I've had a long-standing rule to avoid getting involved in any sort of crowdfunded activities. I didn't donate to Shadowrun or Wasteland, but I did buy and enjoy both of them (I'm plugging both of those games right now, just so you know they're good). I haven't...
Increase the distance your melee weapons can reach as soon as you can.
You get more for melee kills, so make sure you keep running.
You want to be in front of the scientist at all times, clearing a path.