Tim Schafer Turns To Kickstarter To Fund Game

Tim Schafer Turns To Kickstarter To Fund Game

Tim Schafer, the founder of Double Fine Productions best known for games like Maniac Mansion, The Secret of Monkey Island, Psychonauts and Brutal Legend, has turned to crowd-funding service Kickstarter to fund an adventure game.

In a statement to Double Fine fans, Schafer wrote:

Publishers tell us that adventure games are dead. Our fans tell us they aren’t. Who is right? Well, I think it’s about time we found out! Into the THUNDERDOME!

And by THUNDERDOME, I mean KICKSTARTER!

Kickstarter allows regular people to pool their money to make awesome things happen.

While no details have been released on what the adventure game will be or what shape it will take, those who make premium pledges will be rewarded with the following:

Pledge $15,000 or more: Dinner with Tim Schafer and key members of the dev team.

Pledge $20,000 or more: Dinner and BOWLING with Tim Schafer and key members of the dev team.

Pledge $30,000 or more: Picture of Ron Gilbert smiling.

Pledge $35,000 or more: Undoctored picture of Ron Gilbert smiling.

Pledge $50,000 or more: Become an actual character in the game.

Pledge $150,000 or more: Tim Schafer (that’s me) will give last four remaining Triangle Boxed Day of the Tentacles, in original shrink-wrap.” (Limit of 1) (Holy crap, what am I thinking? I only have four of those!)

To our knowledge, this is the first time a studio of the size and scale as Double Fine has turned to a crowd-funding site to fund their project. We wish Schafer the best of luck!

Visit the Double Fine Kickstarter page here.

Comments

  • Holy crap, 5 figure premium pledges? I’m not too familiar with kickstarter, but I would’ve thought that sounds like a hell of a lot.

    • Yes? It’s a very common system for fundraising drives on kickstarter and rockethub. It’s not unlike buying a raffle ticket for charity with the possibility of winning a car.

  • You’re basically buying the game before it comes out. This is a win-win for everyone.

    I paid $30. I’m pumped to see this happen.

  • Day of the tentacle 2, Full throttle 2 and Grim fandango 2 please.

    A new IP would be great as well. I have complete confidence in you double fine.

  • If I had the disposable income I would seriously love to go bowling with Tim Schafer.

    That would be awesome.

  • If you’ll allow me to be pedantic for a minute, Schafer didn’t start at Lucas Arts until a couple of years after Maniac Mansion was released.

    He is, however, well known for its sequel Day of the Tentacle.

    • They’re 1/4 of the way there inside of 2 hours. This is going to be a well funded game, hopefully that means good quality game 😛

  • I’m in for a pineapple.

    It’s also quite hypnotising watching the pledge count go up as fast as Chrome can auto refresh the page.

    • Notch announced on Twitter that he bought the $10000 pledge but he chose the painting so someone else could get the lunch and tour.

  • I just realised Kickstarter is going to make AT LEAST twenty grand off this (they charge a 5% fee)
    No wonder they’re promoting it everywhere…I don’t know how this makes me feel.

    • Well to be fair they are doing a pretty important part of the work for Double Fine/2 Player. They’re essentially charging $2 per transaction they’ve handled and I’d imagine there’s a fair bit of work to be done there (even a completely automated system still requires work).

      I’m sure they’ll make out like bandits on this project in advertising their service alone, but it’s not like some smooth talker from Kickstarter convinced them to give them a 5% cut for doing nothing.

  • I’m much more interested in Psychonauts 2 instead of a Ipad/phone adventure game. I love the adventure game genre, but the point and click mechanics really hold it back, and besides touch screens are giving me RSI.

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