If my luck holds, I’m going to be moving house in the new year. As I have a bit of a Kickstarter addiction, this seemed like a good time to go back over my open pledges to work out where things are now and what needs an address update for delivery. My first Kickstarter pledge was back in August 2011 and since then I’ve been a regular backer of projects. In 2013 I went a bit out of control and spent a large chunk of cash on projects, a little under 2% of my income, and since then I’ve tried to restrict my pledging and have fallen back to a nice manageable rate. It may seem like I don’t really care about the projects I’m backing if I need to have a concerted effort to look back over them now, but that’s because I approach each project differently. A lot of game projects get ignored because I both don’t have the time to play the betas, and don’t want any spoilers for games with a strong story. On the other hand, some of them (TinyKeep for example) drew me in with interesting regular updates on the development process so have kept my interest.
Kickstarter Running Total Spend
On the whole I’ve been happy with the Kickstarter experience. Very few projects have actually failed to deliver, even if some of them are horribly delayed. There have also been some resounding successes in the shape of projects like Shadowrun Returns and Wasteland 2, as well as some products that have become daily drivers for me like the Pebble smartwatch.
I don’t think I’m going to be losing the addiction any time soon, but I’m certainly refining what I’m willing to back in the face of failures of some early access games. That and a much larger mortgage I need to satisfy!