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Wasteland 2 has been released to great acclaim, earning Game of the Year from PCWorld, and reaching #1 on the Steam sales charts! Thanks to all our backers for helping us make this game a reality!
61,290 backers pledged $2,933,252 to help bring this project to life.

Kicking it Forward

I announced a concept two days ago that would have developers share their success with other Kickstarter funded projects to help keep the fan funded economy alive and to give back. It was met with much enthusiasm and a lot of questions.

In order to get this movement going I have set up a website that describes the plan in detail and has a badge for developers to display to show they are part of the initiative.

Below is the text from the site itself:

I have received a tremendous response to the "Kicking it Forward" concept with all of it being extremely positive. As expected, there have also been a number of questions so I would like to clarify the concept as best I can.

One thing I have discovered over the years is that if you keep an idea simple then you have a better chance of people getting behind that idea. "Kicking it Forward" is about as simple as it gets.

Any developer that puts the "Kicking it Forward" badge on their Kickstarter project page is agreeing that they will put 5% of their finished product profits back into other Kickstarter projects. To be abundantly clear, this is only money that the developer earns as profit AFTER the project ships and AFTER they have paid their expenses. This is NOT a suggestion to invest money they received from people who invested into their project via Kickstarter.

Once a project in this program has become profitable, the developer is going to spend this 5% profit, which is their own money, on whatever Kickstarter projects they want to support. They can determine unilaterally who they want to give it to and when. Neither myself nor a committee is going to tell successful developers what projects to invest in. Ultimately, this is an honor system at the end of the day. No one is going to audit their books to make sure they complied. In many ways Kickstarter is an honor system too, so this is no different. Of course some unscrupulous developer may not follow through with their promise but I believe the development community sticks together.

My involvement will be to create the badge and set up a site that displays which projects agree to "Kicking it Forward" and which projects were supported through this program. Then, after that, it needs to take on its own life. After all, I need to make sure Wasteland 2 meets everyone's expectations.

Here is the link if you want to pass it on or get the badge. http://kickingitforward.org/

I genuinely believe that a fan funded approach to development combined with a new flow of investment money can change things up quite a bit here. It will be exciting to see how it all plays out.

You can see the badge and text displayed on the Wasteland 2 Kickstarter page if you want to view it in use.

These are exciting times....

PS. I know I referred to it as "Kick it Forward" earlier but that URL was not available.

PPS. We have opened up donations for PayPal using customers in cooperation with Kickstarter. Not everyone can utilize the Amazon payment system.

Comments

    1. Creator Matthew J. Hanson on March 22, 2012

      Thanks a ton! We've added the badge, pledge, and link to our project page. We look forward to adding our project to the Kicking it Forward page when that becomes available.

    2. Creator Emiliano Perez on March 22, 2012

      It looks like a good idea, but I don't see any updates on the Wasteland development, I don't know if this is the right place to promote your site. Shouldn't you be focusing on telling us that the game is on the right track?

    3. Creator Ian Christy on March 22, 2012

      Love this idea, great way to encourage future projects and pitches!
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    4. Creator Samuel Selvarajan on March 22, 2012

      Very good news :)

    5. Creator John Alvarado on March 22, 2012

      The language in the pledge was purposefully kept neutral as to the type of project. Kicking it Forward is for everyone! :-)

    6. Creator Paul Christopher Griffith on March 22, 2012

      Great idea! Reserved for software developers or all of kickstarter?

    7. Creator Justin Woo on March 22, 2012

      I really think this is absolutely great. I'm crossing my fingers for a Planescape Torment 2.

    8. Creator Paul on March 22, 2012

      What happens if the project(s) you fund fail to reach their goal? Will you put that money into another project?

    9. Creator Sam Wright on March 22, 2012

      I think this is an awesome idea. Hopefully it'll take off.

    10. Creator inXile entertainment on March 22, 2012

      I should clarify that this should not only apply to game developers. It should apply to all projects if the company wants.

    11. Creator Roy Greenhalgh on March 22, 2012

      Once we develop our Kickstarter for the Chocolate Shop we have in the works I would be honored to add a Kicking it Forward banner to our Pitch. Let everyone one know if we make it we give back where and when we can.

    12. Creator Rob Crane on March 22, 2012

      Taking a Kick forward is much more honourable than taking a kickback.Unless its Homer,then its time to kick some back.

    13. Creator Josh Harrison on March 22, 2012

      Really cool idea.
      Just software developers, though? I bet other well funded commercial type projects like restaurants, some movies, gadgets/product design would be down for this sort of thing too.

    14. Creator Kerry Dolan on March 22, 2012

      I love the idea and that it is in the spirit of this whole movement. Thanks for promoting it!

    15. Creator ginemginem on March 22, 2012

      "Kicking it Forward" sounds better than "Kick it Forward". It's a continuation, a process, not just a single kick; the kicks compound.

    16. Creator Tiago Morelli on March 22, 2012

      You guys have also reached 1,500,000. Congrats!

    17. Creator Alberto Ceballos on March 22, 2012

      You, sir, are amazing, people like you make me want to continue to be a gamer and to support projects like this, thanks :)