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Alpha Colony misses Kickstarter goal by $28

Alpha Colony misses Kickstarter goal by $28

Kickstarter's terms and conditions mean that if your fundraising goal is not met, you won't see a penny of the pledges.

Alpha Colony has missed its Kickstarter goal of $50,000 by a mere $28. By Kickstarter's strict all or nothing rules, this means the game will not see a penny of funding.

Developer DreamQuest had already failed to fund a Kickstarter last year when they originally were trying to raise $500,000, although that time around they managed to raise just over $100,000.

According to lead designer and lead programmer Christopher Williamson, the team is not giving up on the game and they intend to find another way of funding it, which could involve trying to go through Kickstarter again.

'In the end, it is perhaps for the best. To be committed to deliver our dream game under-funded, under-staffed and leaving us all broke would have been even more heartbreaking than not funding at all,' said Williamson.

A statement from DreamQuest says that Williamson has been trying to build Alpha Colony for approximately 14 years.

'For now, our team needs to feed our families, so we are going to focus our efforts on projects with more immediate demand and financial rewards,' the studio says in the statement.

Alpha Colony was planned as a family friendly strategy sim featuring building, trading and exploration and was being developed for multiple platforms with a release date of next summer. Williamson states that the team has already invested more than $60,000 of their own money and 10 months of development into the project.

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Griffter 5th December 2012, 09:05 Quote
so do the gamers and public that gave money to this get their money back??? or how does it work??? ripoff kickstarter if they keeping the money... is that not stealing or at least false advertising or something??
Corky42 5th December 2012, 09:15 Quote
This Williamson guy should have bunged the $28 in him self or got a friend to do it.
mi1ez 5th December 2012, 09:32 Quote
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Originally Posted by Griffter
so do the gamers and public that gave money to this get their money back??? or how does it work??? ripoff kickstarter if they keeping the money... is that not stealing or at least false advertising or something??

The money you pledge doesn't get taken unless the project reaches its target.

Calm down!
Griffter 5th December 2012, 09:35 Quote
haha ok good to know. phew!
Confused Fishcake 5th December 2012, 10:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by Corky42
This Williamson guy should have bunged the $28 in him self or got a friend to do it.

I'm amazed he didn't - while it might be dodgy for larger amounts, 0.056% of the total seems harmless. Seems he didn't want it that badly after all.
borandi 5th December 2012, 13:25 Quote
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Originally Posted by Corky42
This Williamson guy should have bunged the $28 in him self or got a friend to do it.

He probably already put a substantial sum in there to give it an initial push.
dazzler 5th December 2012, 14:23 Quote
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Originally Posted by borandi
He probably already put a substantial sum in there to give it an initial push.

Still though... $28 more for a $50k project?
PaulC2K 5th December 2012, 17:13 Quote
It'd have to make you think just how focused and important it is to them, you'd have to know *if you actually cared* how tight it was going to be going into the final day, whether the deadline is a convenient time of day or inconvenient, you'd think they'd know its going to be very tight. The fact that they let the deadline pass just $28 short of their total, and werent willing to give it that final push over the line, or simply had no idea and either assumed it'd make it, it just doesnt feel like they actually cared, or were that committed to the project to allow that to happen.
Maybe on a few occasions they've thrown in say $100+ to get it close in the hope others would finish the job, so to keep being expected to fund it and still be short $28 maybe they said screw it, its public funding not dev funding.
fdbh96 5th December 2012, 19:25 Quote
Tbh I bet those figures are absolute minimum values and he probably hoped he would get (maybe a lot) more and its probably better for the project to fail this way than 1 year down the line after taking peoples money.
Saivert 5th December 2012, 23:15 Quote
It is not so much about the money but more about the interest people show. If the people don't manage to pledge the amount requested then scrap the project and try something else.
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