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:
If that's not enough, the rewards are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. Just look at this:
All of the above, plus four games available exclusively through this Kickstarter: three new games from Adam Saltsman (creator of CANABALT), Vlambeer (the developers behind SUPER CRATE BOX & RADICAL FISHING) & Superbrothers (creators of iPhone cult hit SWORD & SWORCERY EP), and JOHANN SEBASTIAN JOUST, from Die Gute Fabrik.
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:
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:
This time around, Len's got a whole new crew of geeks to draw:
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:
105 backers Limited (145 left of 250)
A set of the new Geek A Week 2.0 card set autographed by artist Len Peralta which will include a special "bonus card" not available with the other printed decks. (International orders, please add $4 additional for S/H)
4. And last, but certainly not least, is this DEAR GOD WHY DOES IT LOOK SO FUN video game project:
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).