Make My MMO: November 23 - 29, 2014

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, I played some Elite: Dangerous! OK, no one cares, but Elite: Dangerous did make headlines with its Gamma launch. Fellow space sim Star Citizen topped $63 million and more importantly, it dropped the curtain on its avatar damage and death mechanics.

A post-apoc title called SKIES and a sci-fi something or other called Descendants got their Kickstarters going, while Valiance Online cancelled its funding drive. Click past the cut for the rest of this week's news roundup.

Current campaigns

Dream a little dream, get a little green, and before long you'll have your very own MMO... at least that's what these developers are hoping! Games seeking funding to make their plans a reality are listed in this section.

Citadel of Sorcery (MMO Magic, Inc.): Open donations, no end date

  • A vast, dynamic world where nothing is set in stone and each player will experience the game in very different ways

  • Massively interview

Contested Space (Zon): Kickstarter coming soon

  • Player-design spaceships and stations

  • Action-oriented combat, territory expansion and defense

Descendants (Insense Arts): Kickstarter ends December 24

  • Sci-fi sandbox

  • 20 playable races, 50 base and 20 prestige classes

  • Crafting

  • Land ownership

  • Political system

Gloria Victis (Black Eye Games): Open donations, no end date

  • Fantasy medieval setting with a classless system and unrestricted character development

  • Realistic weather system

  • Greenlit on Steam

  • Latest news: March 30 -- PvP raid and new screens

Neo's Land (NeoJac Entertainment): Open donations, no end date

Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen (Visionary Realms): Open donations, no end date

Shards Online (Citadel Studios): Kickstarter ends December 12

  • Player-run servers connected to one multiverse

  • Skill-based gameplay, unlimited number of combinations

  • Taming, hirelings

  • Player housing in an instance-free world

  • Live content creation tools

  • Official dev-run server with regular live events

SKIES (EFORB, LLC): Kickstarter ends December 23

  • Post-apocalyptic sandbox

  • MMO/FPS/RPG hybrid

  • NPC dialogue

Trials of Ascension (Forged Chaos): Open donations, raised $60,000 so far

  • Skill-based sandbox MMORPG

  • Dynamic spawning

  • Player structures, settlements, kingdoms, playable dragons

Fully funded

Success has its privileges, including a spot in this section! Games that have reached their crowdfunding goals and that are currently being developed are listed here. Once a game reaches the closed testing stage, it will move to the hallowed halls of Betawatch.

Kickstarter puts the the fate of fledgling MMOs in the hands of gamers. Which will live and which will die? Check the pulse of MMO crowdfunding with Massively's Jef Reahard every Wednesday in Make My MMO. And for a look at non-MMO crowdfunding, don't forget Joystiq's Crowdfund Bookie.