March 8, 2013

What I’ve Been Doing Instead of Blogging…

Filed under: Geekery,Personal — Adam Heine @ 5:37 PM

I let almost a month go by without blogging? Sorry! I’ve been a bit busy with that job I mentioned a while ago.

We launched a Kickstarter for our game two days ago (I’ll explain in a second) and raised over $2,000,000 in two days! It’s been pretty amazing, and we still have 28 days to go. Here’s some more information:

So first, Kickstarter is a funding platform for any kind of creative project. You pledge money to projects that you want to see happen, because most of them won’t happen without your help. If the project doesn’t meet its goal, then they don’t take your money (which is why we say “pledge” instead of “pay” or “donate”). You can learn more here.

Our game is called Torment: Tides of Numenera. It’s a computer role-playing game and a successor to Planescape: Torment (the one I worked on waaaaay back in the day). Both are kind of niche games, which is why we’re funding it through Kickstarter instead of, say, pitching it to a big game publisher.

Our minimum funding required to make the game was $900,000. We hit that goal in six hours (!), and now are hoping for even more to make an even bigger and better game, one that’s worthy of the Torment name.

What this means for me is a job, one where I can do something I love, support my family, and work from home so I can still be with my family. It’s kind of the perfect storm. (Incidentally, I’m still trying to sell a novel, and we still very much need and appreciate your regular support — the storm’s not that perfect).

What this means for you — if you enjoy CRPGs, or have ever heard of Planescape: Torment, or you just like me and want to help this thing succeed — is you can go to the Kickstarter page and pledge something to help the game. Or if you have any gaming friends, you can spread the word.

It feels a little mercenary posting this here, but I wanted you to know what I was doing, and I wanted to give you the opportunity to help out if you wanted to (just like every other time we ask for money). Next week I’ll post some kid pics my dad took, and it’ll be all good 🙂



  1. This only thing that would make this any cooler would be if there was a console version.

    Comment by Matthew MacNish — March 8, 2013 @ 7:07 PM

  2. Matt, I was thinking the same thing. I have a bunch of friends who would love this game, but don’t have a gaming computer, so consoles would be the only way they could enjoy it.

    Comment by Eric Heine — March 8, 2013 @ 11:31 PM

  3. Hi Adam, This is totally amazing. I’m simultaneously super stoked for you and overwhelmed by the feeling that I am becoming partially prehistoric, like, say, a mastodon or a saber tooth tiger. The fact that kickstarter can raise that much that fast is incredible to me, denizen of the paper universe. Love to the whole family!

    Comment by Jamie Wilson — March 13, 2013 @ 8:40 PM

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