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John Fiala
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Help!  My wife just stole my unicorn LEGO figure!
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And may I say, Series 13 has some really great minifigs?  A king. A wild west sherif (with mustache piece), a unicorn, a snake charmer, a goblin, a female paleontologist, a squid alien, an egyptian soldier, ming the merciless, a space marine and a guy wearing a hot dog suit.
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Anyone else dropping by GenghisCon this weekend?  My daughter's going to be staying at a friend's house Friday night, so I'll actually get to hang out for a bit.  Also thinking of bring Rose by Con Jr. for a bit.
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So, I'm full up on Kickstarters right now.  Please don't anyone start anything awesome for a month or so.

(I couldn't not back the Masks of Nyarlhotep Companion, having enjoyed the 0.9 release so much.)
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So, anyone out there know this Topher Gerkey person?  It's getting a bit annoying that he's not even replying to his kickstarter after six months.
Topher Gerkey is raising funds for Rosemont Bay - A Gothic Horror Soap Opera Roleplaying Game on Kickstarter! Like classic gothic horror? Like sexy primetime soap operas? Rosemont Bay is a tabletop RPG of supernatural relationship drama!
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Oh no, that's not good at all. I hope he recovers from whatever is wrong -- his health is far more important than any RPG.
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So, how goes the GeekDad community here in Denver?  I picked up a bunch of lego horses from the pick-a-brick area, and now my daughter is enjoying using them to make stories.
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Hey folks. 

So, I'm going to be the moderator on a panel at MileHiCon, a Denver science fiction convention, on the topic of "Kickstarter & Beyond: Successful Crowd-Sourcing".  The panel, aside from me, are a number of folks who have done crowdsourcing in the past.  Thoughts on good questions to ask the panel?  I'll be digging up some of my own, but I thought you folks could help me come up with some good questions.  

No one I'll have on the panel is notorious - generally they've done small kickstarters, succeeded at it, and (as far as I can tell) released their rewards more or less on time.  It's J. Alan Erwine, Travis Heermann, Susan NC Price (of Diamond Dust Dreams) and Courtney Schafer - the last of whom seems to be getting ready to release the last book in a trilogy via kickstarter (but seems to be busy writing the book now.)

It's a shame we can get the Foglios in - they're the artist guest of honor, and I'm pretty sure they've been involved in at least one kickstarter.
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Nice!
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So, here'a bad twist in a kickstarter that has, on the whole, been going pretty well up until now.  Apparently someone who was providing cash to the project has had to back out, and now they don't have money for shipping.  This is interesting in part because of how well this project did - 1200% of final goal - and because international backers are really getting screwed - they effectively end up paying 100% of the original price of the $30 backer level for shipping.  

I'm not sure what I'm going to end up doing - paying the $7 just to get the package isn't such a hardship considering.  What other kickstarters have screwed up shipping costs and how did they handle it?
I am truly sorry to convey that due to unfortunate reasons, there is an impact to our shipment process.Background: After the campaign was over and with the money we collected, we invested 70% of the total amount towards the Dry Erase Sheets and 20% for the Book Covers and the rest used for materials. We went with this approach so we can get the Bulk discounts on the dry erase sheets (considering additional sheets/damage/defects) otherwise the uni...
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It sounds to me like he's realized he's got a general revolt on his hands, and he's going to work harder at getting someone to handle the shipping costs.  Which sounds good to me, as long as I get my stuff!
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If being excited about a telepathic super-gorilla living in the sewers under Central City in the Flash is wrong, I don't want to be right. :)
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Of course, now I'm picturing an odd-couple like sitcom set under the streets of Central City, with Gorilla Grodd and Solomon Grundy sharing an apartment and arguing about who messed up the living room.
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So, my wife put on Back to the Future II and it's just crazy how wrong it all is.  I mean, yes, everyone remembers the hoverboards, but Doc Brown mentions how he had his blood replaced, the McFly family has a garden of grapes growing in the ceiling of their kitchen, a videogame that requires using your hands is a "baby's toy" and the weather is controlled to the second.

Then again, how exciting would it have been if they had arrived at the real future?
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Well you've still got 9 months, a lot can happen between now & Oct 21. Who knows? But are some of these ideas really futuristic or just plumbed silly. Could be in the works. Hahaha.
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My friend Marc Issacson is starting a kickstarter to support him making a site to help folks teach themselves Drupal.  Have a look!
Ridiculously Open Online Self Training Site
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It's astonishing, reading through this.  I liked the title that was given on r/shittykickstarters: It's Official - Kickstarter is Dying. (Edit follows) I like the title because it underscores just how utterly ridiculous the post is - I certainly wouldn't have backed this project when they haven't delivered o the last one.
The time has come to bid farewell. It’s been a memorable month, to say the least, and this final update will be a recap and analysis of a campaign that has many still wondering why in Azathoth’s name it wasn’t funded. As we’re going to see, there’s no easy answer, but first things first:THANK YOU. Those of you who are here have been extremely kind and supportive. You were as passionate about the project as we were, as can be attested by the sheer...
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I could get it if they had a successful Youtube Video.
Yet a View/Like-Ratio of 0.77% is rather depressing. imho.

My own few videos got a Ratio of 4,5%. Given the less views in general and probably some friends liking (with bigger impact) I also checked some videos from CinemaSins, AV Bytes.. they still got 2% and more.
Basically their video sucked in regards of popularity.

Given they got 4.284 Likes on Facebook for their company I would even tend to say that they did a good job convincing about 43% of their fB Likers zu back..  (or their backers to set likes on fB)
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You know, it takes quite a while to enter in every FATE card by hand.  
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Hey.

I'm John Fiala, a Web Developer and Gamer who works mostly in Drupal, an Open Source PHP CMS.  I live in Denver, and am fairly active with things.

I like to play both Boardgames and Roleplaying games.
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