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.


Triumph Over Tragedy: an anthology for the victims of Sandy

What’s it about?

An anthology with the proceeds going to help victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Why it’s interesting: After witnessing the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, author R.T. Kaelin decided to put together anthology of donated stories. Triumph Over Tragedy, whose theme is “triumph over tragedy,” contains a wide range of genres — fantasy, science fiction, mystery, pulp, romance and action. So far, 40 writers — including Robert Silverberg, Timothy Zahn, Michael Stackpole and Elizabeth Bear — have donated short stories to the anthology. One-hundred percent of the contributions will go to the Red Cross. The ebook is $7.

Shadows and Reflections: a Roger Zelazny Tribute Anthology

What’s it about?An anthology of stories set in the various universes created by Roger Zelazny.

Why it’s interesting: Shadows and Reflections is being edited by Roger’s son Trent Zelazny and publisher Warren Lapine. They’re looking for stories set in any of the universes that Zelazny created, except for the Amber universe. Editors will include stories by Roger’s “better known friends,” but if the campaign reaches its $10,000 goal they plan to open the anthology to unsolicited submissions.

Project London

What’s it about?

Project London is a feature-length, science-fiction, action-adventure movie.

Why it’s interesting: The movie features 774 visual effects and was made by more than 250 volunteers around the world using open-source software. The filmmakers don’t go into detail about the plot, only saying it’s a “good old fashioned science fiction movie.” It seems it’s all about the effects, and they are quite impressive, especially considering that the movie was done on a micro-budget.

“Tailly”

What’s it about?

Tailly is a wearable tail that wags when you get excited.

Why it’s interesting: Tailly uses sensors on the inside of its belt to measure your heart rate and reacts accordingly — when your heart rate increases, the tail starts wagging, and when it decreases, the tail swings slowly. The makers suggest wearing Tailly to parties or on dates to “express your true feelings through the wagging tail.” Tails come in white, black, brown and gray. They start at £60 (about $96).

The Shadow Cabal

What’s it about?

The Shadow Cabal is an independently-produced, feature-length fantasy film, packed with tons of action, magic, suspense, orcs, elves, dwarves, undead, dragons, demons, mermaids, cultists, and some humans too. And a couple of gods thrown in for good measure. We are filmmakers, but we are also huge fantasy fans. This is the film we’d love to see. The Shadow Cabal has been compared to The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, and has been called “live-action World of Warcraft“, but the truth is that there is nothing like it out there, and we’re thrilled with what we’re seeing.

Why it’s interesting: SF isn’t the only genre getting the indie movie treatment. Fantasy makes a big splash with The Shadow Cabal. Watching the trailer, I was impressed by how well the film looks. The movie has already been shot and edited (the trailer above is actual movie footage), the creators are using Kickstarter to fund a visually heavy effects sequence to finish off the film, which can be yours for $15 for the HD digital version, or $10 for the digital SD version. You can see all the projects the creative team have worked on here.

Punktown: An RPG Setting for Call of Cthulhu® and BRP Gaming

What’s it about?

Punktown: An RPG Setting for Call of Cthulhu® and BRP is a book that will allow players of Chaosium’s famous award-winning system to explore a dark, futuristic world fraught with untold perils. If you’re a cyberpunk fan, if you’re a horror fan, or if you’re both, you’ll want to explore the pages of this book.The book will be written for the famous BRP system, compatible with Call of Cthulhu and Chaosium’s many other game settings, so if you’re looking to expand your world, and add options, look no further than Punktown!

Why it’s interesting: Jeffrey Thomas’ Punktown merged with the Cthulhu mythos? Holy crap what’s not to love?! $10 gets you the PDF of the rulebook. That’s terribly inciting right there…

1969 – The Space Race

What’s it about?

You are in charge of the space program of one of the nations competing to be the first to the Moon. You have to plan your research strategy, hire brilliant scientists to improve your technical achievements, and perform training missions, all with the ultimate goal of delivering a man to the Moon… before the end of 1969!

Why it’s interesting: A boardgame about the space race is right up my alley. Usually, boardgames on Kickstarter are trying to get the game published. Not so with 1969, it’s already been published, the Kickstarter is to fund a second printing of the game. $50 may seem a lot, but you get quite a bit in the box and it’s on par with other boardgames I’ve seen on Kickstarter. Heck, that’s pretty much par for the course for larger boardgames in general.

Persia Blues

What’s it about?

Minoo Shirazi is a rebellious young Iranian woman, struggling to define herself amidst the strict social conventions of an oppressive regime, and the differing wishes of an overbearing father. Minoo Shirazi is also a free-spirited adventurer in a fantasy world, a place where aspects of modern America and ancient Persia meld into a unique landscape.

And yet, neither of these women are the true Minoo Shirazi.

Persia Blues is a character-driven slice of life tale, combining fantastical elements with contemporary politics, while exploring the universal themes of tradition, family, guilt, and freedom.

Why it’s interesting: If you’re looking for something a little different to read, Persia Blues seems to fit the bill. A story told in comic form, featuring a female protagonist involved in a fantastical story that takes place in an Iranian setting certainly sounds interesting. $20 gets you the physical book.

Forsaken Fortress – the survival RPG

What’s it about?

A special RPG in which you assemble your team, build and manage your base, collect resources, and survive in a post-apocalyptic world

Why it’s interesting: The idea of this game really interests me. Set in an apocalyptic world, you have to build your underground base, scavenge for resources and build a starship to leave the Earth. Forsaken Fortress blends RPG, survival and RTS elements into something that, on the surface, seems very intriguing. $15 gets you a DRM free digital copy and the October 2013 delivery date seems fairly reasonable.

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