Could We Have Four Million Dollar Kickstarters In The Next Month?

Million-dollar Kickstarters happen so frequently now that they aren't the epic news item they once were, but a month with potentially four of them is worth commenting on!

Live right now (and launched at almost exactly the same time--MCDM slightly ahead of MCG) are Kickstarters from Matt Colville's MCDM and Monte Cook Games. Both hit a quarter million in the first hour.



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Matt Colville's MCDM has run two successul million dollar campaigns (one at $2M+). While Monte Cook Games has not had a million-dollar campaign yet, they have a massive following and run multiple blockbuster Kickstarters every year. This could be their first million-dollar Kickstarter.

And coming soon are Free League (no stranger to blockbuster Kickstarters) with its Bladerunner Kickstarter on May 3rd which already has nearly 5,000 followers anticipating its launch, and Ghostfire Gaming, the Australian company involved with a whole range of million-dollar campaigns -- sometimes as publisher, sometimes as contributor -- with Arora, a dragon-ravaged post-apocalyptic setting. also coming in May.

Free League raised over $2M for its The One Ring Kickstarter last year. Ghostfire is behind the Grim Hollow series, which includes a million-dollar campaign, and was also involved with campaigns for Eldermancy's million-dollar Twisted Taverns book and Dungeon Dudes' million-dollar Dungeons of Drakkenheim campaign.



Will they all hit the million dollar mark? We'll find out over the next few weeks!
 

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CleverNickName

Limit Break Dancing
James said there will be backerkit after the Kickstarter. Note I’m not an official channel for them.
I guess that's better than nothing. I was hoping for a way to support the project and help it meet its goals and stretch goals, but I don't mind buying the product after-the-fact.
 


CleverNickName

Limit Break Dancing
MCG burned me out on the Numenera KS. I bought into it, thinking that people would play it, and I simply forgot that I live in an area that 95% of the players are WoTC Zombies, and the other 5% are Paizozuzus.
It's so frustrating when people keep buying the games that they like, and keep playing them. Don't they know that there are dozens of other games out there that they might like? I want to grab them and yell, "You need to play something different!" but the store manager told me if it happened again I'd be banned.

All joking aside: I know how you feel. I know how frustrating it is to be the only one who wanted to play something new, when everyone else in my group wanted to keep playing D&D. I remember feeling like I was the only person in a hundred mile radius that was even interested in trying something new. It's not true, never was true, but that's certainly how it felt.

Love it or hate it, D&D 5E and Pathfinder are the two leading games in the TTRPG industry. So insulting the literal millions of people who prefer to play them really isn't a good look. And worse, it's not going to help you find what you're looking for. Instead, look around on Roll20 or FoundryVTT for some drop-in games that you can join. Check out the Gamers Seeking Gamers forum here on ENWorld and leave a message every month or two. Put a note on the bulletin board of your local game store. These things take time, but I'm confident you'll find what you're looking for.

But if your goal is to make people change their opinions about D&D/Pathfinder, you're on a fool's errand.

It took years--literally six and a half years--to get my group interested in playing a Call of Cthulhu game. But eventually, I got an opportunity to host a one-shot, and I pulled out all the stops, and now it's in our regular game rotation.
 
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Dire Bare

Legend
Just when I promised myself to cut back on nerd purchases . . . .

Old Gods of Appalachia looks innovative, different, and amazing. Regardless of the game system used.

Flee, Mortals! looks fun, useful, and PACKED. But $40 for the PDF? I'm sure it's worth it, but that's a lotta gold coins right there.

Arora looks like it might have some interesting innovations to the 5E system. I'm less interested in a fantasy post-apocalyptic campaign setting. Will keep an eye on this one.
 


It took years--literally six and a half years--to get my group interested in playing a Call of Cthulhu game. But eventually, I got an opportunity to host a one-shot, and I pulled out all the stops, and now it's in our regular game rotation.
That’s really the trick honestly - you just have to get them to step out of their comfort zone, but once you do, it’s almost always well received.

One of my old D&D groups in the 90s never wanted to play anything else. Similarly I begged them to let us try CoC. I had a couple of players who were adamant they wouldn’t enjoy it because “I can’t roleplay a scared character” and they just utterly refused to buy in.

After much begging and cajoling, I eventually convinced them to let me run a one-shot. Despite the setting being the least mood appropriate possible (Air Force dorm room on a weekend with the building across the parking lot blasting loud party music. I remember “YMCA” being played in particular.) I still managed to pull it off and even the skeptics said they were glad they tried it and that they actually liked it.

…Mind you, the next week I was back to running Planescape again and we never got to revisit CoC (with that exact group) but I was just glad that they let me try AND that they were pleasantly surprised.

Sometimes you really have to drag people kicking and screaming to new experiences. We’re all creatures of habit after all, so I get it. But think of how many fun new experiences your players are missing out on by not even giving a one shot a fair shake!
 

Cadence

Legend
Supporter
Not ttrpg, but as an MtG player, this is the one whose total really surprised me...

35k+ supporters and $3.5+ mil with a little time left for really nice deck boxes by a major MtG personality.
 



Lord Mhoram

Adventurer
I'm a huge Cypher guy, so far have all the Cypher specific books, and the core rules for all the standalone games using the Cypher System (Yeah, I'm a collector, and that is what the wife and I decided I could collect, so I don't go overboard). Just finished the Tidal Blades one (I just got the RPG) and Old Gods is looking awesome. They mentioned something about it late last year, and I've been listening to the podcast on Spotify, and I love it. I love old time radio (I listened to CBS radio mystery theater as a kid, and went looking for older stuff once you could find it on the internet - and that kind of the vibe I feel listening to it. If anyone hasn't listened to it, highly recommended.

Tidal Blades kickstarter just ended funding, Monte Cook's Diamond Throne published a much needed update, the last book from Heroes of Cypher system is coming soon, then Planebreaker. It is a good time to be a cypher system fan... well maybe bad on the wallet.

Right now Old Gods is at 685K in less than a day.
 


Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
Tidal Blades kickstarter just ended funding, Monte Cook's Diamond Throne published a much needed update, the last book from Heroes of Cypher system is coming soon, then Planebreaker. It is a good time to be a cypher system fan... well maybe bad on the wallet.

Planebreaker's a 5e book, not a Cypher book, isn't it?
 


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