Crowdfunding is a great way to raise funds for your project. But, we must remember, many crowdfunding campaigns still fail to reach their goals, forcing unfinished projects to remain on the shelves. The reasons why projects fail can be varied and may not even reflect the quality of the project itself; many times it just so happens that a crowdfunding campaign doesn’t reach the public, or maybe it was just not it's time.
Here’s a look at five failed Kickstarter projects that would have been interesting to see succeed. Please let us know if any of these have become a reality, anyway, in the comments section below.
If funded, Ninja Baseball would be a PC game that would mix two of the world’s favorite things: baseball and ninjas. The game was supposed to be built using the Unity engine and, with successful funding, would also be developed for mobile phones and social networks. In a time where game developers are creating complex games, a simple concept can be fun and addictive. Ninja baseball promised to deliver plenty of both. The project raised 1/3 of the funds it needed to come to life.
The Great Maté Journey
The Great Maté Journey project aimed to go to South America to find the best maté available. Maté, a healthy substitute for coffee, is a drink that is still relatively unknown in the Unites States. The appropriate funds would have been used for acquiring, documenting and shipping the Maté to the United States. Almost half of the funds needed were pledged by the Kickstarter community.
The “All My Friends” Documentary
The “All My Friends” documentary proposed to capture the pilgrimage of fans from all over the world who traveled to New York for their favorite band's last concert: LCD Soundsystem. Twenty years from now, the documentary would be more than just film; it would be a piece of memorabilia. Unfortunately, the project raised only 1/3 of the funds it needed to succeed.
Order of Professional Sorcerers
The Order of Professional Sorcerers would be a boardgame that would allow up to five players to simultaneously use dice and cards to acquire unique powers to use against their opponents as they struggle to get the most victory points. A good solid game which would appeal to a mass of players, it also forced players to adapt against their opponents and create new solutions to problems. The funds would have allowed the game to be distributed worldwide. While almost successful, the crowdfunding campaign failed to reach its $15,000 goal.
The Hyrtl Simulacrum: Reconstructing a Past
This project aimed to give life to the skulls displayed in the Hyrtl Exhibit in the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia. Using modern facial reconstruction, historical research and a bit of imagination, the objective of The Hyrti Simulacrum was to create a fictional narrative with the reconstructed characters and tell it to an audience through small dioramas. This project could have become an important piece of historical reconstruction and be used as a teaching tool by all those who would like to understand a little more about the Hyrtl exhibit and its skulls. Its originality could also have inspired others to take different approaches to historical reconstruction and storytelling. Unfortunately, the project collected less than 1/4 of the funds it needed to be produced.
Have a story about your own crowdfunding project that didn't quite make it? Let us know more in the comments section below. Or, write an article about if for Crowdfunding Month!