Crowd funding 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 are a collaborative effort between James Aquilone and JP Frantz.


Maia

What’s it about?

Inspired heavily by the 70’s Sci-fi aesthetic, Maia is a colony management simulator where you must keep your colonists safe, fed and happy. Liberally influenced by nineties god games, the game will have a dark sense of humour and more toys to play with than you can shake a Molyneux at.

Why it’s interesting: Frankly, you had me at “colony management” and “70’s SF aesthetic”, but then you had to throw in something like “inspired by games such as Dungeonkeeper and Dwarf Fortress and I’m not sure I can keep my wallet closed. I really dig the idea and roughly $16 gets you into the alpha and a digital copy of the game.

Sir, You Are Being Hunted

What’s it about?

Sir, You Are Being Hunted is a single-player first-person game of desperate survival in a world where mechanical aristocrats hunt humans for sport.

Why it’s interesting: Sir, You Are Being Hunted is a veritable smorgasbord of gaming goodness, a virtual Thanksgiving meal every day! It’s a procedurally generated (via The British Countryside Generator no less), open sandbox FPS with Thief-like elements filled with evil tweedpunk robots. Don’t you people realize that Christmas is next month? I’ll need a second job to pay for everything, but for roughly $16, you’ll get a digital download of the game. And really, how can you resist being hunted by evil tweedpunk robots? And if you people (this time, SF Signal readers) know what’s good for you (ie. – me) you’ll pony up and help reach the 80k British pounds goal to add multiplayer so you and three of your friends can engage in some DayZ style survival mayhem, only with evil robots instead of zombies.

The Rise Of Krypton Radio

What’s it about?

Krypton Radio is the only science fiction / comics radio station in the world. Out of a planet full of podcasts and radio shows, we’re the only station. And that’s a shame, because science fiction, fantasy, gaming and comics fans are some of the most creative in the world. That’s why Krypton Radio is so important. It’s a lens, bringing both fannish creators and audience into focus for the other, and in the three years since we first went on the air, we have become a focal point for much of this mad electrified creativity.

Why it’s interesting: Krypton Radio is looking to expand their audio efforts and needs the support of the community to do so. They’ve created a campaign the way Kickstarter intended (think PBS pledge drive) instead of what it’s become (a gussied up pre-order system) where you get items for pledging, but mostly you get the satisfaction for helping out a station you really enjoy. I’ve never listened (yet) but I do like the idea of a station dedicated to SF/F and fandom. Goodness knows TV isn’t going to be doing that anytime soon.

Pier Solar HD

What’s it about?

Pier Solar is a 16-bit RPG that tells the story of Hoston, a young botanist who is on a quest to save his father from a mysterious illness. Along with his two best friends Alina and Edessot, the three friends embark on a quest seeking a rare herb to cure the illness of Hoston’s father. Little do they know, it is the beginning of a winding journey that unravels his father’s past and the mystery of Pier Solar and the Great Architects.

Why it’s interesting: From the “I had no idea” file, comes Pier Solar, an epic RPG released in 2010 for the Sega Genesis system (of all the crazy things). Pier Solar is a true indie game, developed over years of painstaking work, it’s a labor of love that has been exceedingly popular since before it’s publication. Now, WaterMelon want to port Pier Solar to the XBOX 360, PC, Mac, Linux & Sega Dreamcast. I’m a sucker for retro-looking, epic in size and scope RPGs and this game certainly looks to fill that particular bill. $15 gets you a copy of the game for the 360, presumably as an Arcade title.

StarForge

What’s it about?

StarForge is a game about gathering resources, building bases, crafting anything you want, and surviving on an alien planet. Earth’s star is dying and humanity transferred as much technology and resources as possible and left on a one way mission to populate another planet.

StarForge was inspired by Halo, Warcraft 3, Borderlands, Terraria, and Minecraft. It borrows elements from the RTS, FPS, RPG, Voxel Builder, Tower Defense, and Physics Sandbox genres. We are building a dark and serious universe and want the player to live out their own unique story on the procedural planet.

Why it’s interesting: Holy crap, this “game” looks awesome. It’s much more than Minecraft in space, complete with physics-based movement and a ton of ambitious sounding features (seriously, go read the IndieGoGo page). StarForge is the type of game crowdfunding was designed to support: an incredibly ambitious idea that no corporate published would ever touch. That alone is almost worth a donation, but the SF setting is just icing ($15 gets you the game).

Waylines Magazine

What’s it about?

Waylines is a bi-monthly speculative fiction magazine that will publish science-fiction, fantasy and horror, as well as stream short genre films.

Why it’s interesting: Waylines was co-founded by director/writer Darryl Knickrehm and former Ideomancer Magazine managing editor David Rees-Thomas. The magazine will be available for free through their website WaylinesMagazine.com. Each issue will include four short stories, one editorial, one film and interviews. Issue #1, which is set to be published in January, features an interview with Cat Rambo. Knickrehm and Rees-Thomas have opened up submissions and say they’re looking for “life-changing, classic, mind-bending fiction.” A $10 pledge gets you Zero Issue, available online to Kickstarter supporters.

Magnet Comic: A Custom Magnetic & Dry-Erase Comic Strip

What’s it about?

A customizable comic strip that lets you create your own comics using magnetic characters and a dry-erase marker.

Why it’s interesting: The Magnet Comic includes a walnut wood comic strip with dry-erase panels and magnetic characters with a variety of facial expressions. Arrange the characters anyway you like, add text with the marker, and — voila! — you have your very own comic. Sets start at $25, and each is handmade by Erik Heumiller.

Medium Rare and Back Again: A Tolkien Cookbook

What’s it about?

A cookbook based on food from The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, and Tolkien’s world!

Why it’s interesting: If you can’t get to Denny’s for their Hobbit-inspired menu (Hobbit Hole Breakfast anyone?), then here’s the next best thing — a Tolkien cookbook. Food blogger Heath Dill aims to write a 30-recipe book, to be published in both print and free online versions. Besides recipes, the book will contain pictures, cooking tips and tricks, and “witty” commentary from “Tolkien Professor” Corey Olsen and Dill.

Combat Kitchenware

What’s it about?

Epic kitchenware to make your meals legendary!

Why it’s interesting: If you think cooking is for wimps, you might want to get yourself a Fighting Man Frying Pan. It’s probably the only pan Conan would use. That’s because these ass-kicking pans look more like weapons. Each one comes with not a handle, but a hilt. Would go great with the Tolkien Cookbook!

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