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
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.
The PDF storybook and physical rewards, such as the signed trading cards, were sent out in Early 2017.
Part One of the finale was released on October 11, 2019. My name appears at the 9:11 mark in the middle column (see below).
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
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 its 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.
Digital rewards, including the wallpapers, have been distributed.
The 6th episode premiered exclusively to backers, on Newgrounds, starting from August 15, 2020. (TO-DO: Screenshot name in credits)
The t-shirts, DVD, and other physical rewards have not been sent out yet.
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
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.
After a couple of months backing the tier described above, DuoCartoonist shut down their Patreon and seemingly disappeared from the internet.
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
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.
Them’s Fightin’ Herds was released to Steam Early Access on February 22, 2018. The backer-exclusive palette (Tennis Shoes) was included for all characters. The backer names in the credits are currently nowhere to be seen.
The game was updated to Version 1.3.0 as of August 1, 2020.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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):
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.
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
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.
Shenmue 3 was released on November 20, 2019. First promised as a Steam release, it came as an Epic Games Store key first, with the option to also get an additional Steam key offered via a survey.
In November 2020, the Steam keys were given to backers.
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
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.
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.
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
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 beginning in mid-2018.
Hioshiru posts Patreon-exclusive content fairly regularly, and I felt like I got my money’s worth. After a year, I cancelled my subscription due to a financial situation.