Kickstarter is out: I'm not an American, and don't know any that can front my project. What's the best alternative?
Project context: relevant in finding the right home, possibly –– The project in question is a fairly ambitious attempt to “game up” creative writing: a Web site where users can battle each other in head-to-head writing contests, where they’re given random challenges and 30 minutes to write. As the timer counts down, site visitors can watch their stories get written live on the site.
At the moment, it's made it as far as beta: the bare functions work, but the site is kind of ugly, and we need development money to really push it from a barely functional site to something with league creation options, badges, levels and rewards – in short, to turn it into something that attracts and excites gamers with an interest in writing.
Kickstarter was the obvious go-to for this. But it's out of the question: I'm Canadian, as is my partner (the programmer). Options seem to include RocketHub
, and 8-Bit Funding
Do you have experience with any of these sites; if so, does one of them seem to be a better fit for my project?
Is there an even better, more successful, crowdfunding option that I've somehow totally overlooked?
Is there a Kickstarter hack that can get me around this stupid Amazon Accounts limitation, without having to subject a U.S. friend to the organizational and tax nightmares of having thousands of dollars flow their bank accounts?