A little Christmas present, from one nerd to all of you: here’s the Marcel J. de Haan original poster ‘Epic Landscape of Heroes’ from the Kickstarter support tier, in glorious 5k resolution. Merry Xmas everyone, from all of us at STARFORCE PI.
Not STARFORCE PI related, but I don’t care, cuz the very excellent ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove Kickstarter I backed a while back rocketskated their presents to me! Check it, and jam in envy:
Unfortunately, we didn’t reach our funding goal. It’s a shame, we would’ve liked to see our backers opening their awesome STARFORCE PIs next Xmas, but as we mentioned before: it ain’t over!
We will have to amend our strategy and focus on a more cost-effective way to produce a smaller volume of systems. Your involvement has convinced us to keep developing for the SFP, and we’ve gained some valuable attributes through this campaign, such as:
- Excellent interactions and suggestions from a very involved gaming community.
- A 171 people willing to pledge nearly 49.000 euro to get an SFP – this is huge!
- Increased international visibility and interest in the system, covered by dozens of online forums, blogs & journals.
- A financial threshold which will help determine the scale of our next development platform.
We’ve already started outlining how we will proceed, and in the New Year we’ll be able to present a more concrete plan to make the STARFORCE PI come alive! Some potential avenues may include:
- Offering the system as a kit
- Bringing out a small pilot batch of 50-150 units
- Switching from durable injection molding tools to more low-cost production alternatives
- Shifting to independent pre-ordering
- Implementing crowdsourcing for testing, assembly, and shipping
We thank you all again for supporting us with the Ultimate Dimensions in Portable Arcade Gaming, and especially to those who pledged to the campaign – you are awesome, thanks a lot. To be Continued!
Marcel J. de Haan & Hartmut Wendt
SFP Development Team
People have voiced their concerns about not reaching our funding goal, and these are very legitimate, as we’re currently about 25% of the way and only have a few days left. What will happen if we don’t make it? The only consequence is that we won’t produce the system according to the project description outlined within the Kickstarter campaign. However, the funding total at the end of the campaign will serve as a financial benchmark for further development, and will be used to amend our development strategy. It can also be used to convince potential investors of the viability of the system, which means it’s important to keep support going, regardless of the outcome. So please don’t cancel your pledge because you think we won’t make the funding goal, your initial willingness to pledge is a vital bit of statistics which goes towards bringing the STARFORCE PI to life in the near future!
On a personal note: though it may seem a bit bleak to reach only a quarter of the funding goal, we’re delighted that 160+ people have pledged over 46.000 euro in support of our console, and that has certainly given us the confidence to continue. Thanks!
Sorry it took a little longer to get back to you with the promised press kit, but I kinda went overboard, and turned a 2-page pamflet into a 9-page manifesto. It should be pretty entertaining, and it’s meant to simply show people what you can do with it, what platforms it covers, and how much of gaming history can be explored with this little device. I hope you like it, I did my best on getting the details right, and it is totally gratuitous SPF promotion, so be mindful of that 😛
Hit the cover to see the pdf: