Tagged Kickstarter

Foldscopes Give You the Power of Microscopes without Breaking the Bank

Manu Prakash and his team developed the Foldscope as a cheap way to test for malaria in places where it is challenging to use and maintain a research microscope. In addition, this foldable paper microscope—which reached its crowdfunding goal on Kickstarter within 24 hours when the campaign launched around this time last year—is also an affordable citizen-science tool. Foldscopes are to full-blown microscopes like a phone is to a DSLR camera: affordable, portable, and easy to use. I bought a...

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...

Roller Coaster Challenge Is Problem-Solving Fun for Young Players

When I saw that ThinkFun had started a Kickstarter for Roller Coaster Challenge, a brain-teaser game that lets you build your own roller coasters, my only question was what I should pick for my backing level. Should I just get the base game, or spring for the extra challenges and bonus car? My geekling is a budding roller-coaster enthusiast who also loves the challenges from Robot Turtles, another critical-thinking and logic game from ThinkFun, and this game had her...

Sixty Mile Sky Is a Minneapolis-Based Sci-Fi RPG Project Raising Funds on Kickstarter

People play tabletop role-playing games for all sorts of reasons. Some enjoy the social and creative atmosphere. Others love rolling up bad-ass, nigh-rule-breaking characters. Still others play as a way to escape from the stress and ennui of everyday life. There are a lot more, and if we’re being honest, most people play for multiple reasons—and there’s no right or wrong way to draw enjoyment from role-playing as an activity. But lately, as I’ve been role-playing more regularly as...

Sekai Project and the Rise of the Visual Novel’s Western Audience

Although not especially well known outside the fandom community, the visual novel is a popular genre of video game among anime fans (not to be confused with the similarly named graphic novel). These games, produced in Japan, consist of narrative prose accompanied by pretty pictures in the familiar aesthetic found in anime and manga, and they play somewhat like a Choose Your Own Adventure book but with a longer story, the player making periodic choices that influence the direction the narrative...

To Live or Die? Census Contemplates the Answer

Last month, I joined the Minnesota Comic Creators Facebook group because I’m always looking for new comics to flip through. I’m not a comic book artist by any means, but I’m a loyal fan. Fans are crucial to the success of any artist or writer, and Twin Cities Geek is all for promoting the local geek scene by shining the spotlight on stories provided by creators located around the area and hopefully gaining them some new fans in the process. Chance Wyatt...

MN Writer T. Aaron Cisco on Bringing Ideas to Life the Long Way Around

T. Aaron Cisco in a local writer, filmmaker and geek trivia maven. His latest novella, Teleportality, was brought to my attention, and given our mutual experiences with both prose and film I thought it would be a great opportunity to do some digging into life as a multimedia indie author. Teleportality packs a lot into its thin covers, much more so than many novels three times its size. Unsurprisingly, this short interview also has much to unpack, and I...

A Look at Vast: The Crystal Caverns and a Chance to Win Your Own Copy!

A little over a year ago, I got to take a peek at an upcoming game that would be hitting Kickstarter, and then hopefully stores. That game was originally titled Trove: The Crystal Caverns, but due to another game having a similar name, it ultimately became Vast: The Crystal Caverns. I backed it on Kickstarter and was even able to get a test run of the game under my belt with publisher Patrick Leder before the campaign launched. Happily...

Minneapolis’s Milkweed Books Wants to Be Weird in the Best Way Possible

Minneapolis is getting a new bookstore—with a bit of a twist. Milkweed Editions, the local indie publisher that’s been creating books for almost 40 years, is opening a cozy shop in the Open Book building, home to Milkweed’s own editorial offices (as well as the Loft Literary Center and the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, among other things). Alongside its own books, which will be in the minority when it comes to the store’s inventory, it will stock a unique...
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