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How to Be A Bad Kickstarter-er

(Okay, so “Kickstarter-er” is a crap word, but like all things it life, it’s a work in progress.)

This morning, I woke up to a new follower on Twitter (as happens) and a mention to me. The first time someone has spammed me about their RPG Kickstarter. I wasn’t the only one to get that this morning:

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Don’t do this. Unsolicited mentions is what spammers do (and I’ve since marked this account as spam).

If I had money in this Kickstarter, I would have pulled it out upon seeing that. It’s one thing to overpromote yourself — people can choose to unfollow you, so it’s effectively opt-in, even if usually a bit much–and something every person who has done a Kickstarter is guilty of, me included. And the Kickstarter messages to backers of one project to go back another is borderline, but you can choose to opt-out of those (if you don’t mind missing other updates). But taking spammer tactics outright is scummy.

The Kickstarter that did this is: Emergence: A Sci-Fi/Fantasy Roleplaying Game. Normally, I would not link to such things, but it’s easy enough to find.[1]

– Ryan

[1] And given how SEO works, it’s not a good thing that a post about them spamming is linked to them. So don’t be a spammer. You lower us all.

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6 Responses to How to Be A Bad Kickstarter-er

  1. Gareth says:

    Hmm.

    Nobody on the team that I’ve ever heard of, in nearly 20 years of working in this business? CHECK.

    Asking for too much for a tabletop RPG Kickstarter? CHECK.

    They’re not going to make it. Given their promotion methods, I suspect that they know it, too.

    • Ryan Macklin says:

      Well, on that first point, there are a lot of good folks you might not have heard of in indieland, so I wouldn’t discount there. :) But yeah, that’s a goal that shows the wrong approach to the project.

      And this morning I came up with a Kickstarter curse for such people: “May you get exactly what you ask for.”

      – Ryan

  2. Oh god. I had that team spamming my IMs and posts on G+. I had to block them. I’d talk about whatever nonsense I talk about, then they just randomly comment with a link to their Kickstarter page, context insensitive.

    • Ryan Macklin says:

      I had forgotten until a friend pointed out on Twitter that you can report Kickstarters for spam. The button at the bottom of the page. I recommend those of us who have been harassed do that. I mean, this was just a one-time thing for me — what you had to deal with sounds fucking heinous.

      – Ryan

  3. jessecoombs says:

    I actually followed the link to see what the game was like. I could type for an hour straight on why that game isn’t for me.

    • Ryan Macklin says:

      Sure, and likewise, but that is a separate point. :) I begrudge no game just because it isn’t my bag these days.

      – Ryan