Make My MMO: Book of Travels’ Kickstarter travels past $150K and promises a player music system

    
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This week in MMO crowdfunding, the Kickstarter for Book of Travels journeyed onward as Might and Delight has now pulled in over $150K mark with one week left in its campaign. The most exciting bit here is that the most recent stretch goal was passed, ensuring that the game will have a player music system.

“Today we reached our $150,00 target and can now commit to making the feature that allows you to play music together, thank you! We can’t wait to get together with you in Braided Shore and play beautiful music… Ah! And let’s not forget that now we are 4,000 we are also going to make dreaming a part of your journey too!”

It was a surprisingly slow week for crowdfunded MMOs, though. Shroud of the Avatar talked up its new customer service, Destiny’s Sword launched its pre-alpha demo on Steam, Legends of Aria updated players on the state of its server merges, Temtem teased its animations, and both Ship of Heroes and City of Titans recapped their respective character creator tests.

Read on for more on what’s been up with MMO crowdfunding over the last week, plus our roundup of all the crowdfunded MMOs we’re following!

Book of Travels

Recent MMO crowdfunding news

Temtem

Campaigns and crowdfunded MMOs¬†we’re watching

3001SQ (Société des Mondes Virtuels) РKickstarter unsuccessful, dev halted in 2018.
AdventureQuest 3D (Artix Entertainment) – Raised 368k; beta began Oct 2016.
Albion Online (Sandbox) – Launched July 2017, hit Steam May 2018.
Antraxx (Team Antraxx) РKickstarter canceled.
Ascent: The Space Game (Fluffy Kitten Studios) – Successful KS. Fully launched 2016.
Ashes of Creation (Intrepid Studios) – Successful KS. Alpha zero.
Book of Travels (Might and Delight) – Kickstarter ends November 24.
Broke Protocol (Cylinder) – Unsuccessful KS. In free early access.
Camelot Unchained
(City State) – Kickstarter successful; open donations/packages.
Caribbean Conquest (Invenio) РFirst KS canceled, second ended unsuccessfully.
Codename Reality (Orode) – Kickstarter unsuccessful.
Contested Space (Zon)
Crowfall (ArtCraft) РKickstarter win, open packages, Indiegogo crowdfunding ongoing.
Chronicles of Elyria (Soulbound) – Kickstarter successful, open packages.
City of Heroes Homecoming (Homecoming) – Monthly donation rounds.
City of Titans (Missing Worlds Media) – Successful KS; Issue 0 delayed into 2019.
Day of Dragons (Beawesome) – Kickstarter successful.
Descent Underground (Descendent Studios) – Successful KS.
Destiny’s Sword (2Dogs) – Kickstarter successful June 2019; demo avail now.
Divergence Online (Stained Glass Llama)¬†–¬†Three campaigns; now in KS early access.
Dogma: Eternal Night
(Prelude Games Factory): Kickstarter. Probably dead.
Dragon of Legends (Thrive Games) РSuccessful Kickstarter.
Dual Universe (Novaquark) РKickstarter funded, donor platform. Backer alpha.
Eco (Strange Loop Games) – Funded, now in alpha.
Edengrad (Huckleberry Games) – Kickstarter funded. Abandoned, then not?
Elite: Dangerous (Frontier Developments) – Funded and fully launched.
Empyrion Online (Eleon) – Kickstarter canceled; launched on Steam early access.
Endless Trials (Fire Hurts) – Kickstarter canceled.
Epic Space (EpicSpace.net)
EverFeud (PSB) – Kickstarter canceled.
Ever, Jane (3 Turn Productions) – Now in open beta.
Fractured (Dynamight) – Kickstarter successful. Alpha 2.
Global Adventures (SubaGames) РKickstarter funded.
Gloria Victis (Black Eye Games) – Open donations, no end date; in early access.
Greed Monger (Greed Monger) – Abandoned, now allegedly in refund process.
Grim Dawn (Crate Entertainment) – Funded and launched.
Guardians of Ember (Runewaker) – Funded and launched.
Guns of Icarus (Muse) – Funded and launched.
Hero’s Song (Pixelmage) –¬†KS canceled; Indiegogo. Canceled w/ refunds.
Infinity: Battlescape (I-Novae Studios)
HEX (HEX Entertainment) – Funded and launched.
Legends of Aria (Citadel Studios) РKickstarted as Shards Online. Early access.
Life is Feudal (Bitbox): Indiegogo ended. Currently in beta.
LUX (Chimera) – Kickstarter canceled.
Maestros of the Anthymn (String Theory) – Kickstarter canceled.
Maguss (Maguss) – Indiegogo successful; open beta.
Mekria (Infinity Online Studios) – Kickstarter canceled.
Midair (Archetype Studios) – Kickstarter successful.
Nebula Online (Mizar Games) Kickstarter canceled; launched in November.
Neo’s Land (NeoJac Entertainment) –¬†Open donations, no end date.
Novus AEterno (Taitale Studios)
Oath (Ready-Up) – Kickstarter funded.
OrbusVR (Ad Alternum) – KS funded March 2017. In early access.
Overpower (Hydrant Games) –¬†Kickstarter unfunded; heading to early access.
Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen (Visionary Realms) –¬†Open donations. Pre-alpha.
Pantropy (Brain Stone GmbH): First Kickstarter canceled, second funded.
Pathfinder Online (GoblinWorks) – Doom, mostly.
Path of Titans (Alderon) – Indiegogo.
Planet Nomads (Craneballs) РKickstarted, early access launched sans multiplayer.
Playcraft (Bebop Games) – Kickstarter funded May 2019.
Pixel Starships (SavySoda)
Project Gorgon (Elder Game) – Kickstarted in three tries + Indiegogo. Early access.
Project Oasis World (POW) – Kickstarter unsuccessful.
Pumpkin Online (Monique) – Downgrading from MMORPG.
RAW (Killerwhale) – Kickstarter canceled by Kickstarter.
Starfighter Infinity (Ben Olding) – Kickstarter funded. Early access.
Temtem (Crema) – Kickstarter fully funded; now in alpha.
The Exiled (Fairytale Distillery) Рfka Das Tal; KS unsuccessful. Early access.
The Flower of KnighthoodKickstarter canceled.
The Realm: Reawakened (Stephen Nichols) РOngoing GoFundMe.
The Repopulation (Idea Fabrik) –¬†Kickstarted twice by A&B.¬†Back in alpha.
ROKH (Darewise) РKickstarter canceled; in  early access but not active dev.
RUiN (Tarhead Studio) РKickstarter successful.
The Stomping Land (Alex Fundora) – Abandoned.
Sacrament (Ferocity Unbound) – Kickstarter failed; Patreon ongoing.
Saga of Lucimia (Stormhaven) – Indiegogo. Intermittent pre-alphas.
Seed (Klang Games) – Kickstarter launching in 2020.
Shadow’s Kiss (Clockwork Throne) – Ongoing Patreon, Kickstarter funded.
Ship of Heroes (Heroic) – Kickstarter canceled, beta expected before 2020.
Shroud of the Avatar (Portalarium) – Soft launch July 2016. Launch March 2018.
Spycursion (Defun) – Kickstarter unsuccessful.
Squadron 42 (Cloud Imperium) – Beta delayed until at least 2020.
Star Citizen (Cloud Imperium) – Ongoing donations/packages. Backer alpha.
TUG (Nerd Kingdom) – Totally abandoned without a word. Now considered a scam.
Vigor Roads (NeuronHaze) РKickstarter unsuccessful; early access planned for 2017.
War of Rights (Campfire Games) – Successful Kickstarter; in early access.
Zenith (Ramen) – Kickstarter successfully funded.

Star Citizen

Yes, some crowdfunded MMOs most definitely do succeed. But others crash and burn, and you need to hear about the whole spectrum of games that sought your money early in exchange for the promise of input and transparency. And that’s exactly what Make My MMO does every Saturday. Help us keep ’em accountable, would ya?

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ObstreperousBear
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ObstreperousBear

“Shroud of the Avatar talked up its new customer service”

Such libel! Such slander! Whichever applies to the written word! How can the common developer prosper under such negative coverage!

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Reginald Bottomsworth

What a hit piece this article is!

Alyn
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Alyn

Maybe in a world that cries out for peace, a peaceful mmo’s time has come. I might try it once I know more about it.

We shall see. I shall not put any money in the project, however. We have seen the problems crowdfunding has wrought. My hope is that the company will find a financial backer that is ethical.

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Mewmew

People have got the wrong idea about the game. Sure, there are a lot of features that are parts of stories, fun things to do together besides combat, etc, but there *is* combat in this game. It’s not all peaceful.

And this company is an established company with various games on Steam. They were already making this game and already had secured funds to do so. The game was being made no matter if the Kickstarter failed or not. They went on Kickstarter in order to involve the community more in the development and get a little bonus funding for extra features.

The Kickstarter was set at an extremely low amount because the game is already being made anyway with or without it.

Realistically the only thing you get by waiting is to buy the game at a more expensive price than what you could get it now (if you back the $20 item you are getting the game cheaper than what it will be at release). Though I’m guessing it will probably only be $10 more, if even, but still it’s a tiny bit of savings and bonus items for being a backer that others won’t have.

While it’s true that eventually most of these features may make it into the game anyway, it’s nice to see them get locked in because of the Kickstarter so that we know they’ll be there for sure.

There is no question about this game arriving because it didn’t need the Kickstarter and was already being made with or without it. It’s from an established company, not a startup looking for funds to get a game made.

It’s possible you may not like the kind of stuff they make. Go peek at their developer page, look around at the other stuff they have, see if their usual style works for you or not.

https://store.steampowered.com/developer/mightanddelight

If their style and games interest you however, there is no reason to hold back. The game is being made with or without the Kickstarter (and the Kickstarter already is a success, so that is only a bonus).

Sorry but some of you people who are so worried about anything on Kickstarter remind me of someone who has one bad relationship and won’t get into another one because you were burned once. Or you treat the new person poorly based on your bad experiences with the old person, not trusting someone who has done nothing to earn that distrust. It doesn’t matter what happened in other Kickstarters, this is a game that is being made from a trustworthy company.

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micedicetwice

I wish they just stop promising more and more features. Just… make a fucking game, please.

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Armsbend

It’s a scam.

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James Velasquez

Games basically became scams like small companies.. “what do we do? Idk, increase the value of the stock and then sell the company”

Mewmew
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Mewmew

Are you one of the people that doesn’t believe we landed on the moon per chance?

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James Velasquez

nah just one of the idiots that have backed too many kickstarters

Mewmew
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Mewmew

That’s not how Kickstarter games and stretch goals work. This was a game that didn’t even have a bunch of stretch goals (there were a few very minor ones about the number of backers) – but the donating community asked them to add a bunch.

Most people backing the game like to see this kind of thing and it’s why they asked for it when the game didn’t have it. Since you’re not a part of that community, obviously, your opinion carries very little weight here, no offense.

And since we’re not in jail trying to show how tough we are or little kids on a playground trying to show off, that swearing isn’t really as impressive as you feel it is either.

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cursedseishi

Must love talking about something you clearly have zero understanding of, huh? Especially on a site that was kicked off and funded by a Kickstarter project.