Kickstarter Funding fell short by $28 and future plans
Thank you all for your support, but I am afraid that we came up $28 short on our Alpha Colony Kickstarter. I know many of you offered to increase your pledges or suggest that we simply redo the Kickstarter again, but Kickstarter is very strict about their terms and (for now) our project will not be funded. Obviously, we are very disappointed. We have invested 10 months and over $60,000 of our own money into this project.
We appreciate all of your feedback and criticisms (especially with regard to improving our promotion and press coverage and lessened focus on the desktop platforms) as well as ideas for a future Kickstarter effort. For now, our team needs to feed our families, so we are going to focus our efforts on projects with more immediate demand and financial rewards such as getting Championship Spades out for tablets and smartphones as well as updating our existing card and board game lineup for desktop PC and Mac. Given that Christopher has been trying to build Alpha Colony for almost 14 years, it is unlikely this will be the end for Alpha Colony. However, we do have to be a responsible business and accept the reality of where we are at the moment and do what is best for our team.
Although many of you considered us falling $28 short really unfair, in the end, it is perhaps for the best. To be committed to deliver our dream game underfunded, understaffed, and leaving us all broke would have been even more heartbreaking than not funding at all. I believe there is still a way to build Alpha Colony in all of it's glory (for Linux and Mac with multiplayer!) and we simply need to find the right means to make it happen. Whether that be through a private publisher or another better-promoted Kickstarter or some other means is unclear at the moment, but we will keep you appraised of where we are going!
If you have not already, please Like Alpha Colony and DreamQuest Games on FaceBook as this is the best way for us to keep you appraised of our future plans for Alpha Colony as they unfold and to get early notification of any future Kickstarter so you can help us make sure it succeeds gloriously the next time around!
Christopher and the entire Alpha Colony Team at DreamQuest Games