After turning digital due to COVID-19, I was able to attend my first Mysterium last month. In my round-up about this annual gathering for fans for Myst fans, I mentioned that I’d become a Kickstarter backer for the Myst 25th Anniversary Collection so I could get my hands on my very own linking book.
If you forget about the nine which were unsuccessful, I’ve now backed 39 campaigns on the crowdfunding platform since February 2013 (maybe I’ll have to do a post about them once I reach 40). These have mostly all been in the Video Games category and I’ve stuck to tiers which promise copies of the title. But every now and again I’ve branched out to make a pledge for something a little different; and talking about the Myst project above reminded me of some of the physical rewards I’ve had the pleasure of supporting in the past seven years.
May 2017: signed musical score from The Tomb Raider Suite
I’m not a massive Tomb Raider fan. But I do have a story about how the original game helped with my Dance GCSE coursework when I was 16, and it’s this which inspired me to back the campaign for a studio recording of the series’ music. I now have a signed copy of the first page of the score for The Tomb Raider Theme and this has developed even more meaning since my pledge a few years ago: my other-half and I had the the track made for The Tomb Raider Suite played during our wedding ceremony last year.
April 2018: a linking book from the Myst 25th Anniversary Collection
I already owned a copy of each game in the series so why did I bother to back Cyan’s project? For two reasons: the original Myst is one of my favourite classic adventures and it gave me the chance to own a linking book. I was quite surprised by the size of it when it arrived through the post because it’s much larger than I expected, but I love the fact it comes with ‘secret’ compartments so you can hide stuff away. It’s going to go on display in our gaming room once we finally get around to finishing the decorating.
June 2018: a pin from The Doubleclicks
This is a bit of a random one because I only became aware of the campaign when it appeared in my recommendations while browsing through Kickstarter. I’d never heard of The Doubleclicks or their music before but, after listening to Sensitive Badass and seeing the related pin, I wanted to get on board. The lyrics to this song are perfect: “You have the strength, and though all of the scars may last, you can be sensitive and still a badass.” I’d also recommend checking out Afterparty for One (Frozen Pizza Song).
July 2019: a detective game from Missing in Jericho
The reward I’ve received from this project may not be strictly physical, but it seems like I’ll have plenty of hardcopy printouts and scribblings once I’m done with the game. I love escape rooms and detective-based video games so backing the Missing in Jericho campaign was a no-brainer. It’s ‘an experience that will challenge you to become a real-life detective in your own investigation’ and, based on the demo I played last year, it seems as though it’s going to bridge the gap between reality and the digital.
February 2020: an escape-room-in-a-box from Key Enigma
It was my love of escape rooms which made me back this campaign, despite it being one of the more expensive ones I’ve pledged to. A physical box full of mysteries is due to arrive at some point this year and players must use the materials, codes and clues hidden inside to match the objects and solve the case. Alongside traditional challenges such as working to reveal messages, there’ll also be digital puzzles where you’ll have to explore websites and even spy on security cameras, so it sounds like it’s going to be interesting.
August 2020: a mystery to solve from The Mystery Agency
Mysteries-in-a-box seem to be the hot thing right now and this is the latest project I’ve backed on Kickstarter. It’s ‘an original and atmospheric story told through authentic objects and documents’ and I’ve opted for The Balthazar Stone version, where we’ll be joining Elsa Winslow on her journey to Sharkstooth Island to find an ancient treasure chest and break a curse. I’m thinking it could be a good game to stream once it arrives so keep your eyes on Twitch towards the end of the year.
What writing this post has shown me is that perhaps I haven’t branched out as much as I’d thought I had. I may have moved away from the Video Games category on Kickstarter in the past year or so, but I now seem to be making a lot of pledges to escape-room-type campaigns. Oh well. If I get the chance to help someone’s vision come to life and have a bit of fun with their projects once they have been released and delivered, then I’m not going to complain.
Have you received any physical rewards from crowdfunding campaigns? If so, which has been your favourite?
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