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Just fell off the Kickstarter wagon again and backed Radio the Universe. Looks like a tricky Zelda-esque game with a gorgeous 16-bit style desolate sci-fi aesthetic. Plus the person running it seems very realistic about budgets and has a great sense of humour.

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Wildman / Chris Taylor / Gas Powered Games

If you've enjoyed some of the fine games Chris Taylor and Gas Powered Games developed over the years like Total Annihilation (i know it was Cavedog Entertainment), the Dungeon Siege serie (a.o. with its great streaming engine and nice inventions) value their work and way of doing things generally or like/value Chris Taylor as a person, then you might want to consider supporting his Wildman campaign on Kickstarter.

The project: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gaspoweredgames/wildman-an-evolutionary-action-rpg

Things aren't looking this well at GPG, so they need some support. @Tim Schafer/DF Maybe you can show some support too?

The explanation: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gaspoweredgames/wildman-an-evolutionary-action-rpg/posts

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Ken Allen, one of the composers for Sierra, is doing a Kickstarter to release a CD with orchestrated versions of work from his career. He was a composer on Space Quest 4, King's Quest 5 and the Colonel's Bequest, among many other Sierra and Non-Sierra Games.

Check out the project here:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mrkenallen/under-the-half-dome-an-album-by-sierra-composer-ke

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New kickstarters:

Homesick

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/312084766/homesick

Days of Dawn – Discover The Magic!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bumblebee/days-of-dawn-discover-the-magic

Dreamfall Chapters: The Longest Journey

http://redthreadgames.com/blog/22/1/2013/twitter-competition

Who Nose! by Tom Zimberoff, unpublished photos of iconic personalities posing for fun in disguise like STEVE JOBS & GEORGE LUCAS

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1431439776/who-nose

The 90's Arcade Racer

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/896834116/the-90s-arcade-racer

Actual Sunlight - Interactive Story

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/301923

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Asylum (new horror-adventure from Agustin Cordes, maker of Scratches). http://kck.st/VlnMSs

Also should be mentioned that they've been greenlit on Steam, and they've been working on the game for a couple years, so it's pretty much guaranteed to come at the end of this year.

Their page has an interactive teaser (short demo) everyone should check out. Help Senscape finish the game!

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Wildman / Chris Taylor / Gas Powered Games

The mod toolset they showed looks awesome. Worth supporting just for that.

Plus

is a must watch.

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I backed that one so hard...

I did too, TLJ is my favorite non-Lucasarts adventure ever (at least for now, cannot judge Reds yet, obviously ;)) so I backed it immediately after it went live. Even went well over my budget I normally have for this kind of things, but I have high hopes for it.

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I'm cheering for Unwritten: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1599677835/unwritten-that-which-happened

Lead your clan across a dangerous tundra to meet your God.

Looks beautiful, emphasis on storytelling - but your own story, how you handled randomly generated events. Other tribes and your God will judge you on decisions made. A rogue-like-like, relatively short but hard playthrough, most everything randomly generated.

Plays like a strategy game, navigating an overworld map between zones, weighing risks, rewards, and your own abilities. Manage resources to keep your clan arrive and keep your combat units around to defend you.

Tons of detail available in various interviews and a reddit AMA.

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There have been a lot of legendary animators doing Kickstarters lately. John Kricfalusi did one a few months back and Bill Plympton just finished one.

Now Ralph Bakshi, one of the pivotal figures in moving feature animation away from just kids' movies, is looking to KS to bring him out of retirement. He's been talking about this project forever, and I want to see it happen. Last Days of Coney Island

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I’ve been trying to stay away from Kickstarter until some of the games I pledged for last year actually got in my hands, but Dreamfall Chapters managed to pull me in. The Longest Journey is one of my favorite adventures.

I did not play Dreamfall because the action sequences and stealth put me off, still in lieu of this project and catching up to the story I already ordered a copy to make up.

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Asylum (new horror-adventure from Agustin Cordes, maker of Scratches). http://kck.st/VlnMSs

Also should be mentioned that they've been greenlit on Steam, and they've been working on the game for a couple years, so it's pretty much guaranteed to come at the end of this year.

Their page has an interactive teaser (short demo) everyone should check out. Help Senscape finish the game!

Also, they've open-sourced their adventure game engine, Dagon, which is pretty exciting! Really want to see this one happen :-)

Cool to note that Dreamfall met it's Linux and Mac stretch goal, so Linux & Mac adventure gamers would do well to hop on both Asylum and Dreamfall, to show their support for properly ported adventure games.

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Project Awakened mentioned above is looking interesting, it's an Unreal engine 4 based super hero game ...it's too bad really that it's not doing as well, so far ...

Another interesting game is There Came An Echo

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Ithaka of the Clouds. It's actually not on Kickstarter, but rather Indiegogo--the developer is based in Germany, and Kickstarter is open only to creators in the US and UK.

The project is an adventure game set in the universe of The Lands of Dream. It's about two troll lovers on a journey to a city, and is inspired by the poetry of Greek writer Constantine P. Cavafy. It's point-and-click, and based more around narrative and character interaction than puzzle-solving. Since trolls are crafters there will be a sort of crafting system, too. Chris Christodoulou will be composing. The soundtrack itself is worth backing.

I can best describe these games as mature children's storybooks--they're awe-inspiring, full of life, touching, and cover mature subjects maturely. The first three games in the universe are all free. They are: The Strange and Somewhat Sinister Tale of the House at Desert Bridge (Windows-only, may not work on Windows 8), The Book of Living Magic (Flash), and The Fabulous Screech (Flash). The latest entry is The Sea Will Claim Everything, which is just 10 USD, and worth more than every cent of its price. I encourage you to play these games, even if you aren't considering backing.

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Next Generation LiveCode (Open Source) is a programming language meant to make programming easier. Inspired by HyperCard and already having a commercial version, the Kickstarter is meant to help create a full redesign of the code and make it open source.

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Spirit Lake: The Game, an edutainment game based around math

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/7generationgames/spirit-lake-the-game

RiffTrax, the ones who used to do MST3K film commentary, wants to riff TWILIGHT live in theaters nationwide

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/90538351/rifftrax-wants-to-riff-twilight-live-in-theaters-n

Ritual Dementia, horror adventure game

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1957041092/ritual-dementia

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Well, it's not actually on Kickstarter - it's on Indiegogo. Still, I think it's worth shamelessly plugging my own crowdfunding project (please be moderately gentle with criticisms, if any).

I launched a Indiegogo project titled "Social Networking for Gamers," and the title comes close to saying it all; my wife and I intend to build a social networking site made specifically for gamers, created entirely by gamers. A place gamers can go to share hints, secrets, easter eggs, or strategies - or just meet other gamers who enjoy the same types of games (clearly the adventure game genre will be represented there, too).

Hopefully other people think it's a good idea; it may sound like a simple concept, but we've actually spent many hours working on it already.

And there's my shameless plug!

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