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Basically I'm just making potato salad. I haven't decided what kind yet.

Zack "Danger" Brown has never made potato salad before. So he decided to ask for ten dollars on Kickstarter to get him started. . [more inside]
posted by magstheaxe on Aug 9, 2014 - 58 comments

Don't wait for the movie

On 28 June, Santa Cruz typographer Adam Lewis Greene submitted his Bible-as-literature project Bibliotheca to Kickstarter for one month of crowdfunding. Within 27 hours, the project had attained its $37,000 funding goal. People kept pledging support. By 26 July, following publication of a Verge article about the project, backing passed the $1 million mark. Two days later, when the fundraising period closed, the project had raised $1,440,345 from 14,884 backers. "No notes, no chapter numbers, no scripture verses. Just the text." What the Success of Bibliotheca Tells Us About the Future of Publishing. [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Aug 7, 2014 - 55 comments

The new old Aphex Twin album

Richard D. James’ Caustic Window LP (MLYT) After a successful kickstarter campaign fans get the goods
posted by we are the music makers on Jun 17, 2014 - 27 comments

"You Crazy Bastards. What Have You Done? Now I Have To Rebuild!"

In 2003, Andy "waxpancake" Baio created Upcoming, "a collaborative event calendar focused on interesting arts and tech events around the world, curated by its community. It surfaced weird and wonderful events that usually fell under the radar of traditional event listings from newspapers and local weeklies." In 2005, it was acquired by Yahoo!, who killed the site last April with little warning, and no way to back up events. Fortunately, the complete site was saved by the Internet Archive. But Upcoming isn't dead yet! Two months ago, Yahoo! offered to sell the domain back to Baio. And now, with a fully-funded kickstarter, he's planning on "rebuilding it for the modern era using tools and platforms that weren't available when it was first designed." Welcome to the brilliant life, stupid death, and improbable return of Upcoming.org. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Jun 3, 2014 - 22 comments

In Kyrgyzstan, there was one that was made like a traditional Kyrgyz hat

Photographer Chris Herwig (previously) has successfully kickstarted a photo book on the oddball bus-stops of the former Soviet republics, compiled over 12 years and spanning 12 countries. You can browse many of the photos at Herwig's website. Reporter Alina Simone reported on the project and the bus stops for PRI's The World. The PRI site also has a video slide show of the stops narrated by Herwig.
posted by Going To Maine on Apr 9, 2014 - 3 comments

Freegans Frustrated

Remember The Gleaners Kitchen? If you were looking forward to a free meal, there's some bad news.
posted by backseatpilot on Mar 18, 2014 - 88 comments

How making 'Veronica Mars' changed the movie business.

Ever since Rob Thomas’s beloved TV show Veronica Mars got canceled, he’s wanted to make it into a movie. Turns out all he needed was the help of 91,585 of his biggest fans. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Mar 6, 2014 - 142 comments

It was really just a matter of time.

A (closed) Kickstarter for a literally reinvented wheel.
posted by DoctorFedora on Feb 27, 2014 - 41 comments

Civic Crowdfunding

Rodrigo Davis of the MIT Center for Civic Media is currently researching crowdfunding for civic and community purposes. Some of the issues he covers includes the ethics of crowdfunding (including Kickstarter's seduction guide debacle and Gawker's attempt to crowdfund a video showing Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack), a case study of Kansas City's crowdfunding campaign for their bikeshare program, a timeline of online crowdfunding since 2000, and how the Statue of Liberty was made possible via crowdfunding.
posted by divabat on Jan 19, 2014 - 8 comments

Logan, The Girl Who Follows You Around Is Here!

After being successfully Kickstarted into existence by fans, the long-desired Veronica Mars movie (previously) finally has an actual official trailer.
posted by The Whelk on Jan 5, 2014 - 51 comments

Wrist Mounted Gadgets Ahoy!

Drop Kicker is a blog that investigates products on Kickstarter and Indiegogo that look scientifically implausible, outright impossible, or completely scammy
posted by The Whelk on Dec 6, 2013 - 15 comments

Play and playability

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a MMO to play Mr Darcy in. Ever Jane, the massive multiplayer Jane Austen game has been funded and the prototype game can now be downloaded from the Kickstarter page.
posted by MartinWisse on Dec 4, 2013 - 46 comments

Cotton, Machines, People, Boxes, and You

Planet Money Makes a T-Shirt
posted by psoas on Dec 1, 2013 - 39 comments

Things... that deserve a cease and desist order

Terrible Things is a party-style board game that recently finished a successful Kickstarter campaign. Yesterday Quinn & Sherry, the publishers of Things..., sent a cease and desist order to the makers of Terrible Things demanding that the game's title be changed.

"Is your position that any board game published with "Things" in the title infringes on Quinn & Sherry's trademark?"
Their answer was a simple "Yes." [more inside]
posted by Midnight Rambler on Oct 2, 2013 - 98 comments

We don’t have the $7 million that we need to go forward with the season

After 70 years, the New York City Opera has filed for bankruptcy, and will shutter. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Oct 1, 2013 - 100 comments

Giant Bomb

PayPal locked down the developer’s account, and said it could only have 50% of the funds. The rest would be released as development continued, based on PayPal’s assessment of the situation. PayPal was, essentially, going to become a producer going forward. Crowdfunding's Secret Enemy is PayPal
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on Sep 20, 2013 - 73 comments

"I like the look of this, kind of a turn based Fallout..."

inXile (previously) have released 18 minutes of gameplay footage from their upcoming game Wasteland 2. [via]
posted by griphus on Aug 29, 2013 - 37 comments

The Doom that came to Doom

The Doom that Came to Atlantic City was billed as something of a Monopoly meets Cthulhu. It was a Kickstarter that got great reviews and raised over $120K. Then, suddenly, it was over. [more inside]
posted by graymouser on Jul 25, 2013 - 100 comments

The Saga of Rex

The Saga of Rex First conceived as a comic in the anthology Flight, Michel Gagne (previously, previously) created a 5 minute animated short of the work after a successful Kickstarter..
posted by zabuni on Jul 21, 2013 - 1 comment

Riffing on a whole other level

Rifftrax (previous and previously and previouslier) hilariously carries on the tradition of MST3k. And though the premise is much the same as before, the Rifftrax folks have added something new: MP3 Commentaries. Instead of confining themselves to public domain and titles whose rights are easy to procure, they do commentaries on hollywood blockbusters in audio form only. People then can sync them up to their own DVDs of these films and sit back to experience riffing on the likes of Nicholas Cage instead of John Agar. This is great for home viewing, but what about their live shows? Then someone came up with an idea. [more inside]
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Jun 24, 2013 - 65 comments

The Pepe LePew Manual on Getting Pussy?

Above The Game: A Guide to Getting Awesome with Women has raised $16,369 out of its $2,000 goal on Kickstarter. Casey Malone has called it out as "a book about how to sexually assault women" and "a rape manual", including quotes from seddit, the seduction subReddit (Google cache). A petition asking Kickstarter to withdraw funding has gathered close to 50,000 signatures, but while Kickstarter agrees that the material is "abhorrent and inconsistent with our values", it has declined to cancel the project. Author Ken Hoinsky is "devastated and troubled" by allegations that his book promotes rape, because the quotes were taken out of context. However, Jezebel reports that Hoinsky e-mailed them, "Wanna let your readers know [about the Kickstarter]? I'm sure they'll have a field day with this" which indicates he may be banking on the outrage and the backlash for added publicity. [via /r/feminism and /r/nottheonion]
posted by Lush on Jun 20, 2013 - 457 comments

Precise yet Arbitrary Places

In 1998, Bruce Myren bought a portable GPS unit, and began a project he had been dreaming of since 1991: photographing each of the whole longitudinal degree intersections along the 40th parallel using an 8"x10" camera. In June, 2012, he ran a successful Kickstarter campaign to raise money to finish the project. He completed it last December, 21 years after conception: The Fortieth Parallel [more inside]
posted by 1367 on May 10, 2013 - 44 comments

Crowd funding, One Year Later

What does the crowdfunding landscape look like for game developers one year after Kickstarter exploded onto the scene?
posted by Artw on May 5, 2013 - 10 comments

Plate of Shrimp

It is an apocalypse tale with no doomsday, a punk movie with no concert, a science fiction story with less than ten seconds of aliens - Repo Man: A Lattice of Coincidence, a look back at the 1984 classic film by cult director Alex Cox, whose current project is a crowdfunded adaptation of Harry Harrison's Bill, the Galactic Hero.
posted by Artw on Apr 21, 2013 - 84 comments

Hmmmm, Only $50,000....

With the current hard times a lot of organizations are looking for alternative funding sources. This is almost exactly not like that.
posted by Kid Charlemagne on Mar 19, 2013 - 48 comments

Faster Than Light

Davis and Ma wrote up a long list of one-paragraph game pitches to prototype. They would be small, manageable games that two people could complete on their own. The game they chose to go with would have to be finished within a year, because that was all they had budgeted for. Among the pitches inspired by board games, roguelikes and all the genres that excited them was a 2D, top-down management game called FTL. The Opposite of Fail - The making of FTL (Previously)
posted by Artw on Mar 17, 2013 - 19 comments

Crowd funding is a lot like crowd surfing

"And I fell into those thousands of connections that I'd made. And I asked the crowd to catch me."  "When you connect with them people want to help you" - The art of asking by Amanda Palmer [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges on Mar 4, 2013 - 128 comments

'I’d have to date an astronaut to get a longer distance relationship.'

Artmaking, a love story. How viral I Have Your Heart film brought two creators together from worlds away. [Different Kim Boekbinder video previously]
posted by shakespeherian on Feb 14, 2013 - 1 comment

Pledge Now!

Got an extra wad of cash burning a hole in your pocket, but that NPR fund drive doesn't start for another two weeks? Run out of useful Kickstarter campaigns to back? It's Pledge Weak on the internet!
posted by backseatpilot on Jan 31, 2013 - 5 comments

*turns around*

Oh hey, I didn't see you there
posted by The Devil Tesla on Jan 28, 2013 - 36 comments

Lost in The Canyons

Here Is What Happens When You Cast Lindsay Lohan in Your Movie. The movie in question is The Canyons, the Kickstarter-funded erotic thriller written by Bret Easton Ellis and directed by Paul Schrader. There's no release date yet, but the film does have several retro-themed trailers.
posted by Horace Rumpole on Jan 10, 2013 - 155 comments

A spiritual sequel to Planescape Torment

"Rumours have been swirling for years about a possible sequel to Black Isle’s legendary and powerful roleplaying game Planescape: Torment, but the closure of the original studio and the jealous guarding of the Planescape rights by owners Wizards of the Coast seemed to have put paid to any comeback. But with original Interplay boss Brian Fargo very much back in the RPG business with current studio inXile’s wildly successful Wasteland 2 crowdfunding, everything changes. He and his team have come up with a way to make a new Torment game: this is really happening." [more inside]
posted by Paragon on Jan 9, 2013 - 17 comments

Social Enclosures “R” Us

Who's the Shop Steward on Your Kickstarter? "The true product for sale on Kickstarter is not your art project, but your community and networks. ... Our projects that facilitate the funding are a side effect, a cost of doing business—the business of drilling our relationships for all they are worth."
posted by mykescipark on Nov 26, 2012 - 35 comments

Satellite's gone up to the skies

The kickstarter satellites. Sandy Antunes, the author of the blog post has built his own picosatellite Project Calliope. A project he also chronicled in his blog Satelite Diaries. NPR story. [more inside]
posted by shothotbot on Nov 12, 2012 - 7 comments

But no one ever cared about the cloth map they got for a game that wasn’t any good.

Kickstarter success stories have so far been firmly rooted in nostalgia, not innnovation. We’re seeing some of the biggest talent in the industry openly abandoning the ambition of innovation, and we’re paying them to do it.
Kicking It Old School: The Peril Of Kickstarter Nostalgia
posted by griphus on Oct 4, 2012 - 54 comments

"The O in OUYA stands for Open. The rest? We just liked how it sounded. "

The OUYA (OOH-yuh) is games industry veteran Julie Uhrman's (AMA, NY Post) dream of a $99 Android-based video game console. And the dream is coming true. The $950,000 Kickstarter was funded in a record eight hours and then nine times over. Some big names are expressing interest. But speculation abounds and Kickstarter talks about accountability. Meanwhile, Forbes asks if we're in a crowdfunding bubble due for a crash.
posted by griphus on Sep 7, 2012 - 91 comments

"For each inch a player grows above 5'6", announcers are 2 percent less likely to praise him with intangibles."

The product of a successful Kickstarter project, a study has been released focusing on subconscious racism in baseball announcing. [more inside]
posted by Bulgaroktonos on Aug 27, 2012 - 72 comments

Crowd and Funding on Internet

Ben Kuchera, a video games journalist who has written for Wired, Ars Technica, and now the Penny Arcade Report, discusses the seedy underbelly of Kickstarter promotion.
posted by gilrain on Aug 27, 2012 - 72 comments

And miles to go before I sleep.

Leading a struggling Kickstarter campaign is not a fate I would wish upon my worst enemy. The project consumes your every waking moment (and dreams) with a constant whine of stress. [...] There's nothing worse than when your Kickstarter dries up like that. People avoid making eye contact with you. [...] It's a time of quiet reflection and common questions: "Are you guys going to be okay?" "Think you'll try again?" and "I hear Zynga is hiring."
How Camouflaj saved République's Kickstarter
posted by griphus on Aug 20, 2012 - 37 comments

Musopen releases high-quality, free classical music.

Musopen, "a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving access and exposure to music by creating free resources and educational materials", have released upwards of 30 professionally performed and recorded classical works into the public domain. The new recordings are on their site listed under Goldberg Variations, Musopen Symphony Orchestra and Musopen String Quartet. [more inside]
posted by metaBugs on Aug 17, 2012 - 11 comments

I will include your name on the letter in a bigger font

Comedian Myq Kaplan starts a Kickstarter to Figure Out What Kickstarter Considers Art. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Jul 9, 2012 - 68 comments

No Links to Kickstarter Projects!

Kicksaver: Find and save Kickstarter projects ending soon. Pick your budget and find out what you can fund. Like right now you could save a Fire Breathing Dragon Boat for $87! Has a corresponding twitter feed that tweets endangered projects. Kicksaver is open source too. By mefite ecmendenhall. [via mefi projects]
posted by cjorgensen on Jun 13, 2012 - 45 comments

The Numbers Behind Kickstarter

"As an entrepreneur who’s looking at Kickstarter as a potential source of funding, I’m very interested in these numbers and the insights they provide. Insights that can only be gleaned by comparing projects that were successfully funded and those that failed to meet their funding goal." [via]
posted by griphus on Jun 11, 2012 - 28 comments

Kickstarter: Countdown to scam city?

Felix Salmon, the Reuters finance blogger, has raised a skeptical eyebrow at some of the latest success stories at Kickstarter (one, two). In a post yesterday pivoting off Kickstarter founder Yancey Strickler's appearance at the Wired con, he wonders: Is Kickstarter ripe for a big scam? [more inside]
posted by Diablevert on May 2, 2012 - 47 comments

Butt Paper

Nickstarter - Nick asks you to fund a project, his continued existence.
posted by The Whelk on Apr 23, 2012 - 25 comments

Kicked

It is really hard for me to make this post. For a while I stayed silent because I did not want to put myself in the range of fire. Everybody loves Kickstarter. They have, after all, revolutionized the economy. Kickstarter is the number one crowdfunding site in the world and the talk of the startup scene across the globe. Unfortunately Kickstarter recently banned me for circumstances beyond my control. - Is Kickstarter banning users for being the victim of stalking?
posted by Artw on Apr 14, 2012 - 164 comments

Chat with the minds behind the Death Machines

Wasteland 2 has become a certainty due to the massive outpouring of fan support. At this moment on Reddit, two of the big names in the project - Brian Fargo and Chris Avellone - are having a live QA session about the upcoming project, as well as the state of the game publishing industry in the Kickstarter era and similar subjects.
posted by FatherDagon on Apr 13, 2012 - 22 comments

Order of the Kick(starter)

With 14,952 backers pledging a total of $1,254,120.00, the Order of the Stick Reprint Drive has become only the second project in Kickstarter's history to finish with over a million dollars in funding. [more inside]
posted by tocts on Feb 21, 2012 - 36 comments

Kickstarted

The last 24 hours at Kickstarter has demonstrated that the site has become a major player. At 12:45pm Thursday, NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced that the city work work with Kickstarter to spotlight community projects and businesses in need of funding in those same areas. Just over an hour later, at 2:08pm, Elevation Dock becomes the first Kickstarter project to reach $1M in pledges. Four hours later, at 6:42pm, Double Fine hits the $1M mark after being on Kickstarter for just under 22 hours. By the end of the day on Thursday, Kickstarter has seen its largest day of pledges, with $1,605,981 put towards projects. As VC Fred Wilson tweeted, "they don't come very often, but days like this are why startups are exhilarating."
posted by NotMyselfRightNow on Feb 10, 2012 - 45 comments

Putting kickstarter out of business

An ambitious plan for putting kickstarter out of business.
posted by latkes on Jan 16, 2012 - 140 comments

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