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.


Dalek vs. Enterprise (the race to the edge of space)

What’s it about?

A race between replicas of the Starship Enterprise and a Dalek to the edge of space.

Why it’s interesting: A group of science fiction TV fans plans to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who and the 47th anniversary of Star Trek by launching toy versions of the Enterprise and a golden Dalek to the stratosphere and back — along with an HD video camera to capture the journey. How will they send them to the edge of space? With two “good sized balloons (plus the helium).” Our money is on the Enterprise.

MONSTER OF THE SKY – A Mythic Tale of Love & Revenge

What’s it about?

A clockwork science fiction film of forbidden love and revenge, inspired by a 19th-century Lord Byron poem and told in hybrid puppet animation.

Why it’s interesting: Sam Koji Hale is the director and designer of this 10-minute film. He and his team have made some amazing puppets and sets. He describes Monster of the Sky as “Dark Crystal and Spirited Away meets Count of Monte Cristo.” That seems right on the mark. $15 for a digital download of the movie might be a bit steep for a 10-minute movie, though. Hopefully, there are some extras.

Cities in the Sky: Science Fiction’s Forgotten Visionaries

What’s it about?

A documentary that shines a light on science fiction’s unknown visionaries.

Why it’s interesting: Cities in the Sky plans to give the unsung heroes of science fiction their due — the folks who wrote about such things as cryogenics, evil robots, space travel and the Internet before their better-known peers. Those unsung heroes include Edward Page Mitchell, who wrote about an invisible man and a time travel machine before H.G. Wells, and Vladimir Odoevsky, who is credited with predicting blogging and the Internet more than 170 years ago. It sounds like a fascinating movie. A HD digital download of the documentary will run you $25.

12 Realms

What’s it about?

Siegfried, Snow White, D’ Artagnan, Red Riding Hood, and the other heroes of the 12 realms are being reunited for one last great adventure. The Dark Lords have joined forces to completely conquer and subjugate all the known Lands, and only the combined efforts of all the greatest heroes can halt their nefarious plan. All players must band together to stop the Dark Lords’ overwhelming hordes from pillaging the 12 Realms.

Why it’s interesting: 12 Realms is a co-op, fantasy adventure game aimed at families and it looks fantastic. The art is very eye catching and you get 12 unpainted plastic miniatures for use with the base game. $65 for the base game may seem steep, but this is a “bits” game, where you get a lot of stuff for your money and as such, $65 is in line with other games of this type. I’m inclined to give Board Game Geek’s “Best Print and Play of 2011″ nomination a lot of weight as I trust them as a games sight. If you’re interested, you can download a copy of the rules here.

Hegemonic – 4x Space Board Game

What’s it about?

Hegemonic is a 4X game of galactic exploration, empire building, conflict, and cunning.

Why it’s interesting: I loves me some 4x space games, though I’ve only ever played Twilight Imperium 3E in the boardgame realms. Hegemonic looks like a terrific addition to the genre and one that is on my watch list. Since it’s a “bits” game, you’re getting alot for your $69 pledge (for the base game), but you’ll also get the stretch goals and free shipping (in the U.S.) If the above video doesn’t do much for you, and it didn’t for me, check out the gameplay videos here. Much like video games, so many games, so little time/money…

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