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.


World War Cthulhu: A Collection of Lovecraftian War Stories with Illustrations

What’s it about?

War stories with Lovecraftian forces & elder gods!

Why it’s interesting: This collection of Lovecraftian war stories will feature 21 of the biggest authors in the genre, such as John Shirley, Tim Curran, W.H. Pugmire, William Meikle, Christine Morgan, and Cody Goodfellow. It will also have original illustrations by artist M. Wayne Miller and front cover artwork by Vincent Chong. All physical editions offered during the Indiegogo campaign are campaign exclusive editions that will feature unique designs and extras not offered in market versions. Brian M. Sammons and Glynn Owen Barrass are the editors. The ebook is $5, while the trade paperback is $15 and a  signed hardcover is $50. Other rewards include signed editions, tuckerizations, and the chance to be killed in one of the stories.

Lady of Misrule: A Marla Mason Novel

What’s it about?

Lady of Misrule will be the eighth full-length book in Tim Pratt’s Marla Mason series.

Why it’s interesting: Tim Pratt has successfully crowd-funded the last four novels in the Marla Mason series. He’s already reached his goal for the fifth, Lady of Misrule, but he still has a stretch goal to reach and there are a bunch of cool rewards – not to mention the book itself. This is how he describes the story for Lady of Misrule: “In this volume, Marla awakens for her month on Earth and finds her allies missing, and an old enemy causing trouble in her home city of Felport, where Marla once ruled as chief sorcerer. Meanwhile, a rather charming gentlemen who happens to be a monstrous exile from beyond our multiverse has decided that murdering gods might be a fun pastime, and he figures he’ll start with Marla. With the help of her former apprentice Bradley Bowman, Marla has to rescue her friends, crush her enemies, and eliminate the aforementioned existential threat–before her month runs out and she returns to the underworld.” The ebook is $10, while the trade paperback is $35. Other rewards include chapbooks, signed editions, and tuckerizations.

The Intergalactic Travel Bureau Tour

What’s it about?

The Intergalactic Travel Bureau is a live, interactive, science-theater experience that explores the incredible possibilities of space tourism.

Why it’s interesting: If you ever wanted to plan a trip to the Moon, this is your chance. Over the last three years,  the Bureau has popped up  in New York, London, and San Francisco.  They describe it as “a little bit like Virgin Galactic and Space X meet The Jetsons and Mad Men.” The Bureau is staffed by professional actors, who play the role of space travel agents, and professional astronomers, who play the role of resident scientists. People of all ages are invited to plan the intergalactic vacation of a lifetime. With the funds from the campaign, they plan to take the Travel Bureau on tour across America and Britain. Rewards include space postcards, posters, and personalized travel brochures.

ORBIT – A Sci-Fi Thriller from the Mind of Edgar Allan Poe

What’s it about?

ORBIT transforms the classic Edgar Allan Poe story “The Tell-Tale Heart” into a gritty and visually striking science fiction short film.

Why it’s interesting: Filmmakers Don Thiel and Nic Camp have created what they describe as “a frightening, dark and emotionally gripping science fiction version of Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘The Tell-Tale Heart.'” The story: “As a pair of astronauts orbit a distant planet in the future, a mysterious man attempts to convince himself of his sanity while describing his brutal act of murder. As his tale unfolds, he becomes haunted by his deed and a thunderous heartbeat that could only come from the far reaches of space.” If the trailer is any indication, they weren’t kidding about the intensity. Rewards include digital downloads of the film, DVDs and Blu-rays, and The Art of Orbit book.

APEX MAGAZINE

What’s it about?

Become a patron of Apex Magazine.

Why it’s interesting: Apex is looking to expand. With help from their patrons, publisher Jason Sizemore hopes to add more original fiction, a second story to their monthly podcast, and a second reprint to each issue as well as increase the pay rates for authors and artists. Rewards include monthly ebook subscriptions and Mystery Minion Mail.

StarCrawlers

What’s it about? Lead a crew of freelance adventurers & navigate corporate intrigue on the fringes of space in a classic sci-fi dungeon crawl.
Why it’s interesting: First-person view dungeon crawlers have a made a bit of a comeback since the release of Grimlock a couple years ago. However, even going back to the good old days of Wizardry, there has been a distinct lack of SF themed crawlers. StarCrawlers aims to fix that as your party is tasked with various missions to explore derelict spaceships and other various settings, set inside an overarching story. Exploring abandoned spaceships and fighting your way through renegade robots and aliens? What’s not to love? In! For $15 you get the game, while $20 adds the soundtrack. Other tiers let you design in game items, characters and other good stuff.

Darkest Dungeon

What’s it about? Darkest Dungeon is a challenging gothic roguelike RPG about the psychological stresses of adventuring.
Why it’s interesting: Most roguelikes involve a single character doing single charactery things during their dungeon delve, usually ending up dead, but occasionally emerging victorious. Darkest Dungeon adds a few unique takes: 4-character parties, a different art style and gameplay, and what looks to be an emphasis on the psychological stresses one would face during a dungeon crawl. This last aspect, which is touched upon briefly in this combat video, is the most intriguing to me and lends a great deal of oppressive foreboding and dread to the game. $20 nets you the game, early access on Steam and a say in the game’s development.

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