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15th Anniversary - Discover Trainz Kickstarter

By Tony_Hilliam, December 15 2016

Welcome to Day 11 of our 15th Anniversary Celebrations

Day 1: Discover Trainz - Original Edition
Day 2: Discover Ultimate Trainz Collection
Day 3: Discover Trainz Railroad Simulator 2004
Day 4: Discover the Future of Trainz (2004)
Day 5: Discover Trainz Railroad Simulator 2006
Day 6: Discover Trainz Classics 1 & 2
Day 7: Discover Trainz Classics 3
Day 8: Discover Trainz Simulator 2009
Day 9: Discover Trainz Simulator 2010
Day 10: Discover Trainz Simulator 10th Anniversary Edition
Day 11: Discover Trainz Kickstarter
Day 12 - 15: ?


Discover Trainz Kickstarter

In November 2013 N3V Games announced a "Kickstarter" campaign. Kickstarter is the world's most popular crowd funding website and operates on the principle of people pledging funds to support a project that would probably not happen without their support.

Here's the "Short Brief" version of the Kickstarter pitch:

Click the image below to discover the full Kickstarter campaign

Kickstarter Success

N3V Games ran this Kickstarter for two main reasons. The first was obviously for funding assistance to help bridge the gap between the cashflow at the time and the expected outlay to upgrade the underlying technology to bring Trainz into the "next generation" of technology. The other reason was to gauge the size of the community who would be prepared to support Trainz during a lengthy development phase.

As it turned out, 1791 individuals contributed an average of just over $100 each and without their support, Trainz would probably not exist today. We don't it before and we don't mind saying it again - thanks to every one of our supporters for helping make TANE possible.

Kickstarter Updates

One of the big parts of a Kickstarter campaign is community involvement. The Updates Page provided information to supporters throughout the funding period and afterwards as we continued development work.

Here's a quote from the post two weeks prior to release day in May 2015:

To celebrate the "dawning of a new era" in train simulation, here's a sneak peek at the awesome new "sun" post-processing effects 

Check back tomorrow for the next update in our 15th Anniversary Celebration