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Unlucky Kickstarter Project Game Alpha Colony Falls Short by $28
Dan
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Brisbane, Queensland
13886 posts
The Kickstarter Campaign for hopeful building and trading sim Alpha Colony has ended disappointingly for developer DreamQuest games, raising US$49,972 of its $50,000 goal --A shortfall of a measly $28, which as per Kickstarter's service rules, still disqualifies it from receiving the pledges of its 542 backers (via Polygon):
Thank you all for your support, but I am afraid that we came up $28 short. Kickstarter is very strict about their terms and our project will not be funded. Obviously, we are very disappointed. We have invested 10 months and over $60,000 of our own money into this project. It is so frustrating to come so close, but clearly there simply isn't that much interest in building the kind of game I envisioned.

I have already invested everything I have getting my dream this far (twice!) and now I must feed my family and focus on projects that will pay the bills. Thank you all for your support and help and I am sorry that we came up short. Perhaps we will try again at some future point once I have attended to my personal and team's immediate financial needs. I have been trying to build this game for almost 14 years so I doubt this is the end for Alpha Colony, but I do have to be responsible business owner and father and accept the reality of where we are at the moment and what the world wants.
Presumably the developer's friends and family must have either been already tapped out, or not paying attention to the campaign's end to fall short by such a trivial amount. Unlucky.
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thermite
Brisbane, Queensland
10537 posts
I think the problem is there is way too much of this going on right now. I've already given to several kickstarter projects, and nothing has come to fruition yet. I can't keep buying games that don't exist.

(Not that I knew or cared about this one, but other people that did might be in the same situation)
01:45pm 03/12/12 Permalink
sudbobo
Melbourne, Victoria
52 posts
That is pretty ridiculous, there should be exemptions or appeals for them to do it, it is too minor a amount to halt a entire project..
02:02pm 03/12/12 Permalink
Insom
Canada
4143 posts
really? there isn't an option for fundraising to just keep going until they reach the target? sounds like a major flaw in the concept
02:13pm 03/12/12 Permalink
scuzzy
Brisbane, Queensland
15512 posts
needs auction like reserve price functionality
02:14pm 03/12/12 Permalink
fpot
Gold Coast, Queensland
21862 posts
Can you pledge to your own kickstarter? This reminds me of the time Bart and Milhouse forgot to vote for Bart as class president and they lost.
02:28pm 03/12/12 Permalink
Nerf Lord
Brisbane, Queensland
6919 posts
I'm pretty sure that a lot of kickstarters get their sudden boost at the end by devs/family/friends making up the shortfall.

I actually ended up on this kickstarter page a few times, but every time that I started the video, it spent ages on some rubbish about old consoles, and the video didn't let you skip ahead to see what they were actually making.
02:32pm 03/12/12 Permalink
Hogfather
Cairns, Queensland
13182 posts
really? there isn't an option for fundraising to just keep going until they reach the target? sounds like a major flaw in the concept

I think that the idea is that you pledge, if it makes it in 30 days you pay up, if not you're off the hook and can pledge elsewhere. This increases liquidity in the system and hopefully increases the pool of potential backers for new projects.

Otherwise you'd have potentially hundreds of dollars out there in unclaimed pledges that might roll in..
02:43pm 03/12/12 Permalink
trog
AGN Admin
Brisbane, Queensland
36587 posts
Can you pledge to your own kickstarter? This reminds me of the time Bart and Milhouse forgot to vote for Bart as class president and they lost.
haha, so true. I'm not sure how it all works, but if I had one that was getting close to the wire, I would have been on the phone ringing friends and family just to try to find that one last person to push it over the line.

I'm amazed that they didn't, unless there's some rule that stops them doing stuff like that.
02:57pm 03/12/12 Permalink
thermite
Brisbane, Queensland
10539 posts
Look they obviously decided they needed 50k, not 40k or 45k or 49.9999k. Without being *significantly* over the line, they are probably relieved their own pledges, and the pledges of their friends/family won't be taken from their accounts - and therefore they won't be investing any more into something that isn't as popular as expected.
If they really think it's a matter of $28, they would find a way to make it work. This isn't completely out of their hands. They didn't get screwed, I think they've just weighed up their options and can see the interest they were hoping for isn't there.
03:06pm 03/12/12 Permalink
Nerf Lord
Brisbane, Queensland
6920 posts
Going by the picture on their site, it looks like they have a ton of people for such a tiny game, $50k would at best cover like two and a half for 12 months.
03:18pm 03/12/12 Permalink
Hogfather
Cairns, Queensland
13183 posts
Going by the picture on their site, it looks like they have a ton of people for such a tiny game, $50k would at best cover like two and a half for 12 months.

Is this the bit where we all go "wtf, nobody can live on 20k!" ... or can we just skip it this time?

That's a joke nerf. Don't get mad.
04:14pm 03/12/12 Permalink
eski
Perth, Western Australia
1293 posts
Sounds like the devs decided not to go ahead. I cant believe that noone they knew had $28 to kick in, so they mustve decided to let it go.
05:00pm 03/12/12 Permalink
arkter
Gold Coast, Queensland
1077 posts
Sounds like the devs decided not to go ahead. I cant believe that noone they knew had $28 to kick in, so they mustve decided to let it go.

Exactly...

"Mum I need $28 to go through with my dream"
05:51pm 03/12/12 Permalink
Insom
Canada
4144 posts
ahha

how many red bull cans does fifty grand buy anyway
05:52pm 03/12/12 Permalink
Nerf Lord
Brisbane, Queensland
6922 posts
Sounds like the devs decided not to go ahead.

From what I gathered from glancing at the details, an $800 pledge came through seconds before it closed, before there was time to do anything.

Is this the bit where we all go "wtf, nobody can live on 20k!" ... or can we just skip it this time?That's a joke nerf. Don't get mad.

It is the part where I ask you to get over your love affair with me.
06:00pm 03/12/12 Permalink
Superform
Netherlands
7603 posts
they invested 60k of their own money.. and no one though to make a kick starter account and chip in the 28 bux before the deadline?

if this is an example of their creative thinking.. i think your better off not funding these noobs...
06:38pm 03/12/12 Permalink
Whoop
Brisbane, Queensland
20971 posts
they invested 60k of their own money.. and no one though to make a kick starter account and chip in the 28 bux before the deadline?

if this is an example of their creative thinking.. i think your better off not funding these noobs...

are there rules against doing this?
06:41pm 03/12/12 Permalink
Deviouz
Melbourne, Victoria
278 posts
Sounds dodgy, from all the info/vids etc seems they already have a complete product, I think they didn't push trough so they could avoid full-filling all the pledge rewards
08:37pm 03/12/12 Permalink
Hogfather
Cairns, Queensland
13184 posts
It is the part where I ask you to get over your love affair with me.

LOL it was a joke nerf, I even specifically pointed it out ... !

There's a thing on QGL where we sardonically reference previous posts in jest. It was a fun in-joke, no malice matey. C'mon, chin up!
08:51pm 03/12/12 Permalink
Ivonin
Brisbane, Queensland
1131 posts
I give 'em 50 right now just to float some dreams.
07:29pm 07/12/12 Permalink
Mordecai
Victoria
1486 posts
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1547218311/alpha-colony-a-tribute-to-mule?ref=users

This was the second attempt to get money for this game. They originally wanted half a million.
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