It's quickly becoming accepted that for a game to really hit the big time on Kickstarter, it needs the involvement of people gamers can trust. Minimising risk, and all that.
So you'd have thought a project involving the co-founder of id Software (Tom Hall) and the designer of Wizardry 8 (Brenda Braithwaite, both above) would have been a safe bet, but nope. In a sign Kickstarter is never a safe bet, Shaker: An Old-School RPG has been pulled from the service after attracting under a quarter of its asking price.
The pair made the decision last week, posting a lengthy explanation that despite the backing of over 7000 people (who raised almost $250,000), "our pitch just wasn't strong enough to get the traction we felt it needed to thrive".
A refreshingly honest take, but seemingly the right one. As I've pointed out, to really nail a Kickstarter pledge, people usually need to see something of a project, and while developer Lootdrop's page had plenty of mention of its creator's pedigree, there was almost nothing to see of the game itself aside from a handful of pieces of concept art that didn't really show or explain much of anything.