Hilarious and Sad Open World Star Wars Kickstarter Cancelled

Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and similar fundraising sites are a really great idea and they have helped a lot of projects to get off the ground, into production, and out to the end users. The idea is to give people with an idea and the skills to make this idea come to life a way of doing so by backing the person or group financially. There have been many great projects and more than one person got rich thanks to these sites. However, once in a while something hilarious comes along, among the thousands of campaigns running and this is one of them.

Let us just call it what it is right away, hilarious in every way but with a touch of sadness. The Kickstarter campaign didn’t really have a name in itself as it basically just was an idea by Devin: An Open World RPG “like” Star Wars Game. That’s the official Kickstarter title from the campaign that quickly got cancelled again. After having run just three days, the project was cancelled by the creator due to the feedback.

So what makes this so hilarious? Well, there are several things. Starting with the basic project information that is very short and comes with very bad grammar and spelling for a native English-speaking person. Basically, he had an idea, but no skills or real plan how to achieve it. On top of that, it’s doubtful that Disney, Lucas Arts, and who else has rights in the Star Wars world would have taken this sitting down.

Sadly the original project description has been replaced with his campaign cancel message, but that is equally hilarious – sent drunk from a bar and proud of it. Some might say he’s a Texan through and through. The full message is quoted in an unedited form below.

The sad touch that I mentioned earlier is the amount of funding that he received before the project got cancelled. He didn’t come close to the $200,000 he was looking for, but he did manage to collect a total $18,325 from 118 pledges ranging from $5 to $1500. Yes, you read that right, and even worse, there were four people pledging that amount to get “a small contribution inside the game, like your name appearing as one of the characters in the game or a planet named after you, or a special lightsaber that you help create.” Smaller pledges would give you a letter thanking you for either $5 or $10 while people pledging $60 would get the full game “when it becomes available.”

I’m sure there are a lot of people out there that would like an open-world (open-space) RPG star wars game, but Devin won’t be the one to bring it. Oh, and in case you wonder, the image above is the only thing he actually created for the campaign.

Hello Everyone…

I’d like to start off by saying I’m sorry to Disney for using their logo and name. Having said that, I find it very disturbing that you want to report me to them. As if they didn’t already know. You truly want to see some be in debt for the wrest of their life because they had a dream for a video game that they never created. Very selfish, and very ironic. Disney was created because Walt Disney had a dream, was it not? I find it ironic because on a lot of the news and the forums there was a quote from something I said. It read ” I have talked to Disney, and they have informed me to contact Lucas arts”. I believe most of you said quote ” that’s like a father telling the kid to go ask their mother because they do not want to deal with them.” Yet I recieved emails from random people basically telling their dad to send me to timeout because they don’t like me.

Secondly, I am taking this kick starter down myself. Disney has not contacted me to tell me to shut it down for those of you who think you own Disney. I am taking this kick starter down, because I very much respect Disney, and I do not want this to get to big. I love all their pirates of the Caribbean movies. I always wanted to be captain jack, but I think Mr. Depp is to good to be replaced. I have faith that somewhere in the future, a game like the one I described, will be made by Disney/EA/LucasFilms/Bioware or whoever is going to do it.

Thirdly I know my spelling and grammar sucks, but all you need is the force and you will do ok in life. I wrote the entire thing on my phone while in Childress Texas with a JUAN bar. So I did not care for spelling mistakes, because of that and I really didn’t think I’d actually be doing this. As many of you pointed out I am highly unqualified. The point of this whole Kickstarter is to not let your dreams be dreams. Don’t say tomorrow just do it.

-Devin Tripp

Thanks for all the backers. It made this whole thing extra funny

Get Your Own Levitating DeLorean on Indiegogo

We have barely entered 2016 and I think that I’ve already found my favourite collectable of the year, at the very least it will be a very tough one to beat. I almost missed this completely, but I’m glad that I came across the Indiegogo campaign site for the 1:20 sized and first truly Levitating DeLorean Time Machine collectible, the well-known vehicle from the Back to the Future movies.

The Levitating DeLorean Time Machine collectible is off to a good start in both the development and the fundraising campaign. The working prototypes have been created and the Indiegogo campaigns funds will be used to create the molds and get the mass production going. All the early-bird specials are gone, but there only were 100 of them and the only bonus here was included shipping. Anyone else can still get their pledge in for $195 USD plus shipping costs. At the time of writing, the Levitating DeLorean Time Machine collectible has gathered $25,000 USD out of the $30,000 funding goal.

The company behind the collectible is Kids Logic Co Ltd based out of Hong Kong. The toy manufacturer was established in 2009 and has already created high-quality official collectible toys from titles such as Transformers G1, Saint Seiya (Japan Anime), Arale (Japan Anime), Transformers: Age of Extinction, and Street Fighters.

“Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.” Dr Emmett Brown, Back To The Future II

The model is based on the car from the 1989 Back to the Future II movie and in 1:20 scale with its 22cm length. The magnetic floating base pushes the DeLorean Time Machine into the air where it will levitate for as long as the power is connected or the batteries don’t run out of juice. It can be powered by either a 12V AC/DC adapter or sixteen AA batteries via the included battery pack enclosure.

The base has LED lighting around the base when it’s turned on and also showcases the Back To The Future II logo on the front. The car itself is also filled with LED lighting effects and you can also switch the wheels between flying and driving mode. The flying mode wheelset also comes with built-in LED effect. In total, the car has over 30 LED lights at various points. The model is built from over 200 individual pieces and carefully painted to resemble the original from the movie. Details are important in collectables and this is one and not a toy, just to clarify.

There’s still 23 days left, so that’s plenty of time to secure yourself one of these very cool levitating collectable Time Machines in the form of a Back To The Future II DeLorean. You can find the Indiegogo campaign here.

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CarVi to Bring Safety and Smart Features to Any Car

Car safety has come a very long way and modern cars provide all sorts of assistant features that help to keep us and everyone around us safe. As great as that is, older cars lack these features and getting a brand new car just isn’t an option for most people.

So what if you could add that feature to your old car? Or any car for that matter – and even take it with you when you replace the vehicle with a new one, wouldn’t that be great?

A new Indiegogo campaign has launched for just that, and it is called the CarVi. The CarVi has been in the process for quite some time and as such a working project. What’s missing is funding to get the production started and the product into the wild. And that’s what fundraising pages are made for,

The CarVi is very simple, you just mount the tiny device in your windshield and drive a little while to calibrate it. In itself it has a camera built in and then works in conjunction with your Android or iPhone smartphone – using features and sensors from both units to create the best experience.

The CarVi can help you stay in the lane, warn about other drivers switching lane unexpectedly to create possible dangerous situations, front collision danger from driving too close, and a lot more. It can also just be worked as an ordinary dash- cam.

The Indiegogo campaign is currently up to almost 50.000 of the $100.000 pledge goal. There are various levels of pledges available including some early bird offers where you can get the CarVi for $274 plus shipping. Once the early bird specials are gone, the pledge price will rise to $299.

Thanks to Indiegogo for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of CarVi

Jamaica’s Bobsleigh Team Gets A Helping Hand With Dogecoin Donations

After a staggering 12 year absence, the Jamaican bobsleigh team was almost unable to compete at next months games in Sochi, Russia. The two man team is made up of driver Winston Watts and brakeman Marvin Dixon who will be representing Jamaica, something that has gone on to inspire many around the world due to the cult classic movie Cool Running, which saw a Jamaican bobsleigh team enter the Olympics.

Mr Watts has already pored around $150,000 of his own money into ensuring qualification, but financial constraints were preventing the team from flying to Europe, where they hope to take part in the final qualifying races. At which point the Jamaica Olympic Association said it would cover the teams travel costs, and the Sochi organising committee would also lend a hand, but it still wasn’t enough as the team still needed much equipment… that’s where the internet comes in!

Users of Reddit and their beloved Dogecoins joined forces to kick up a fund raised for the team and shortly after there were donations being gathered on Reddit, as well as direct donations being pored into the teams direct appeal website.

“As someone who grew up in the 90s, [the 1993 Disney film] Cool Runnings was the ultimate feel-good movie about underdogs out of their element achieving their dreams. We started without a concrete plan in mind. I sent a few emails out… but that was the extent of it,”

Jamaica qualified for the Olympics back in 88′, a move that inspired the movie Cool Runnings, and its great that it did because it’s the movie that has inspired a new generation to open their pockets and help the new team raise more that $110,000 via on-line fundraisers, and that number just keeps on growing.

Thank you BBC for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of BBC.