It is a victory for an internet sensation from 15 years ago. Over on Kickstarter there is a campaign for a Trogdor board game.
I don’t need to ask you to go support it because it has already exceeded its goal.
When I look at Kickstarter campaigns I have my eye on a few things. One of them is name recognition. How well the person or potential product focus is known often dictates how much a campaign can expect to collect. One of the rookie mistakes is asking for much more money than your popularity or publicity can possibly bring in.
My latest example on that front is the Codename Reality Kickstarter campaign where a group of unknowns with no listed game dev experience asked for half a million Euros to develop a medieval perma-death sandbox MMO. They are in the midst of a 46 day campaign… hint, if you can’t make your total in 30 days, 16 additional days won’t get you there… and are closing in on seven thousand Euros. I don’t know what level of optimism keeps a campaign like that going.
A fifteen year old Strongbad email gag from Homestar Runner though? They asked for $75,000 and are currently past $1.2 million. They may have the problem of being too popular.
There is still a day left on the campaign if you want the Trogdor board game. Are you overcome by nostalgia yet?
It was 15 years ago today, over at Homestar Runner, that Strong Bad email #58 introduced the character of Trogdor the Burninator.
The Homestar Cast
Back in those days, before YouTube was a thing, the now dying and soon to be dead Flash format was all the rage and the whole Homestar Runner site was created in it. Now you have likely have to activate the Flash plug-in to see any of that and probably cannot see it at all on your mobile device.
But back then, in the dark days before YouTube, Flash was the shit for movies and games on the web.
Fortunately the Homestar team has moved much of their work over to YouTube, including Strong Bad #58. (They also still produce new content, like the latest entry in the Dangeresque series.)
Now you too will be able to draw a dragon.
In celebration I am wearing my now somewhat aged Trogdor T-shirt today. Meanwhile the Brothers Chap have converted the Trogdor Flash game over to HTML 5 so you can give that a try.
For those too young or who missed it back in the day, the Homestar Runner Wikipedia entry… or the Homestar Runner Wiki, because the internet will obsess about anything and everything… are there to aid your journey.
And if you are in or around Decatur, Georgia today there is an event to celebrate Trogday.
Keep on burninating!
The console war is over now!
Game Almighty has broken the news that the Brothers Chaps will be working with Telltale Games to bring Homestar Runner to the Wii.
The game will be called “Strongbad’s Cool Game for Attractive People.”
There is a press release up on the Telltale Games site here.
Nothing on the Homestar Runner site yet, but I’ll be watching for something.