24 August 2015 | 9 Comments
Recently I was introduced to three interesting (and very different) web applications that my fellow creators might be interested in, so I thought I’d give them a brief overview here.
This is a brilliant new website that serves as a nice complement to Kicktraq (the sites aren’t related in any way). Sure, the focus is on games, but I think any creator could gain value from the research tools, which allow you to look at a broad swath of campaigns based on various filters.
You can also look at specific projects (see example on the screenshot below) to get all important data on a single page. I have a feeling I’ve just barely touched upon the utility of this site, and I look forward to learning more from it in the future.
Have you ever wanted to back a project with a lot of add-ons, but you had difficulty calculating your exact pledge? I first spotted King Pledger on the latest Zombicide campaign. It took me a minute to realize that it was just a calculator, not a way to place a pledge, but once I figured that out, I realized how awesome it is.
As you can see on the screenshot below, King Pledger makes it easy for you to select all the add-ons they want, then it presents your total pledge, which you’ll enter on Kickstarter. I think it also saves that information so you can re-enter it when you get the reward survey. This is a fantastic tool for creators and backers.
I overestimated Massdrop’s value and had a very bad experience with them. Originally when I heard about the concept, I thought it sounded cool, but what I’ve since learned about the site from firsthand experience has really changed that viewpoint.
Bonus for tabletop game creators: Tabletopia is currently funding a really awesome system that allows people to test out your games online during the Kickstarter campaign (or play the “full” version later). It doesn’t require any programming knowledge, and it’s meant to simulate the experience of playing the actual game. I’ve tested out the beta, and it’s awesome.
What do you think about these applications? Have you discovered any new sites that other creators should know about?