Kickstarter's Geek Universe is Expanding

Share this post

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:

VENUS PATROL: charting a new course for videogame culture project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with

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:

An Evening With Neil Gaiman & Amanda Palmer project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with

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:

Geek A Week 2.0 project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with

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:

STAR COMMAND: Sci-Fi meets GameDev Story for iOS and Android project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with

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. Yancey Strickler

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

    2. Andy Baio on

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

    3. Tasha Garcia Gibson on

      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. Star Command on

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

    5. Missing avatar

      Namaku Keren on

      This comment has been removed by Kickstarter.

    6. Missing avatar

      Doa Ibu Tersayang on

      This comment has been removed by Kickstarter.

    7. Missing avatar

      teguhbejo on

      This comment has been removed by Kickstarter.

Related articles

Projects in the News

A Year of Games From Down Under

Case Study: Cards Against Humanity

This Week in Kickstarter