The Cyanide & Happiness Adventure Game by Cyanide & Happiness

Pledged: $20
Rewards: Access to behind-the-scenes development forum, Digital copy of the game, Name in the credits
Kickstarter start date: September 05, 2017
Kickstarter funded on: October 06, 2017
Estimated delivery date: December 2018

Context:

I thought Cyanide and Happiness is a funny webcomic and animated series, so backing their game should be equally funny.

Result:

The game is not released yet.

Commission of Asdfghjkl590: Meloetta

Paid: $28 USD
Commission: An image of Meloetta from Pokémon
Date of payment: March 26, 2017

Context:

Asdfghjkl is a friend I made in the Know Your Meme community. I commissioned him to make art of the Pokémon known as Meloetta. After a few instances where the eyes didn’t look quite right, I drew him a basic idea of what I wanted them to look like and he soon delivered.

Result:

Payment was made after the following piece of art was finalised.

Meloetta by Asdfghjkl590

GLITCHED by En House Studios

Pledged: $30
Rewards: Digital download of game, Digital download of soundtrack, PDF download of development book (art, design, secrets), Beta versions during development, Name in the credits
Kickstarter start date: July 22, 2016
Kickstarter funded on: August 22, 2016
Estimated delivery date: February 2018

Context:

I simply backed this game because someone said it was going to be the next Undertale, and soon, even SiIvaGunner released a high quality rip of one of the songs in the soundtrack, cementing my decision to remain a backer.

Result:

The developers have stated they are in the final stretch as of August 2018.

Patreon for Awesome Video Games

Pledged: $50 per episode
Rewards: Name in the credits, Early access to episodes, Production updates, Extended blooper reels, Access to 360 degree footage behind-the-scenes content, 4K resolution episodes
Patreon start date: March 04, 2016

Context:

Video Games Awesome is a Let’s Play series I’ve been watching for many years now. But previously, the people behind it worked on a comedy series called Awesome Video Games.

Result:

Before moving from Canada to Japan, Fraser filmed a whole new season of Awesome Video Games. The first episode of which has yet to be edited and released.

Charlie the Unicorn: The Grand Finale by Jason Steele

Pledged: $20
Rewards: Name in the credits, DRM-free/HD download of completed movie, PDF download of “Charlie the Unicorn: Lost in Dreamspace” storybook, 12 Charlie the Unicorn trading cards (signed by Jason Steele)
Kickstarter start date: February 23, 2016
Kickstarter funded on: March 25, 2016
Estimated delivery date: December 2016

Context:

The Charlie the Unicorn series is some of the earliest YouTube animations I can remember watching. I had to help bring its finale to life.

Result:

The finale has yet to be completed. The PDF storybook and physical rewards such as the signed trading cards were sent out in Early 2017.

Low quality image of some of physical rewards.

There She Is!! 6th episode ‘another step’ by amalloc SamBakZa

Pledged: $40
Rewards: Name in the credits, Digital “thank you” card, Early preview of complete movie, 3 exclusive wallpapers, PDF download of “There She Is!!” art book, Doki & Nabi T-shirt, DVD, Physical “thank you” card (signed by amalloc), 5 illustrated cards
Indiegogo start date: January 12, 2016
Indiegogo funded on: February 12, 2016
Estimated delivery date: December 2016

Context:

A masterpiece in Korean indie animation, the There She Is!! series was first introduced to me on Newgrounds. It has since been remastered in HD for YouTube, and was neatly wrapped up in it’s 5th and final episode. However, an opportunity to crowdfund a bonus 6th episode and a DVD of the series arose, and I couldn’t pass it up.

Result:

The DVD and 6th episode have not been finalised yet. Some digital rewards have already been sent.

Patreon for Duo Cartoonist

Pledged: $25 per month
Rewards: Access to behind-the-scenes of DuoCartoonist’s works, Special tools for painting and animation
Patreon start date: October 2015

Context:

DuoCartoonist are two animators who made quality MLP-related content using Toon Boom software. They had a special Patreon tier for animators, giving away Photoshop brushes, tools for colouring in images quickly, and puppet rigs.

Result:

After a couple of months backing the tier described above, DuoCartoonist shut down their Patreon and seemingly disappeared from the internet.

Them’s Fightin’ Herds by Mane6

Pledged: $15
Rewards: Digital copy of game, Name in the credits, Access to backers-only forum, Use of backers-only alternate palette for each character
Indiegogo start date: September 20, 2015
Indiegogo funded on: October 20, 2015
Estimated delivery date: April 2017

Context:

Them’s Fightin’ Herds is the spiritual successor to MLP: Fighting is Magic, which was cancelled due to a cease and desist by Hasbro. Them’s Fightin’ Herds’ characters were designed by Lauren Faust, who helped develop the 2010 MLP reboot. On top of this, Them’s Fightin’ Herds uses the Skullgirls engine.

Result:

Them’s Fightin’ Herds was released to Steam Early Access on February 22, 2018. The backer-exclusive palettes were included. The backer names in the credits are currently nowhere to be seen.

HERTZFELDT ON BLU-RAY by don hertzfeldt

Pledged: $34
Rewards: Physical copy of the blu-ray
Kickstarter start date: July 16, 2015
Kickstarter funded on: August 16, 2015
Estimated delivery date: January 2016

Context:

Don Hertzfeldt is an animator who used to focus primarily on making animated cartoons where all the drawings were done on paper (but he does draw digitally now). He has been featured in a couch gag on The Simpsons, but he is mostly known for his short film Rejected. As all the DVDs featuring collections of his short films were sold out, this campaign to create a blu-ray of his work was definitely not one to miss.

Result:

The blu-ray arrived at my place on March 29, 2016.

It contains the full version of It’s Such a Beautiful Day, World of Tomorrow, and his short and student films, all remastered specifically for the blu-ray.

There was also a cardboard insert and mini-booklet about the World of Tomorrow film inside the sleeve.

I tweeted about it here:

Tower Unite by PixelTail Games

Pledged: $15
Rewards: Access to backer-only updates/polls, Backer tag beside name in-game, Name on a plaque in the game’s plaza lobby, Desktop backgrounds, Steam Early Access copy of the game, Exclusive backer-only digital in-game item (gold trophy)
Indiegogo start date: July 13, 2015
Indiegogo funded on: August 13, 2015
Estimated delivery date: N/A

Context:

In Garry’s Mod, there is a fun gamemode known as Cinema that lets you watch online videos with other people in the Source engine. There was also the elusive GMOD Tower gamemode that expanded upon this concept with minigames, and it was something which I could never join as the servers were always so far away and the ping would be unbearable. When the creators of these two gamemodes announced a spiritual successor in the Unreal engine and local Australian and dedicated servers, I was ready to back it.

Result:

Tower Unite was released on Steam Early Access on April 9, 2016.

On the 14th of June 2018, it was just updated to version 0.5.0.0

Backer Tag next to name in scoreboard (tab key by default):

A scoreboard in Tower Unite.
A scoreboard in a Tower Unite lobby server. There is a Backer tag next to me and two other players.

Exclusive item and How to find NeonWabbit’s name in the credits:

After joining a Plaza/Lobby server, head out of the Transit Station where you will see the entrance to the Boardwalk. On the 2nd plaque here (to the left), you will see it towards the bottom. Also pictured here in the following screenshot is the exclusive item for backers in my inventory.

NeonWabbit's name listed on a plaque in the lobby.
The backer credits of Tower Unite. NeonWabbit’s name is listed here as “Darien Brice Dickinson”.