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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:


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).


    1. Creator Yancey Strickler on September 9, 2011

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

    2. Creator Andy Baio on September 9, 2011

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

    3. Creator Tasha Garcia Gibson on September 9, 2011

      What about this great one?…
      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.

    4. 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!