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Why do you Kickstarter? 2 Months, 1 Week ago  
Lots of threads get into the issue of 'is it a preorder or is it an investment?' and we can talk about that here too if folks want to (i believe it is both, much in the way that eBay has become both a retail store and a garage sale, sadly these days it is much less of the later, it was more interesting way back when with real treasures to be found). The reason i started this thread is to talk about why we pledge these silly things in the first place!

I'll start.

First of all what Kickstarter does better than anything is create immediacy. This is the holy grail for a sales person. Ask yourself this, if that hundred dollar game, or bundle of minis, or box of terrain were sitting on the shelf of your local FLGS, would you buy it today? With that 30 day window and the countdown timer, there really is no time to waste. I have the feeling that i will never be able to get it again (which has not been the case for ANY KS i have participated in, sure it costs more, but it will be available eventually...) SO i spend more right now than i would otherwise.

Secondly is the issue of really cool stuff. Most of what i get on KS would not be available if it were not for the KS. Any genius (or idiot) with a great idea can start a KS. If they fund and were reasonably shrewd in their planning, the world gets something new and unique, that simply would not happen if that person had to pony up $5,000-10,000 of their own money and then hope they could recoup their investment (try selling the spouse on that... "Honey, i am taking out a second mortgage to make these really cool dice...")

Third, and for me a huge factor in almost all KS's i have backed is cool people. I back KS's by people that i want to see succeed, because they are funny or clever or talented, or simply because i like the fact that they are going out on a limb to pursue a dream. I don't doubt they are trying to make money, but i want to be a part of their dream. To feel like i helped them succeed. To be a part of something bigger than me that hopefully will impact our hobby for the better.

Fourth of course is free stuff. Never underestimate the power of free! This gets back to creating immediacy. If you walked into your FLGS and the owner looked at you and said "Today only if you buy a hardcover, you get a free miniature." You would be a LOT more likely to buy a book that you might have been before you walked in. We like getting stuff free (The classic free appetizer vs10% off experiment - far more people take the free appetizer even if the 10% would more than pay for an appetizer...). It is ridiculously fun and addictive to watch the free stuff pile up as a KS gets more and more successful.

So, why do you pledge?
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#65229
Re:Why do you Kickstarter? 2 Months, 1 Week ago  
To support the companies that I like is the main reason.

Freebies and the like are just a bonus.
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#65240
Re:Why do you Kickstarter? 2 Months, 1 Week ago  
It gives me an excuse to purchase something I normally wouldn't. There's no way I would have spent as much on DF at a FLGS if I didn't know the price I would be getting is the rock bottom cheapest I'll ever see; and I get a chance to help further people that enjoy making stuff for my hobbies.
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#65244
Re:Why do you Kickstarter? 2 Months, 1 Week ago  
For me it depends on the type of project.

Here are a few possibilities and sometimes they overlap:

    I want to help make something happen or to make something exist. For example, I backed a research project on bumble bees, because bees.


    I want to support a person or company that I think is awesome. Dwarven Forge and Evil Hat fall under this category to a large degree, but the purest form of this was probably Animal Crime and Master Plan Podcast which I backed because I knew of the work of both individuals and wanted to encourage them to keep doing cool stuff.


    Loot! I want to get something at a great price or suspect that it may not be available later at retail. I have many, many examples of these kinds of projects.


The first and last types of projects are the most common by far. And I subject projects that fall most heavily under the last category to the most scrutiny. The more it falls under the first two, the more forgiving I find myself being and the less I care about the outcome of the project.
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Re:Why do you Kickstarter? 2 Months, 1 Week ago  
1) I like supporting the creators of the project, because in a small way, we are helping to make a dream come true. Adam Poots of Kingdom Death comes to mind. Here is a guy who seriously gave everything he had to give just so he could release this piece of horrifying history...and I helped him do it.

2) Cost savings and freebies. Almost every single KS I have backed has been able to give me an incredible savings vs what the product would cost at retail, and (so far) has saved me shipping costs as well. This is a huge factor for me. Dwarven Forge, so far, is king on this, and I am pretty sure that anyone who backed DF KS1 would agree.

3) I back a lot of gaming books (Castles and Crusades, specifically.) Usually, book pledge levels will often include your name in print on a Thank You page. There is something pretty neat about seeing your name there, and knowing that you are a part of gaming history. No matter how many times these books are reprinted, my name will be there. Point of pride, for sure, but there is something about this, to me, that has a "cool" factor.

4) I get it before you do, as a non backer. In the greater scheme, this is a really small thing, but I like knowing that I was one of the "first" to get it.

With that being said, every project has risks, and KS is not a pre-order store. I wish more people would remember that, and that KS would offer a little clearer terminology on "What exactly happens if a project goes REALLY bad." So far, I have been lucky, but I know a lot of people haven't.
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