Jeff McCord, developer behind the classic VIC-20/C-64 title Sword of Fargoal (reviewed here), has launched a Kickstarter program to fund development for a sequel. The sequel sounds FANTASTIC, featuring character classes, "action cards," and the ability to share dungeons, as well as huge amounts of great artwork and music. A $8 pledge gets you the game as well as a DRM-free version of the soundtrack. Go up to $50 for a T-shirt and $100 for a bunch of other goodies. Please, please, please, go right now and make your pledge. You will pay NO MONEY if this project doesn't make, and we really need to act NOW to make this happen. We've got two weeks left on the Kickstarter and over $32,000 left to go, so get your ass over there RIGHT NOW and donate. I'm going to be mad as hell if I'm not playing me some good ol' Sword of Fargoal 2 with all the bells and whistles Jeff and Paul P. have put together here. If you were one of the millions who played a pirated version of this game back in the day, Jeff has promised to absolve you of all your sins if you pledge even $1 to this.
Now, seriously, get over there and pledge. This is EXACTLY the kind of project we SHOULD be funding, not just the ones from famous people. If you don't know anything about the game, he's put the first one up for free so you can try it out. This is the updated release for the iOS, mind you, but it's still got all the classic gameplay we fell in love with back in the 80s.
Okay, folks. This is mandatory. I want to hear about the first time you ever played Sword of Fargoal. I'm assuming you're familiar with it. If not, download the free first game (a $4 value) and let me know what you think. I stand by my conviction that anyone who plays this for five minutes will want to support this kickstarter project.
Jeff McCord is right up there with Daniel Lawrence in my book. This guy is a legend.
I grabbed the free copy, though I won't be actually trying it out until tomorrow. Between seeing the old Matt Chat on this and listening to the podcast, that has been enough to get me to pledge. Really wish I could afford that sword though...
I do think he has a really good shot of getting full funding. A lot of these projects snowball towards the end. I'm sure a lot more fail, but I think this one has a pretty good chance.
If only I were rich. Imagine owning the real sword of Fargoal...
It was right down to the wire, but they made it! Look at that graph showing the funding, you can see it kick into full gear at the very end there. Now to the worst part of Kickstarter projects... the waiting... >.<
No kidding! Frankly, I had given up hope on it making, but apparently Jeff's "Kick-a-thon" made all the difference. I was on part of it, by the way, though I must admit I was completely off the cuff.
He had some great guests on there. I've yet to watch the entire thing myself.