And with Kickstarter projects popping up left and right, there's plenty of weeds out there along with the flowers. So even in terms of developer interviews and stuff, I'd at least wait till the project has been fully funded post-campaign so I'm not jumping the gun.
Most gaming journalists think along similar lines. This kind of perpetuates an unfortunate situation where only the crowd-funded games that have already met their goal get publicity and all of the promising projects that didn't make it remain overlooked. I'm not saying I don't understand the reluctance to cover every half decent sounding Kickstarter game that comes along, but it's a shame that I've seen some truly great looking projects get ignored.
Anyway, I backed Celestian Tales because the story concept sounds great. I like that the developers seem to be steering away from a lot of the big fantasy and JRPG cliches; i.e., no whiny amnesiac chosen one kid with daddy issues. Also, I just really like the idea of JRPG that emphasizes choice and consequence: the story will span three decades, so the six playable characters will age as the story progresses. Ultimately the player's decisions affect how the characters grow up. The developers said that if they don't reach their goal this time, they will try again (possibly with a lower goal / less physical reward options).
Yeah I usually wait to see how the funding is going...I was going to back Liege, but completely forgot that it ended a couple days ago.
Well, remember if a KS project doesn't reach the goal, you're not charged so there's no harm in backing a "long shot" project that interests you. Btw, the developer of Liege is still offering the option to back the game via Paypal.