As you may or may not know we have been running a Fund it campaign for the last week and a bit. For those of you that don't know, fundit.ie is an Irish crowd funding website in a similar vein to kickstarter. So about two weeks ago we decided to put our rewards caps on and drafted up a rather large board of delicious bitSmithish rewards. Five days later and many many many reward changes, we were up on fundit and ready to see if anyone actually was bothered with us at all.
Cue frantically checking my phone every twenty minutes to see if anyone had donated, followed an hour later with some relief that we had raised €100 from five people (phew!). Checking back four hours later, was a nice surprise as we had been boosted to the 400 mark. Half eleven rolls around and we are all collectively floored by the figure. €1,000. In five hours. WTF? It's a glitch right? Apparently not. By Monday afternoon we'd hit our target of €2,000.
So here we sit, a week in and 125% funded. It was a bit of a roller coaster of disbelief and gratitude, but then - it's not over yet! According to Fund it we are the first game to be funded on the site, and the second fastest funded project ever on the site! All thanks to you guys out there in internet land. We have raised enough to send ourselves over to GDC, and we thank you so much.
Here's the But...
We are going to continue to push our campaign, and hopefully you guys can help us boost ourselves up to a self-sustaining indie studio (I'm getting a bit sick of koka noodles tbh :-P). We are now aiming to get the funds up to €3,000 at which point we will be able to afford some audio equipment that previously has been begged, borrowed, and yes, sometimes even stolen! (em well not really, maybe dropped back a bit late once or twice). If we hit that figure we'll have another special little something for all our contributors!
Also if we hit €4,000 we will be able to send someone over to PAX East to present the game to the general public, and help announce ourselves on the world stage! We'll see if we can make it this far, and if we do I'm sure we can dream up some kind of awesome extra reward for our funders!