a supporting artist on their team. I didn't have input into how they put together their kickstarter campaign but I don't think there was anything wrong with their reward tiers. They tried to separate the tiers out and give incentives where they could. I really don't think they are trying to nickel and dime their fan base.
It's more about the principle than the money itself. I personally think that creating artificial limitations on a product to increase its price without increasing its value is bad, and bad business. I think this kind of things is in the ballpark of everything we came to strongly dislike about the mainstream industry (Day 1 paying DLC, DRM, exclusive content and platform deals, delayed releasing based on geographic metrics, and so on).
They are not selling ingame items.
Kickstarter wrote:Pledge $30 or more
+ exclusive in-game item
Yes you do, unfortunately.
They are offering more direct involvement in the game development for each tier. They are offering opportunities to their fans who want their own touch to the game.
Well, they aren't offering anything, it's not a gift they are selling these things
Sometimes twice: if one buy the game, the soundtrack is included in the game. It's already paid for. And alas, they sell it apart.
They ask for people help and feedback, but to do that it seems one will need to pay $50 (which is quite expansive, that's the price of an AAA boxed game delivered to your door) to have access to “exclusive Beta access to the forums and suggestion community”.
Let me put it another way. In your words, they are offering you the chance to put your work out there, to participate fully in the game, to do more than suggest but actually *create* things!. And to do that, of course you paid money to them? Isn't it the other way around hmmm?
I know personally that they tried their best to figure out how to make the strongest kickstarter campaign that they could with the limited resources they had. This is their first kickstarter so they didnt get everything right but I dont think its fair to expect perfection from them or assume that they are out to price gouge the backers. They are just trying to figure out appropriate tier rewards and they are taking in all the feedback now and will be adjusting the campaign with updates.
Of course, and I'm not saying they and/or you are bad people. I won't email you Céline Dion soundtrack to punish you or anything. And I know since the crowdfunding has started, whatever I'll say won't change anything. I'm attracting your attention to another point of view on these things, hopefully to change this in the future.