[Updated on 5/30/15. See bottom of post.]
bob’s game was successfully funded on Kickstarter one year ago today. Right now the official bob’s game site just links to the Kickstarter and we’re no closer to the game. What happened exactly? Let’s look at what Bob has said in the comments since it was Kickstarted.
bobsgame, 5/23/14: Thank you to everyone who pledged, you are all fantastic and I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunity to continue working on this game. For those who are wondering, it made it on the last day thanks to a very generous backer who has been following the project from the beginning.
His site noted that he was going on a 10 day meditation retreat.
bobsgame, 7/31/14: Hi, I realized during my meditation that the best course of action was to spend some time with my parents and then get an apartment for a year, so that’s what I’ve been doing. As soon as I’m settled in I will put up a registration form for backers to provide an address for the business cards and then ship them out. Thank you and sorry for the delay.
Backer, 8/1/14: You guys should relax a bit. lol He will give us updates when he has something worth letting us know about. Obviously, he didn’t feel like “spending time with family” would be a good update but some of you guys being impatient made him come here and post that. There was no ETA on the cards in the pledge rewards description so people who pledged to get those need to wait until they’re ready to be shipped. This game is obviously going to take time and there is only one person working on it, so give it time guys.
Gran PC, 8/2/14: There was no ETA? Wait, so what does the “Estimated delivery: Jul 2014” mean right under “Original business card blah blah”?
bobsgame, 8/2/14: Thank you for being understanding, Backer. GranPC is correct, I missed that shipping date. I’m very sorry for the delay, I’ll do my best to make up for it.
Massimiliano Luisi, 10/31/14: Progress so far?
bobsgame, 10/31/14: Working on stuff
bobsgame, 12/31/14: Happy New Year!
At this time, there was a Forbes article by Michael Thomsen about bob’s game. It noted that, at least at the time, “Pelloni claims his Kickstarter backers will be ‘reimbursed,’ and the game will be released in its current unfinished state as an open source bundle of files.”
– Bob’s Game Kickstarter To Be Refunded After Developer Moves On, Michael Thomsen, Forbes.com, 1/14/15.
bobsgame, 2/8/15: Everything is back on track, more or less.
Giroro, 2/26/15: I’m bored. Anybody know of any fun games to play?
bobsgame, 2/26/15: Go running
Gran PC, 2/27/15: Was the ‘welcome to “bob’s game”‘ text on top always animated? I swear it only started pulsing now.
bobsgame, 2/27/15: I didn’t change anything
Peter Anargirou, 5/23/15: Hi, Bob. The Kickstarter funding closed one year ago today. Any update? Thanks, and I wish you good luck!
And that’s it. Honestly, I only pledged $20. I already got $20 worth of enjoyment, but I do hope it reaches a more polished release of some sort, both for his backers’ sake and for his own sake.
I guess we’ll see. You can read my complete coverage of this strange tale here.
Edit on 5/30/15: Bob responded.
bobsgame, 5/24/15: I am turning into God.