Lazer Tag? Sign Me Up!

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kickstarterI had never even thought to look at Kickstarter until this week when I looked at crowd funding. I had first heard about the idea in April 2013, when the Veronica Mars movie was funded through the crowd funding program. I remember it was such a big deal because it meant that the fans had funded this project and believed in it so much.

Screen Shot 2014-03-03 at 6.49.46 PMThe fact that over one billion dollars has been pledged, and half of that in the past year, proves how this is becoming more and more of a plausible way to fund projects. I think this is an incredible process and one that I want to be more a part of, especially if there is a project that I believe in and want to be a part of. One of the cool things about the way this kind of funding works, is that it is no risk! If you choose to back a project that you believe in, but it doesn’t come up with the funding in the time allotted, you never get charged. I think that makes a little easier knowing that if the project won’t be worked on, at least I am not losing money for no reason.

Screen Shot 2014-03-03 at 7.59.59 PMI looked this week to see if there are any projects that I am interested in, and yes there is!!!! To give you a little back story, for my husband’s 38th birthday this year we had an outdoor lazer tag party set up in our backyard and our neighbors and had 10 adults ranging from the age of 24-40 playing an insanely intense game of lazer tag. On the right is me after playing 3 rounds of the game. I was horrible, and lost the whole time; but it was so much fun! We try to do fun parties and of all the parties we have done, lazer tag was the biggest hit! So what does that mean for me this week? It means when I came across the project for Skirmos: the Open Source Lazer Tag game. I am not only interested, I am convincing my friends and family to become backers as well!

lazertagI am so excited to get in on the ground floor of this project! At this point the question is how much do I want to and how much can we afford to pledge? I definitely want to make sure I pledge enough to get one of the first version guns. What I find interesting about the Kickstarter funding method is that for the various pledge amounts, you can get various gifts. For instance for a $20 pledge you can get a special poster that will only be available to backers, but for $65 you get the poster and a t-shirt signed by the developers. I mean, it isn’t just about what you get, but about the fact that you are backing something you believe in and are able to help support a dream.

I kept looking and the gifts just kept getting better! For $99 you are able to get your own first version gun, and the gifts just get better! For $199 you can get 2 of the guns, and for $390 you can get four guns! I think we are going to go with that option so that we can play with friends. If I had unlimited funds I think I would definitely take part in pledging $4,999. For that you get 4 of the first version systems, a special card from the founders, access to the launching party as a VIP in order to meet the team, be able to directly have input with the engineers, and have an exclusive dinner with the founders. I definitely would want to be a part of that if I could since then I would really be able to see the dream come to life, meet the dreamers and enjoy the product! However, for now I will be settling for just 4 of the awesome guns! I hope that they get the funding they need! If you want to learn more about this project, check it out here.

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6 responses »

  1. Hey Amanda.

    I guess you had your fill of Laser Tag. PR Web reported that participation in laser tag has grown aggressively over the years. As a matter of fact, between 2008 and 2012, the Laser Tag Arenas industry managed to expand despite the recession.

    According to IBISWorld’s Laser Tag Arenas in the US industry report, the primary demographic for laser tag is consumers between the ages of 6 and 14; consumers under 18 make up nearly 70.0% all laser tag players.

    Marketing Ultimate Laser Tag events to parents of pre-teens and teenagers may be the way to go for crowdfunding campaigns.

    • Hey Jason,
      Sorry for the late reply, I love Laser Tag! No idea why, but I really do enjoy it! Indoor, outdoor, makes no difference. There really are benefits to both. I realize me and my husband are much older than 18, but maybe it is the rush of adrenaline reminding us of our youth that we love so much! Thanks for commenting!

  2. What I like is so often we give to charities and we may not get any return other than knowing we have done a good work. With crowdfuding, there is a return, and hopefully a fun one for you.

    • Sorry for the late reply, I think this is a really cool feature as well. I definitely would have thought a lot more about this if I wasn’t getting something in return. For a donation like that I would be more likely to give to an animal shelter, or another cause that I care about. For me, this is all about fun!

  3. Hi Amanda! I think incentivizing giving is a great idea. It already happens with some charities. Susan G. Komen affiliates already have tiered prizes you can earn based on your level of donations achieved for your participation in the Race for the Cure. Tough Mudder gives a portion of your registration to Wounded Warrior Project, and if you raise a certain amount of donations to WWP, supporting your effort at the Tough Mudder, they’ll actually refund part of your registration.

    I found the incentives related to participating in crowdfunding to be key. I know it feels good to back a project you believe it, but it is awesome to receive some sort of incentive for doing it. Whether it’s Duck Dynasty shoes or a laser tag gun, it’s motivating people to participate in the process. Great post!

    • Hi Ann Marie,
      Sorry for the late reply, I think both of those charities are great, although I am not strong enough to do Tough Mudder. I think incentivizing is a great idea since it sometimes is the extra push people need to make a donation. I know that I would not give money to this kind of a group without a reason. I would for a cause I believed in, but Laser Tag doesn’t fall under that category for me. Thanks for commenting!

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