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One of my long time friends and D&D campaign members, William Cuffe, is running a Kickstarter campaign for his aquatic world project called Endless Blue. I've been following his work on Elqua (the name of the world) on Wordpress for quite some time, and I'm excited to see this project reach fruition. Please consider pledging!

 

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Why on Earth run a KS campaign because just throwing together a .PDF of the setting and tossing it on RPGNow/DriveThruRPG wouldn't do the world of Elqua and the ENDLESS BLUE setting justice, and then only offer B&W print copies in the KS campaign, despite planing on a color PDF?

 

That just doesn't make sense...

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Simply because color printing is more expensive, and not being a name in the industry means I can't guarantee that the Kickstarter would even make goal if I budgetted for a color print run. Going to color is a stretch goal, which may not even be reached. I'd love to do it in color, but for a small print run it just isn't feasible without a much larger intial goal, and I think it much more likely people would pledge to a $20K goal for a fledgling author than a $45K one...

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We are in the same boat as you, we are designing a scratch built campaign setting for Pathfinder and S&W rule sets. We plan on doing our own kickstarter in the future and we have watched other kickstarter campaigns flourish and many have failed. While I dont personally agree with the approach they have taken with their backer rewards, I am not one to be overly critical, with that said, comparing this campaign with others, I have to question something. Having several different rewards that are inexpensive to produce and having them cost what the printed versions should be, for example, the first B&W printed version of The Endless Blue is $60 for every backer after the first 50 people get it for $50 , most of the other kickstarters I have seen have started the printed versions off roughly at $30. So this makes me wonder what differentiates The Endless Blue from other similar campaigns, to warrant the price being so high. I truly hope the campaign does well and reaches its goals, in the event that it does not succeed the first time, I would take the price points into account, many people will want the print version, but a lot of us will be hesitant to pay so much. Hitting the $20,000 mark would be easier at $30 than $60.

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You can't guarantee you'll make goal regardless - even 20k is rather high a target for a largely unknown indie author. For comparison, Greg Stolze didn't make much more with Better Angels - admittedly a full RPG, not a campaign setting, but a fairly big name behind it.

 

And I have to agree, the $50/60 tag on the printed version is likely to put people off. Most players I know would want a fairly thick color book for that,

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