This is just a shout out to Tom & Co. I wasn’t sure of the best place for it, apologies if this is the wrong place.
I’ve backed a lot of projects on Kickstarter, and almost all of them have disappointed me. I backed OOTS, and 3 years later I’m still waiting for my strips. I backed the QFG remake and it hasn;t appeared. I backled the Rollercoaster Tycoon remake, and they’ve gone quiet. I backed the Master of Magic remake, and they seemed to be making pretty good progress, but they also appear to have gone quiet now (although I still have some hopes for that one).
I backed Godus, and we all know what a clusterf#*k that’s turned into thanks to Peter Molyneux being a pathological liar. He’ll never get another cent of my money.
I don’t even remember some of the other projects I have backed. But I have thrown a LOT of money into KS with high hopes and middling expectations, and I have been disappointed almost every time (and angered more than once - I want my money back, Molyneux).
But Tom, you guys are actually following through, and I really appreciate it. Yes, you’re well past the original time estimates for this project (beta was going to be ~13 months ago and full release about 4 months ago) but you know what? I don’t care! I get to see regular, tangible, concrete advancement in the game every single week. I’ve followed the development with a lot of joy, seeing you guys getting further and further all the time, growing from a bare bones alpha a year ago to something that’s quite playable and fun now (albeit there are a lot of bugs to be quashed, and a lot of content still to go in). You’re making sure you engage with the community and your backers, you have regular and reliable updates and bi-weekly streams. There’s clearly a long road ahead and it’s going to be a long wait to get the finished product, but I’m not bothered because I’m enjoying the ride and I’m loving every little part you add to the game to bring it closer to the magical “1.0” build.
I guess what I’m kind of saying is “Thanks for not being jerks, like almost everyone else on Kickstarter seems to have turned out to be”. You guys actually believe in your own product and are clearly working hard to bring it to fruition, and I (we?) really appreciate it,
Keep up the good work. I’ll be here with you all the way, and I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in that.