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Author Topic: Emperor's New Clothes Kickstarter  (Read 1921 times)

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Emperor's New Clothes Kickstarter
« on: March 09, 2013, 04:42:50 PM »
Just came across the project Emperor's New Clothes on Kickstarter.  Am I missing something?  Or is this a meta kickstarter.  I thought it was a joke... then I saw the money funded to it.

And look at the kicktraq.  Am I missing something?

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Re: Emperor's New Clothes Kickstarter
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2013, 05:44:56 PM »
If you look at the distribution of backers, all except two have pledged less than $85 - I think they're mostly looking for a conversation piece (or backing a buck because they think it's a good joke).  About $3000-$4000 in backing came from these people (still impressive).

The two $500+ backers appear to be responsible for the vast majority of the backing - I don't know what their motivation is. Maybe they're 'insiders' of some sort? I'm not that familiar with kickstarter - it appears that, while discouraged, pledges can be cancelled before the project is funded. Maybe some of the large pledges won't stick?

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Re: Emperor's New Clothes Kickstarter
« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2013, 06:25:31 PM »
^ That's a possibility- you can cancel your pledge.  But even without that, there's a large amount of money pledged.  It just seems strange.  I mean, I wouldn't even waste $1 on this, unless I knew it was for a purpose.  And other than the tongue in cheek promotion, there doesn't appear to be any indication that it is.

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Re: Emperor's New Clothes Kickstarter
« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2013, 08:04:35 PM »
Looks like a joke to me but so far a lucrative one at $16.5k pledged!

Maybe I am too cynical ...

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Re: Emperor's New Clothes Kickstarter
« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2013, 09:02:47 AM »
I wonder if the author is as suprised as us
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Re: Emperor's New Clothes Kickstarter
« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2013, 12:43:18 PM »
More information. 

http://gamesalute.co...mperors-new-clothes/

I ... still don't get it.  I mean, I get that it is exactly what I thought it was- a meta-kickstarter to poke fun at kickstarter.  But ... the money is real.  I guess I just don't make enough money to play with it like that.

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Re: Emperor's New Clothes Kickstarter
« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2013, 01:14:36 PM »
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I guess I just don't make enough money to play with it like that.

You and me, both...

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Re: Emperor's New Clothes Kickstarter
« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2013, 05:41:27 PM »
umm.. WTF!?

Now where did I put my box for the Charity for One [Me]...

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Re: Emperor's New Clothes Kickstarter
« Reply #8 on: March 11, 2013, 07:12:22 AM »
Love it, it's totally awesome.

I want one. I'll keep it for visitors, "let's have a game, you can be crosses, Here you go, have these tokens"

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Re: Emperor's New Clothes Kickstarter
« Reply #9 on: March 11, 2013, 09:51:44 AM »
Discussing the theme of "meta-kickstarter", it's possibly even funnier. It's a "scam" that explicitly names itself after a scam! But maybe it's also a meta commentary on how the original fable of the emperor's new clothes itself worked - back when we all snorted in derision at the "stupid little baby's story", except it's playing out live in modern times. They truly are saying, in that voice we use for pets, "Hi. This is a complete pile of blank wood and printer paper. It's a con. And you love being conned, deep down you know you do..."

Meta-Meta-Kickstarter?