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Crowd Funding Roundup For 04/12/2013

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.


From the Composer of Skyrim – Soule Symphony No. 1

What’s it about?

Symphony No. 1, “The Northerner” (Opus 1) will mark Jeremy’s first foray into the grand traditions of classical music. This symphonic work is planned to feature live players and singers in addition to the innovative technologies for which Jeremy has become known.

Why it’s interesting: “The Northerner” is the first symphony on Kickstarter, which makes it unique on its own. Add in the fact that Jeremy Soule has written music for many games, including The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, the Guild Wars franchise, Neverwinter Nights, Forgotten Realms: Icewind Dale, Harry Potter, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and more, which makes this project even more intriguing. I rather like the snippet of music that is played during the above video. I’m curious to hear what the full symphony will sound like. $15 gets you a CD and a digital download.

Baldrick’s Tomb, The 30 Minute Dungeon Crawl

What’s it about?

Race through the floors of Baldrick’s Tomb to find Baldrick’s Gem! Just watch out for monsters lurking around every corner.

Why it’s interesting: A Roguelike board game for the whole family that plays in 30 minutes? Yes please! $25 gets you the game, which is a relative bargain in the boardgame market these days. Baldrick’s Tomb has received some glowing reviews and it certainly looks interesting.

Rocket Dice

What’s it about?

Inspired by the retro-future scifi of the 1950’s, Rocket Dice will add a unique vibe to any space-themed board game in need of dice.

Why it’s interesting:Rocket shaped dice, what else do you need to know? These things look terribly cool and, while themed to go with Alien Frontiers, will certainly add more of a space vibe to whatever game you’re playing. $10 will get you a set of 6 dice in one color, while $20 will get you a set of 12 dice in all the colors.

Unidentified Funny Objects 2 – Anthology of Humorous SF/F

What’s it about?

UFO 2 is the second annual anthology of humorous science fiction & fantasy stories.

Why it’s interesting: After a successful Kickstarter campaign with UFO 1 last year, editor Alex Shvartsman doing it again with UFO 2. This time he’s added headliners Robert Silverberg, Tim Pratt, Jim C. Hines, Esther Friesner and Jody Lynn Nye. The ebook is $10. The trade paperback (including the ebook) is $20.

Kill All Monsters, Volume 1: Ruins of Paris

What’s it about?

Kill All Monsters: Ruins of Paris is the printed first volume of the hit webcomic about monsters and the giant robots that kill them.

Why it’s interesting: The kickass webcomic, created by a Michael May and Jason Copland, is coming to print. It’s got giant robots and monsters, and awesome artwork. Looks like a blast. A PDF of the book is $5. A printed copy is $20 (also includes the PDF). Other rewards include T-shirts and prints.

Comic Book Babylon: A Cautionary Tale of Sex, Drugs & Comics

What’s it about?

The shocking, revealing and completely unofficial memoir of DC Comics’ legendary London office, to celebrate Vertigo’s 20th anniversary.

Why it’s interesting: Comic Book Babylon is described as “the completely unofficial and unendorsed story of DC Comic’s infamous Vertigo UK office written by one who was the heart of the drug-fuelled creative whirlwind.” Writer Tim Pilcher, the first British member of the DC editorial staff, promises to reveal “the crazy halcyon days of the British comics publishing, and [to blow] the lid off the debauchery and excess that was part and parcel of the industry.” If that sounds good to you, the ebook is £10; the paperback is £15; and the signed hardcover is £30.

Difficult Tales

What’s it about?

An anthology series of horror, science fiction, and fantasy films shot in a bold experimental style.

Why it’s interesting: The webseries, from Frank Difficult, will feature 23-minute episodes containing three to four stories each. Most individual stories will be available free through YouTube or Vimeo. Mr. Difficult plans to adapt stories, concepts and characters from the public domain, including the work of H.P. Lovecraft. He says that “much of the look of the series will be influenced by the psychedelic horror and pop art sci-fi of the 60s, such as the work of Mario Bava, Roger Corman’s Poe films, the original Star Trek, Doctor Who, and The Prisoner. For $10 you get a download of all the episodes. For $25, you get a DVD of all episodes in a special collectible package.

“Puffed Shoggoths” – A H.P. Lovecraft Art Zine!

What’s it about?

An art zine dedicated to the monstrous and mysterious world of H.P. Lovecraft.

Why it’s interesting: Puffed Shoggoths – A H.P. Lovecraft Art Zine will be perfect-bound and feature 72 pages of grey-scale artwork from more than 50 illustrators, artists and comic makers, all paying tribute to the world of H.P. Lovecraft. Artists include Julian Callos, Jimmy Giegerich, and Michael DeForge. A digital copy of the zine is $5. Print copies start at $15.

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1 Comment on Crowd Funding Roundup For 04/12/2013

  1. Thanks for the Kill All Monsters! shout out!

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