Funding Canceled Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on October 23, 2012.

Update #10

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT! STAY TUNED....

Uncharted Isles, Mineshaft, Contraption...

In the industry, games are pitched every day. Some make it to the next stage, but many don't, like those named above. We regret to announce that we're adding Shaker: An Old-School RPG to the latter list.

We are profoundly grateful to our fans. You were as excited about this game as we were, and from the very beginning, you encouraged us to post more details about it and even sent in fan art! We have received backing from over 7,000 of you and raised a quarter million dollars in just a few days (!). That's humbling and wonderful.

We are profoundly grateful to the press. You covered our Kickstarter's launch and story update and gave it as much attention as you possibly could. It was through your efforts that many heard about our game.

We are grateful to our friends in the game industry who gave us suggestions, support and critique. We are a wonderfully tight-knit community, and we owe you for all your feedback and friendship.

Ultimately, our pitch just wasn't strong enough to get the traction we felt it needed to thrive. Sure, it may have made it. We could have fought our way to a possibly successful end. In reading your feedback and talking it over internally, however, we decided that it made more sense to kill it and come back with something stronger.

In game design, mercy killing is the law.

So, please accept our thanks and apologies in equal order. Expect something more soon.

You may keep in touch by joining our forum, following @LootDrop on Twitter and friending us on Facebook. Again, thanks so much for your help and support!

- Tom & Brenda

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      Creator Katrar (∞) on October 19, 2012

      Being as forthright, honest, and accepting of the real problems as you are... this earns respect. It's very easy to deflect and blame, and you did not do this. When you come back with a stronger project we'll be here, and I for one look forward to you crossing that future finish line.

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      Creator Xtense on October 19, 2012

      Sigh, that's really sad. You know Tom, Brenda, i grew up on your games and i always enjoyed the sense of wonderment you both added to the world of videogames, with both Commander Keen and Jagged Alliance still staying high on my list of favourites. You guys just seem to have the worst luck when it comes to the business side of game development. You are legends in my book and I'll be there when you announce your new projects.

      Dopefish lives!

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      Creator Chris J Capel on October 19, 2012

      The idea of the two of you, plus John Romero, making a new RPG brought wetness to my trousers. If you come back stronger and better and you'll have my sword. And pledge.

      My main problem was, I was giving you my pledge on faith. I still really have no idea what type of RPG Shaker actually was. Is it a first-person, Eye of the Beholder like game? If so, didn't Legend of Grimrock do that rather definitively recently sans Kickstarting? You said "old-school" but never compared it directly to any classic RPGs. Tighten up the design document, be sure on the game you really want to make, and communicate it a bit more effectively. Keep the world. Improve the title. Come back blazin'.

      Love you guys, can't wait to see how you punch back.

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      Creator Veeno - Runner of the Obsidian Order on October 19, 2012

      I'm sad to hear this, but I'm glad you're being straight-forward, honest and clear-headed about it.

      I wish you the best of luck with your next project, I will certainly check it out (and probably back it) and spread the word about it when you pitch it.

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      Creator Irfon-Kim Ahmad on October 19, 2012

      I have to admit that this is the first time I've had this happen! How does this play out; Do we manually use "Manage My Pledge" to cancel our pledges, or will they be cancelled automagically? Does the project page disappear? If so, will you be keeping track of the people who pledged and notifying them if the project comes back in another form? I'm really interested in hearing about it if it does, although I'm unlikely to check in to the forums regularly to proactively find out.

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      Creator J Aaron Farr on October 19, 2012

      Sad to see, but I agree with others: it's better to fail early.

      Regroup, relaunch and we'll be here to back you again. Good luck!

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      Creator ekster on October 19, 2012

      I understand the reason, but please don't drop this idea! It sounds awesome and would love to see you try it again when you're better prepared!

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      Creator Xenophon on October 19, 2012

      Sorry this get gain traction sooner... @Christopher Sadly I've seen it before.

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      Creator Patrick De Palma on October 19, 2012

      Sad to see this get killed. Especially considering how often kickstarter projects meet their funding in the last few hours such as Conclave. I would seriosuly reconsider letting the kickstarter run and see how it plays out, you just might get lucky.

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      Creator Christopher on October 19, 2012

      That marks the first time I've seen someone kill off their own Kickstarter halfway through its run, but if it means you can reformat and come back with a stronger, more fleshed-out presentation, I guess that's the way to go. Best of luck to you. We'll be watching.

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      Creator Aaron Wolfrom on October 19, 2012

      It's really sad to see a project I was so excited about go poof, but I can totally respect why you are doing this. Just promise that you will come back with another idea!!! Shut up and take my money!

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