There have been several recent Kickstarter campaigns cut from the same bell-curve cloth as the record-breaking Dow Jones Industrial average. Almost all of these have involved the video game industry and, in two cases, Newport Beach-based inXile entertainment.

Symptomatically, the figure quoted yesterday by OC Register reporter Ian Hamilton for the company’s Torment: Tides of Numenéra  campaign has since doubled. At press time, more than 33,000 backers have ponied way past the target goal for a combined total of more than $1.8 million. From the company’s Wednesday Kickstarter update:

Upon reaching $1.5M, we will expand the richness and reactivity of the story through adding two new writers to our team – Tony Evans and Mur Lafferty. We have designed the game’s storyline to be highly scalable and modular, and this allows us to bring in additional writing talent to enhance Torment’s story through deeper content and new areas and characters – both optional ones and on the critical path.

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