I love crowd-funding!  It combines the heart-warming pleasure of supporting friends and projects I believe in with the thrill of gambling on a project’s success.  Here are my latest finds:

Queen City Conquest:

Hosted by Mark and Chris from the Misdirected Mark Podcast, Queen City Conquest is a 3-day table-top gaming convention in Buffalo, NY. It’s a smaller, more intimate convention, and a lot of fun. This year’s con is going to fall on September 19th-21st, so of course they’re going to have a pirate theme. They are mostly looking for pre-sale tickets and sponsors, but if you are near the Buffalo area, back this project and come game with me!

 

Make Movie Fighters Free:

Another podcast related project, “Movie Fighters” is a premium bad-movie podcast hosted by Matt Wilson and Chris Sims of War Rocket Ajax. They began the ‘cast as an incentive when their sponsoring site, Comics Alliance, briefly shut its doors. Every episode, they watch a b-movie of a certain style, and follow up with an in-depth review. They’ve watched live-action video game adaptations, wrestling movies, and the worst in holiday films. The original cast was hosted on Band Camp, which is not a great system for longer podcast files. They want to move the podcast onto iTunes, and this project will pay for another year of terrible cinema expirences.

 

Storium:

Storium is an online game that combines storytelling with tabletop RPG elements to let groups of people make their own stories. I’m not exactly sure how this is going to work in practice, but the game has support from some of my absolute favorite new writers. Mur Lafferty, Saladin Ahmed, and Chuck Wendig are all providing settings for the game, amongst others. Have you and your friends ever wanted to play in the head of your favorite author? Storium looks like your chance.

 

Ginnie Dare: Blockade Runner:

On the Indiegogo side of the fence, Scott Roche is crowdfunding the sequel to his original all-ages Sci-fi novel Ginnie Dare: Crimson Sands. I greatly enjoyed the first one, and am excited for Ginnie’s next adventure.

 

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