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SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup For 01/10/2013

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?

Sci-Fi author Jay Lake has an 8% chance of surviving long enough to see his daughter graduate high school. What does a parent do?

Why it’s interesting: Jay Lake’s battle with cancer has been going on for years. He has been very open about it.  This film started as a story about how Jay had beaten cancer. He had been in remission for several months and everyone was pleased at how healthy he was looking. They decided to follow Jay for one year, from birthday to birthday (or “JayCon” as he now calls his public birthday parties). They began filming at Paradise Lost II, a writers workshop in San Antonio, Texas. Jay was a guest instructor with fellow author Steven Brust. He was happy and in great spirits. In August, the devastating news came. Jay’s cancer had returned and three aggressive tumors were devouring his liver. Because of the unexpected recurrence of Jay’s cancer, everything has changed, and the documentary’s entire tone has shifted. For $25, you can help support this film and receive a digital copy when it’s completed.


What’s it about?

Submitomancy is a tracking and social networking project aimed at writers and publishers.

Why it’s interesting: Duotrope’s switch to a paid service has been met with outrage in the writing community. Submitomancy hopes to do better, and do it cheaper. Spearheaded by writer Sylvia Spruck Wrigley, Submitomancy offers a submission tracking system for writers of short fiction and poetry, in both free and paid versions. The free service includes a manuscript database, basic search, submission tracking and average response times per market. Premium subscriptions, which run from £10 (about $16.25) to £20 ($32.50) a year as opposed to Duotrope’s $50, add power searches, social interactions and a cover-letter generator, among other features.

Mario Warfare – Let’s Finish This!

What’s it about?

A web series that places old-school video game characters such as Mario and Luigi in the gritty new world of first-person shooters like COD and Battlefield.

Why it’s interesting: If you’ve ever wondered what if would look like if Michael Bay directed a Mario Bros. movie, check out Mario Warfare. The filmmakers have produced two episodes, but they’re looking to make more with help from their Kickstarter campaign. The slick, bloody web series is a must-see for any NES fan. For $25, you get a signed DVD of Mario Warfare.

Deluxe Tunnels & Trolls

What’s it about?

The original team that put together T&T has reunited: Ken St Andre, Liz Danforth, and Bear Peters are working together with Rick Loomis of Flying Buffalo and graphic genius Steve Crompton. Our dream is to create the best version of Tunnels & Trolls yet seen.

Why it’s interesting: Most people have heard of Dungeons and Dragons, but there was another RPG system created as a more accessible alternative to D&D, called Tunnels and Trolls. As you might expect in today’s Kickstarter-happy age, Tunnels and Trolls is being re-made for a new generation of gamers. The cool thing here is the original design team is back and working on the new edition. $14 gets you a PDF of the rules, while $28 gets you a softcover, which isn’t bad for a 200-page RPG rulebook.

Rivet Wars

What’s it about?

Rivet Wars is a miniatures boardgame that springs forth from the warped imagination of Ted Terranova – set on a world that never quite left World War I but with crazy technology like walking tanks, diesel powered armor, unicycled vehicles and armor plated cavalry!

Why it’s interesting: This. Looks. Awesome! Just look at all the terrific-ly awesome miniatures used in the game and the plug-in system used to upgrade units is something I haven’t really seen before, though I am not big in the mini scene. Yes, $90 is steep price, but miniature games all seem to go at that price or higher and Rivet Wars certainly looks cooler than most I’ve seen. Now if only I had someone to split the cost with…

Quantum Expanse Space Fleet Miniatures Game

What’s it about?

Quantum Expanse, an innovative tabletop space fleet miniatures game, set in the year 3985, for 2 or more players

Why it’s interesting: I’m a sucker for spaceship combat games. This has that, plus a ton of miniature spaceships you can push around on your tabletop. Add in hidden movement and simultaneous combat and the game sounds really interesting. I’m very curious as to how it actually plays. $55 gets you a base version of the game for you and a friend to play, though that $220 version is chock full spaceship-y goodness.

About James Aquilone (115 Articles)
James Aquilone is an editor and writer, mostly of the speculative ilk, from Staten Island, New York. His fiction has appeared in Nature’s Futures, Galaxy’s Edge, Flash Fiction Online, and Weird Tales Magazine, among many other publications. His nonfiction has appeared in SF Signal, Den of Geek, Shock Totem, and Hellnotes. He is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and the Horror Writers Association. Visit him at
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