Hyperborea, the Review, League of Legends and a New View on Cuusoo
We are doing something a little different this week. There are four "news" items related to Cuusoo this week instead of showcasing a single project. No, nothing about BttF or the next review reveal, but it is some interesting Cuusoo items none the less.
First I wanted to share Nick Royer's latest project which just got published. You may recall that Royer is the creator of "Space Troopers," one of only three Cuusoo projects to reach 10,000 without a popular IP backing it up. Now he introduces "Hyperborea."
This is another "theme" type project (yes we all know it will have to whittle down to one set when it reaches 10k) but instead of outer space this time, it's inner space with a pulpy hollow earth adventure. From what Roy is showcasing, the project looks like a lot of fun but he is already promising more. I for one am really looking forward to what he has to show.
Cuusoo Review Update
Tim Courtney has posted to the Cuusoo blog with a notice that the Summer 2013 review deadline is June 3rd. There is a nice showcase of the top five projects and an "update" on the review status. Not really anything juicy or new, just a reminder really about the complexity of the task. There is however this great little graphic of the projects currently under review.
League of Legends
Speaking of Summer review deadlines, League of Legends needs a little more than 750 support to get it to 10,000 in time for the review.
It is not an impossible range of support, especially considering the nature of League of Legends (LoL). It is an online, free to play, arena battle game with apparently 12-million players worldwide per day. This project has experienced extreme surges of support in the last few weeks but is currently at a lull right at the finish line.
This project is obviously going to get to 10k, it is just a matter of when, but it could certainly use your support to get into the Summer review.
A New View to Cuusoo
A lot of people complain about the quality of projects on Cuusoo. I have given Cuusoo a lot of feedback in this regard but of course they are dealing with the bigger picture and as any of you with project management experience can attest to, scope creep is something to be avoided at all costs. So I decided to do something about it on my own.
I have created four new pages that actively find Cuusoo projects that are trending up, both mature projects and new ones. Using these pages you can leave sifting through the projects to the people like me and just get a look at the best Cuusoo has to offer.
Daily Support showcases the top 60 projects of the day. It also has a table showing the top 25 projects of the day and their performance on the previous two days to help spot trends. This page is a mix of new projects and old as well as projects which have caught the attention of the media.
Weekly Support is similar to Daily Support but it collects the support over the last seven days. This page showcases the "work-horses" of the Cuusoo projects as well as the stand out new projects that might go the distance.
Latest Projects showcases the latest 54 projects in descending order based on support. Nearly every day projects cycle in and out of this page.
Top New Projects is for people who really just want to see the best of what is new in Cuusoo. The top row of projects collects the very latest projects and shows the top three. The following five rows show the top 15 of the latest 54 projects.
All of these pages are in Beta at the moment. The technical side of them is pretty well developed but they could use a bit more shine and polish. I have a lot more plans for the pages though so the technical aspects are going to trump the visual elements for a while longer.
A Week of Cuusoo
This week, my pick was the "new" Micro Hogwarts Castle. This is the third one on Cuusoo but I think it manages to pack the biggest punch in the smallest package. This scale should find easy appeal with the part-time FOL / full-time FOP's (Fan of Potter's) budget and display options. The light brick also adds a lot of charm and life to the structure.
A UCS speeder bike, a Micro Galaxy Explorer μ928, and an aircraft carnival ride fleshed out my top picks for the week.
My review of these projects, a showcase of all the projects that came out in the last week and a few other ramblings about Cuusoo and crowd sourced / funded projects (including one for new "Lego" Tank Treads) can be found here.