Friends and neighbors, despite my earlier post, I knew full well what I was getting into this fall. Mind you, that doesn't make any of it any easier, but knowing that you're walking into a trap does give one an advantage.
|My students' final hurdle before|
their holiday break!
So what does all this mean? Well, it means that I'm ready for the final sprint in the Cold Steel Wardens Kickstarter. We're just a hair below 50%, with 12 days to go. We weathered the "lull" section relatively intact, but it's still going to require a strong push over the holidays in order to meet our funding goal.
I had hoped to stave off the "lull" via two strategies: the reveal of our publisher, Chronicle City, and through what I called the "Warden's Bounty" system. However, what I'm finding is that neither piece of news was really effective in bringing in new pledges. Nothing against the crew at CC--they've been spectacular--but even though awareness seems to be up regarding CSW, that hasn't proved to put any dollars in the proverbial bank.
The Warden's Bounty system was my attempt to mobilize my "base", spreading CSW virally. The basic concept was simple--convince one person to pledge, and you could "claim bounty" on them, earning a free set of tokens for your Hero Pool. Convince 5, and I would automatically bump the bounty-hunter's reward level to the next tier, at no additional cost. While this would require some extra recordkeeping on my part, which I was prepared to accept, I still have yet to actually have a backer claim bounty on another! While I have no doubts that this method could be effective, it just hasn't been for us.
That said, we fight on! The last sprint-to-the-end makes up a good deal of every Kickstarter's funding, so I still fully believe we can make it! If you haven't pledged today, we could really use your support! And don't forget that you can still take advantage of that "Warden's Bounty" program--be the first to claim your bounty today!
Oh! One more thing! I recently was interviewed by the Farsight Blogger about my work on CSW and in the gaming world in general. Take a look: Farsight Blogger Interview--Andy Klosky!