Kickstarter seems to be the new hotness, either for new products, like Zombiecide, or re-releases of old ones, like OGRE (and soon to come Car Wars).
There's a lot of junk on Kickstarter, as with anything where you can ask for money, there will be a lot of trash, but some gems. What kinds of possibilities does this offer us, and can Kickstarter and similar services likely to follow lead to a more meaningful connection between gaming consumers and producers?
And from the customer perspective? We can potentially get products we would want to buy, even niche ones that would not be practical to distribute through normal mass channels.
As said, there's a lot of junk, and doubtless scams. But I see great possibilities for this as an extra channel for producers with established track records. Steve Jackson Games for instance, the company behind that OGRE project, a much-loved company with decades of rep, creators of iconic games like OGRE, Car Wars, GURPS, and others. Let's look at the company whose products are covered most often here on the blog, Games Workshop and think about some things that could potentially be done.
- Reprinted versions of the old Slaves to Darkness/Lost and the Damned books
- Updated versions of the same
- A line of Squat miniatures
- Re-releases of OOP figures
- Runs of metal versions of figures for those who don't like Finecast
- Updated Necromunda, Mordheim, Blood Bowl, etc.
- What codex needs the next update? Get enough pre-orders and they get cracking.
What do you think? Can you ever forsee GW going down a similar route, taking more direct customer feedback (backed by money) on what to produce? Any other old stuff from other companies you'd like to see brought back? What sorts of things would you plunk down money in advance for?