I just wanted to come here and thank everyone who pledged, supported, tweeted, retweeted, gave advice, or even took the time to check out my game.
Although it didn't make it anywhere near the funding goal, I'm walking away from this with much more than when I started. I talked to a ton of people about why this project wasn't successful and I can see what I did wrong now. Next time I try something like this, I will be more prepared, obtain better artwork, pre-promote the game like crazy, and start with a project cost that's within reach. There were a lot of things going against this project and I had no clue when I launched it. After about 2 weeks into it, everything started to hit me. By then I talked to a ton of people about the game. Most of the response was very negative and the possibility of hitting the funding goal became more of an impossibility.
So I came up with a backup plan for Famous Missions, and unfortunately we need to go that route. I'm going to release the game via The Game Crafter (a print on demand board/card game company). The quality will not be the same as a full release, but I've learned from the response received, that this game isn't quite ready for a wide release. Using The Game Crafter, I can continue to add cards and make them available on a regular basis. It'll allow me to keep up with current events for the character cards as well as the missions. Plus, it doesn't cost anything upfront. It's an awesome service, that's a little limited, but allows designers like myself to release a decent version of their game.
I'll do one more update when the game is fully available on The Game Crafter. I don't expect anyone from here to purchase it, but if you were really interested in playing the game (and with a creative group, it's so much fun), you will be able to get a copy. I'm just finishing up the art conversion process, and after I order a few copies for quality control, I'll launch the store.
I know the art was a big issue for a lot of people, and I'm sorry to report that the character art will not be changed for The Game Crafter release. It's hard to explain without being hands-on, but the game is all about your imagination. The art is there because it needs to be, but you're really just using the celebrity names. It's intended to be very lighthearted, silly and also purposely basic... to simply jog someones memory about the celebrity in question. I know this will not change anyone's mind about the art, but I just wanted to try and put it in perspective.
Thanks again everyone! I really, really appreciate everything you've done to help me with this project, and any others. I wish this one worked out, and I've learned a lot for the next time.