I've spent a lot of time over the past couple of weeks checking out random indie games from Kickstarter, like Mage's Initiation, and I've also been playing a lot of Dwarf Fortress. I started to wonder, "Why doesn't Dwarf Fortress have a Kickstarter?"
Rather than come up with some crazy speculation of my own, I just decided to ask Tarn Adams, the game's developer, why he has not yet sought out extra funding.
"A Kickstarter isn't really in the cards -- I've kind of been doing a slow-motion Kickstarter for the last seven years," he said. The game is free to download and play, and all Tarn asks is that players donate if they enjoy it."People send us however much money they want, we send them rewards and then we keep working."
While Kickstarter is a great way to showcase what the finished product might be like, "There's quite a bit of future project information in the development section of our site, so contributors know what to expect more or less."