[Mike] @Andrew White - don't think you can slide a Serenity reference in without my noticing.
I said on the old site that if you guys put up a Kickstarter project, that I would come over and vote with my wallet, so yeah, I did! For years Massively was my *only* gaming news site, and I'm looking forward to MassivelyOP continuing that trend.
Pfff, I expect this to break the $100-150k mark before this thing is through.
It sounds like you've been under estimating your community, and just how much money there is out there. People are in general, more then willing to throw money at a good cause.
Even more so when it something we enjoy, this is both.
Besides a powerful need to eat, don't worry about us with some deadline to get the site live. If you are already close to launching then that is amazing. I wasn't expecting it or demanding it. Soon™ is good enough, Eliot. ;)
"I will never have enough ways to say “Thank you.”"
That's easy, Mike. Keep writing, doing what you love and continue to be critical. You guys represent an array of perspectives and it is appreciated.
Take as much time as you need, it's kinda funny but in a sense I have mixed feelings about AOL, after all without Massively, we wouldn't be getting a new and shiny site for news and MMO'ness or maybe have gotten to read your stuff at all.
You were ready to leave the nest ... you just didn't know it. It just could have been handled with a lot more class by them (they dropped the ball bigtime) but in the end you will (lets hope) be better off.
I have never supported a kickstarter before but this one is different, we know who we are dealing with and how hard you will work to make the best Massively OP possible.
I think I'd like to hear in a future update a compare/contrast of how and why MassivelyOP is being funded via Kickstarter (and possibly Patreon later, thought I heard something like that in one of these updates from Bree...), versus what Blizzard Watch (ex-WoWInsider) is doing by just going the full Patreon route with no Kickstarter. As a backer and a fan of the site that was (and the podcast, especially the podcast!) I'm curious as to why this route was decided upon compared to Blizzard Watch's route.
I want to second Rebel Engie's remark below.
"Just one correction: you didn't fail when Massively was shut down. AOL did."
Exactly. Couldn't have said it any better.
Without sounding trite; this sort of project is the reason Kickstarter was invented: when traditional funding methods fall through. I sympathize with being strongly critical of crowdfunding (I often have myself), and yet here I am, a backer. The reason for this is that this project is clearly the most distant case from the often seen "Hey! I have an idea! Throw me money!"; you have years of history delivering on your promises, combined with the unusual case of being divested in the face of growth. I didn't have to think thrice about backing this project. :-)
Just one correction: you didn't fail when Massively was shut down.
I am sure most of us can wait for the new site to be ready.
We all had our share of new mmo-like launches to learn to be patient.
Meanwhile I am randomly raiding individual blogs of the original massively team to make up for the temporary loss. :)