Bless This Sweet Little Star Wars Kickstarter [Update]

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Devin Tripp, from Grapevine, Texas, says he is 20 years old. His is not the first name that springs to mind when you’re thinking of development of a new Star Wars “open world RPG”.

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Nevertheless, Tripp—who is “not a very good programmer” and “an even worse artist”—has launched a Kickstarter campaign for Star Wars Open World RPG, a game he promises “will have the graphics of Battlefront or better with the feel of The Witcher 3.”

I’ve seen a lot of people making fun of Devin on Twitter, which sucks. I mean, yes, a campaign like this is hopelessly naive, and displays a stunning lack of understanding of even the basics of stuff like copyright law (not to mention the complexity of game development).

There are problems with his proposed rewards (with no difference between the $5 and $10 pledge). There are problems with his spelling (“obi one kinobi”).

But read this:

I am currently looking into talking with Disney if I am able to do this. If not then there might have to be a compromise on the name or some other parts. I need your help. I am not a very good programmer, and I’m an even worst artist. I want to put this project into the hands of professionals, but in order to do that I need money to hire them. This was my dream as a kid I hope you can share my same compassion, thank you.

I know a lot of you reading this will have had the same dream, or at least something close. Hell, I did; for a long time as a kid/teen, my fantasy game was X-Wing vs Dark Forces (working title), a game where (in my head) you could land a starfighter and get out for some shooting/RPG action across the Star Wars universe.

Thing is, I did nothing about it.

So what if Devin’s asking for $200,000 and his spelling sucks? What some will call a fraud or just laugh at, I see as a guy who maybe doesn’t know any better getting off his ass and doing something about one of his dreams, regardless of how futile his efforts will likely end up. After all, all Devin is doing is asking for money; he’s not the guy actually donating their cash, like it was some kind of internet joke (and people are donating; the pledged amount has hovered around the $7000-$8000 mark as I write this).

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I asked Devin about his Kickstarter, and he said “I’m a little scared on the legality of this. If I do not receive the go-ahead from Disney, then I am not sure what I will do. I’m not even sure if i am allowed to make a Kickstarter with their name. I guess I will find out.”

He also tells me that he has a little experience coding, having made “a couple apps on the android app store and some programs using java”, and that both the Kickstarter campaign and $200,000 funding request haven’t just been settled on randomly, as he’s been inspired by projects like Shenmue 3, which used Kickstarter as a springboard for further funding elsewhere.

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Not that the $200,000 (or the people donating to him) matters, since Disney’s lawyerbots have no doubt already been alerted. But until the moment comes that they shut it all down, I hope—if this isn’t some kind of bizarre, saccharine fraud— Devin can live at least part of his dream, even if it’s only for another day or two.

UPDATE: Devin now says the whole thing was a joke.

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In case the KS is taken down, here’s the main text:

About this project

Like many of us when we were kids we wanted to be like Luke skywalker or obi one kinobi, but like all of us, we do not live in a galaxy far far away. There might be another way though. With all the open world RPGs out there how is there not a good one for Star Wars? I have decided to take matters into my own hands and write a story in the star wars universe that will fit inside a RPG video game. I am currently looking into talking with Disney if I am able to do this. If not then there might have to be a compromise on the name or some other parts. I need your help. I am not a very good programmer, and I’m an even worst artist. I want to put this project into the hands of professionals, but in order to do that I need money to hire them. This was my dream as a kid I hope you can share my same compassion, thank you.

There are many people out there that have the wrong image when they think about this game so I will go into deep detail as much as i can to get people more excited about this. As I know there are other “very good” games over Star Wars, but within the bounds of good taste, I believe that these RPG’s over Star Wars have not reached their full potential. I do not feel immersed in these games. I am not talking about a 1995/2005 game that could be created in a month or two. I am talking about a Star Wars RPG that will completely blow people away; like “Fallout 4”, or “The Witcher 3” did. These RPG’s set the benchmark of how the future of RPG’s should look, and they are a good blueprint to go on. I want to make something that is like this in some respects, but goes even further. It will have the graphics of “Battlefront” or better with the feel of “The Witcher 3”.

The game and story will also have a lot of choice. You will be able to choose which side you would like to be on. You can be evil and reside on the Darkside and rule the galaxy as you wish, or you could also bring peace about the galaxy. Both in their own respects have their perks. Speaking of perks: Like “Fallout 4” there might or might not be perks in the game. At least not the same as they are in “Fallout”. I do not want to give away much about the story, but I will give away that you do not start out as a Jedi, but later become one. As you progress your skills get better as your ability to use the force. It is very exciting that I have already gotten backers. I will be providing updates every couple of days, and answering any questions that you might have. I am still answering others so please be patient.

Also no promises, but the backers that give for the $60 reward will get the game a day or two before original release.

- Thank you, Devin Tripp

Risks and challenges

Copy rights, pleasing all star wars fans, hiring professionals.