I know that one can simply just pledge $1 and select no reward but this isn't apparent for people that never used Kickstarter before.
I'd generally structure the text a little bit differently:
This would make it easier to spot the exact differences between the tiers.- new item of this tier
- other new item of this tier
- item included from previous tier
- other item included from previous tier
So "Guide to Skara Brae" would look like this:
Always list everything included in each tier - but I think you already do this.- The Bard's Tale IV Strategy Guide (Digital)
- The Bard's Tale IV (Digital)
- The Bard's Tale IV Manual (Digital)
- Forum badge
Another small suggestion would be to generally include every backer in the credits and put the people that currently have the "Name in The Bard's Tale IV credits" perk into a more prominent section of the credits than the rest. The rationale for this is that it won't cost you anything (beside a small administrative effort) and increases the backer team spirit and identification with the project.
Cheapest tier to get the game:
- Wasteland 2 - $15
- Project Eternity - $20/$25
- Torment - $20/$25
I'd suggest you go for $20 for Early Bard and $25 later. If possible, even go for $15/$20.
$15 is a price where I wouldn't even think twice about backing a game if it's interesting while $25 is already at a level where I'd have second thoughts and would consider just waiting for the finished game and buy it if it's actually good.
I'm not saying that Bard's Tale isn't "worth" $25 or more. This is more about finding the sweet spot that won't prevent impulse buying while also taking into account that this isn't a pre-order for a game that will be released in 1-2 month but a "gamble" for a game two years down the road.
I'm not arguing selfishly here since I will definitely end up in a way higher tier.
Which brings me to a selfish question...
Any idea how expensive international shipping will be for the physical tiers? I ended up in all-digital tiers in your previous campaigns but I consider going for physical this time around after seeing the Wasteland 2 box...
The physical tiers should definitely include a digital key for a game download, as others already suggested.
This game is DRM-free so you already trust us that we won't spread pirated copies of your game. (It will happen anyway but you know what I mean...)
I assume that the box will be delivered later than the digital release so it would be a bit unfair to keep people on high tiers waiting while others are already playing the game - and it also doesn't really make sense to just delay the digital release until the boxes are ready.
It would be more reasonable to just give everyone a download key and send the boxes without haste.
There seems to be no tier between "Premier Collector's Edition - $95 - Early Bard" and "Premier Collector's Edition + Alpha/Beta Test - $185". Shouldn't there also be a non-early Premier Collector's Edition with just beta and an early Premier Collector's Edition with alpha/beta?
Sorry for this wall of text. Hope it helps.