A New Hope: Wasteland 2 on Kickstarter

Today I pledged $300 to veteran game designer Brian Fargo's Kickstarter project for Wasteland 2. There's obviously a real risk that the actual game - which only exists in a few design docs at this point - happens to be less than good, but irrespective of how this particular project turns out it has now been more or less a decade since a non-indie developer published a party-based Western RPG with turn-based combat (I would count Troika Games' Temple of Elemental Evil in 2003 as more or less the last one). And I'm sick and tired of merely complaining about this sad state of affairs; I want to do something about it. There really needs to be enough room in the video game industry for what has been called "big niches" (such as, say, point-and-click adventure games or traditional RPGs) to exist alongside the artsy indie projects on the one hand and the Call of Duties and World of Warcrafts on the other. Thus, I've now clearly stated my willingness - should the Kickstarter project reach its goal of 900K, that is - to invest/spend/throw away a rather sizeable chunk of disposable income in the mere promise of a new turn-based RPG; simply because I care a lot about sophisticated interactive entertainment and am willing to put my money where my mouth is. Publishers all over the world, take note...

Do you also like classic Western roleplaying games like Wasteland, Bard's Tale and Fallout? Well, then I'd strongly recommend that you pledge/donate a few bucks or more at; http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/inxile/wasteland-2

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Posted by Egge

Today I pledged $300 to veteran game designer Brian Fargo's Kickstarter project for Wasteland 2. There's obviously a real risk that the actual game - which only exists in a few design docs at this point - happens to be less than good, but irrespective of how this particular project turns out it has now been more or less a decade since a non-indie developer published a party-based Western RPG with turn-based combat (I would count Troika Games' Temple of Elemental Evil in 2003 as more or less the last one). And I'm sick and tired of merely complaining about this sad state of affairs; I want to do something about it. There really needs to be enough room in the video game industry for what has been called "big niches" (such as, say, point-and-click adventure games or traditional RPGs) to exist alongside the artsy indie projects on the one hand and the Call of Duties and World of Warcrafts on the other. Thus, I've now clearly stated my willingness - should the Kickstarter project reach its goal of 900K, that is - to invest/spend/throw away a rather sizeable chunk of disposable income in the mere promise of a new turn-based RPG; simply because I care a lot about sophisticated interactive entertainment and am willing to put my money where my mouth is. Publishers all over the world, take note...

Do you also like classic Western roleplaying games like Wasteland, Bard's Tale and Fallout? Well, then I'd strongly recommend that you pledge/donate a few bucks or more at; http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/inxile/wasteland-2

Posted by ArbitraryWater

I put down my $15 (because I am poor), not because I feel assured that Brian Fargo will make a great game (considering that he was in an executive producer position by the time that the Black Isle titles I love were made and the games that he did personally work on are a little old for my tastes), but because, like you, I want to support this out of principle, namely the idea that people can still make RPGs like that.

Obviously, it's not like this is the resurrection of the genre or anything, the indie titles you constantly showcase reveal that, but I have been spoiled by mainstream fare and haven't really gotten into stuff like Spiderweb Software's catalog with their bare minimum production values which cover what admittedly seems like solid gameplay systems and decent writing. Clearly this is my problem, but I would like something a bit more... funded.

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Posted by pekoe212

I had never even heard of Wasteland, but I feel like enough people want to get this made that it deserves to be made. I support that devotion and enthusiasm. So I kicked in my $15.

Posted by lockwoodx

The thing is, when a dev goes the route of using kickstarter to build a major project, the entire reputation of that dev AND kickstarter ride on if he succeeds or not. The first time a kickstarter project from a major player bombs, that's the end of it for everyone.

Posted by superscatman

@lockwoodx: I doubt it will stop just because of a bad product or two. Most people will only invest 15$ and if the product is crappy or mediocre, oh well, it was just 15$. The people who put in more might feel cheated but at least they get other bonuses besides the game itself for chipping in more. Also, people love to gamble.

Posted by lockwoodx

Yeah yeah... it's like the choose your own adventure version of game dev. Supporters pay in for how much they want to get back from the studio. This will put some serious pressure on publishers if it takes off.

Just look at the Guild Wars 2 Collector's Edition for $149.99 MSRP.

Guild Wars 2 game

Summon Mistfire Wolf Elite Skill

This unique elite skill allows the player to summon a temporary Mistfire Wolf pet for use in combat.

Rytlock Miniature

This rare miniature is a perfect replica of Rytlock Brimstone and will accompany your character on all of their adventures throughout Tyria.

Golem Banker

Your very own Golem banker, at your command for 5 days! This mechanical man-servant will grant you access to your account storage from anywhere in the world.

Chalice of Glory

Earn some extra Glory with this one-time use chalice. Use Glory to unlock rewards in PvP as well as compare your progress against other players.

Tome of Influence

Give your guild a one-time boost of influence. Useful for unlocking guild vaults, emblems and other items for your guild.

10-inch figurine of Rytlock

This meticulously sculpted and painted figurine of the Charr warrior Rytlock Brimstone will seize and occupy a place of pride in your home.

112 page Making of Guild Wars 2 book

Go behind the scenes of Guild Wars 2 in this 112 page hardback book featuring lush art, fascinating facts, and interviews with the development team.

Custom Art Frame

Display your concept art in this finely made art frame.

Art Portfolio and Five Art Prints

Five high-quality art prints featuring work by award-winning Guild Wars 2 artists.

Best of Guild Wars 2 Soundtrack CD

Famed composer Jeremy Soule's sweeping musical score captures the epic grandeur and mystery of Tyria.

It's mostly full of bullshit and cash shop items.

For $150 bucks supporting Wasteland 2 you get:

Full LARGE BOXED COPY OF WASTELAND 2.

Complete with worn cloth game map and old school instruction book.

Also features the digital soundtrack and digital concept art book from previous award.

Also receive an early release episodic Novella (Part 1) on the Wasteland 2 world created by Mike Stackpole, a member of the original Wasteland story team. The Novella will give hints and clues being built into the actual Wasteland 2 game.

Early release episodic Novella (Part 2) on the Wasteland 2 world created by Mike Stackpole, a NYT bestselling author and member of the original Wasteland team.

PREMIER ACCESS TO AN EARLY PLAYABLE BETA ON STEAM.

COLLECTOR'S EDITION PREMIUM BOXED VERSION which of course contains map and instruction book, but additionally comes with Wasteland miniature.

Wasteland 2 faction badge.

Get your name in the credits in a special thanks section.

A digital copy of the game.

A limited edition numbered collectible coin.

WASTELAND 2 POSTER.