What if I told you someone was running a Kickstarter to sell something you can already get for free..? You might think it was a scam, right? Well, Ill Gotten Games is doing it, and they have already funded their campaign. Don’t believe me? This is a quote straight from their campaign page:
As with our other designs, these are all available as free downloads for anyone with access to a 3D printer. If you have a printer (or access to one), pop on over to our Thingiverse page for these and other designs.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone familiar with the Dutchmogul and Ill Gotten Games. They produce an incredible amount of content on a regular basis that has rallied a loyal following. When the Dutchmogul builds a Kickstarter, they come.
There are a couple things you should understand about this campaign before you try something like this yourself. First, this is not simply a campaign to sell open source files. This campaign is about a partnership and opening access to some really great designs. Ill Gotten Games has teamed up with Voodoo Manufacturing to delivers affordable printed versions of some great designs. Anyone can get Starchitecture the 3D printed Sci-Fi Cityscape sent right to their door with or without a 3D printer.
The second thing to know about this campaign is that your money is going towards supporting great artists. Ill Gotten Games has committed to making their products free and open source. Like I mentioned above, these guys are pumping our free content. I follow the Dutchmogul on Thingiverse, and he is always crowding up my notification feed with new designs (which is a good thing). Not too long ago he published a really handy model to help others when they are designing tabletop miniatures at different scales. It was great. These are the kind of people you want to support.
If you didn’t get to the end of this post because you are off starting your own Kickstarter campaign to sell free downloads, then you missed the point. It takes time and a lot of hard work to build a meaningful group of followers (I bet Ill Gotten Games would be the first to tell you that). It also takes courage to share your ideas in an authentic way. People want to connect with someone that cares, and when they truly believe you stand on values, they are more inclined to listen to you. If more entrepreneurs put these principles into practice, I’m sure there would be a lot more successful Kickstarter campaigns (and a better world).
Now go and check out the campaign, and if you like what you see and have some extra cash cached, give these guys your support. If nothing else go leave them a few nice comments and cheer them on.