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March 14, 2013

Telepath Tactics back on Kickstarter

Folks! It’s baaaa-aaaaaack…

Kickstarter

I will now preemptively answer your questions using my astounding psychic powers:

Wait. Didn’t you already run a Kickstarter?

Yes: it did not succeed. Thus, Kickstarter being what it is, no one was charged and I received none of the funds. So I’m trying again.

Why is the goal so much lower?

I’ve streamlined my funding priorities for this game to arrive at a base goal that covers only the bare essentials. I go into this in greater detail here.

What has changed in the game since last time?

Based on backer feedback, I added some of the character attack animations, improved the AI, improved the interface, fixed a ton of bugs, added dialog tree support, created an actual dialog editor, extended the dialog scripting system for modders, and made lots of other improvements.

Should I back this game?

Sweet mother of Jehoshaphat yes! In fact, why are you still on this page? Go back Telepath Tactics!

  • Timothy

    … soooo you needed 25K (but got only 15) and 3 months later you “magically” need 15K only… this is why I will never ever back any project on Kickstarter.

  • CraigStern

    I didn’t “only get” $15,000 the first time: people pledged more than $18,600. If I were just going to cynically lower the goal to exactly what I knew people would already pledge, I would have picked $18,600, not $15,000.

    The reason for the reduced goal is nothing but arithmetic. I’m no longer planning to use Kickstarter money for a professional sound designer (which single-handedly accounted for $12,000 of the goal in the first campaign). $25,500 minus $12,000 equals $13,500. During the first campaign, I got a number of complaints about the tiles, so I budgeted extra to hire someone to expand the tilesets and create more natural-looking tile transitions. That put the total somewhat higher, at $15,000. You probably could have figured that out for yourself if you’d followed the link I posted above.

  • Rational Human Being

    Oh TImothy. Oh Timothy, Timothy, Timothy, Timothy.