So now they've canceled the Kickstarter entirely ("due to projections of this Kickstarter being 2/3rd short of its goal" - what a surprise) and switched to their own site for fundraising. Besides the bad presentation, I'm confused now:
1) Why not revise the goals on Kickstarter itself, which is a far more reputed site for crowd-funding?
2) Do those who contributed on Kickstarter have to do so again on the Fb2k campaign site?
3) Now that Fb2k's directly in charge of the campaign, like Kickstarter do people get refunded their full pledge amount if even the base goal is not reached?
4) What's with the frequent and confusing changes that are no doubt losing them valuable contributers? Now Windows Phone seems to be back in action?
5) The base funding goal lists only "Windows Phone" and not tablets, but scrolling down a bit more the page says "Windows Phone 8 and Tablets (Windows 8.1), ARM and Intel". The Delivery Schedule again lists only Windows Phone. I'm interested in all three versions (phone and x86/ARM tablets) so which line is correct? Given the frequent page updates one can hardly be sure, and I think the guy in charge is getting confused too.
I must say these are not things that make people confident about the project in the least. They needed to involve someone who knew how to properly run a crowd-funding campaign right from day 1, but the situation now just seems way too fluid and ad-hoc. Monetary and platform goals keep changing, the reputed crowd-funding platform has been dumped for some reason and people aren't 100% sure about their funds. The three guys are great developers no doubt but they really, really need a capable pro to run and market their campaign. In this day and age even seasoned pros (no matter what they create) whose very name is sufficient to make people line up ready to toss bundles of cash at them ensure that they have well-run campaigns with maximum visibility to maximize contributions. Here I don't even see any great promotion being done by the people behind the project, with fans taking it upon themselves to submit the news to various sites. Looks like no study of previous successful campaigns was carried out either. Is it any surprise then that we are on the third goal revision already (that I know of) in less than 5 days?