The whole thing is not about about ROI at all... my understanding is that the thinking is that "it would be cool if there were some realistic swordplay SDK/API/thing out there" . Neal Stephenson has the pull and is therefore putting his face to it (random geek has kickstarter project is not a
CF: "Hello everybody out there using minix -I'm doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won't be big and professional like gnu)
IFTFY: "Hello everybody out there into swordfights -I'm doing a (free) platform for swordfight games (just a hobby, won't have any backstory yet, just I think it would be cool)"
"All we are given is possibilities -- to make ourselves one thing or another." -- Ortega y Gasset