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.


Fireside Magazine Year 3

What’s it about? Help Fireside Magazine reach two goals: finding and publishing great storytelling regardless of genre, and fair pay for creators.

Why it’s interesting: As the monthly multigenre fiction magazine enters its third year of publication, they “plan to shift to a sustainable, ongoing funding model so we don’t have to do these big campaigns.” The publishers also plan on making the website free, while keeping ebooks as a subscriber-only benefit. If funding is successful, they will open quarterly to submissions for short stories and flash fiction, starting in June. Rewards include ebooks, subscriptions, and postcards.

Cranky Ladies of History anthology

What’s it about? Short story anthology about “history’s cranky ladies, those women who bucked the trends of their time and took on cultural norms to challenge society’s rules and ideas about how women should behave.”

Why it’s interesting: Tehani Wessely and Tansy Rayner Roberts are co-editing this book, and while only author Jane Yolen has been confirmed for the anthology so far, there are plenty of other great writers who have submitted pitches for stories or accepted invitations to submit. Rewards include ebook and hardcover copies of  Cranky Ladies of History and  canvas prints of the cover image.

Devils’ Field: Lucy A. Snyder’s New Jessie Shimmer Novel

What’s it about? The fourth Jessie Shimmer novel from Lucy A. Snyder.

Why it’s interesting: After Del Rey declined to publish more of the urban fantasy series, Snyder decided to go the crowd-funding route for the fourth book. In Devil’s Field, Jessie Shimmer wields perilous magic, battle vicious devils, and fight the Virtus Regnum to save her aunt and put things right. The book is scheduled for release in late 2014. The ebook is $10, while the trade paperback is $20. Other rewards include signed editions, book bundles, and tuckerizations.

Niteblade 2014 Fundraiser

What’s it about? Help fund another year of Niteblade Magazine.

Why it’s interesting: Donations will help to pay writers, artists, and web hosts for Niteblade Magazine, which has been publishing fantasy and horror stories and poetry since 2007. Rewards include subscriptions to the magazine, the chance to pick the theme for their next special theme issue, and poem and story critiques.

Star Trek: Prelude to Axanar

What’s it about? Prelude to Axanar is a short film that will lead into, and act as a primer to, the feature-length Axanar.

Why it’s interesting: Prelude to Axanar chronicles the events leading up to the Battle of Axanar, the central incident of the film Axanar, to be filmed later this year. The 20-minute movie will give both a historical and personal account of the war, and stars Battlestar Galactica‘s Richard Hatch and Michael Hogan. Rewards include digital downloads and DVDs of Prelude to Axanar, illustrated scripts, and T-shirts.

After Reset: The Fall of Gyes

What’s it about? A sci-fi graphic novel inspired by classic sci-fi horror films of Ridley Scott.

Why it’s interesting: The 32-page graphic novel tells the back story of the After Reset RPG. The Fall of Gyes is set in a world where  nearly  all of civilization has been by a nuclear fire, and the creators say they are looking to “create a graphic novel that has the same cinematic and storytelling quality of classic films like The Thing or Aliens.” Rewards include digital and physical copies of the graphic novel, character posters, and RPGs.

BANSHEES: A Rock ‘N’ Roll Horror Novel by Mike Baron

What’s it about? A  rock ’n’ roll horror novel by Mike Baron.

Why it’s interesting: Banshees tells the story of a rock band that returns 40 years after all the members were thought to have died in a plane crash. Now every time the group–known for its satanic lyrics, drunken excess and rumors of blood sacrifice–plays, someone dies. American Fantasy Press intends to publish a signed limited-edition, a signed trade edition and an e-book of the novel. Rewards include ebooks, graphic novels, and tuckerizations.

Inceptor – The Game of Your Dreams

What’s it about? Enter the dream world and attempt to perform inception in this classically played, yet modern themed board game.

Why it’s interesting: What’s this? A game based on the movie Inception? Why yes it is! Each player is competing to place an idea in the Mark’s head, hoping he’ll carry that idea out upon waking. It’s an interesting idea for a game, though there is a lack of gameplay videos to see how it actually plays. You’ll need $60 to see how far down you can go…

DUELYST

What’s it about? Squad-Based Tactical Combat with Ranked Competitive Play. Brought to you by veterans from Diablo III and Rogue Legacy.

Why it’s interesting: Here is one computer game that certainly looks very intriguing. A squad-based tactical combat game set in a Not Generic Fantasy World, Duelyst has a unique visual style backed up by a decent development pedigree. Just looking at all the available units indicates there could be a lot of depth here, as do the positive reviews from several online gaming sites. This is one I’m watching. For $20 you’ll get a downloadable copy of the game.

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