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Thank you to everyone who pledged, you are all fantastic and I couldn't be more grateful for the opportunity to continue working on this game. For those who are wondering, it made it on the last day thanks to a very generous backer who has been following the project from the beginning.
You do know Kickstarter and Amazon take a percentage of the pledged money, don't you? Why would he pay $5500 only to have a big percentage of it taken by them... -_-
Either someone got really generous or bob decided to take on the extra 5500$ that was missing himself? Wat
I've seen the reports of "bob's game" on Youtube a couple of years ago. Wasn't realising this when I clicked the kickstarter link and read your story. I checked out your website and here is what I want you to know:
It seems you are hurting a lot with your unsuccesful dreams and ideas, but I love the fact that you try to come to yourself, your parents and how you realise God is bigger than all this. Please use this little bit of cash and use it for the real thing you set out to finish. Make your dent on our society and make the world a better place. You are a good storyteller and after reading your life story on your website for 3 hours I must say that succes depends on the way you value it.
God bless you and please don't do any more drugs..
Been following this bob game for SO long and I'm glad to back this cause this game is going to be legendary.
Bob, your story has moved me enough to pledge the little bit I have to your project. Your story gives me hope and determination to start my own game, so hopefully the generosity will return to me as it has to you. Good luck and I am PROUD to be one of the backers of your project!
The only thing I can think of the 500 or more is really a bit over 6000, unless someone upped their 20 tier. I hope it is legit, and if it is you have proof of guardian angels. Might want to add one to the game, near the end. Seems fitting.
Congratulations Bob on making your goal. I can't wait to see the game.
I've been following your game since it was first announced, I even made your forum one of my old website's affiliates. You can do it, Bob. You can change the world. We all want to discover the secrets of Bob's Game. Don't give up. Believe in yourself. YOU WILL FINISH.
MAY THE GLORIOUS BOB'S GAME REIGN FOREVER SUPREME AS THE GREATEST GAME IN THE UNIVERSE
P.S. I really want to play your game and I hope my $20 helps you. Good luck! I hope we get a link to that backer forum soon, can't wait to see what you're up to!
Congratulations Bob! Live today, Die Another Day. Cheers.
I was hoping for a miracle and it seems like it has happened. Whoever you are, thank you!! I hope this is legit too.
Whoa! That is a huge spike in funding from someone. Hope the funds go through!
I'm not sure what happened, but I'm glad it did! Awesome that the goal was achieved!
Wish it would happen - probably wont
But i hope this isnt the last we hear about bob and bobs game
I’ve been enthusiastic for this game since it was announced back in 2008. I was really impressed with how much you done by yourself on your DS game.
I always liked its retro graphics and really enjoyed the writing from the dialogs that could be seen in the demo and in the early trailers for the game. I even still have the Demo 1+2 on my computer since it was released back then and I remember having a great time playing it.
Through the years, once in a while I’d remember about the game and would take a peek to see if there was any progress on it.
I’ve read through your story and it was a good read. You’ve went through a lot during your life and there are many things which I can relate to.
Although I still believe this Kickstarter really could’ve used a little more thought, I think this is definitely worth $20 bucks. Regardless of whether this Kickstarter is successful or not, I hope someday, somehow, we can get to play Bob’s Game.
I wish you best regards, Bob!
If every backer paid $60, the game would've been funded by now and then some. Unfortunately, asking for $20 only didn't do the Kickstarter any favor. It seems like you are not in it for the money Bob, but sadly many backers didn't realize they needed to pay more to successfully fund this project they wanted to support.
a "single programer" sold me instantly maybe more updates would help but its a bit late now x,x
You know if you added just a little merchandise as suggested, relaunched the campaign with a goal of $4000, you would be a successfully funded campaign and that alone would draw in more funds.
C'mon don't give up you could always find a "regular" job and spend almost all your freetime in this project! I hope that your dream will come true :)
Honestly, I haven't followed your story, and have just learned about it now, but damn, we need someone as passionate as you. I only recently got into the gaming scene, and your story is inspiring. Take my $20.
Even if the kickstarter fails, I wouldn't be surprised if bob works on it here and there and when he can, eventually release it. I'll still drop of $20 on it....whenever that is bob. :)
Giving the amount of time he spent on it, it would be a shame not to finish it.
I don't blame Bob for not feeling comfortable asking for more than $20 for his game. We are so used to video game Kickstarters asking a lot of money from backers that we forget they are asking for hundreds of dollars for just a game. The Kickstarter can still succeed. If only it would be featured on a couple of popular websites like Kotaku and Joystiq.
"the campaign itself doesn't make a difference"
That's really sad to hear and not true in the least :( Sad to see the Kickstarter fail, hopefully it'll still be released through other means though!
I honestly think selling a bit of merch, like the business cards and maybe a shirt or two on an established graphic t-shirt merch site would at least earn you a base income for a couple weeks till the hype dies down on that with minimal investment on your part.
It's not a big deal. I don't have the capability to do anything more than I've done. Adding tiers or posting updates will not drive any significant traffic, which is the only thing that will bring more donations. Kickstarter is all about getting enough eyeballs- the campaign itself doesn't make a difference if nobody sees it. Either I will get some surprise coverage from some larger blogs, or some large last minute donations from friends and supporters willing to invest, or I'll have to get a job at a startup for a while.
Bob, now is the time for a last minute push for backers.
to bob: made a mac 'port' of your 2nd demo. contact me if you are interested.
I really want to see this game funded. We need to spread the word more, guys!
That spike might in best case get you say 20% maybe a bit more but not 2/3's of the goal. It's vital to get more funding to remember you must manage the campaign with as much energy as coding the game. Updates, new releases, trailers, are needed now.
Kickstarters tend to have a backer spike at the end of their lifespan. All we can do is just wait to see how that goes. It's not over yet people! We still have a week and a half left!
I still hope some magic will happen and this gets funded. It was looking so promising at first. I dont get why only 154 people were willing to pledge, when there has to be many players who would like to finally play this game.
I agree with everyone else on here- more updates and tiers will only help. You probably should at this point since the Kickstarter has slowed down significantly.
I strongly suggest a few more tiers, toss in a t-shirt, and some more updates. You've hit a plateau and need to spur more support.
You shouldn't worry too much about how much anyone is paying. I choose to pledge 50$ because I think this project deserves a chance. It is not so much about the value that I will get if you release this, but more about the global value for anyone who will benefit.
Also, I read your story on bobsgame.com and it was a really interesting read, well worth a few dollars.
Bob-san, back in 2010 I worked as a computer teacher at my old school (11th grade). Amongst other things I told my students about emulators. I made a DVD with all the stuff we had been using during the classes (undelete programs for example) and I included the demo of Bob's game for Nintendo DS. All of my 8 great students got that DVD when we had our last class together. Although I don't know if they've played your demo. I do hope that you will release this game in final form because I've been waiting for several years! Thank you so much in advance! Good luck with everything!
I'm actually going to refund the backer that got the $500 tier and draw the sprite anyway for free. I am uncomfortable with anyone paying over $20. I don't really mind if the Kickstarter fails because it means I don't have to live in a van and continue working on a very complex and difficult project for free.
You should probably release a public update after you add some more tiers. Also maybe move the bgeditor video up a bit, it's a lot better of an explanation than the current video at the top of the page.
I used the Kickstarter update function to alert existing backers so that I could get some upvotes, but I didn't think it was relevant enough to make public. I also asked for upvotes directly on the top of bobsgame.com. Thanks for your help everyone, it's working out very nicely!
Heads up, the update is Backer-Only, which is definitely not ideal, because you're just telling people about the reddit and hackernews posts. Please make the updates not backer-only, it does not help you or the kickstarter!
You should really bring back a few more slots in the $500 tier. That is an easy way to add a couple thousand to your total!
I'm rethinking what I should add for the various tiers. It's OK in my opinion to keep it simple, the game itself is really the important thing. It's probably unwise to offer the arcade game, for example, until I have the means to reliably produce them- though I would definitely love to do so! Honestly, for most "exclusive" type tiers like a page from my notebook, I would ultimately want to reimburse the backer anyway. To me it's interesting to hold onto but of less value than the actual game. I'd rather save them for giveaways during a tournament, for instance.
There's no rush, it will all come down to the Reddit or Hacker News threads getting enough attention, just as the blog posts seem to have driven most of the activity so far. So I'll wait until I have a nice video and some more pictures and have thought over the tiers a bit. The final goal is relatively modest and could be funded all at once by some decent attention on a popular website, so I'm not too worried.
Thank you to everyone who has donated and spread the word, it really means a lot to me. I'm more optimistic and motivated than ever!
Nice I see you added some higher tiers. Might be a good idea to post an update about them so people who pledged before can get an email and maybe consider pledging more. I also agree that there should be $50, $100 and $200 tiers.
I agree on the lower tiers. Several between $20 and $50 would be good.
Bob -- High tiers are good, but low tiers are likely the most important. The $5 tier, for example, shouldn't be limited to 50 people. That will likely be one of the most popular ones. A few unlimited tiers at $5, $10, $20 (which you have), and $50 would likely be a better way to go.
Damn I was thinking on getting the DS cartridge :(
Oh god, yes, one of those business cards. Pages are a fair bit out of reach, still awesome tiers!
I just joined but I have to second the suggestion, more tiers!!
I am preparing to do a Reddit and Hacker News thread once I make a better video. It is difficult for me to concentrate in my current situation and I am moving as fast as I can. I'll post a request for upvotes on my website then. Thank you for your comments.
It's all in the hands of the community now. If we really want this game to be finished, we need to spread the word ourselves.
I think the creator should try to advertise this kickstarter somewhere, or it wont get funded... and that would be really a shame, coz he put so many time to this and now he's just letting it go.