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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Far West Funded Four Years Ago Today - Another Month Nears an End and Still No Book - Another Successful Failure



+Eric Franklin over in the G+ Kicksnarker Community was nice enough to point out that Far West, the albatross of RPG Kickstarters, funded today. Add 2 weeks before Gareth got the funds and hopefully he invested the money well. Yeah, probably not. We all know how much postal rates have gone up in the last 4 years. Maybe Gareth can do a Pencil Dice Kickstarter to fund shipping the books - assuming there's funds left to print the books - which assumes the book is ever completed.

Far West was the third successfully funded Kickstarter that I backed. The fifth was Quantum, which was a total crash and burn - the project is abandoned. The tenth was Dwimmermount - oh the drama, but it did complete and ship. In total I've backed 162 successfully funded projects. The failures and partial failures are famous (Nystul, Myth & Magic, Appendix N Adventures, Champions of Zed, Whitman) but less than I would have guessed, and certainly less than my perception of it.

Strange how brightly failure shines in comparison to a sea of success.

Happy anniversary to Far West, the gift that keeps on giving to the Kickstarter community. Another fine example of a successful failure, for even if if finally comes to a successful completion as a product, the ship has long sailed for it to ever be a successful product on the market.

14 comments:

  1. Cmon, he just recently emailed out Chapters 1-8! What's your damn hurry???

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    1. I guess 3 more years for the rest of the chapters?

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    2. How many more chapters are there supposed to be to the book Mike?

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    3. I think "chapter 11" is the one backers need to worry about.

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    4. I see what you did there. Nice!

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  2. I am still in awe of the epic turn-around on the Dwimmermount project. That thing turned out to be an amazing tome.

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  3. Both my kids were reading by the time they were three.

    To put this in perspective, my wife and I can make a new reader in less time than it has taken him to make the damn game.

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  4. Coincidentally, I actually did start and complete a four-year degree, began a week after Far West funded and finished with completed board exams and license conferred before the four year funding anniversary.

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  5. The United States got in and out of WWII In less time than it has taken to not ship Far West.

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    1. true, but you were kind of late to that one :)

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  6. #Farwest and #AgeofLords remain my two oldest uncompleted Kickstarts. The next is The Reliquary from 2 years later ...

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  7. Last I heard James Maliszewski disappeared. Did he come back and finish Dwimmermount after all this time?

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    1. No, Alexander Macris and Tavis Allison of Autarch took over the writing and finished the project, then published it (available in print and PDF), as well as making the material OGL.

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  8. Kickstarters are a funny thing...if you wanted to do it right the people kicking in could just get shares of ownership. Or they get to contribute a 'god' as petty gods. Basically you could write a book by allowing contributors to not only pay for publication, printing, but cough up content.

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