Crowd Funding Roundup For 09/15/2012

[Crowdfunding is the in thing for obtaining money to fund a variety of projects, with Kickstarter being the most prominent of these sites. With new projects going live daily, it’s a chore to keep up with, let alone find, interesting genre projects. The Crowd Funding Roundup will be our effort to bring projects we think are interesting to your attention so you can, if you so choose, decide to help out. These posts will be a collaborative effort between James Aquilone and JP Frantz.]

A Steampunk’s Guide to Sex

What’s it about?

Your guide to the sexy side of steampunk, covering everything from kinky Victorian sexuality to contemporary subcultural sex.

Why it’s interesting: If you like your steampunk extra steamy, then you’ll probably want to check out A Steampunk’s Guide to Sex. The book covers both Victorian and contemporary sexuality, such as DIY floggers made with bike tubes, steam-powered vibrators and Victorian aphrodisiacs. And best of all it promises plenty of illustrations “with steamy modern photos shot with the historical tintype process.” For $12, you get a print copy of the book.

Dunk and Egg: A Game of Thrones Fan Web Series

What’s it about?

The pilot episode for a web series set in the world of A Song of Ice and Fire created by a passionate team of GoT fans.

Why it’s interesting: Dunk & Egg is a fan-created web series based on George R.R. Martin’s novella “The Hedge Knight,” set about 100 years before the main Song of Ice and Fire cycle. The more Game of Thrones the better, right? With only 10 episodes a year of the HBO series, that leaves fans with plenty of downtime. Perhaps with Dunk & Egg, GoT withdrawal will go a bit smoother. For $15, you get an HD download of the pilot episode.

Cthulhu Claus Greeting Cards

What’s it about?

Holiday greeting cards featuring Cthulhu as Santa.

Why it’s interesting: Are you dreaming of a weird Christmas? If you are, then check out these greeting cards by cartoonist Jody Lindke. They will also feature a Lovecraftian greeting written by Cthulhu scribe Kenneth Hite. For $30, you get a box of 25 cards (5 of each design).

Pixel Perfect: Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!

What’s it about?

Unofficial encyclopedia of the classic NES game Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! in celebration of its 25th anniversary.

Why it’s interesting: If you still remember how to avoid the Bull Charge, then here’s the perfect gift — a 240-page encyclopedia detailing everything you ever wanted to know about the Nintendo game Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! For $10, you get the e-book. The hardcover will run you $125.

Doomsday Knits: Projects for the Apocalypse and After

What’s it about?

A collection of knits inspired by post-apocalyptic film, literature and fashion, with an eye towards both whimsy and wearability.

Why it’s interesting: he world might be ending, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look good. These knits will keep you warm and cozy through nuclear winters, zombie attacks and alien enslavement. The book will contain knitting patterns as well as photos, tips, trivia, tidbits and recommended media. For $20, you get the e-book.

Deck of the Extraordinary Voyages

What’s it about?

A beautifully illustrated and designed Steampunk-styled playing card deck. For card players, gamers, magicians and fans of Jules Verne and based on Verne’s Les Voyages Extraordinaires. Within the deck, each suit draws upon his worlds for its theme and imagery. Spades rule the ground and below, Hearts the skies, Diamonds the stars, and Clubs the oceans.

Why it’s interesting: Steampunk inspired Jules Verne playing cards, what’s not to like? And $10 gets one deck. Sure it’s more than a deck from Walmart, but then you’d be getting a deck from Walmart…

M.O.R.E. – old school turn-based 4X space strategy game

What’s it about?

We do not want to create a game with just impressive graphics. We want to go beyond the visual and special effects and create a truly amazing gaming experience, drawing on the wealth of options. We will create a game that captures the real joy of outwitting opponents, planning long-term strategy, and fighting 3D tactical space battles. We want our game to become the next computer game addiction.

Why it’s interesting: If you pay attention to those sorts of things, you know that 4x space strategy games, after a long dry spell, are making somewhat of a comeback recently. MORE looks to scratch the itch for those looking for “just one more turn”. I firmly believe we can’t have enough big 4x space games, especially those with multiplayer built in from the start. For $10 you get a digital copy of the game, which could be a bargain.

Star Trek Enterprise Bridge Restoration

What’s it about?

This is a non-profit mission By Fans, For Fans, to completely restore the Star Trek The Next Generation D Bridge Set that Paramount created for display after the original set was destroyed for the film Star Trek: Generations. Once completed, it will be open to the public for Meetings, Movie Showings, Fund Raisers, Tours, Fan Filming, anything! Our INDIEGOGO Campaign will be continuing until early December, with new items constantly being added.

Why it’s interesting: How cool is it that a group of fans want to restore the bridge of the Enterprise, then make it freely available to one and all for whatever use they can dream of? Pretty cool indeed. If you’re interested, for $20 you can get a t-shirt to help support this endeavor, with many more perks listed at Indigogo. This project is a flexible funding campaign, which means the creators keep all money pledged, even if the goal isn’t reached.

Project Eternity

What’s it about?

Obsidian Entertainment and our legendary game designers Chris Avellone, Tim Cain, and Josh Sawyer are excited to bring you a new role-playing game for the PC. Project Eternity (working title) pays homage to the great Infinity Engine games of years past: Baldur’s Gate, Icewind Dale, and Planescape: Torment.

Project Eternity aims to recapture the magic, imagination, depth, and nostalgia of classic RPGs that we enjoyed making – and playing. At Obsidian, we have the people responsible for many of those classic games and we want to bring those games back… and that’s why we’re here – we need your help to make it a reality!

Why it’s interesting: Holy crap! A brand new RPG from some of the people behind many of the classic, and best, RPG’s of all time? I’m in, site unseen. Toss in the fact this will be an M-rated game and I’m hopeful we will get something truly unique and compelling, something traditional development houses stay away from. There are many funding options, but only $20 gets you the game. That’s a steal given the talent working on this game and explains why, with 31 days to go, Project: Eternity is well over 50% of it’s $1.1 million dollar goal on it’s way to (if you believe Kicktraq) racking in a gob-smacking $17.2 million. That would have to be an all time record of Kickstarter.

Texas or Die: An Anthology of Texas Horror

What’s it about?

A Texas-themed horror anthology from the best writers in Texas, including A. Lee Martinez, Robert Jackson Bennett, and more.

Why it’s interesting: You don’t see to many horror anthologies popping up (maybe that’s just me?), but here’s your chance to help fund one with a Texas horror theme, and I’m not just talking about Rick Perry’s hair. $15 gets you a PDF of the book that you helped make a reality. You know you want to…


The Audience Participation Bit

– Now it’s your turn. Has any of readers backed any of the projects we’ve listed? What are you feelings towards crowd funding in general? Anything you’d like to add as it pertains to SF/F/H? Tell us in the comments!

2 thoughts on “Crowd Funding Roundup For 09/15/2012”

  1. I’ve backed a far amount of projects. Many RPG ones, but fiction ones as well. What I have seen is that the distribution of product hasn’t always gone well. Some people do it right (I’m looking at you, Tobias Buckell. Stand up guy!), but other outfits have been a disappointment

  2. Hello guys,

    I hope nobody will blame me for saying that… but if someone is interested in a new kind of video game, we invite you to have a look with our project we realize: RECYX an new evolutive survival community game. A MMORTS like ! …build, fight, survive in a post apocalyptic scenario, with robots called Recyx.

    Few days ago we launched our project on Kickstarter platform. There you will find a video presentation and more info about our project:
    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/psr/recyx-will-they-find-the-energy-needed

    Thank you for your support !

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