Well, even with the Kickstarter server troubles today, we still managed to fill all 3000 slots! Doing so in less than 48 hours has definitely exceeded our expectations.
While this has been a great experiment, let’s be honest, we want to make the Cosmonaut, and we want you to have it! It would be a shame to sit here for 21 more days, begging the $1 backers to raise their pledges. When it comes down to it, we think making this project a reality is more important than our pricing model.
This has ended up being a fascinating case study in game theory. We are looking forward to analyzing the backer breakdown and seeing how the pledge amounts were distributed. As of this writing, the pledge average came to $14.85, just shy of the $16.67 we needed to reach the goal.
So, we have decided to add two more tiers, which are both unlimited. One for $25, which will get you a Cosmonaut, and another for $50, which will get you 2. You are of course more than welcome to switch to either of those tiers if you so choose, but there is no need to. All current backers will be getting Cosmonauts. The advantage you all gained by being one of the first backers is you could set your own price, and will still be able to do so up until the campaign ends.
We want to thank you all so much for being the first out of the gate to support our project. We are blown away that we came so close to meeting our funding goal. A pessimist would have said we would raise exactly $3000 - one dollar for every backer. But clearly, the vast majority of you have an inherent sense of fairness.
We had considered just letting this campaign ride, and crossing our fingers that the community would collectively raise their pledge amounts. Our concern though, is that the people that would be raising their pledges are the same people that had already pledged more than their share. And we don’t want that to happen.
So again, thank you all so much for your support. We are looking forward to making this thing a reality, and keeping you guys all in the loop along the way!
Tom & Dan