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”.

Shenmue 3 by Ys Net

Pledged: $29
Rewards: Access to surveys/polls for ideas in the game, Digital copy of the game for PC
Kickstarter start date: June 15, 2015
Kickstarter funded on: July 18, 2015
Estimated delivery date: December 2017

Context:

I had never heard of the Shenmue series before this Kickstarter was announced at an E3 conference in 2015. After seeing the hype of how many people started to back it, and seeing gameplay of the original 2 games, I decided to back this Kickstarter.

Result:

Shenmue 3 has not yet been released.

Yooka-Laylee – A 3D Platformer Rare-vival! by Playtonic Games

Pledged: $20
Rewards: Name in the credits, Digital download on Steam
Kickstarter start date: May 01, 2015
Kickstarter funded on: June 17, 2015
Estimated delivery date: October 2016

Context:

I didn’t really grow up with Banjo-Kazooie, but I did play a lot of Donkey Kong Country, Grabbed by the Ghoulies, and Viva Piñata – and those were really fun. So obviously when these ex-Rare developers announced a spiritual successor to their Banjo games, I decided to take a stab in the perfect dark (heh) and make this the first crowdfunding project I pledged money towards.

Result:

Yooka-Laylee was released on PC and multiple consoles on April 11, 2017.

To find NeonWabbit’s name in the credits:

After opening the game, head to the Options & Stuff menu where you can access the credits. Navigate the credits using the on-screen controls.

The backer credits of Yooka-Laylee.
The backer credits of Yooka-Laylee. NeonWabbit’s name is listed here as “Darien Brice Dickinson”.

Patreon for Hioshiru

Pledged: $10 per month
Rewards: Thank you, High resolution files, Exclusive 18+ content, Monthly sketch packs, Video speedpaints, Voting in polls
Patreon start date: March 23, 2015

Context:

Hioshiru is a Russian artist who makes quality furry and MLP-related art. I figured I could learn a thing or two from her video speedpaints and high-resolution files, so I decided to support her Patreon for a while.

Result:

Hioshiru posts Patreon-exclusive content fairly regularly, and I feel I am getting my money’s worth.