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SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup For 1/7/2015

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? Author and artists retreat at The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado.

Why it’s interesting: Editor R.J. Cavender is bravely heading back to The Stanley Hotel, inspiration for Stephen King’s The Shining, for another author and artists retreat. This year it will take place from October 22nd-25th and feature special guests Jack Ketchum and Tom Piccirilli, among others. Editing packages start at $150. For $500, you get a “four-hour block of time undisturbed to write alone in Room 217”  — if you don’t count the ghosts.

What’s it about? Interactive reading tool for Sindarin Elvish and any fictional or existing language.

Why it’s interesting: Is your Sindarin Elvish a bit rusty? This learning tool will help. The software, which the developers hope will “revitalize” NeoSindarin, includes a translator, a dictionary, an International Phonetic Alphabet, and the language’s grammar rules. The developers explain how it works, thusly: “As you follow along with your finger (or mouse) the phrase is instantly broken down in real-time, allowing you to see what the surrounding context is doing to influence each word.” The software will be open-source and available to all backers of the project. Rewards include T-shirts and posters.

What’s it about? A one-of-a-kind calendar featuring Impact Props’ Master Chief modeling an impressive array of classic and exotic cars!

Why it’s interesting: If you love cars and Halo, you’re going to love this  project, which imagines Master Chief as an exotic car model. The calendar is $15.

What’s it about? A free website where kids code apps for real devices. Subscribers get boxes packed with new programming projects every month!

Why it’s interesting: Now this is cool. Bitbox is aimed at helping kids learn how to code. Each month, a box (digital of physical) arrives with coding projects for kids to work on. They then go to the website, code up the app, test it, then download it onto their mobile device of choice and use it. How cool is that? Pretty cool. $20 will get you a one month digital “box”, while $40 gets you the 1-month physical box.

What’s it about? Dice for fans of Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn and the Mistborn Adventure Game.

Why it’s interesting: A re-issue of the first Allomancy dice released several years ago. Each set contains eight 6-sided dice and each die contains five numbers and 1 Allomantic metal symbol based on the Mistborn series. Stretch goals add more, different symbols to the dice. I imagine fans of the Mistborn games will find these interesting, but I think people who like unique dice in general will too, these look rather cool. $20 will get you a set of dice.

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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