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February 16th, 2012

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01:19 am - Interesting RPG Kickstarter News
I just saw that White Wolf is running a Kickstarter for a deluxe edition of the 20th edition Vampire Companion, the fascinating thing about this is that this is a Kickstarter for $50,000, which is 5 x more than any other RPG Kickstarter that I've seen. Also, and perhaps more importantly, there's this note at the end of it,
Whatever the outcome, we're using this Kickstarter project to gauge the players' interest in future Vampire and World of Darkness titles. Using Kickstarter, we're able to produce books more quickly and deliver them directly to the players, skipping the distribution system entirely. Simply put, if this experiment works, we can make it a business model, and bring you more supplementary World of Darkness material faster, and incorporate your feedback at every step of the way.
I wish them well, I won't be contributing, because I'm simply not particularly into Vampire, but if this works (and I expect it will), I'm betting there will be more White Wolf projects coming, and I'd like that as both a gamer and a game writer. It's also very interesting indeed from the perspective of the RPG industry – suddenly this means that mid-level companies can start using Kickstarter for publishing games. This is certainly one possibility for the future of small and mid-level RPG publishing.
Current Mood: impressedimpressed

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