Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Battletech Kickstarter --- High and Low 

The last thirty hours have been both a high and a low for me. The Kickstarter for Battletech is underway and I am both happy and sad about it.

I've been watching Harebrain's kickstarter for their Battletech game with interest for about a month, then when it started at 1 p.m. yesterday, I was there. I watched it for most of the day as it reached the minimum of $250,000 in less than an hour, and $1,000,000 in less than twenty-five hours. As I write this, the total is nearly $1.1 million, with over 16,000 backers, and a number of "Backer Missions" already completed, enough to get two novellas from BT's best-known author, Michael Stackpole, play against the ELH in the now- reached solo campaign, and a Twitch sessions with the people behind the Kickstarter. It has already been a success, and there's still 34 days to go.

I can't wait for this game. The concept art looks fantastic and the people behind it are no strangers to the Battletech Universe --- in fact one of them, Jordan Weisman, created Battletech! I am glad enough people still love this game to put their own money into it --- two people actually pledged $10,000 to the project! I look at the perks and I see so much stuff I would like to have -- the $275 level would be the sweet spot for me. This will be a great game and I have been doing all I can to forward this kickstarter.

Everything except back it myself. And that's where the low comes in.

The reason is simple; my finances will not withstand the contribution. Not at the moment, at least. I still have 34 days to find some money and maybe contribute at a modest level, so it isn't impossible. I would need more than a few breaks to go my way though for that sweet spot I mentioned above. Note that this isn't an appeal for funds; this isn't something (as much as I hate saying this) that is necessary for life to continue. If I can get the funds together, I can contribute enough to get a copy of the game, and that will be enough. We'll see.

But for now, I will do everything that I can to make this kickstarter successful, and hopefully, the table top game will benefit from the computer game's coat-tails. Near the end, my fiances should be enough to kick in a few bucks, and hopefully, we'll have a good game in a year or so.




  1. Man, I totally get this feeling. I'm pretty damn broke myself. My VO work is feast or famine and when I do get some $ it goes to all the bills that have piled up since the last pay cycle.

    1. Well, the kickstarter is less than $150,000 from the Voice acting level, and I think every single Battletech fan should encourage HB to include you among the actors they hire for the project WHEN (not if) the funding reaches that level.