Brathwaite and Hall scrap old-school RPG Kickstarter

By Alice O'Connor, Oct 22, 2012 6:45am PDT

Revered industry veterans Brenda Brathwaite and Tom Hall launching a crowd-funding campaign to make an "old-school RPG" certainly seemed exciting, but they offered very few details on what they planned to make at Loot Drop beyond that it'd be, well, some sort of old-school RPG. The Kickstarter received a lot of pledges very quickly but then stalled, and has now been scrapped. Their pair conceded that their pitch for Shaker: An Old-School RPG was weak, but vow to return.

The Kickstarter campaign was shooting for a cool million dollars but had only received $247,693 by the time it was closed, with almost two-thirds of the fundraising time gone. After a flurry of pledges following the launch, it soon stalled.

"Ultimately, our pitch just wasn't strong enough to get the traction we felt it needed to thrive. Sure, it may have made it. We could have fought our way to a possibly successful end. In reading your feedback and talking it over internally, however, we decided that it made more sense to kill it and come back with something stronger," Brathwaite and Hall explained in a update post.

"In game design, mercy killing is the law."

However, they do say to "Expect something more soon." Given how well their Kickstarter went with the slimmest of concepts, riding purely on their names and calls to nostalgia, a detailed, thought-out pitch could go gangbusters.

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