Nice Kicks! Queen City Conquest and In Their Own Worlds

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Nice  Kicks-Queen City Conquest and In Their Own Worlds!

Hello readers!  It’s finally spring!  The temptation to turn off the computer and frolic in the sunshine weighs heavily upon me, but I have news to share.  Specifically, some Kickstarter projects I’m backing that you should jump on before they finish.

Queen City Conquest
The fourth itteration of this Buffalo, NY table-top and board gaming convention is quickly becoming a local institution!  This more than any other is the con where I get introduced to new games that I HAVE to get, stretch my dungeon-crawling legs, and score great swag in their charity silent auction.  Last year, I played “Boss Monster” and “Sentinels of the Multiverse” for the first time.  This is a real community convention, and it is the highlight of my September.  Weekend Passes for this year’s event are going for $30 on the Kickstarter!  Trust me, that’s a deal too good to pass up!

In Their Own Worlds
J. R. Blackwell is one of those rare creative polymaths with a golden touch.  A Photographer, Journalist, Writer, Costumer and Game Designer, she’s something of a geek renaisance woman.  Nowhere is this more apparent than in her latest project, “In Their Own Worlds.”  A synthesis of her exceptional talents, she has begun a series of photography sessions in which she photographs authors in the settings of their own works.  She photographed her husband Jared Axelrod as a bystander of his own super-villain creation Comrade Cocroach as a proof of concept, and has plans for shoots with Mur Lafferty, Ursula Vernon, Chuck Wendig, and other popular speculative fiction authors.  New shoots are being constantly unlocked as stretch goals, so the more you donate, the better it gets.

These two projects are in their last weeks.  I wholeheartedly recommend both of them.

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Nice Kicks!-April, 2014

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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 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.