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Kind of funny, really, about the spending:

My ex wife gave me hell about spending on miniatures. "Don't you have enough? What game are you ever going to play that uses THAT thing? And why do you need these Tre Manor goblins and orcs? You've got goblins and orcs enough to populate Mordor. Why are you buying more? And this Reaper Kickstarter thing -- I know you can't want ALL those miniatures, so why don't you just wait until they're available, and buy the ones you WANT?"

And now my girlfriend just smiles. She doesn't even ask if the bills are covered. She knows they are. Perhaps it's because her ex gave her holy hell about going out and buying Trollbeads. "What the hell you want more of those beads for? You have enough beads to open a jewelry store! Why do you need to buy more? What's the deal with these online auctions and things?"

It's nice to be understood.

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$6000 as a ballpark figure. Have I had anything like my money's worth - no way. It's not so much the return for the investment, rather it's the wait times. I've rediscovered the joys of buying something that already exists and having it delivered to my door a few days later.

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Although I haven't backed any kickstarters in over a year, I just had to pay FEDEX over $50 in taxes and fees for my Mars Attacks KS box.

 

Even when you think its over and your wallet is safe, it ain't.

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Kind of funny, really, about the spending:

 

My ex wife gave me hell about spending on miniatures. "Don't you have enough? What game are you ever going to play that uses THAT thing? And why do you need these Tre Manor goblins and orcs? You've got goblins and orcs enough to populate Mordor. Why are you buying more? And this Reaper Kickstarter thing -- I know you can't want ALL those miniatures, so why don't you just wait until they're available, and buy the ones you WANT?"

 

And now my girlfriend just smiles. She doesn't even ask if the bills are covered. She knows they are. Perhaps it's because her ex gave her holy hell about going out and buying Trollbeads. "What the hell you want more of those beads for? You have enough beads to open a jewelry store! Why do you need to buy more? What's the deal with these online auctions and things?"

 

It's nice to be understood.

Is this your girlfriend's ex?

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My Kickstarter spending is puny, but reliable. 

 

I'm 100% success.  The I Am Elemental* kickstarter nobody else believed in got a Time magazine mention and is close to fulfillment.  The Pinball Arcade Addams Family table will definitely happen, and probably early.  The rest are Reaper Kickstarters. 

 

*Pity I won't get any of those tangerine superhero girls, though.  I rather liked them.  But I had to drop my pledge to $1 because of all those stupid bank errors around the same time.  In any case, had I been able to sustain the intial pledge and not had to wthdraw it for food because all my money was in bank prison, I'd shortly get a box of brightly-colored fighting ladies. 

 

It's hard to get pledge money from me, but every one that does completes with no unacceptable problems.  (Reaper has delays, but I don't mind those because I'm a million percent sure they will deliver.)

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I backed the I Am Elemental Kickstarter for a few of them. It was intended as a Christmas gift for my daughter.

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I have backed a couple failed ones at this point. Some are limping along delayed to the point where I actually resent the mental drain of keeping up with them and listening to promises of future deadlines (that will be broken).

 

The inexperience of creators coupled with their desire to go from 0 to 60 causes a lot of problems. Most are not frauds but they are unprepared for success or don't know how to say no to add-ons when campaigns succeed. There is nothing built into KS that protects me as a backer.

 

I plan on curtailing my backing pretty heavily.

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So far, only the Robotech one is running late, but I make a point of only backing kickstarters for groups and companies I trust. I almost went in on the Kickstarter of Horrors though, because I knew FGG, and well, I knew Vulture's amazing froghemoth was going to be one of them, but in the end, I decided, I only wanted a couple and waiting for retail would be more cost effective. I wish I was not half as right on that as I was though. Every other one was a launch of a new line, or a new game, or something for someone I knew of.

 

Well, except for the 'Something Terrible' comic, but I had picked up his story some time before, and knew A) it would be successful and B) it was something I would want to support, because of what it is going towards.

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Do not go anywhere near that rabbit hole.

Monday morning, and I just had a peek into my own rabbit hole (is it just me, or does that sound a bit dirty?) and added up some numbers. What a terrible start of the week. ::(:
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Goblin Math is very important to remember when you are looking at the Kickstarters you have supported. Its 20 and you only spent $20.

 

I have one KS that I'm counting on as failed. The creator has moved to Australia and the funds were frozen because of a lawsuit. The court date is February and even if it frees up the funds, there is only one week till the license expires. Could be interesting but mostly sad. Its the only one I backed with my heart because it was a reprint and expansion of one of my favorite games and I failed to do my own due diligence.

 

I have another one that seems to have all the product in hand but can't seem to get it packaged and to the post office.

 

On a side note for health concerns I don't think I would ever run a KS. All the failed ones seem to be centered around some kind of major health issue, its almost a guarantee that some major organ in your body is going to fail.

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