Tagged crowdfunding

Call to Adventure Is the Hero’s Journey in Card-Game Form

The games I most enjoy playing are the ones that can inspire players’ imagination with a story that unfolds over the course of a session. Quality and consistent artwork, thematic gameplay, and resonance with the audience’s pop-culture experiences are all elements through which a game can deliver a story experience in which the players feel they are a part of the fictional world where the game takes place. Role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons and Pathfinder are the most straightforward example of this,...

Hush Hush Is a Kickstarter-Funded PC Game about Girls with Secrets

As Western appeal toward visual novels, the traditionally Japanese genre of interactive electronic stories, continues to grow, so too do Western developers’ interests in bringing these kinds of games to their fans. Canada-based Sad Panda Studios, creator of the popular visual novel Crush Crush, is currently raising funds via Kickstarter for the production of a “bigger, bolder, bustier!” follow-up game, Hush Hush. Crush Crush is an irreverent, popular-culture-riffing romp through the world of the dating sim, a visual-novel subcategory in which...

In Gamifying the Language of Chemistry, CompoundIt! Is a Minnesota-Born Winner

In CompoundIt!, a board game created by Minneapolis science teacher Andrew Lyman-Buttler, chemistry and Scrabble-like mechanics join hands to create a uniquely geeky experience. The game—which is running a crowdfunding campaign through May 2, 2018—is billed as a “chemistry formula word game in which the ‘letters’ are chemical elements and the ‘words’ are compounds.” It challenges players to build binary compounds and polyatomic ions on the board from tiles representing individual elements. Lyman-Buttler describes his game as a “great new...

A Coffee Geek’s Review of the Crowdfunded Arctic Cold Brewer

Back in January, Facebook had one of those rare moments when its targeted advertising was actually well targeted and let me know about the Kickstarter for the Arctic coffee system. A cold-brew pitcher was one of the few brewing methods I didn’t have at home—I would consider myself a midlevel coffee snob, and my kitchen was already stocked with a stovetop Yama siphon brewer, an AeroPress, an Alessi moka pot, and a French press. All of them are great...

Crowdfunding for Geek Media Can Offer Mixed Results

I remember when Hollywood didn’t like making stuff for us geeks except the occasional Superman and Batman movie. Even George Lucas got rejected when he pitched Star Wars. However, seeing the profit, Hollywood has started to invest. With a behemoth like Disney buying both Lucasfilm and Marvel and making Rogue One, Logan, and Dr. Strange (to name a recent few), we definitely have high-grossing talent and marketing behind our favorite stories. At the same time, those of us who...

Book Geek Bulletin: Fitzgerald, Fantasy, and Films

Welcome to a new regular feature where we round up what’s going on in the world of literary culture and books—both here in Minnesota and around the world. Local Lit The Strand literary magazine has published “Temperature,” a never-before-seen short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald that was discovered in his papers at Princeton University. You can buy the issue here. Fitzgerald’s former brownstone on St. Paul’s Summit Avenue has been for sale since June, if you have $650,000 lying around....

Do You Want to Be a Knight or a Dragon? Exploring Trove: The Crystal Caverns

I recently sat down with local game publisher Patrick Leder, who’s currently working on a new asymmetric dungeon crawler entitled Trove: The Crystal Caverns, to find out what it takes to come up with a new and unique board game. I asked him a lot of questions and took a lot of notes, and our conversation flowed back and forth with a lot of fun. I could tell right away that he is a passionate gamer. For those of...

MST3K’s Trace Beaulieu Teams Up with Transylvania Television and More MN Talent for a New Project—and Did We Mention Puppets?

Kickstarter has been around long enough now that there are several successful imitators and innovators. Crowdfunding isn’t an experiment anymore—it’s a fact of creative life. What might not be so widely known is that one of the projects selected for the beta rollout of Kickstarter was none other than the local not-for-kids puppet TV show Transylvania Television, better known as TVTV, of course. Now Gordon Smuder and some of the other creatives behind TVTV have launched another Kickstarter campaign...

Seven Minnesota-Based Kickstarters You Might Want to Know About

Kickstarter offers many different opportunities to a variety of enterprises, some more fringe-y than others. This method of raising funds seems especially suited to geeks, probably because the very definition of geek implies a concentrated subculture of some variety—big enough to be a subculture, but too small to have much meaning to established mainstream businesses. Happily, there have been some noteworthy successful Kickstarters from Minnesota in the last year. Here are some of those, as well as one that...
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