Kickstarter is a crowdfunding website that can be used to fund in-development role-playing games. The platform is open to backers from anywhere in the world and to creators from many countries.


Project creators choose a deadline and a minimum funding goal. If the goal is not met by the deadline, no funds are collected.

Kickstarter applies a 5% fee on the total amount of the funds raised. Their payments processor applies an additional 3–5% fee. Unlike many forums for fundraising or investment, Kickstarter claims no ownership over the projects and the work they produce. The web pages of projects launched on the site are permanently archived and accessible to the public. After funding is completed, projects and uploaded media cannot be edited or removed from the site.

Notable projectsEdit

An animated special for Critical Role, The Legend of Vox Machina, closed in April 2019 and is currently (as of February 2020) the sixth highest-grossing Kickstarter of all time.

Views on Kickstarter as an RPG funding toolEdit

Phil Reed, CEO of Steve Jackson Games, said of Kickstarter:

I see Kickstarter as a valuable, but limited resource. The shorter the campaign, and the shorter the time between project close and delivery, the more times you can use that resource.[1]

This approach of short Kickstarter campaign windows has since been picked up by creators such as Morrus of EN World, for the game SolSpace: The Spartan Gambit.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Phil Reed (2020-03-08). Tweet link. Twitter. Retrieved 2020-03-08.

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