Nine-year-old Mackenzie Wilson is a third grader who loves gaming, especially RPGs. She has started a Kickstarter (partnered with her mom, Susan) to attend a camp that will teach her RPG game design with RPG maker. She wants to make a game that is age-appropriate for her peers, but also not “stupid or silly.” Another goal that she wants to achieve with the campaign is to raise awareness/garner interest in girls to go into the STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) professions. She really wants to be a role model for young girls.
Mackenzie’s initial goal was only $829 – just enough to cover the cost of the camp. As I write this, $21,874 has been raised. Specific stretch goals have not been specified, but Mackenzie REALLY wants a new laptop, and maybe even to go to camp for longer than a week.
Unfortunately, the project has had its detractors – people who don’t believe the story and are being jerks or even threatening Mackenzie and Susan. I believe that this is even more of a reason to support this project…I don’t know what kind of person wants to crush a little girl’s dreams, let alone threaten her. In the updates, Susan discusses what she and Mackenzie’s goals were, and what Kickstarter has suggested that they do. They are currently exploring possible options.
- $5 – Your name in the special thanks section of the credits
- $10 – The game when it comes out in July 2013
- $15 – Drink Koozie – “I drink like a girl…keep up!” AND the game
- $25 – Mousepad AND the game
- $30 – Two-sided printed white t-shirt AND the game
- $40 – Two-sided women’s fitted white t-shirt AND the game
- $50 – “Keep up!” hat AND the game
- $75 – “Keep up” white hoodie AND the game
- $100 – Name a character in the game AND the game
- $250 – Be a producer with your name listed in the credits as Producer AND the game AND a personal thank you letter from Mackenzie
- $300 – Name an NPC in the game AND the game
- $500 – Signed cover art, personalized thank you letter from Mackenzie, name listed as Executive Producer in the credits, AND the game
- $10,000 – Everything from previous levels, personal apology from her brothers, and “the satisfaction of knowing that you’ve not only started a career, you’ve also helped to fund future courses in computer programming for her along with more (and better) games!”