Saturday, November 2, 2013

Lindenbaum Memory Palace analysis

Good day to you all, gamebookers!  All is good in the gamebook world today.  Way of the Tiger got $45000 in their Kickstarter, which means that they just snuck in one final stretch goal at the last minute - the Music of Orb, 8 soundtracks inspired by the Way of the Tiger gamebooks, one for each book.  And if you can't get enough of martial arts themed gamebooks, there is another one to fund:  book 2 of the Shinte Warrior series.  Just $20 will get you a pdf of the book.

This positive Kickstarter has, once again, piqued the interest of Dave Morris, who is interested in doing a kickstarter, but reminds us that a Kickstarter for Fabled Lands would require a lot more money than $45000 and would probably cost a lot to pledge for a book, but, as the Way of Tiger Kickstarter has proved, there are plenty of people who are willing to pay $375 for the complete set of 8 books.

I would also like to say how impressed I am with how the Kickstarter was organised and run.  I have read Kicking It by Monte Cook and Shanna Germain (both Kickstarter veterans) and WOTT did a lot of the things mentioned in the book. There were clear stretch goals, tons of updates and lots of links to people who mentioned them (thanks, guys!).  I also think releasing the test version way before the kickstarter started was a great way to get publicity and feedback.  By the beginning of the campaign, the rewards were what the people wanted.  Also, it gave a lot of time for people to make up their minds about what they wanted, which lead to them getting $11000 in the first 24 hours.  Nice work, guys.

Also, the votes for the Windhammer votes are in, but the results will not be known until November 7th.  I'll be talking about other entries, but for now, I have a video about my analysis of my book, the Lindenbaum Memory Palace.

Here it is.  Enjoy!


3 comments:

  1. I think that your gamebook clearly shows how much is yet to be discovered in this literary niche.

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  2. The results are now in. Congratulations to the winners!

    http://www.arborell.com/windhammer_prize.html

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    1. Yes, congrats - there were some good ideas and writing styles featured in this year's Windhammer. I'll be finishing off my own gamebook then taking a (long) break from gamebook writing.

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