So the Malifaux RPG kickstarter is up 24 hours after initially planned (a word of advice to Wyrd, just give nebulous 'soon' type dates, only give exact ones if you are certain to hit it) and I have to say that I am completely underwhelmed by it, though there are obviously plenty of people who like it, as its gone through the requested amount in less than 12 hours.
However for a Malifaux player such as myself, who doesn't play RPGs anymore, there isn't really anything to excite me into pledging at the current time. Sure I would like to get my hands on both the limited edition Fate Deck and the 3 miniatures that are available but to do that I would have to pledge at the $225 level and if I compare what I get for that with what I got for that pledging to something like the Relic Knights kickstarter then I really feel as if I am being ripped off. When you then factor in the huge shipping costs to Europe and the fact that you aren't going to get any of this stuff until September 2013 - i.e. after the next Gencon (and do you honestly believe that they wont have copies of this on sale at Gencon 2013) it becomes even less apealing to me.
So lets look at the current pledge levels.
For $60 you get both the Players and the GM (sorry FM) guide. Now that seems like a reasonable price. However at the $125 pledge level you either get an additional 3 miniatures (yes 3 miniatures for an extra $65 + extra $11 postage) or an additional special Hardback version of the rules and a fate deck. Now I love Fate Decks - its what got me to pledge to EBO - but $65!! Oh and what is it about grown men and an obsession for Plushies at the $225 level. My youngest daughter could knock up something that matches the Stitched Together doll - perhaps I should have her make some in Malifools tshirts.
A cleverer man than me pointed out on twitter that it looks like the the pledge levels are priced in such a way that when stretch goals kick in that they will be come more attractive, and I certainly hope that is true as I love me some new shiney, but at the moment it just isn't shiney enough.
Still on the plus side we did get to see some really nice artwork