Michael Mindes(DrMayhem)United States
Since June 26th, 2010, when Alien Frontiers successfully funded on Kickstarter for $14,885, Kickstarter was officially open for the business of crowd funding board game projects.
On November 23rd, 2010, Eminent Domain funded for the then astronomical $48,738.
These two dates were key to the explosion of new projects on Kickstarter. Currently, there are 2 projects that are live, that might take the crown for the largest board game funding ever:
*D-Day Dice (Kickstarter Link) - Currently at 348 Backers and $37,903. Started Oct 30th, 2011
*Kings of Air and Steam (Kickstarter Link) - Currently at 134 backers and $7,464. Started Oct 31st, 2011.
While Kings of Air and Steam has had a tremendous start, it is eclipsed but the incredible beginning of D-Day Dice. I think by the end, these will be the new #1 and #2 projects, but who will be on top?
Still, there have been a number of very successful funding campaigns:
* Alien Frontiers: Factions (current leader) - $76,078 - Which made great use of an existing audience, building on an existing popular game, and overfunding goals.
* Glory to Rome - $73,102 - which made great use of an existing and very popular game.
* Flash Point: Fire Rescue - $51,398 - Which built on top of previous Kickstarter success for the publisher, and overfunding goals.
* Creatures - $49,358 - And still running.
* Eminent Domain - $48,378
* Eaten By Zombies! - $47,874 - Which made great use of some 3rd party video reviews.
* Sunrise City - $36,891 - Which made great use of overfunding goals and an existing audience.
* Carnival - $34,436 - Which made great use of overfunding goals and an existing audience.
* Dice Age - $34,134 - Which made great use of it's unique nature and existing fans.
* Lyssan - $31,632
* Bhaloidam - $31,346 (not on BGG)
* Startup Fever - $30,287 - Which made great use of some great news posts. Most notably for me being the mention on TechCrunch that came shortly after the project launched.
Some Grow Weary...
Given this string of success, many are becoming worried that Kickstarter will be flooded with projects for bad games that will receive funding regardless. Certainly, this is a hot place to find funding right now, and consumers are likely to be more choosy, but the Kickstarter user growth probably overshadows this effect.
There have also been some questionable projects to go up, like for Kingdom Builder. However, the overwhelming voice of BGG users dealt with that one...
As I have said before, there will always be room for proven creators to receive substantial funding for new projects.
Please, share your thoughts on this.
Disclosure, Kings of Air and Steam and Eminent Domain are published by my company, Tasty Minstrel Games.