In the independent gaming developer space, crowdfunding has proved a big win. Working on small budgets, game makers are able to use Indiegogo to pick up fans and beta testers at the same time! Here are some of the top gaming campaigns on Indiegogo from 2012. If you look at where they are located, you can get a sense of just how the international gaming community has embraced crowdfunding:
Resurrect ADOM development
Location: Witten, Germany
Thomas Biskup — the creator of ADOM, one of the most successful roguelike games ever developed and a precursor to many of today’s favorites — decided he wanted to revamp his classic game. He brought together an all-star team of developers and crossed $90,000 of total funding — nearly double his original goal.
Location: Edmonton, Canada
These game makers had an easy pitch: Halo meets Minecraft. Their campaign showed just how strong of an idea that is.
Dark Potential’s First Miniatures
Location: Welland, Canada
Matthew Glanfield, of the popular site MiniWar Gaming, took to Indiegogo to help fund his dream — of creating his own miniature wargame. His fans, friends, and beyond must have been excited — he raised nearly 9-times his goal.
Among the Stars – Board Game
Location: Athens, Greece
In a time of extreme economic strife in Greece, these campaigners were able to run a massively successful campaign to fund their intergalactic board game. It’s a race between alien peoples to build the best space station!
Freebooter’s Fate Legends Miniature Set
Location: Oberhausen, Germany
This German miniatures-making company celebrated it’s 10th anniversary by funding a special edition set of characters. They promised to keep developing the game further if they met and then passed their $5,00 goal. They made it to $83,709.
Eden – Universe & Survival Rules
Location: Paris, France
One of Indiegogo’s first campaigns run using Euros, it sought to raise money to formally lay down the rules and background elements of the successful “apocalyptic skirmishes game” called Eden.
Tanto Cuore: Romantic Vacation
Location: Lynnwood, Washington
This campaign, run by Japanime Games, sought to translate the popular Japanese board game, Tanto Cuore: Romantic Vacation, into English. After raising twice its goal, it shouldn’t have too much trouble making its fans happy. Make sure you check out the pitch video below!
CraftStudio – Real-time collaborative game-making
Location: Strasbourg, France
Ever wanted to build your own game and have your friends help out? This campaign wants to do just that by transforming your multiplayer experience into a creative one!
Location: Hamburg, Germany
If you liked strategy games like Age of Empires, Civilization, or Galactic Battlegrounds, then you’ll like this game when it’s launched after raising $20,550 on Indiegogo. Design your ship, train your crew, prepare for alien viruses, and conquer space!
Wolsung Steampunk Skirmish Game
Location: Gdynia, Poland
Attention fans of the post-apocalyptic, alternative reality that is steampunk! This tabletop skirmish game is based on the popular RPG game, “Steam Pulp Fantasy.”
HBFS-30 The All New Arcade Button with Cherry MX Keyswitch
Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Continuing the theme of our global, gaming community, this campaign comes from Asia and is for a cool piece of hardware — a new type of arcade stick button that is more sensitive and quieter. The campaign’s awesome animated GIF’s and transparent pitch must have sat well with it’s 289 contributors!
28mm Plastic Multi-part Zombie Miniatures by Studio Miniatures
Location: Ayr, United Kingdom
Zombie mania (and the trend of successful miniature campaigns on Indiegogo) continues with this campaign for zombie miniatures. Not only did it hit its goal — but also three of its stretch goals!
Also make sure to check out more of our top campaigns from 2012:
What was your favorite campaign of 2012? Tell us in the comments!