The Gassy Gnoll: Is there a Kickstarter Anonymous?

Addiction is a terrible thing. Whether it’s to a particular brand of gnoll chow, the latest in gnoll fashion, or smoking, drinking, or gambling with your fellow gnolls… It can get ugly. And when those things get you in trouble, you get help from your friends and professionals who can talk you out of those dark places.

I’m not making light of addiction. It’s a serious issue. But after offering nearly $950 in the first half of 2012 to various Kickstarter projects – 32 of them. I may have a problem. When I did some quick accounting I was stunned to see that amount. I knew I was supporting a ton of great game, art, and music projects – but geez.

In 2010 I supported 3 projects to the tune of less than $100. In 2011, I supported 16 projects to the tune of nearly $500. And in the first half of 2012, I’ve thrown 32 projects nearly $950. The smallest pledge was $1 and the largest has been $150, with most of them being in that $25-30 range. (And that doesn’t include the handful of projects I’ve pledged to on IndieGoGo as well.)

This is a stunning amount of growth. Out of the 51 projects, all but four have been fully funded in their efforts, which is also stunning.

Have you noticed that I’m stunned?

So here’s the thing… I can’t be the only one overwhelmed by all the amazing projects appearing on Kickstarter and IndieGoGo that come out every month. I want to help them all. But obviously I can’t.

I’m going to put a governor on my crowdfunding costs. Without that I could potentially nuke my own personal budget. As it is, it’s a stretch.

Without forming a “Kickstarters Anonymous” group (“KA” sounds too much like a fraternity or sorority), what strategies do you guys use to limit your crazy crowdfunding spending? Obviously it’s mostly self-control. But occasionally the passion this crazy gnoll has for gaming overwhelms that self-control. It’s a lot like being a kid and wandering into a game store and wanting a copy of *everything* on the shelf. ๐Ÿ™‚

I *still* want everything on the shelf. ๐Ÿ™‚

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