Alteil Horizons Kickstarter Update – hitting 25%
Written by Logress   
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 04:38

Alteil Horizons Kickstarter Update –  hitting 25%

As to be expected, things have been pretty crazy on the Kickstarter front. We shot up to 25% in the first few days, which is pretty thrilling. Things leveled off a bit, but apparently our current pattern fairly normal and the Kickstarter tracker sites are still saying we’re on track. However, if we’re going to hit some of those stretch goals, we’ll have to take it up a notch.

On Friday, I have an in-person interview with a reporter from a major gaming site. Not sure if it’s going to be a video or an article or what, but I hope something good comes from it. I have a few smaller podcast-type things lined up as well. We might drop by the Kickstarter hackathon as well, and see if we can talk to some of these guys in person. We also have some surprise announcements to try and generate more buzz in the next week or so.

One interesting fact is that it looks like only about 30% of the regular Alteil users who spent in the past few months have backed the Kickstarter. That means that a good chunk of you are still biding your time. It ALSO means most of the money so far has come from new faces which is GREAT news. This was precisely our plan to attract the next generation of players through this Kickstarter.

Now, if you’re biding your time, don’t forget that you can change your pledge level at any time. So, there’s no reason not to back us now. Backing us now increases our chances of being picked as a staff pick on Kickstarter, which is really the one missing puzzle piece for us right now.  Kickstarter itself is already a source over a third of all our pledges, (our early momentum had us bouncing around the “popular” page end of last week) and apparently getting a Staff Pick is about 10 times better.

I know a lot of you outside the US are having some hesitation about Amazon Payments. Even if it isn’t your preferred method of payment, they should let anyone sign up who has a credit card, wherever you are in the world.  If you don’t have a credit card, there are a number of resources on the web for how to use Amazon Payments without one.

Here’s one I found real quick – NOTE I’m not sure if it’s up to date, and I’m certainly not providing any guarantee it’ll work – it’s just an example -- but if you have any luck with it or find a better one, email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Now, we do have a Paypal page loaded and ready to go, and if we turn it on, I’ll make sure there are at the very least Kinda Early Bird Specials available for those without a US address. However, we want to be really sure we’re going to be funded. If we have to manually cancel every Paypal transaction, It’ll cost us a bit for each transaction and I’ve also heard that sometimes that Paypal can cause problems for failed Kickstarters and their backers – and I certainly don’t want to see any problem happen to one of our supporters.  Unfortunately, Playspan has been having some technical issues lately, and we didn’t prepare a playspan Kickstarter button, although if I do get a lot of requests and it seems safe, I might come up with some idea. Anyway, like I said things are on track and once we see the response to some of the upcoming articles and announcements, we’ll know for sure.

Now, let’s say you want to help out, but you have no money or you already pledged and want to do more. There are a few small things everyone can do that could have a gigantic impact on the Kickstarter. 

First of all, if any of you are on the forums of another game you play, you could drop a link to our Kickstarter there (in an area where that’s allowed, of course) and say a few words about us. I know this works because a few of you guys said you did that on the Cryptozoic forums already, and guess what! The Cryptozoic forums are registering on our Kickstarter page as a big source of backers!

Second, Our PR guys are in constant contact with their leads at various news sites. So far we've landed about 20 stories, many on double A sites like Kotaku and joystik. For now, the triple A site (IGN, the PA Report, or Rock Paper Shotgun) has eluded us, but we are working on it. If anyone here happens to be a long time user/commenter/forum poster on any of these sites, we would appreciate it if you mention it to the site. Faithful readers, especially those with a lot of comments or who are community leader types, are highly respected by the editorial staffers. Don't sell yourself short! If they get an offer of an interview or a news story from us, and they already know our name from messages sent by their loyal users, they are much more likely to give us some love.

Thanks for everything you guys have done so far! Onward to victory!