Kickstarting

Kickstarter Goodness

Posted by on Mar 5, 2016 in Kickstarting | 0 comments

So, I’ve recently come across a few Kickstarter projects that I’ve backed. Perhaps they’ll interest you as well. I’m only going to mention the live ones I’ve backed, of which there are 4.

The first one is for Magnetips. They’re refillable, magnetic color pens. If you like to sketch, draw, or are into costume design, I think these would be a great addition to your art kit. They’d also be fantastic for the adult coloring book craze. (5 Days to Go)

The next one is Littlest Lovecraft. I have backed these folks in all of their Kickstarters. They produce gorgeous quality illustrated Lovecraftian tales. You have the option with this project to get back-editions of their books as well. I’ve enjoyed all of the books I’ve gotten from them. (36 Days to Go)

The third is Joking Hazard, a Cards Against Humanity style card game based on the Cyanide and Happiness web comic. If you like any of those words I just said, you will probably like this project. (4 Days to Go)

And last, is a project to create an audiobook of Harlan Ellison’s original script for “The City on the Edge of Forever”, often considered the best episode of all the classic Star Trek episodes. I’m a huge fan of Ellison – he is one of my top 3 authors. If you have any interest in him or Star Trek, please consider backing this project. (13 Days to Go).

All of these projects are fully funded already (or nearly so), so if you back them you will get the goodies they are offering.

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This Week Online – April 14, 2014

Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in Comics/Webcomics, Games/Video/Board, Geek Culture, Kickstarting, Movies/Music/TV, Web Shows | 0 comments

Hola all – please enjoy some amusements I found online in the past week!

Lastly, you know I’m a big fan of Tabletop, the Geek & Sundry web show hosted by Wil Wheaton on YouTube. They’ve decided to crowdsource the third season of the show over on Indiegogo. Check out the campaign and give if you can. If he can reach $1m, we will get a third season of Tabletop with 20 episodes AND a new spin-off show all about roleplaying games. THAT is something I really want to see!

Enjoy your week!

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This Week Online – February 15, 2014

Posted by on Feb 15, 2014 in Geek Culture, Kickstarting, Movies/Music/TV | 0 comments

Hey all – I’m getting ready to head out for a short vacation to Miami, FL, so I wanted to toss the things I’ve found so far online this week up on the site. Enjoy!

Have a great week!

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Two Kickstarters to Check Out!

Posted by on Nov 6, 2013 in Kickstarting | 0 comments

Hey folks -

It’s been a while since I last promoted some Kickstarter projects to back. I’ve found a couple that I’m pretty excited about. I hope you’ll check them out too.

The first one is a Kickstarter seeking funding for the creation of an animated video for the upcoming fourth JoCo Cruise Crazy cruise. Disclaimer – it’s being run by an old friend of mine, who is fantastic and talented. Check out the three previous videos he’s done on his Kickstarter site. If you’re a fan of great animation, or Jonathan Coulton, or John Hodgman, or Paul & Storm, give this a look and back it!

The other one is a Kickstarter seeking funding for the creation of a short film based on the character of Storm from the Marvel X-Men universe. Storm is awesome. The premise of this short film sound really compelling. It seems to me that it could be as good a glimpse of Storm as the Wonder Woman short was that I linked to back on October 1. Check it out. Back it!

Hope you are having a good November. I’m crazy heads-down doing NaNoWriMo this month, so I wanted to blast a bunch of updates here before things get too old.

Cheers!

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This Week Online – Sept 23, 2013

Posted by on Sep 23, 2013 in Food, Geek Culture, Kickstarting, Movies/Music/TV | 0 comments

Hola folks -

This week had wide ranging things of interest. I hope you enjoy!

  • Do you eat meat? Are you a vegetarian? Do you think about the impact of what you eat and how you eat on your health, your community, or the planet? This is a well-written and well thought out article on what it means to be a conscious carnivore.
  • Two key members of House Lannister from Game of Thrones appeared on Sesame Street recently. Enjoy Peter Dinklage (singing!) and Lena Headey!
  • Did you back Neal Stephenson’s videogame kickstarter? It was all about creating a realistic motion capture sword fighting game. I’m a huge kickstarter participant and I remember looking at this. I thought to myself, I’ve been mad at Stephenson since he stopped writing good books, so I’m not going to back this project. Petty, really. Well, now I’m glad I didn’t back it. Definitely a lesson in the pitfalls of kickstarter investing and in thinking about where you decide to put your money.
  • Have you upgraded to iOS7? Do you know about the privacy settings that you need to enable STAT?
  • Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen are awesome. And their friendship is a thing to envy. Truly, these two are way up on my list of people I’d invite to a dinner party.

Enjoy these tidbits. I’ll be back tomorrow with a review of Riddick!

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Realms of the Ancients

Posted by on Jul 10, 2013 in Games/Video/Board, Kickstarting | 1 comment

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A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to sit down and chat with one of the creators of a new roleplaying game (RPG) that is seeking funding on Kickstarter. I haven’t had a chance to play the game myself, but I know several people who have and have shared their play experiences with me.

Realms of the Ancients is a RPG with its own set of mechanics and its own setting. The mechanics are straightforward, and all of the various classes, races, etc. generally factor down into four core stats that determine success/failure when rolling dice. The setting is vast, encompassing anything you can think of on many planets in many galaxies in many universes in many dimensions. You like fantasy? Here are knights and armor and swords. You like science fiction? Here are starships and lasers and space travel.

There is a lot of choice offered to the player in terms of character creation. There are sixteen races and thirteen awakened paths (think classes) to choose from initially. Over the course of game play, the character will receive transformations (which are mainly up to the game leader and the particular story being told) which can entirely change the character in new and unexpected ways.

If you don’t like the predictability of RPGs like Dungeons & Dragons or Pathfinder, the transformation concept in ROTA is compelling.

The game is geared for an ideal set of 5-6 players maxing out around 8. Groups of players should try to balance the roles of their characters between tank, healer, ranged damage dealers and melee damage dealers to create a group dynamic that is interdependent and able to face any challenge.

This is a game for an experienced storyteller/dungeonmaster/game leader. Because the setting is so vast and limitless, the DM can tell any story that they want to. The rules allow for the earning of experience though events, puzzles and quests, so the types of stories and play can be quite varied.

The team at Immortal House has three weeks remaining on their kickstarter project. Through various backer levels, you can receive the rule book, the novels upon which the world is based, and you can even participate in beta testing, helping to refine the game system prior to publication.

Do you like RPGs? Do you like open worlds and interesting game mechanics? ROTA will appeal to you. Check out the Kickstarter and help get ROTA funded!

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