Archive for November, 2011

Narratavius: Doing Kickstarter the Fred Hicks Way

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

For those that do not know, Baked Ham Games is now working on a major project involving interactive fiction which is called Narratavius. We are trying to raise money using crowd funding, and in particular, a site called Kickstarter.  People who are interested in the project can help make it happen by financially backing it and receiving certain rewards based on how much they pledge.  Additionally, there is zero risk for the project creator and the backers because if a project does not raise the full amount, then no money changes hands.

In any case, I have been doing research on how to best run a project on Kickstarter, and today, I found a wonderful resource.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see this until after starting the project.  However, there is still a lot to be learned.

This particular article was written by Fred Hicks, the very open head of Evil Hat Productions, a tabletop gaming company.  I highly encourage to read Fred’s article, especially if you are interested in funding a creative project.  The article can be found here.

Here are the main points I gleaned off the article in particular:

  • Between 5 and 7 tiers is the sweet spot. This probably has to do with how much reading someone needs to do to make a choice. Avoid overwhelming with choices. — In my case, I had more tiers than this for rewards, and I decided to combine some.  I still have more than 7, but I think I’m at least closer to the point where I want to be.
  • Projects that hit 30% of their goal are 90% likely to succeed. That’s true whether they hit 30% early in the drive or late in it. — That’s a very comforting thing to note.  If you have at least some decent amount of interest, you are almost guaranteed to succeed.

So, please check out the article, and please look more into how Fred Hicks does things.  The guy is a shining light of how to run an independent company.

Also, please check out Narratavius!  We would love for you to watch our video to learn more about the project and how it helps gamers, writers, readers, and more!  Check out our site!