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So far Star Citizen has collected in excess of $30 Million dollars in backing from its fans due to a really wonderful marketing campaign. This has blown away the original funds it collected during kickstarter. It's releasing modules to its fans piecemeal so they can play certain pieces of the game as they're completed.
I hope CU does something similar soon. I would like to see Paypal donations open with a similar structure. For instance, one of the modules CU could release early could be the housing module. Backers at advanced levels could be eligible for augmented building materials or a larger land area to work with for various levels of donations.
Once a basic combat system is in a rudimentary battle grounds could be released. DaOC players remember Thidranki and Molvik. Depending on the donation level, backers could have access to battlegrounds with various levels of capability.
These are just a couple of ideas of course but I would like to see CU generate greater amounts of starting capital. Right now players are shelling out hundreds and thousands of dollars just to see some static spaceships in a hanger. I'm sure fans of CU would be willing to do the same.