Tagged Kickstarter

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...

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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