The One Thousand Backer Challenge
About a year ago, before the release of Leadwerks 3, one of our users posted an image I thought was especially striking. I asked him if he could make a high-res render of it suitable for printing. After that, I saved it on my hard drive, not knowing when I would use it.
After getting the author's permission, I am creating a different kind of "stretch goal", one that aims for engagement rather than dollars.
A Thousand Linux Users
If we reach one thousand backers, choosing any reward, I will provide all backers, at all levels, with the full-size version of the image above. At a resolution of 6000x2435 pixels, this image can be printed to make a 20" wide picture with a resolution of 300 DPI (typically used for professional printing).
This isn't a very expensive proposal. At the time of this writing, it would take about $370 to meet. What it does is it gives us a quotable statistic we can use to promote Linux gaming. One thousand is a big number. If we can repeat again and again that a thousand Linux users backed a gaming project specifically aimed at Linux (not just tagged on as an afterthought), we can use that metric to convince people that Linux gaming is a rising star. In fact, I am going to the IGDA Summit in a couple of days to rub elbows with the game industry leaders, and would love to have that sound bite.
This is up to you and the Linux community. We're seeking engagement with this goal, so outreach with social media is key, on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. I want to be able to tell people a thousand Linux users backed Leadwerks for Linux, so I can convince developers I know that Linux is a great platform to build games for.
Thank you all for your participation. You've far exceeded my expectations already.
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ULTRA BACKER: Leadwerks founder and GDC speaker Josh Klint will code anything you want full-time for a week. Communication will be conducted over Skype in the English language. Does not include proprietary knowledge and techniques. Timing can be anywhere in the next 12 months except the month of March 2014. Four weeks notice are required for dates after August 2013.Estimated delivery:
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