Kickstarter – 28% Funded for Eminent Domain

by Michael on October 28, 2010

So the Kickstarter project for Eminent Domain went live on Monday at about 7:00 AM.  Now it is Thursday at about 8:00 PM. 85 hours later, and here are the stats:

  • 85 Backers/Supporters
  • $5,745 Pledged in support
  • 3rd most popular project on Kickstarter (I assume this is measured by raw traffic)
  • 13/15 of our $200 “Name a Card” packages have been claimed.
  • 8/250 of our $90 Limited Edition (x3) packages have been claimed.

By any reasonable outside measure, this has been extremely successful so far.  Often times though, when it comes to such things… I can be unreasonable.

Don’t get me wrong!  All of the support thus far is fantastic, I had no idea of what to expect going into Kickstarter, and the support/good feelings are great.

I Do Have Some Concerns

I have a knack for looking at something like this, and thinking about where it COULD be…  Rather than where it is.  Then I compare the two, and I start to wonder about how to improve the system that got the results I am looking at.

That is a long and convoluted way of saying that I am heavily concerned about systems.  Good systems make life easier and turn uncertain/scary situations into known or semi-known factors.  So my concerns about where we are:

  • $200 rewards represent 45.3% of the total money pledged.  What do we do when we run out of those rewards?
  • $90 rewards are less popular than I would like, representing 12.5% of all money pledged.  These are priced and limited in a way, where if we sell out of all of these the project will fund, and fund very well.
  • While the project has great funding thus far, I fully expect things to slow down until we get into the crunch time of the last week.  DARN! Funding should have been set to end the day after Thanksgiving instead of before.  Anybody ever heard of BLACK FRIDAY?

Asking For Some Help

Knowing that the experience on Kickstarter has been awesome thus far.  I am asking you for help.  No, not in the typical “Please support, spread the word” plea for help.  Although, if you want to do that, GREAT!

I want to know what I can be doing to get people more involved with the project.  To get them emotionally vested in the success of the project.  Please add your comments below.  Your comments from the blog post “Kickstarting Eminent Domain” were awesome.

I know those comments were heavily in favor of the polo-shirt rewards.  However, in the end we decided to make it clean and simple providing games in exchange for pledges.  No promo/advertising type of merchandise that many people will not wear.  At least not this time, unless heavily demanded.  I look forward to reading your thoughts on the subject.  Thanks, and it is time to play some Star Craft 2…  I have been too heavily vested in Kickstarter this week, it is ZERG time

Related posts:

  1. Eminent Domain on Kickstarter – Some Backer Stats
  2. Kickstarting Eminent Domain
  3. TableStar Games Uses Kickstarter
  4. Kickstarter – A Brief Mid-Project Analysis
  5. Interview of Seth Jaffee, Board Game Designer & Developer

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