I personally would feel exploited. I was kinda pissed I got a Black Death Chikara card for five bucks that didn't even come with a back story. $50.00? No. I don't think so. Tom can do whatever he wants, that's the great thing about owning a great product and idea. Though if he went the kickstarter route I would feel like he's gouging me, and wouldn't buy into it. Just my opinion, I know there are a lot of people who would buy into it. I'm not one of them though.
That's the beauty of Kickstarter, though. You don't have to spend the fifty dollars. Pledge $10 to get the "core four" (or eight, or whatever). Pledge $20 to get everything, but only as a pdf. The dollar amounts thrown around right now are totally arbitrary.
I would be for it but I kinda doubt that money is the big decider on whether or not a PDF set sees release. The constant flow of LOW product is likely why we haven't seen releases like this as of late. The more releases that we see, the more likely it is that the fans of LOW can't buy everything as many always have. In the last 6 months of this year we have Chikara, CZW, ROH, NWA Hollywood and supposedly a full LOW set coming at the end of the year.
Can't argue with any of your points. Some people are on a limited budget, and I respect that. Some have the necessary capital to buy everything that comes out. I guess what it comes down to is I'd rather have the option to buy, say, a second 8-ladies set or a LOW "lower mid-card" set than not buy it, and Kickstarter would be one way to offer those sets without any initial outlay of money.
'Cause, at the end of the day, while I am my own top priority, I get that the company has to be a priority, too. Having more products available for sale means more sales (in general). Having more products available without any outlay unless sales are guaranteed is a plus.
Besides, if I have to prioritize my spending and get ROH and a ladies' set this December, and not the LOW set, there's nothing stopping me from snatching up LOW 11 in February or April. (That's the unmentioned upside to a Kickstarter pdf release--there's the capacity for future sales ad infinitum.)
But again, the only outlay upfront for a pdf release is the manpower. There isn't any printing so it would be pretty limited. I don't have any clue what artists are paid for LOW or if the card writers are paid but we are still talking pretty limited $$$. That is the true beauty of the PDF releases. The production cost for FG is pretty small. I just don't see that FG is holding off on releases because they don't have the money to produce a PDF set.
I would love to see more LOW releases and the idea of some sort of huge pdf set that features men, women, indy, vintage, enhancement talent, managers, etc, etc, etc is great. Just don't see kickstarter making a difference in whether it happens or not. But I am not Tom so who knows.
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