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Kickstarter's Geek Universe is Expanding

It's been an amazing week for geek projects on Kickstarter! Where to begin? Here are four projects you won't want to miss:

1. Brandon Boyer, former editor of beloved videogame site Offworld, chairman of the IGF, and all-around good guy (seriously, watch the testimonials in the video) just launched a project for his new site Venus Patrol. Venus Patrol will bring you all sorts of awesome content focused on "beautiful things from the world of videogames" and become a new home for video game aficionados, designers, coders, and artists:

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If that's not enough, the rewards are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. Just look at this:

2. We also saw the launch of Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer's mini-tour, complete with ridiculously adorable shaky hand-held video, promises of antics and (artistic) nakedness, and surprisingly non-suggestive banana consumption by Neil himself:

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My favorite reward? For $30 the project image you see above, featuring Neil and Amanda at the world's best tea party, becomes a poster you can hang on your wall. HELLO:

3. One of my personal faves is Len Peralta's Geek A Week project. This is great one for anyone who's been wondering who's who in the world of geekdom (also: can I fit any more who's into this sentence?). Back in 2010, Len started drawing and conducting podcast interviews with a notable geek every week for a year. He created a super-cool deck of collectible cards including HUGE geek superstars like Stan Lee, Neil Gaiman (inter-projectivity is what I'm gonna call that), and Wil Wheaton. Speaking of Wil Wheaton, here he is folks:

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This time around, Len's got a whole new crew of geeks to draw:

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You could pick up a deck of geek trading cards for $15, but you'd be insane not to pledge $25 in order to get the deck plus a super secret bonus card. I like secrets:

4. And last, but certainly not least, is this DEAR GOD WHY DOES IT LOOK SO FUN video game project:

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You get to play a starship captain and go on space adventures! If, like me, you happen to already be a starship captain, you can just go ahead and start recruiting your crew and comb the universe for M-Class planets. And who can resist a reward named for the infamous redshirt:

Good stuff is brewing in the geek universe on Kickstarter. All part of my diabolical plan!

(Note: This post is best read in the voice of Batman).

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      Creator Yancey Strickler on September 9, 2011

      Nice! I've backed three of these four projects. CRED

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      Creator Andy Baio on September 9, 2011

      So good! People are really leveling up their pitch videos, huh? These are awesome.

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      Creator Tasha Garcia Gibson on September 9, 2011

      What about this great one?
      http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dwgibson/not-working…
      It's definitely geeky (sort of a tribute to Studs Terkel, come on!) but with a lot of heart and relevance! Especially today - just a day after Obama's jobs speech.

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      Creator Star Command on September 10, 2011

      We feel pretty honored to be in this kind of company - and thanks to everyone who has supported us!