Tagged Kickstarter

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...

What Is Weirdpunk Books? Meet Editors M. P. Johnson and Sam Richard

Local press Weirdpunk Books might have just made literary history: they managed to get a book published that features controversial personality G. G. Allin in various fantastic stories. They were able to make it using Kickstarter and it has been doing well as an indie-published book about a very, very niche personality. I was excited about every aspect of this project and it what it means for weird fiction, punk rock, and author crowdfunding, and I set up a...

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...

MN Tabletop Game Designers 2015 Preview

I am fortunate enough to know a lot of tabletop game designers and publishers, especially in the indie game community. These are people I talk to on an almost daily basis, thanks to podcasting and social media. So when I was trying to figure out a good topic to start writing about, I reached out to some of the people I know and asked them about their plans for early in 2015. These first two articles I write will...
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