My fondness for video games and Kickstarter has cooled, this is true. Except in special circumstances, it feels like making a game ends up being too sprawling of a venture to fund this way without inviting the inevitable delay and disappointment. And doubly so (or more) for anything in the MMO genre. I’ll buy games when they launch. Or when I fail to notice they’re still in early access.
Books on the other hand, books seem to work out okay. While the Deluxe Tunnels & Trolls campaign went way past their promised dates, that is pretty much a game. But things like Empires of EVE have kept reasonably close to their timelines and deliver on what they promise. And even the laggardly Deluxe Tunnels & Trolls ended up on my bookshelf eventually and was worth the wait.
And so it is that I have another book based Kickstarter on my radar, Stay Awhile and Listen Book II.
Of course, my first question was, “What happened with Stay Awhile and Listen?” I mean, if we’re speaking of a “Book II” then it seems likely that there is an original out there.
And there was.
The author already has the first book out, Stay Awhile and Listen Book I, released initially back in 2013, which you can find over at Amazon. While the title suggests that Diablo is the focus, the author’s description of the series says it covers more of the evolution of Blizzard as a company and has tales about other projects, including both those that shipped and those that never saw the light of day.
The book itself is said to be essentially done and the funding is for editing and artwork to get the whole project wrapped up. So the amount of funding requested is not huge when compared to some other projects, sitting at $12,000, of which $5,500 has already been pledged.
And while the campaign hit my benchmark of 20% funding in the first 24 hours, meaning that it has a chance of success, the pledges really dropped off after day three. Like, off a cliff, to the point that I suspect the campaign won’t fund unless it gets some more attention. So I want to help get the word out lest the campaign founder midway through..
This sort of behind the scenes book is something I enjoy, so I am in for $30. That gets me a paperback of book II and ebook versions of both book I and book II. If this sort of thing interests you as well, take a look at the Kickstarter page. The campaign has about 20 days left to run and the estimated delivery date for the finished product is June of next year.