SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup For 1/7/2014

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.


Ares Magazine

What’s it about?

A relaunch of the 1980s magazine Ares.

Why it’s interesting: The relaunched Ares magazine, which ran from 1980-1984, will “combine a standalone, unique, playable board game with a collection of spectacular, new science fiction in each 80-page issue.” About 60 of the pages will be devoted to fiction, which should come out to about 16 stories. They plan to publish not only science fiction, but  pulp adventure, alternative history, fantasy, and horror. The game for issue #1 is called War of the Worlds and was created Bill Banks (Ancients, Imperator). Rewards include copies of the magazine, T-shirts, and buttons.

KUNG FURY

What’s it about?

Kung Fury is a visually spectacular action comedy that has its foundation in ’80s cop movies.

Why it’s interesting: This is easily the most awesome movie about a time-traveling kung fu cop who battles dinosaurs, Norse gods, mutants, and Adolf Hitler, “all wrapped up in an ’80s-style action-packed adventure.” But don’t take our word for it, watch the clips in the video above. Rewards include digital copies of the script, digital downloads of the movie, Blu-rays, and T-shirts.

Spark’s Volume IV

SparkVolume-IV

What’s it about?

A fund-raiser for the fourth installment in the Spark anthology series.

Why it’s interesting: Spark is a new anthology series but it has already established itself as a reliable source of top-notch speculative fiction. And the new issue seems to raise the bar even higher with stories by Brad R. Torgersen, Alex Shvartsman, Michael Hodges, Erica L. Satifka, and Anna Yeatts. Money raised will go to paying the authors pro rates.

Antique Books – horror graphic novel

What’s it about?

Antique Books is an original horror graphic novel made with graphite, ink and pixels.

Why it’s interesting: Artist and writer Scott Boyce says the story “is a variation on the ‘demon in a box’ structure… Part Alien and part homage to Kubricks’ The Shining.” The dark and weird artwork looks promising. Rewards include digital, softcover, and hardcover editions of the graphic novel.

Xenofaction: A Sci-Fi/Horror tactical boardgame

What’s it about? Command a squad of alien commandos, fight the Infected, Security Drones, rescue prisoners, evade monsters, and combat other players.
Why it’s interesting: Science fiction horror survival games are an itch of mine that I like to scratch (Half-Life anyone?) and Xenofaction looks to scratch that itch. As a member of rival factions, each player is racing the others to plumb the depths of an ancient station above Earth, complete their mission, and get out first, all the while battling all manner of baddies. $75 may sound like a lot for a boardgame (and it is), but you look to get a lot for that price. The map is huge and there are a ton of cards and other assorted ‘bits’ that come with it and it sure sounds interesting to me.

Chaosmos

What’s it about? A game of treasure hunting, spying, hoarding, deceiving, stashing & sneaking, all as the last seconds of the universe tick away.
Why it’s interesting: Now this game sounds really cool. In Chaosmos, players are racing to find the ‘Ovoid’, the one item that can save your race from the end of the universe. Trickery and deceit are the order of the day as players try to lie and backstab their way to victory. Sounds like a great way to spend the evening to me! It’s getting rather high marks on BoardGameGeek which adds an extra level on interest for me, on top of the hints of Clue and Cosmic Encounters. $10 will get you the print-and-play version, while $60 will get you the boxed set. Watching the Critical Preview for this makes it look really fun.