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? Help the Podcast for Writers, Readers, and Fans continue.
Why it’s interesting: The Speculate podcast, hosted by Gregory A. Wilson and Bradley P. Beaulieu, has produced 100 episodes in three years and they’ll looking to produce some more. Shows feature fiction reviews, author and artist interviews, and discussions on writing technique. Past guests include Patrick Rothfuss, Lauren Beukes, N.K. Jemisin, and Scott Lynch. The Kickstarter will help Wilson and Beaulieu to create at least 25 new episodes. Rewards include shout-outs, ebooks, and a Google hangout.
What’s it about? A science fiction romance comics anthology, featuring original short stories from independent comics creators.
Why it’s interesting: Tyrell Cannon and Scott Kroll are looking to revive the romance genre in comics – and they plan to do that than by mixing it with science fiction. The 80-page book will be 6-by-9-inches and perfect bound with black-and-white interior art and a color cover. A PDF of the book is $5, while the print copy is $15.
What’s it about? Twenty-five fortunate meetings between Lovecraftian Mythos and fairy tales of days gone by!
Why it’s interesting: If you ever wanted to see what would happen if Red Riding met Cthulhu, this anthology is probably for you. A Mythos Grimmly contains 25 mashups of Lovecraftian madness with dark fairy tales. Contributors include Joseph S. Pulver, Sr., Pete and Mandy Rawlik, E. Catherine Tobler, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, and William Meikle. The ebook is $13, while the trade paperback (plus other goodies) is $25. Other rewards include King in Yellow plushie dolls and tuckerizations.
What’s it about? A heroic Pathfinder Compatible RPG adventure, an anthology of fantasy short fiction, amazing art, and roleplaying fun!
Why it’s interesting: This is more like two Kickstarter campaigns at once. First there’s the RPG, The Temple of Modren, a 44-page Pathfinder Compatible adventure that introduces you to the World of Aetaltis. You can try it out for free by downloading the text-only draft of adventure here. If that isn’t enough, there’s also an anthology with short stories set in the game world. Contributors include Larry Correia, David Farland, Matt Forbeck, Jean Rabe, Lucy A. Snyder, and Michael A. Stackpole. Rewards include ebooks, print books, and artwork.
What’s it about? Voracious sea monster threatens tranquility of traditional blue dinner plate.
Why it’s interesting: What’s better than your grandmother’s fine china? How about fine china (well, porcelain) with a decidedly genre bent? Calamityware does just that, mashing the look of traditional blue on white china with awesome scenes straight out of a kaiju movie. This plate is #3 in the series and depicts a voracious sea monster attacking a city. Who wouldn’t want to eat off a plate like that? One plate is $25, with multiples receiving a bit of a discount. Like this plate? You can obtain the previous plates at buyclamitywear.com. After all, who doesn’t want a plate with flying monkeys on it?
What’s it about? An action RPG set in 1920s Massachusetts. Create and manage a team of investigators in a story-driven supernatural mystery.
Why it’s interesting: The creators of Witchmarsh call their game a side-scroller take on classic games like Baldur’s Gate and Wizardry. Color me intrigued! Toss in a unique setting (1920’s Massachusetts), a gaggle of potential investigators and an arresting art style and Witchmarsh looks like an entertaining game. All the positive press doesn’t hurt either. The game can be yours for 15 British pounds which is roughly $25 US dollars.
What’s it about? Evolution is a dynamic game where players must adapt to an ever-changing ecosystem.
Why it’s interesting: Evolution is a game of, well, evolution, where players attempt to evolve their species for the ever changing environment. There’s a lot people calling this the next “gateway” game and when you toss around names like Ticket to Ride and Settlers of Catan, you certainly catch my attention. Evolution is a Euro-style game but with a theme that actually influences the game mechanics and features a lot of player interaction. It’s certainly interesting. $50 will get you the boxed game.