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SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup For 8/19/2013

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.


The Choosatron: Interactive Fiction Arcade Machine

What’s it about?

The Choosatron is a Choose Your Own Adventure® inspired story printer. Wi-Fi connected and fully hackable!

Why it’s interesting: You want this! Jerry Belich has invented a Choose You Own Adventure machine, or as he calls it, a small interactive fiction game box. This is how it works: Bits of the story are printed out of the top of the cube, sort of like a receipt from a cash register. You are then given four choices on how the story should proceed. Make your decision by pressing a button and then the rest of the story prints out until you get to the next plot point. Once you get to the end, you rip off the story and start over again. You’ll be able to write your own stories as well, using open and free software; download new stories over Wi-Fi, and share your own stories over the Internet. The Choosatron fun kit is $139.

Dan of the Dead – Stop Motion Zombie Film

What’s it about?

Fund a new stop-motion animation about a drunkards struggle through the zombie apocalypse.

Why it’s interesting: Zombies are everywhere these days and now Pete Ellis and Andy Kilroy are looking to bring animated corpses to the world of stop-motion animation. Dan of the Dead is a five-minute short film about a drunk man’s struggle through the zombie apocalypse that the filmmakers plan to screen it at short film festivals in the UK in the hopes of landing a feature film or TV series. The trailer looks promising, think Moral Orel meets Shaun of the Dead.

Generation One: Children of Mars

What’s it about?

A comic about the first generation of children born on Mars—and what we might become, together, if we have the courage to try.

Why it’s interesting: Gen One is a three-issue limited comic series created, according to the makers, “with the goal of getting kids and young adults excited about the possibility of Mars colonization.” The story: “In 2051 AD, when a war between the United States and China plunges two peaceful Martian colonies into a miniature cold war, it’s up to the first generation of children born on Mars to restore peace to their planet and set a positive example for Earth.” Written by Steven R. Stewart and drawn by Tim Stewart, Gen One is expected out in August 2014. The full color PDF is $10 and the paperback graphic novel is $20. Rewards include postcards, bookmarks, posters, and T-shirts.

CTHULHU: The Great Old One – Quick-play Card Game

What’s it about?

A Lovecraft-themed Quick-paced card game.

Why it’s interesting: Cthulhu: The Great Old One is a Lovecraft-inspired card game for two to 10 players, with game design by Dann Kriss and art by Ian Daniels. Kriss describes it as a reimagining of the classic card game Old Maid, but now with the options to “summon horrors…or seek to awaken the great old one.” Decks, which contain 80 Tarot-sized cards printed on high-quality gaming cardstock, start at $15.

Space: 1889 – SF Role Playing in a More Civilized Time

What’s it about?

A new English language version of the classic RPG Space: 1889, based on the recently published German version.

Why it’s interesting: Space: 1889 was the first steampunk RPG, published in 1988. And while it didn’t last long, it garnered a loyal following. If you are one of those fans, or are just interesting in playing in a SF Steampunk setting, this project is for you! A digital copy of the rulebook is roughly $23 U.S. dollars and there are a lot of interesting tiers. And since this project has smashed through it’s initial goal, it has a large number of unlock, including minis that you’ll want to take a look at.

THE AGENTS – A Double-edged Cards Game

What’s it about?

A strategic 2-5 players card game of clever tactics & critical consequences, set in a world of spies, sabotage, secrecy and subterfuge.

Why it’s interesting: As far as portable, compact fun goes, you can’t beat a good card game. With a regular deck of cards you can play hundreds of different games, but there’s more to card games than your father’s old Bicycle deck. The Agents uses an interesting mechanic of ‘twisting’ your cards to invoke powers and scoring opportunities that looks to add some strategic depth to a new breed of card game. This is similar to the ‘CCG’ Shift (which I backed) that debuted on Kickstarter a couple of months ago. I really like the idea of doing something different with cards, and The Agents has this, as well as an intriguing theme. $5 nets you a print-and-play version, while $18 will get you the base game. Other levels allow you to add-on expansions and other goodies.

TINKER Steampunk Web Series Pilot

What’s it about?

Think: Dr. Who + Blade Runner + Firefly, all rolled together in a Film Noir, Victorian Futurism.

Why it’s interesting: More steampunk, this time in a web based serial. TINKER is the story of the Father/Daughter team of Sho and Kimmy Tinker in their quest to help Lady Cushing develop the ‘contraption’, which will provide sustainable energy to an age the needs it. I certainly like the idea, though the success will hinge, in large part, on the acting. For $15 you’ll get the pilot episode on DVD and there are multiple funding options if you so choose.

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