Kickstarter

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UNITHOR joystick on Kickstarter

Below you’ll find some useful Kickstarter information – it should dispel at least a few doubts that might arise.

Q: What is Kickstarter?
A: It’s a crowdfunding platform used by over 20 million people around the world. Since its launch in 2009 it has helped fund over 220,000 innovative projects from various areas of interest, giving backers not just statisfaction from supporting a product, but also specific products (like a joystick in our case).

Q: What do I need to do to use Kickstarter?
A: Using the platform requires a straightforward sign-up.

Q: What’s the backing logic on the platform?
A: Sign in and find our project – browse category “Games” – “Gaming Hardware” or simply go to this link. Kickstarter allows choosing a reward and optional add-ons available “on top” of the reward – in case of UNITHOR, the add-ons provide extra joystick features to meet your needs better. Here are the steps:

  • click the green “Back This Project” button or pick the Reward in the right-hand menu
  • click “Pledge”
  • choose add-ons

Q: What does backing the project formally mean?
A: Clicking “Back This Project” is a declaration of supporting the project and willingness to buy UNITHOR. It requires providing credit card details.

Q: How can I be sure I receive the reward?
A: Truth be told, no one can guarantee that. Kickstarter is about getting sufficient number of backers whose commitment will translate into gathering funds required for a project to be successful. But you never now if there are enough people willing to back it. But even if a project doesn’t reach its funding goal, your money is save – the amount you pledged will be taken from your card only when the funding goal has been reached by the campaign’s end date.

Q: When will my card be charged?
A: Not a penny will be charged from your card when you click “Back This Project”. It will happen only once the campaign concludes successfully. In our case, successful conclusion means reaching 64,000 euros within 30 days of the campaign.

Q: What do I need to do to make sure my support is effective and I receive my UNITHOR once the campaign and actual production phase are over?
A: Support our campaign by spreading the news wherever you can so that there are as many of us as possible. Make sure there are sufficient funds on your card on the campaign’s final day.

Q: Why is it safe to back a project on Kickstarter?
A: UNTIHOR has been developed by people who have been active in the retro computing community for years – they do care about reliability and trust that comes with it. Also, a prospective project creator willing to launch a campaign has to undergo a meticulous scrutiny process required by Kickstarter (which we’ve successfully passed). They verify the creator’s identity, checking the ID and other documents to make sure the platform users are safe.

Q: How to configure my UNITHOR on Kickstarter?
A: In line with the platform’s logic, you need to pick a REWARD plus ADD-ONs that will enhance the default configuration. The REWARD is a black, matte UNITHOR with two red fire buttons in the handle, a DB9/DE9 connector and rubber pads. You can pick just one joystick or a set at a lower per-unit price. All you have to do is:

  • click “Back This Project” button at the top of the page or the reward in the menu to the right
  • click “Pledge”
  • choose the ADD-ONs you like
  • hit “Continue”
  • proceed to payment details.