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The Double Fine Kickstarter Gets One Final Update

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“This, at long last, is the FINAL UPDATE for this thing we have called the Double Fine Adventure,” designer Tim Schafer wrote last night. It marks the end of one hell of a journey for the Kickstarter, which broke crowdfunding records and raised over $3 million when it launched in early 2012. Four and a half years later, it’s over.


Anyone who backed the Kickstarter will finally get their physical rewards, including a Blu-ray version of the Double Fine documentary, which took a while, but is required watching for anyone who cares about video games.

Seriously, if you haven’t watched this documentary already, there’s really no excuse. It’s an incredibly revealing peek at what it’s like to make video games. It’s both heartbreaking and hilarious, striking the perfect balance between the cold realities of game development and the warm charm of Schafer and his gang of misfits.


Non-backers can buy the Blu-ray or digital remastered version (complete with unblurred spoilers and bonus footage), OR watch it all for free on YouTube right here. Totally free! No excuse!

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After seeing what happened to this team, how do large projects like this still manage to underestimate how much money they’ll need? Take everyone’s salaries, multiply by the number of years you expect to be working on the project, add material costs, and miscellaneous costs for your specific project (building, utilities, hardware, software, etc.) then, to be safe, add 10%. Now you can subtract any funding you’ve already acquired from other sources. Take your total and round it up to the next number that’ll look good on the crowdfunding platform of your choice and take your chances.

I understand that people will shy away from huge numbers but, if you break it down and show them how much things actually cost (hiring 20 programmers at $50,000/year for one year is $1,000,000 [ignoring taxes and benefits] for example), you may be surprised.