by Star Command
Just wanted to say that I actually appreciate the expenditure on music.
What music I've heard so far was topnotch, and I'd rather have music in tha game that
is great to listen to instead of music that becomes only bearable as soon as you turn it off.
And usually, with most things you get what you pay for.
Looking forward to the OST, keep up the great work and your spirits, guys!
And with the double fine project of 3.5M$ you can just round it up to the nearest $100.000!
I think it is awesome you guys revealed where the funds went. It is interesting to see what cost what, and see what cost a lot (prizes 10k! Wow!). Thanks for the post! Looking forward to playing the game!
Double Fine has the advantage of being established as a company; they've dealt with budgets as high as their new game before... as someone who has put himself, friends, and family in debt over a game project, I think you're doing fine (even double fine) so far.
As a side not, I also wish Kickstarter had existed in 1995! Imagine doing the bulk of your marketing and pre-order funds gathering via Usenet! Not awesome.
wish I had the funds earlier :( I would love the chance to buy a shirt, also the map sounds fun :P...
where did I put my time machine?
dont worry this app will be a HUGE hit when its released (and for Vita). dont sweat it!! :)))
you guys should port it to the Vita and make moar monies... i'd buy two versions!
We can't imagine the accounting that goes into Double Fine's project. $3,500,000 - good lord.
I'm pretty happy with what I've seen from you guys so far. Getting to see a working version at PAX East was pretty fun. I'm also really glad that you decided to share this information with us. It's fascinating to see how all of this goes, and see where all of the pledge money goes. It sucks about that 2k that simply disappeared though. I can't wait to tell all of my friends to buy this from the App Store.
Agree with earlier comment -- didn't have the funds earlier, but would buy a shirt now (as an extra) from your website. Maybe just change the color so that original backers have something unique, but so want the Red/Blue/Yellow character shirt.
Also, please don't misunderstand the post as us saying "ooops" or having any sort of resentment. We have loved everything about the process, even the mistakes - that's how you learn. Again, the goal of the post was to help out future kickstarters (it's info we would have loved to have seen) and just show how quickly you can responsibly burn through cash. Game development is an expensive endeavor - but one we think will ultimately be worth it.
It's been a good journey so far with you guys. Really interesting to see how things are panning out. I think with how long you've been running since KS and what funds you've used, you're going great guns this far forwards!
Definitely want to invest a lot more in this project *at least this board member is happy with your progress so far* to ensure the core gameplay is tested and iterated and the rest of the game gets enough polish and extra features make it on time also.
I love you guys and am super excited for you game. IMO debt is a big no-no, I would have foregone any material bonuses (posters shirts etc.) for you guys to have that money for your own development.
What did the cocaine and hooker fund come under? Attorneys+/startup fee/ or PAX east? :)
Where can I send you more money?
I´ed give you more money in a heartbeat. If there is no second KickstarterIndygogowhatnot crowdfunding i would like to sugest that you use some kind of "suporters in app purchase".
Maybe look at the "light meeter" App. You can decide for a 99 cent add removal or for a 4.99$ "buy the developers a pine" add removal that dos just the same thing and adds nothing more special to the app.
(just woke up :P) ...wait... are we still getting our stuff? also i wouldn't mind backing again :)
Any thoughts on selling the shirts for a little profit? I couldn't pony up the money earlier but would still be interested in buying one.
My rule of thumb for projects like this is figure out how much you'll need then add 50% to 100%, because there's _always_ expenses that you never planned on.
Michael: I'd like to agree with that comment, but no. When you have paid for them and they've done their work, and something bad happens, they'll just wiggle out and find a clause that invalidates their protection, and you will not get the money you need at that point, just more lawyers fees!
As for the lawyers: It's like an insurance, you always feel like you waste a ton of money, until that very moment you need one and then you'll be glad you got one. Interesting that the rewards are that expensive, but with 1100 backers, that's less than $10 per backer, so I guess it's okay. Anyway, thanks for the posting, really insightful!
Thanks for the update guys. I didn't realize you could get no-shows. And damn prize fulfillment is expensive. Judging by the trailer the game is going to be amazing. Best of luck and I can't wait to play it.
I never received my sticker and button I just realized.... D: Ah well, I want to see the game finished more than anything anyways
Thanks guys. I appreciate the candour and transparency. Your experience with Kickstarter has served you well. It's also a good thing that even though the swag cost you more than you thought it would you are still in the black, more or less. It's a shame Google Play and iTunes don't support pre-orders for apps/games. If you don't want to do another Kickstarter to get the funds for day one Android then that could have gotten you the loot to make it a reality (or approached Samsung like I suggested on Facebook).
So good luck with the final push to release. Don't forget, you have a lot of ready and wiling beta testers here :)
YIkes, that was a big chunk of cash for the prizes.... I totally underestimated that.
And expenses and stuff.... Lawyery bloodsuckers.
So looking forward to the finished soundtrack, though.
At least once the release comes you guys should be swimming in cash. Hopefully... :D
No worries (Australian).
If you released something rather playable and continued to update with an unholy fervour as does perhaps, Tarn Adams, I'd give you the same support I give him - recurring donations.
Speaking of, how about crayon rewards? I'd throw a donation your way for some "art".
Team Hookers And Blow salutes you, sir!
Also - cocaine and hookers.