In a perfect world where I had unlimited disposable income, I’d have probably backed about 1,000 Kickstarter campaigns by now. I’d probably have a whole room full of cool miniatures and awesome crowd-funded board and roleplaying games. I don’t live in that world though, so until recently I’d never backed a single Kickstarter campaign.
That all changed when I decided to plunk down some cash for the Paranoia Kickstarter. It’s a shame to admit, but I’ve never actually played Paranoia, despite the fact that the game has been around in one form or another for as long as I’ve been a roleplayer. I’m actually kind of amazed by the fact that I’ve never played this game, considering that I’ve known about it for quite sometime and I’ve always been interested in it.
Well, all that is going to change sometime around June of next year, if not before, as long as The Computer doesn’t hear about my shamefully treasonous admission that I’ve never played Paranoia before. The Kickstarter campaign shattered its initial funding goal in less than a day and I trust Mongoose Publishing to deliver the goods, so I don’t have the concern that I’ve seen a lot of people express about crowd funding projects and the possibility of paying money for something that never materializes.
Even though I don’t have many details about it, I’m excited by the card-based mechanics that the Kickstarter page describes. I also like what looks to be an overall emphasis on ease of play and a low learning curve. I’m hoping these things will help me lure my wife into Alpha Complex, since to date getting her to play a roleplaying game has proved to be impossible. She does like several board games however, so I’m thinking that perhaps a rules-light game with card based mechanics and a humorous premise will help me nudge her across the divide between board games and roleplaying games.
I think a big reason I’ve never backed a Kickstarter project before has to do with that big gap between shelling out your money and receiving the product. I have a very limited budget for games, so it’s hard for me to justify spending money now on something I won’t get for almost a year instead of going out and buying some shiny new thing that’s already sitting on a shelf waiting to be bought. Making that decision to delay my gratification says a lot about how badly I want to play this game.
Is it June yet?