Trials of Ascension cancels second Kickstarter campaign

    
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What crowdfunding giveth, crowdfunding also withholdeth. This is the hard lesson that Trials of Ascension has had to learn, not once, but twice.

Less than two weeks after launching its second Kickstarter campaign and raising only $25,616 out of a desired $600,000, the team admitted defeat. “The writing on the wall is clear,” the team posted. “Our Kickstarter project has about the same odds of success as a snowball’s chance in that really hot place nobody ever wants to visit. As such, we’ve made the decision to cancel it.”

One team member, who left days into the Kickstarter campaign, posted a behind-the-scenes explanation on the forums about what went wrong. He wrote that he blames the owners for poor decisions leading up to an ill-advised crowdfunding campaign.

“The day of the Kickstarter, an announcement that we’d be on IRC instead of streaming was made without BLD’s and my knowing,” he wrote. “Then we were told we would be unable to stream at that time. The Kickstarter should have been postponed at that point, but the launch button was hit. It was then I saw a goal of $600,000, and I knew immediately that the Kickstarter would fail. That was $20,000 a day, and there was NO WAY we could hit that. We don’t have the userbase.”

[Source: Reddit, forums, Kickstater]
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Myobi Lockhart
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Myobi Lockhart

davidemo89 social_crime The over 60,000$ they made via their website store, selling inexistent in-game items & services for an inexistent game, “donations”
they called it, in order to built their game “demo” to start this kickstarter.

Myobi Lockhart
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Myobi Lockhart

“The three original founders are not qualified to build ToA by ourselves. How’s that for a clear, blunt, and candid statement?We are not experts in engineering, animation, modeling, nor are we audio specialists. We are designers at heart.” By Brax
” After I left, I still consulted with them over a few things like teaching Yevi/Brax how to turn on the servers and as well as fixing some left over bugs.” By Teddy

@ http://trialsofascension.com/forum/threads/to-our-fans-both-present-and-future.4710/
As I said before, they want to outsource an entire MMORPG by sucking
money from their “fans” via donations and Kickstarters, yet they dare
to compare themselves to projects such as Crowfall, what a bunch of delusional
idiots, seriously get a clue.

CazCore
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CazCore

the trials of suspension

social_crime
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social_crime

social_crime Yeah I was thinking everyone just paypal’d them a Scrooge McDuck’s worth of cash. I totally forgot it’s something like “OK I promise to give you cash”.  Either way these kickstarters are getting bold with the amounts and there promises. ;)

KristoferNathan
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KristoferNathan

davidemo89 social_crime He doesn’t know how it works.  :)

davidemo89
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davidemo89

social_crime cash? what cash? kickstarter failed.

social_crime
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social_crime

WildarX Dawntide,offline website and a map. :P

social_crime
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social_crime

Kickstarter Scam fail.Good luck getting your cash back.:P

karmamule
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karmamule

DeVoDeVo It looks like they’ve discovered what permadeath for a project feels like….  :(

karmamule
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karmamule

Satyros Walpurgisnacht Yes, it has rapidly become the flavor of the month for new MMO announcements.  With two smart, competent teams with significant history (Crowfall and Camelot Unlimited) getting into this same space any hopefuls who are looking to do something similar better start a re-think on how they can distinguish themselves from the pack.