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Monday, April 3, 2017

How the F' is This a Kickstarter? Really funny group of friends new to Pathfinder Tabletop RPG

Where is the project?

What is actually being produced?

How is this literally not a cash grab?

Wouldn't this be better as a GoFundMe?
  My name is Abe and I'm a disabled Army veteran that recently floated the idea to a friend about starting up a Pathfinder RPG campaign and before we knew it had a group of 5 awesome and funny friends ready for me to be their Game Master.  Character creation is still a work in progress be so far we have an Investigator and a Magus.   
     The reason I'm asking for funding is because the 5 of them live roughly 85 miles away from me and I'd like to drive to their house(s) once or twice a month.  Obviously the gas prices are a burden but also any funding I have left over I wanted to spread between the group for notepads, mechanical pencils, sticky notes, dice sets, and official Piazo Pathfinder Core Rulebooks.  Our first game session will be the first week of May 2017. 
     I'm considering, if there are no objections in group, recording our game sessions with audio (or video if I can manage to raise enough funds) and post them online for public entertainment.  I'll post links if I do this. 
Some of us have TONS of video game experience, a couple have no RPG experience at all, but we are guaranteed to have fun and plenty of laughs.  I thank you in advance and greatly appreciate any and all donations.  Be sure to check out the rewards section for added incentive! 
Risks and challenges 
The adventuring party will risk their very made-up and completely fictional lives battling the forces of evil in the pursuit of fame and glory. We really risk having a good time and developing a habit of meeting on a regular basis to develop lifelong bonds and memories.
My challenges include being creative enough to fabricate an epic and intriguing tale, organizing our meetings, and getting the party involved and engaged enough to want to do this over a year or more.
My God! Does Kickstarter even look at the shit that's submitted these days? I mean, the title itself should have been a warning.

Why not grab a system that's free for fuck's sake! Pathfinder is a money sink anyway.

Really funny group of friends new to Pathfinder Tabletop RPG

19 comments:

  1. Pathfinder could be free if they used the PRD and SRD. And I do understand the desire to game in person but if funds are a challenge, why not go with a VTT and discord? I don't begrudge someone needing help and asking for it but this isn't that kind of situation.

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  2. Apparently this is in my city of Columbus, Ohio. I will admit, there is a dearth of gamers here. I rarely see more than 20 or 30 people playing at one of our 4 local game store or at the two gaming cafes.

    And I'm pretty sure we only have a couple hundred or so games posted around town.

    It's a wasteland...

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    1. I know RPG night at Tabletop is only at like 85% seating capacity. Sad.

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    2. Dearth of games, despite a major con every year?

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    3. There's a helluva lot of gamers in Columbus, Ohio (I'm in the area too). Most tend not to attend local games shops for various reasons, but instead play with friends that they've cultivated through in-person networking over many years, or through various groups like the Ohio State RPG club that used to be a thing. A lot of the gamers are adults with families and jobs, so game time is limited, so people tend to be more fickle about who they play with and when - and what's the point of going to a game store to play when everyone has to travel to a place that doesn't offer the amenities of home for the limited time that people have? (One of the reasons I don't play in the stores, although there are others).

      I've played many games in person over the years in the local area, as well as played many online. But with limited time you have to pick and choose what gets priority. Every 2-4 weeks I run games for teens for the Northwest Library, as does my daughter who has her own groups that play in person at the library, at other public locations, and online. I'm starting to get back to playing games, but my priority really is in creating and publishing content for InfiniBadger (which I'm starting to get back to after getting a handle on my fibromyalgia).

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  3. Isn't this what Patreon is for? I mean, if they're offering recordings...

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  4. I agree. Almost as bad as Potato Salad.

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    1. Which was an awesome kickstarter. lol. Got a few bucks from me just for giggles.

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  5. who cares if a dude is assking for some money so he can game? if people want to give the guy a few clams let them.

    Wayne, i funded potato salad and i might give this guy a fiver. why? because Hail Eris!

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    1. I don't begrudge him for that, but he's using the wrong platform. KS specifically is for creative projects with a tangible result that backers can obtain. This does not qualify.

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    2. Exactly. There are a few sites set up to do this. KS is not one.

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  6. Yeah this is a poor example of a KS. But do you think we could avoid the game bashing?

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  7. If you want to play Pathfinder on the 'cheap', there are a ton of legal free resources to do so.

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    1. of course there are, but that's not what he wants to do.

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  8. yeah this one doesn't bother me. It's silly like the potato salad kickstarter. Or the Vorpal Blade rpg a few years ago. If anyone throws money at it it's on them IMO.

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  9. At least the vorpal guy updates his KS btw. Even if it just seems to be a joke. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1430411066/50-shades-of-vorpal

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  10. This sounds a heck of a lot like a Go Fund Me thing instead of Kickstarter. Kickstarter is when you are creating something that others can receive original material and items for their contribution. Something must be PRODUCED in order to ask for Kickstarter funding. Get your shit straight. This is just out and out asking for money. I know you are a vet and all, but it's not our JOB to give you gas money so you can play games. I don't own a car and therefor cannot play ANY roleplaying games with my friends. You don't see me asking you guys to go out and buy me a car, do you?

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  11. I just see it as a pitch. It succeeds or fails on its own merits. Sure GoFund me would be better but maybe this guy just doesn't know how it all works. IMO it was up to kickstarter to be the filter. He got it approved so its all good. If he finds enough friends to chip in then happy ending. If not he can try Gofundme. But I think his heart is probably in the right place. Just using the wrong venue to accomplish what he's trying to do.

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  12. The funding has recently been suspended by Kickstarter, so I'm guessing they got round to checking it eventually.

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