Log Entry 026: We are live on Kickstarter!

published Friday, 26 Oct. 2012, 04:12 by ZPSHicks

It's been a few tough months and weeks of sleepless night, but now we're finally ready to unveil our project on Kickstarter and we're extremely excited about the next 33 days and counting.

UPDATED 2012-10-27 03:40 CET: Added link to Kickstarter FAQ for Early Supporters

Dear Marines, friends and family!

For those of you who don’t know already, we are trying to raise $600.000 for the completion of Interstellar Marines: Prologue; a sci-fi FPS that offers a unique blend of tactical co-op, progressive role-playing, and non-linear gameplay, featuring the intense backstory leading up to First Contact!

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YOU can help the dream come true!

We know $600K is a lot of money, so we hope you will help us reach the goal by spreading the word ALL over the internet. Update your Facebook cover, tweet it, write about it on other forums and encourage your favorite game journalist to take a look at our project!

We will make a classic PR-push at some point, but we would much rather have the campaign spread by word of mouth to begin with – nothing beats a good community buzz!

To help you in spreading the word, we have prepared a bunch of beautiful campaign wallpapers, ready to shine on all your PCs, Macs, Smartphones and Tablets out there. We guarantee that you’ll be the talk of the town!

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Wallpapers:
1920x1080 (16:9)
1920x1200 (16:10)
640x960 (iPhone, Android, etc.)
2048x1536 (iPad retina)

Facebook:
Cover Image

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512x512 (Twitter, Facebook, etc.)

Download zip:
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What if you’ve already supported?

We've made sure that no one gets left behind. If you've already supported us you can go to our Kickstarter FAQ for Early Supporters and check out which rewards you will be eligible for.

For those of you who consider supporting the Kickstarter campaign you will be able to continue from your eligible tier and up, and for every $5 you pledge you will receive an extra Support Medal. Check the FAQ link above for the details.

Now, let's make the dream come true!



FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME,
Your team at Zero Point Software


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2 years, 1 month ago

Congrats! Looks great! Awesome video!

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2 years, 1 month ago

So what happens if we have already given you cookies.

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2 years, 1 month ago

If we back, can we convert our existing Spearhead status into 6 support medals?

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2 years, 1 month ago

So I've already got 150 support medals. If I get the $250+ pack then I'll get the rewards of the $1000 pack? Sweet! I'M ON IT!

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2 years, 1 month ago

awesome video.

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2 years, 1 month ago

As a former supporter of the game I don't want to sound negative, but I think choosing Kickstarter to host this fundraiser was a big no-no. First, Kickstarter has an "all or nothing" policy; you have to reach your target within the timeframe, or you won't received a penny. Compared to IndieGoGo, however, if you had placed the project there you would gained the money that was raised, minus their commission (4% if the goal was surpassed, and 9% if it wasn't. Whilst this has a greater penalty of funds they take from you, you would have at least been able to keep some of it to continue development.

Second, making $600k through crowdfunding is hard enough, let alone in just over 30 days. Whilst I would like to donate a large amount to you - I'd give $10,000 if I had it - I just don't think you will earn anything near your target within the timeframe you have set...

Either you should plan to move the fundraising campaign to IndieGoGo, or take a page out of the "Orion Project's" own system [http://spiralgamestudios.com/investments] and add your incentive packages to the website as well, so they can donate after the Kickstarter fundraiser has passed.

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2 years, 1 month ago

i dont think 30 days is enough for this kind of money after all your not dubbeltfine.....(yet)

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2 years, 1 month ago

Good stuff zps! Good luck.

Don't have time to comment (on my way to an examn...!) but the video was pretty sweet... I was thinking "where is the voice actor??" half way in so glad you joked about that ;)

I think futher updates from you should include a bit more specifics on what prolouge actually is however. Most of us here already know what direction you are taking, but I am not sure how much information it *really* was to people all new to IM

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2 years, 1 month ago

Well, atleast we all agree that it is an ambitious though very difficult goal to achieve.
I hope that ZPS will do it, for the love of the game, but I fear what might happen if the Kickstarter launch fails.

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2 years, 1 month ago

thx ZPS, that's a pretty nice option for buying myself a 30'th b'day present :) which is today !

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2 years, 1 month ago

Happy Birthday

Where I am from, everyone that congratulates you recieves a small present too. xD

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2 years, 1 month ago

I really believe this can be done. I think that if MineCraft can be a hit and WoW can be an industry the promise of this game is reasonable. Good job ZPS.

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2 years, 1 month ago

Hey where's my badge ???

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2 years, 1 month ago

What Badge?
If you are a Kickstarter the funding must be sucessfull then they will change this page to combine the funding method of early supporters and those from kickstarter to use a unified system.

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2 years, 1 month ago

Loving the kicstarter video! :-D
Really funny and creative! And if you are totally new to IM it kinda tells all you need to know! :-D
Awesome guys! :-D

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2 years, 1 month ago

Yep.
My first course today at university was realy improved by watching this video.^^
But the problem is you "kinda" offended the CoD player. And we all know that their moms have enough money to buy everything to keep their little CoD-Fanboys silent. xD

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2 years, 1 month ago

For the record, SOE Live offended the CoD players this past week as well - the more fanatical supporters of that franchise have earned a spanking, don't worry :)

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2 years, 1 month ago

Dont worry about the CoD players being insulted. Its the new black to do so. Actually some games require you publicly denounce CoD in order to play. In MWO CoD has become a curseword...

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2 years, 1 month ago

Awesome video ZPS, good luck to you and us!

@Hyncharas:

Kickstarter has the bigger audience and more potential backers, Indiegogo has the better funding options.

I think going to Kickstarter is the better option, but only time will tell.

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2 years, 1 month ago

Yay!

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2 years, 1 month ago

Congratulations on getting the Kickstarter campaign, well, kickstarted! ;)

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2 years, 1 month ago

that is a well put together and amusing Kickstarter vid you guys have put together.
relly loved that part where you "CoD it" :b
also that scenes where you confronted yourself (which is the full 10 min.) XD

i just have 1 question regarding the tiers on kickstarter and the tiers here on IM's homepage
but i'll ask it in the forums once i've put my question together.

Best of luck from here really liking the "merchandise" that you can get so far ^^
(excuse my swearing but it is necessary)
Now lets kickstart this son of a bitch ^v^

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2 years, 1 month ago

Oh and btw guys! You forgot to mention it on Facebook! :-O

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2 years, 1 month ago

It's going to work, you'll see...


-Leowolf-

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2 years, 1 month ago

Just make sure to open Deadlock for everyone for this 33 days.

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2 years, 1 month ago

Are you guys still going to sell medals after the Kickstarter? I was considering buying them today, but the store is closed D=

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2 years, 1 month ago

i checked the kickstarter and if the donations keep coming at the rate it is right now it will not reach its goal unless the rate goes higher, i guess its sad that such a great game is being left to rot and yet wasteland 2 received 2.1 million dollars and yet this game owns wasteland 2 (yes i know they are both different genres but content wise this game seems more fun.) Its as if those really bad projects received so much donations because of the kickstarter hype (except the ouya that was great) and now that the hype is gone the really awesome projects like this one is being thrown away. Oh and devs and users i have a question on the kickstarter page there is an image of the platforms the game will be on if its completed what is that device on the right side which is by the question mark. Also kudos to your hint hyncharas but i think kickstarter was chosen because of the kickstarter hype which is running out, I will try to be a spearhead in August

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2 years, 1 month ago

also since the prologue just consists of demos why not just make kickstarter projects of each demo one at a time to reduce your chances of losing the money from the project also i think when you get shot at the screen shouldn't flash completely red because its irritating it should be made smaller so you can deal with the situation easily

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2 years, 1 month ago

damn the project should receive 19000 a day at least and i think they might make it IM has been moved to the staff pick section

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2 years, 1 month ago

Talk about flying by the seam of our pants.

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2 years, 1 month ago

moskrat
i think the one you are refering to as "?" is in fact the Oculus Rift, it certainly looks like it.
if you don't know this is a new way of virtual reality that has 180 degree view among other cool features. check it out here
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/15233799
57/oculus-rift-step-into-the-game?ref=live
(ZPS confirm me or not about this)

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2 years, 1 month ago

1st of all it's been one day, and so far you guys have gathered about 16.000 $ on 24 hours.
Seeing as IM is (facing the facts here) relatively unknown in the mass media, it wont generate as much.
But once ZPS has made an official press release(i think you will) giving all the details and such, I'm sure the game industry will take notice. And once you ZPS give US the community the permission to spread our knowledge to the gaming and not "just" social media(assuming you haven't), the project will be better known and more will have heard about it.

Facing the facts again, IM has to gather about 18181.81 $ for each day to get funded.
But who says that the next day won't bring more publicity, and thereby more backers.

As IM is an indie project, i assume that there will go some time before ZPS will be acknowledged by the gaming industry. But once this time comes- and it will,
Interstellar Marines: Prologue will be more than backed.

Zero Point Software, We the community Still Believe, For the Love of the Game.
We've just started the kickstarter, so let's hope it'll keep the engine running ^^

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2 years, 1 month ago

Where's Call Of Duty?! Why isn't there any Call Of Duty in there?!

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2 years, 1 month ago

Loved this. Laughed so hard.

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2 years, 1 month ago

If we get the $150 award (one of the awards is getting 30 medals) will we still get shares?

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2 years, 1 month ago

I like the part of the video where you're combining the "Ingredients for the perfect game."
It would be hilarious if you actually put some of the veggies on the cutting board into the game, or even had a kitchen cameo with that very same cutting-board, pot, and setup. Just saying. It would be great. =D

The spoon stuffing was funny as well.

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2 years, 1 month ago

I would like to back you guys with a significant amount of $, but there are some questions I would like to be sure about before doing that.

1. I have 500 support medals. If the project is funded, are they transferred to 2500$ and will that amount put me on a higher tier reward automatically?

2. Do the support medals we get if the the funding is successful count towards Uncle Gert's giveaway?

Greetings,
Kendzi.

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2 years, 1 month ago

thanks kabber and i am glad IM has reached its daily target

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2 years, 1 month ago

also i was thinking what if the visor for the helmet had a very small nanotech coating attachment, because that way rain wouldn't be able to stick to it, it would just flow down the helmet (this nanotech coating has already been invented in real life its been used for cars)

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2 years, 1 month ago

i see what u did there Kabber nice match, current money-objective money divided by the number of days left=daily target

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2 years, 1 month ago

but the overall target is 19200

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2 years, 1 month ago

Star Citizen got to 1M in a week or so...they can do it.

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2 years, 1 month ago

i reckon loads of people would fund this its just so hard finding them

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2 years, 1 month ago

@Kendzi. Nice to see you're still kicking. I think you better ask that question on the forum. More chance of it being noticed and answered.

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2 years, 1 month ago

Alright Project IM,Lets do this.

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2 years, 1 month ago

Well, since we've all entered into "fund drive" mode again, guess it's time to give up my lurker ways for a while. I can only spare some 55$ for the campaign, hope it helps.

@Hyncharas

Your concern is understandable, but remember that the reason they don't see a penny if the target support mark isn't reached is because the pledged money doesn't get charged in the first place. As such, even if the project mark isn't reached, you still end up with a lot of people that have shown their willingness to support and who might come directly to this website to submit the amounts they were willing to put into this project.

All in all it is actually a pretty good plan; lots of free marketing prior to going into platforms that may or may not require more significant up-front costs in order to use.

Of course, I'm sure we're all hoping all it will take is Kickstarter to get all the funds, but even if that turns out to be impossible, it will still give a better chance of succeeding through ulterior means than if they'd have done it without going through Kickstarter.

I STILL BELIEVE!

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2 years, 1 month ago

What about cumulative donations?

Let's just say, for the sake of argument, the target amount for the fundraiser isn't reached. Assuming you were to accept backers through the IM website, you could always allow players to add to their initial donation; thus gaining thr higher-tier incentives based on how much they contributed...

I'm not trying to diminish what they're doing - far from it. It's just that a lot of indie game projects on Kickstarter tend to ask for supporters over a 3-4 month period, not 30 days. However, ZPS may find that they are shooting themselves in the foot, simply given how little time there is to donate.

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2 years, 1 month ago

I wish I could just donate $600k so I would have a real reason to hide in the shadows and make people wonder whether I am real or not.
lol :P

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2 years, 1 month ago

P.S. Are you guys thinking about making the game compatible with the Oculus rift?

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2 years, 1 month ago

I don't have a lot of money, but I hope my small humble offerings can help, even if just a little bit.

xP Triple post.

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2 years, 1 month ago

IM has been formally liked in Facebook and the word has been properly spread. Lets keep telling others about it.


-Leowolf-

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2 years, 1 month ago

Ok, so I just pledged $10, and since I am a Spearhead, that means I will get the $100 tier. Should I pick the first reward level, or pick no reward?

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2 years, 1 month ago

I stand humbled. Currently they've collected at just over $30,000... if they earn about $18,200 every day between now and the deadline, they will reach their target!

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2 years, 1 month ago

actually they are behind schedule hyncharas they need $19200 each day(since the beginning) so they need $38400 to make up for the first two days and they need their total to go to $57600 by the end of today

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2 years, 1 month ago

and but if they earn 20000 each day by today and to the deadline they will have enough

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2 years, 1 month ago

damn grammar error

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2 years, 1 month ago

Backed!

I hope the promotions will turn out as expected in the coming week though.

Good luck!

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2 years, 1 month ago

WOW great video!!! I didn't know you had this talant for acting. Kim! I am definitly contributing to backing this up of course. Lycka till!

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2 years, 1 month ago

If Prologue does, indeed, have the funds necessary to come out next year, they should do an April spoof called "Will You Behave?"; designed to see what the I.T.O. gets up to when they're not trying to colonise the universe.

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2 years, 1 month ago

oh no this will never reach its goal i will support it and i hope its succeeds but there is no way it can make it unless it all of a sudden reaches its goal really quickly and people donate like f--- but i wonder how cool it will be if it reaches more than its goal like 3 million that would be awesome

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2 years, 1 month ago

@moskrat: Your negativity, although understandable and just as valid as any other point of view, is not really the kind of energy one would expect in a moment like this in any project. The certainty of your initial statement is simply not tasteful. It almost seem to imply you are looking for an opportunity to say "I told you so".

Count yourself in, say we WILL succeed. Take the risk, BE the community, be part of the game. Not for success or failure, but for the love of the game.


-Leowolf-

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2 years, 1 month ago

sorry i am just so annoyed (but not really annoyed) that no one is paying attention to this game and yet games like double fine adventure received a lot of support, your comment has made me realise

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2 years, 1 month ago

i was being a little pessimistic

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2 years, 1 month ago

and don't worry i didn't hate their decision from the start and wait for an i told u so i would be gutted if they didn't make it

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2 years, 1 month ago

i guess the supporters might come to the site if the project doesn't make and pledge as long as the store is the same as the kickstarter version so its not all bad, that should be there back up plan "come to the site" on the last few days if they don't make it

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2 years, 1 month ago

it won't let me spam the internet with this project on youtube is someone willing to do it for me because it won't let me comment

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2 years, 1 month ago

Dont spam! NEVER spam anything you want to support! BAD IDEA!
If you spam it most people will avoid it, becasue of the way you are giving the information to them, people don't like being forced, or feeling like being forced, into something.

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2 years, 1 month ago

ok what do you suggest we do.

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2 years, 1 month ago

Please read this post which gives you concrete steps on how to help us (without spamming):

http://www.interstellarmarines.com/f
orum/threads/id/2574/

/Mikael

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2 years, 1 month ago

i have contacted syndicate project and Ali A who are two famous youtube gaming channels they haven't replied yet and i asked them to make a 10min commentary on the game whilst playing deadlock but Nextgen tactics and PewdiePie have put a contact blocker so only their contacts can speak with them someone please reach out to them also i am going to reach out to FPS russia unless he has a contact blocker in which case someone must contact him

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2 years, 1 month ago

damn it FPS russia has a contact blocker as well do i have to be a communist to talk to him because i imagine communists are his only contacts

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2 years, 1 month ago

does anyone know a youtube channel famous for gaming hey IM you contacted machinima once try it again and try IGN as well and gamespot

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2 years, 1 month ago

i can't wait for the real time voice porting

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2 years, 1 month ago

Very nice presentational video guys. I really hope you fare well on the Kickstarter initiative. I hear they usually take off the last few days ;)

Best of luck!

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2 years, 1 month ago

I've posted a request for investors at Maglaunch - http://maglaunch.com/ - an organisation attempting to build a maglev corridor that will revolutionise space travel!

I work with them as a volunteer, so hopefully if some of our allies at NASA are watching, it might encourage them to put some money into your project.

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2 years, 1 month ago

Maybe you guys should partner the game trilogy with the project (good PR)?!

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1 year, 5 months ago

multiplayr nas?l aƧ?l?o

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