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...
If you dodge directly backwards when you're being shot at you'll probably still get hit.
Time your blocks well to negate all of the damage.
If an enemy has a sword, stay back and shoot. If it has a gun, get up close and cut.