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.
What’s it about? A Lovecraft-inspired web series of short films.
Why it’s interesting: The Lovecraft eZine and Alien Jungle Bug Productions are teaming up to create a live-action Lovecraft-inspired anthology web series. Season 1 will feature three films based on short stories from Lovecraft eZine–”Jar of Mist” by Jeffrey Thomas, “The Treatment Room” by Kevin Crisp and “I Am the Key” by Mike Davis. The series will star Doug Jones (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth) and Katie Parker (Absentia). Rewards include HD downloads of each episode, DVDs, Blu-rays, signed scripts, and tuckerizations.
What’s it about? Three transreal SF novels by Rudy Rucker.
Why it’s interesting: Rudy Rucker is re-issuing three of his transreal novels—The Secret of Life, White Light, and Saucer Wisdom—as a single-volume trilogy through his own press, Transreal Books. Rucker describes transrealism as writing “about life as if it were science fiction.” He also plans to re-issue a short autobiographical novel called All the Visions. The ebook of the Transreal Trilogy is $5. The trilogy plus All the Visions is $10. Paperbacks of the two books (along with the e-versions and more) are $50.
What’s it about? A nonprofit educational museum dedicated to science fiction and real science.
Why it’s interesting: Any true science fiction fan has to be behind this. As the campaign points out, “This will be the first museum in the world to exclusively show the history of sci-fi films, TV, art and literature through props, sets and costumes, as well as show advancements in space travel and teach real science through science fiction.” The museum will be interactive with “fully immersive environments” and include plenty of props and memorabilia. Rewards include tickets to the museum, privates tours, T-shirts, patches, and tote bags.
What’s it about? An audiobook of Catherine Asaro’s anthology Aurora in Four Voices.
Why it’s interesting: Asaro’s anthology contains novellas and short stories and is named after the Hugo- and Nebula-nominated novella “Aurora in Four Voices.” It also includes the Nebula-winning story “The Spacetime Pool.” The audiobook recording has already begun with performing artist Sylvia Roldán Dohi doing the narration. Digital copies of the audiobook start at $25. Other rewards include copies of the Aurora in Four Voices anthology in various formats.
What’s it about? DieselStörmers is a furious run & gun game that follows the inhabitants of Ravensdale taking back their city from a rampaging ork horde. It’s high-octane carnage for 1-4 players featuring customizable motorguns, gas-guzzling knight armor, generated levels and randomized loot!
Why it’s interesting: A Dieselpunk-themed co-op shmup with customizable guns and loads of loot? Sign me up! It looks a lot like Castle Crashers meets Small Arms, and that’s not a bad thing. If you’re interested, there is a demo here for you to try. If you like it, $17 gets you the game and early access.
What’s it about? A narrative history book about the politics, warfare, betrayal, and culture that shaped the first decade of Eve Online.
Why it’s interesting: EVE Online has been called the prettiest spreadsheet you’ll ever play. However, since EVE‘s gameplay is all player driven, all kinds of interesting things can, and do happen. This History of EVE, written by freelance WIRED reporter Andrew Groen, chronicles all the backstabbing, intrigue and yes, all out galactic warfare that has occurred over EVE‘s history. For many of us, this is the best way to experience the game. You can look online to find accounts of all the interesting things that have happened. If you’re intrigued, $10 gets you a PDF of the book, while $25 nets you a softcover.
What’s it about? Armada Collectible Card Game Ed. 1 — A multiple-deck deckbuilding game of space fleet combat.
Why it’s interesting: A deckbuilder centered around space ship combat is right up my alley. Armada lets you build your armada one ship at a time, and each ship has its own deck. Actually, this isn’t a deckbuilder in the Dominion sense, in fact, it’s really a CCG like Magic. Unlike MtG, each booster comes with a set list of cards so you can buy only what you need and not have to worry about not getting the cards you want/need. According to the creator, you’ll typically need two to three boxes of ships to field and armada. The starter set, with enough cards for 2 – 4 players to play, runs you $35 while $150 nets you the entire set of all starters and boosters.