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Friday, 27 May 2016

Now, This Is How You Deliver A Kickstarter...


I've said it before, and I'll say it again, Stephen Fender delivers incredible Kickstarters.

Last year it was his Star Trek: The Four Years War campaign, and this week another box arrived from Starfleet Command - via Mr Fender in the States - full of goodies from his most recent fundraiser: The Romulan War And Tech Manual Kickstarter (see the picture above).

To reiterate what I wrote last August: Kickstarters can be such a crapshoot. You pays ya money, you takes ya chance!

While the majority, in my experience, deliver on their promises (although, sometimes, a tad belatedly),  there are a few where the finished product is less than impressive (but it's kinda too late by then) and there are a minority that turn out to be nightmares of missed deadlines, lies and obfuscation (you just need to follow Erik Tenkar's blog to watch these trainwrecks unfold).

I was in The Romulan War And Tech Manual Kickstarter at the Junior Officer level (for the full-colour, paperback copy of the Four Years War technical manual and the three books of the Romulan War series in 6"x9" paperback), and just look at all the treasures that arrived the other day, including posters, an extra hardback book, and multiple patches.

Another thing that makes Stephen such a reliable,and trustworthy, Kickstarter creator is his eagerness to keep backers in the loop, during every step of the project, and his willingness to communicate with investors.

Towards the end of the fulfilment process, Stephen and I exchanged several messages concerning the unexpected hike in trans-Atlantic shipping costs that cropped up between the end of the Kickstarter and when the time came to send out the backer rewards.

And I have to go on record and say that Stephen is an officer and a gentleman, a true representation of the positive, optimistic, benevolent universe that Gene Roddenberry dreamed of when he first created Star Trek.

Although the ridiculous postage costs now mean it's unlikely I'll personally be backing many more Kickstarters based in the United States in the future (those that involve mailing out heavy items, anyway), I must say that if you're a fan of Star Trek then you need to keep an eye on Stephen's fan projects.

Live long and prosper, Stephen Fender!

3 comments:

  1. And anyone can download these books for free! Just go to JollyRogersProductions.net. They're in the 'Download' section. No email or user account needed.

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  2. Thank you for stopping by, Stephen. Hopefully this blog will do its bit towards spreading the word about your great work.

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