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  1. The Kickstarter Arcade Returns to PAX East

    What's happening at PAX East?

    This April 11-13, the Kickstarter Arcade returns to PAX East. Can we call it a tradition? We're calling it a tradition. 

    We’ve got an entire room devoted to games that were funded through Kickstarter: virtual reality games, card games, tabletop games, RPGs, FPSs, 3D games, 16-bit games, open-ended games, music-based games, stand-in-the-corner-and-invent-your-own-game-right-on-the-spot-games … it’s all there, except a bunch of stuff that hasn't been invented yet.

    There are also panels! On Saturday, April 12th at 6:30pm in the Condor Theater we're hosting a panel about what you can do after your game has been successfully funded. What's it like to develop your game with all your backers watching? What if it all takes longer than you expected? We'll talk about these scenarios, and more.

    Below, check out a list of all the Kickstarter games you’ll be able to play. Or you can come by and just talk to us. We’ve missed you.

    The Games

    Tetrapulse

    Who made it: David Laskey

    Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux

    What it's about: Destroy alien robo-bug invaders by shooting your own life force energy out of your arm. There’s probably a lesson about personal responsibility in here somewhere.

    A.N.N.E.

    Who made it: Gamesbymo

    Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux, Steam

    What it's about: Save A.N.N.E. the robot from imminent disposal as you make your way through a colorful world full of dangerous enemies that you can avoid and deal with later if you’re not up for fighting them at that exact moment.

    Race the Sun

    Who made it: Flippfly

    Platforms: PC, Mac

    What it's about: Get as far as you can before sunset, as you careen through an endlessly customizable landscape in your solar powered aircraft.

    Neverending Nightmares

    Who made it: Matt Gilgenbach

    Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux, Ouya

    What it's about: Ever looked at an Edward Gorey illustration and thought, "Man, I wish that was a playable video game that deals with psychological horror and mental illness?" Here’s that game.

    Olympia Rising

    Who made it: Paleozoic

    Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux, Steam

    What it's about: Lush pixel art transforms Greek myth into a colorful quest through the underworld to Mount Olympus.

    Classroom Aquatic

    Who made it: Sunken Places

    Platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux, Oculus

    What it's about: Cheat without the guilt of real cheating! Be a dolphin … without the guilt of being a real dolphin! Classroom Aquatic requires you, a dolphin, to cheat your way through a semester of underwater school you’re not even remotely prepared for.

    Sentris

    Who made it: Samantha Kalman

    Platforms: Mac, PC, Linux

    What it's about: Drop musical building blocks into a rotating circle to create unique patterns. Accidentally make a pop song or get really weird. All options are good.

    Treachery in Beatdown City

    Who made it: Shawn Alexander Allen

    Platforms: PC, Mac

    What it's about: Think a more complex Streets of Rage minus that thing where entire turkeys on silver plates appear out of nowhere and plus a deep battle system and fleshed-out characters.

    Cards Against Humanity

    Who made it: Max Temkin

    Platforms: a table

    What it's about: The “party game for horrible people” allows you to craft offensive sentences for maximum laughs (or cringe-worthy moments) in big group settings.

    These French Fries Are Terrible Hot Dogs

    Who made it: Shawn Pierre

    Platforms: A table

    What it's about: What happens when you confuse a french fry for a hat? What about a hat for a hot dog? What about a french fry for a hot dog? This party card game is all about lying to tell the truth. Convince your gullible friends that your card is something different than what it is.

    Drag Ball

    Who made it: James Campbell

    Platforms: a table

    What it's about: Choose from 12 drag queen characters and develop your skills in three distinct categories in an attempt to win the crown at the drag ball.

    Fate of the Norns

    Who made it: Andrew Valkauskas

    Platforms: a table

    What it's about: Combining the game-play of poker with the more layered style of collectible card games, Fate of the Norns is a lushly illustrated, easy-to-learn card game with expansion packs that add depth and new levels as you get more familiar.

    Kombat Kittens

    Who made it: Large Animal Games

    Platforms: a table

    What it's about: Kombat Kittens is a card game that asks players to build a powerful team from a roster of samurai kittens, mech kittens, medieval kittens … we could go on. Basically, you want the most powerful hand. There are sometimes dog cards too.

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  2. 2014: The First Quarter in Numbers

    With a quarter of 2014 behind us, it’s time to update you on what’s happened at Kickstarter so far this year. In the past three months alone, 4,497 projects have been successfully funded by 887,848 backers. People have backed everything from a restoration of Abraham Lincoln’s couch to Neil Young’s new music device, Pono.

    Here are the full numbers for Q1:

    Dollars pledged to projects: $112,038,158
    Average pledged per day: $1,244,868
    Successfully funded projects: 4,497
    Total backers: 887,848
    New backers: 679,413

    2014 is shaping up to be an incredible year for Kickstarter. Here’s a snapshot of what January to March looked like.

    By the numbers:

    1,244,868 dollars were pledged, on average, each day in 2014 so far. 

    91,585 people backed Veronica Mars, which opened in 291 theaters. We talked with 16 fans for this oral history of Veronica Mars

    4,497 projects successfully reached their funding goals from January through March. 

    223 people came to our Open House last week. (Thanks for coming!) 

    333 Kickstarter-funded places to eat and drink are on this handy map we made. 

    53 Kickstarter-funded movie theaters are on that same map. Dinner and a movie, anyone? 

    15 new people joined the Kickstarter team in the first quarter of this year, our biggest period of team growth to date. We welcomed 3 new customer support specialists, and 4 members of our Creator’s team. (Did you know: We have 17 people whose full time job it is to talk to creators about their projects? Hit us up!

    12 Kickstarter-funded films have screened in our new Brooklyn office, including I Used to Be Darker, 12 O’Clock Boys, The Duck, Veronica Mars, The Lord of Catan, and Ghost Line. More info on future screenings to come! 

    7 Kickstarter-funded films have been nominated for Oscars! This year the excellent doc The Square was up for Best Documentary Feature. You can — and should — watch it here

    2 creators took home Grammys in February: Pacific Mambo Orchestra and Roomful of Teeth. In all, 4 Kickstarter projects were nominated for Grammys this year. 

    1 billion dollars have been pledged to Kickstarter projects, as of March 4. We built a fun page to celebrate the enormous milestone.

    For more, check out the Kickstarter Stats page, updated at least once a day with the raw data behind Kickstarter.

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