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 collection of short stories related to Tobias Buckell’s popular series of novels.
Why it’s interesting: To celebrate the relaunch of his Xenowealth novels, Tobias Buckell has combined all the short stories he’s written in the series’ worlds into a single collection. The book will consist of eight short stories, plus the essay “How the Xenowealth Came to Be.” The ebook is $10, while a signed trade paperback is $30. In January, the first book in the series, Crystal Rain, will come out in trade paperback from Tor Books, with the other books to follow.
What’s it about? Re-invent yourself the Shatner way!
Why it’s interesting: As William Shatner points out in his Kickstarter video, he’s been unemployed more than 400 times in his life–and because of that he’s had to reinvent himself over and over to get hired by TV shows, movie producers, and even by Priceline.com. So he’s written a book, Catch Me Up, along with a website, to start a movement for folks like him. The book, he says, is about two things: “1) Achieving great things in your life at any age. 2) How to leverage the new technology around us today to do anything you want, at warp speed.” It sounds like The Nerdist Way for the over-50 crowd. The ebook is $10, while a trade paperback is $20. Other rewards include T-shirts, fine-art prints, and hand-written thank-you notes from Shatner himself.
What’s it about? A memorial anthology based on the latest C.J. Henderson and his works.
Why it’s interesting: Author C.J. Henderson died on July 4th, 2014. Now his friends and family are making sure he will not be forgotten. This anthology hopes to “capture a glimmer of him through his beloved written word” and features stories by Jean Rabe, James Chambers, Patrick Thomas, Greg Schauer, Leona Wisoker, John L. French, Jeff Young, David Boop, Robert M. Price, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, and Henderson himself. The ebook is $5, while a print copy is $20.
What’s it about? Paranoia is a roleplaying game set in a darkly humorous future. In Paranoia, a well-meaning but deranged computer desperately protects the citizens of an underground warren from all sorts of real and imagined enemies. You play one of The Computer’s elite agents. Your job is to search out and destroy the enemies of The Computer. Your worst fear is that The Computer will discover that you are one of these enemies.
Why it’s interesting: A reboot of the classic RPG, updated for the surveillance infested modern world and incorporating new rules for fast, easy play. I enjoyed the original’s dark, satirical humor and the edition looks to have all of that and more. For roughly $29, you get all the rule books and stretch goals in PDF form. A boxed set starts at around $48. Remember, the computer is your friend. You can trust the Computer. the Computer wants you to support this project.
What’s it about? From the ashes of a devastating third World War, a precious few Golden Cities emerge offering hope to those who struggle for survival in the wastelands. Players explore the ruins of the modern world completing quests, honing their skills and maneuvering for social status in order to claim a precious spot as a citizen with a Golden City.
Why it’s interesting: Raid & Trade is a post-apocalyptic sandbox boardgame where players use differing strategies (based on the character they play) to win the game. It’s even been called “The Settlers of Catan where not everyone is nice.” Add in random tile placement for the map and this game looks to have huge replayability. $50 is the entry point for the boxed game.