We've made shipping rewards a LOT more flexible.

There are times when sorting out shipping details for a Kickstarter project can get complicated. Figuring out the budgets and logistics for sending rewards all over the world, communicating back and forth with backers to make sure everyone's included the right mailing costs — the whole thing can turn into a big headache, for everyone involved.

Our goal is to make it easier for creators to create — so they can spend more time focused on making great things, and less time worrying about mailing them. So we're happy to announce a new feature, one we're sure will make creators even happier: there are now a lot more built-in options for managing shipping. Domestic or international, near or far: creators can set their costs the way they want.

How does it work?

Really well, in our opinion! It's a pretty straightforward system. If you're a creator, as you set up each of your rewards, you'll get a choice of three options: "No shipping involved," "Only ships to certain countries," and "Shipping anywhere in the world." Pick either of the latter two, and you'll be able to add a specific shipping cost for any nation you want — this much for Canada, this much for France, this much for Nepal ... whatever makes your project work best.

Take a look:

See? Easy as pie. Probably easier, actually.
See? Easy as pie. Probably easier, actually.

Choose from a full list of nations and territories, and even one overarching zone for the European Union. Add as many details as you like, including a price for shipping in your home country — or leave one standard worldwide rate for any nation you didn't specify. When someone pledges for that reward, they'll be asked where they need it shipped to, and the right amount will be automatically added to their pledge.

Anyone who's dealt with the logistics of getting rewards delivered can probably already imagine how much easier this can make life. And not just for creators! Now backers don't have to worry about reading fine-print directions and making sure they've added the right shipping fees to their pledges — it's all taken care of, right from the start.

So there's one more hassle taken off creators' plates, and a little more time to spend making great new things.

Scream Team: Six Ghoulish Projects for Halloween

Halloween is one of our favorite holidays. The dressing up, the customizing-of-snacks into spooky versions, and the haunted home decor — it's all best if you do it DIY-style and get weird in the process. In honor of this crafty-creepy date, here's a roundup of our favorite scary projects, ranging from the merely spirited to the very undead. 

Sam & Mattie's Teen Zombie Movie & Making-Of Documentary

Sam and Mattie are best friends. For awhile now, they've been working on the most epic teen zombie movie ever — some of the storyboards include a police chase on skateboards, selfie-taking on jetpacks, and a zombie yacht fight. This project is to make the film, exactly as Sam and Mattie envision it, as well as a behind-the-scenes doc about how it all comes together. We really want to see it happen. 

ZoZo Skeleton Hand Planchette 

 If you're determined to summon the spirit world, why not do so in bone-chilling style? This Ouija board planchette (that's the name for the thing you place your fingers on) is in the shape of a legit skeleton hand, so when you move it, the finger points at the letters on the board. It's pretty much guaranteed to make your seance scarier.

Ouija in Emoji with Emouija Board 

But what if your ghost is hypermodern, preferring to communicate in pictograms over old-fashioned spelling? This is the Ouija board for you. Enough said, we think. 

CLIVE BARKER: IMAGINER Vol. 2 Art Book

For decades, author and fantasy artist Clive Barker has been conjuring imagined realms and bringing them to life in vivid, unsetting images. This is the second volume of his incredible, sometimes disturbing artwork, bound together in a book.

HAUNTERS — The Movie

Ever wonder about the people who make haunted houses happen? They're fearless craftspeople with skill and style, and they've made it their job to scare you. This fascinating documentary is all about them.

MICROFEARS: Tiny Dioramas Based on Iconic Horror Scenes

Career sculptor Jason Bakutis is making tiny, super-detailed dioramas based on scenes in classic horror. There's a minuscule mummy, a diminutive Bigfoot (the contradiction!), and even a wee swinging axe a la The Pit and the Pendulum. And if you want, you can get them unassembled and satisfy your inner garage kit enthusiast at the same time.

Pixel Harvest: 8 Brilliant Video Game Projects

There are a staggering number of surreal explorations, biofeedback fear monitors, and fruit-based satires funding on Kickstarter right now. Here are some of our favorite projects in the Video Games category, with a gaming hardware project thrown in for good measure.

No Pineapple Left Behind 

A game about de-unionized schools and tropical fruit. Satirical, topical, and (rare in games) funny!

The Black Glove 

An eerie, surrealistic, first-person game experience from an independent team of developers who helped make BioShock and BioShock Infinite. Enter a bizarre art world and change the way artists create.

Black the Fall 

Navigate through this chiaroscuro post-apocalyptic world, like a strange and unexpected black-and-white dream.

Impact Winter 

Another post-apocalypse to explore, this time in a world buried by an unceasing winter.

Charles Dexter Ward 

Senscape, the team behind the acclaimed horror adventure games Scratches, Serena, and Asylum, has returned from the nether gulfs of nightmare to bring you the first officially licensed game based on the legendary works of H. P. Lovecraft. This point-and-click adventure is a faithful and painstakingly researched adaptation of The Case of Charles Dexter Ward.

The Flame in the Flood 

In this post-civilization game, you travel by foot and by raft down a procedurally generated river as you scrounge for resources, make tools, remedy afflictions, evade the vicious wildlife, and most importantly, stay ahead of the coming rains.

Nevermind 

A biofeedback-enhanced horror adventure game that takes you into the dark and twisted world within the subconscious minds of psychological trauma victims. As you explore surreal labyrinths and solve puzzles of the mind, a biofeedback sensor monitors how scared or stressed you become. If you let your fears get the best of you, the game becomes harder.

Mad Genius Controllers 

Mad Genius uses a dedicated motion capture system that allows both halves of the controller to know exactly where they are in the room. It uses this information to add motion play to unmodified consoles and PCs, while preserving the use of standard buttons and sticks.

Kickstarter Is Live in Scandinavia and Ireland!

We're super excited to announce that creators based in Scandinavia and Ireland can launch their projects right now! People in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Ireland are some of the most creative in the world, and we can’t wait to see what projects they have in store for us. We expect to see great ideas in the categories of design, games, film, technology, and lots more! 

Projects in these countries function just like every other Kickstarter project, with a few small differences. Let’s go over how it works. 

Will there be a Scandinavia-specific or Ireland-specific Kickstarter site? 

Nope — Scandinavian and Irish projects will join the worldwide community of Kickstarter projects. But if you only want to see projects from home, you can search Kickstarter by location

Can people outside Scandinavia and Ireland pledge to Scandinavian and Irish projects? 

Yes! As with all other projects on Kickstarter, backers can pledge to projects no matter where they are. 

What currency will Scandinavian and Irish projects be listed in? 

Local currency for everyone! Danish kroner, Swedish kronor, Norwegian kroner, and the euro in Ireland. You can use your local banking and business details, and if your project is successfully funded, pledges will be collected in your local currency and transferred to you. 

What payment methods are accepted for pledges? 

Right now, pledges can be made with any Visa, MasterCard, or American Express card. 

What language should my project be in? 

Use whatever language works best for your project. But we do recommend that all projects also include an English version of their description, rewards, and other important elements. Kickstarter is a global community, and including translations will definitely help your project have a wider appeal. It also makes it easier for us to help you and your backers if a problem comes up. 

What are the fees? 

Kickstarter only collects a fee when a project is successfully funded. If that happens, we charge 5%. The partners that process payments for us also charge a fee, which varies depending on where you’re located. For more info, see here. If a project is not successfully funded, there are no fees. 

Who can launch a project? 

Almost anyone! You need to be at least 18 years old, and you should be a permanent resident of a country where Kickstarter has launched. You have to start the project in your own name, or on behalf of a legal entity with a valid business number. And you’ll need things like a mailing address, bank account, identification, and a major credit or debit card. 

What about taxes? 

In general, funds raised on Kickstarter are subject to taxes. That said, how much you owe can vary based on a number of factors. We highly recommend talking to an accountant or tax advisor. They can guide you through your particular tax scenario in the most advantageous way possible.

Highlight Reel: 10 Cool New Film Projects

Just about every day we come across a fascinating new documentary or sci-fi short or animation or full-length feature film. It's mind-boggling. This week, we thought we'd highlight 10 film projects of varying types that are on their way to completion. There's a wide range of stuff here, so you'll likely find something you'll want to see. And when you're done, head over to our Watch Now page, where you can browse hundreds of Kickstarter-funded films available to stream at this exact second.

Bloodsworth: An Innocent Man 

 

Kirk Noble spent eight years on death row for a crime he didn't commit. This new doc from Gregory Bayne is nearly complete, and needs your help to hit the fest circuit in 2015.

Cindy 

From Larry Wilson (writer of Beetlejuice, The Addams Family, Tales From the Crypt) — this dark comedy web series reframes the Cinderella story as a reality TV show. Scary how right that metaphor seems…

Cucalorus 20 

Every filmmaker we've ever met has told us that this festival is unbelievably rad. Help them celebrate 20 years.

Evolution of a Criminal 

We loved Darius Monroe Clark's SXSW doc about what led him to commit armed robbery and spend over a decade in prison. Now he's raising funds to take the film on the road for a theatrical (and prison) tour.

Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown BluRay 

How cool is this? Wyrd is running a campaign to create a collectible BluRay of their long out-of-print documentary on H.P. Lovecraft. Distributors take note — if you're looking to reprint or restore a title, Kickstarter can help!

The New 8-bit Heroes 

Triple threat! These folks are (a) creating a new NES video game, (b) filming a documentary about it, and (c) crafting a tutorial so that people can make their own NES games. Looks like we might finally have options beyond getting laughed at by that damn dog in Duck Hunter:

Nuts!: The Brinkley Story 

The latest documentary from Our Nixon director Penny Lane. Meet the man who "cured" impotence through goat testicle transplant AND ran for governor of Kansas.

Orchard House 

A PBS-style documentary about the house where Little Women was written (and set) back in 1868. Over 70k already raised — we think this is going to be a big one!

Shoot the Moon 

Two men have made it their life's work to build an elevator to space. This film will chronicle their journey. 

Spa Night 

This Sundance-supported debut from filmmaker Andrew Ahn follows a closeted Korean-American teen as he comes to terms with his sexuality. 

XMAS IN JULY 

From Joel Clark and Dave Boyle (Man From Reno, Surrogate Valentine, Daylight Savings). Get ready for the first (hopefully not last) psychedelic Dickens adaptation featuring robot cats.

2014: The Third Quarter in Numbers

Isn’t summer supposed to slow things down? We kept plenty busy here at Kickstarter. In the last quarter we announced that we’re opening up to creators in Scandinavia and Ireland, encouraged our community to speak out about net neutrality, celebrated our first year in Canada, revamped our discovery tools, and blitzed the World Maker Faire with our first-ever Kickstarter creator zone. There were film fests, big projects, unexplainably viral projects, the works.

Here’s a quick rundown of stats for the third quarter (July 1 - Sept. 30): 

Dollars pledged to projects: $138,917,566 
Average pledged per day: $1,509,974 
Successfully funded projects: 6,124 
Total backers: 1,079,201 
New backers: 612,596

And even more numbers: 

62,642 people pledged $13.3 million to Ryan Grepper’s Coolest Cooler, making it the most-funded Kickstarter project ever

17,155 Kano computer kits were shipped to backers. (We’ve already installed Doom on ours.) 

10,141 people backed 10 or more projects in the quarter. 

3,000 people (more or less) came out to our first-ever Los Angeles Film Fest. It was a beautiful night! 

2,186 people have hit the “Start a project” button in Scandinavia and Ireland. Creators there will be able to launch their projects on Oct. 21. 

450 pounds of potato salad were served at Zach Brown’s PotatoStock 2014 party in Columbus, Ohio. 

335 people backed 50 or more projects in the quarter. 

203 backers helped bring a hot-tub-equipped Cadillac into existence. It made a guest appearance at the LA Film Fest (see above). 

139 video game and mobile game projects were successfully funded. (We’re especially excited for Moon Hunters!) 

87 maker-y Kickstarter creators showed off their work at the World Maker Faire in New York. 

14 new people joined the Kickstarter team at our headquarters in Brooklyn. 

13 knitting projects were successfully funded. Go crafts

10 backers of Wasteland 2, which was released last month to great reviews, told us about their other favorite Kickstarter-funded games

7 dogs were scientifically determined to be the top dogs of the Kickstarter Film Fest’s New York edition

4 members of the Kickstarter team launched projects on our company Hack Day. One involved pop music, feelings, and bananas

1 corner shop stocked with products made of felt opened in London, thanks to Lucy Sparrow's project.

For even more numbers, check out our stats page, which gets an update at least once a day.

Kickstarter at New York Comic-Con

It's no secret that Kickstarter and the comics industry have enjoyed a fruitful, wonderfully organic relationship. Graphic novels, anthologies, individual issues, and a whole lot more are brought to life by veteran creators and new ones alike. Looking through the comics section of Kickstarter, it feels like its own rapidly expanding universe of artistic dreams brought to life. This week, a few of the Kickstarter staff will be attending the New York Comic-Con along with a number of creators that have used the platform to turn the projects from their brains into reality. Here's what's going on:

Kickstarter Office Hours: Friday, October 10th, 3:15 PM - 4:00 PM, 1A24

Do you have a Kickstarter project idea? Want to talk about it? Join Jamie Tanner, Kickstarter's Community Manager for Comics, along with other Kickstarter team members and project creators, to ask questions and help bring your creative project to life.

Dare2Draw: The Series: Saturday, October 11th, 4:15 PM - 5:00 PM, 1A05

Dare2Draw is a NYC monthly mentoring/networking comic book creator program that will be hosting creators Simon Fraser (Dr. Who) and Jamie Tanner (Kickstarter's Comics guy) along with a number of judges, helping to find talent for the upcoming Dare2Draw TV series. Supplies provided.

How to Kickstart Your Comics Project Like a Pro: Sunday, October 12th, 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM, 1A18

A lineup of all-star creators who've used Kickstarter to launch their dream projects will explain in detail how to create your own successful Kickstarter campaign. Panelists will include Craig Engler and Jamie Tanner from Kickstarter as well as several high-profile comic creators who've run successful projects on Kickstarter.

In addition, a number of creators that have used Kickstarter will be part of panels themselves. Here's some (okay a lot) of those:

Bee & Puppycat – An Inside Look at Creating an Animation Hit 

The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? 

How to Succeed in Self-Publishing 

The World of Mouse Guard 

The Cyanide and Happiness Group Sketch Jam Panel 

Reading With Pictures: Comics That Make Kids Smarter 

Thrilling Adventure Hour 

Successfully Crowdfund Your Comic 

If panels aren't your thing (or even if they are), we put together a list of some of the notable creators in attendance. All of these people have run, or are currently running, Kickstarter projects. Go say what's up!

Alex de Campi Amy Chu / Amy Reeder & Brandon Montclare / Art Baltazar / Ben Templesmith / Locust Moon Press / David Mack / David Petersen / David Gallaher and Steve Ellis / Frank Barbiere / Gail Simone and Jim Calafiore / Greg Pak Jeremy Bastian Jimmy Palmiotti Mark Sable Matt Miner & Sean Von Gorman Peter Kuper Rob Liefeld Ryan Browne / Brian Clevinger and Scott Wegener Sean Wang Victor Ochoa Kel McDonald / Molly Ostertag / Dare2Draw / Reading With Pictures 

Discover DIY Electronics

There are so many projects on Kickstarter. Every day someone will send us one and be like, "Did you see this?" and we'll look at it and be like, "No, but this is incredible." It's sort of like walking down the same street every day and noticing a cool new thing every single time. To help us (and you) keep abreast of all these great projects, we thought we'd start highlighting specific categories and sub-categories in offbeat combinations. Look out for future installments featuring dogs that like to row boats, dogs in space, cats in wallets, wallets in space, and row boats full of wallets. Just kidding. Maybe? This week we're taking a look at DIY electronics.

SAM: The Ultimate Internet Connected Electronics Kit

Do you enjoy making stuff? The answer is probably yes. This electronics kit brings meaning to the admittedly vague term "maker." Want to make a game? What about music? Architectural models? You can do all that with this.

The Solar Lantern

File this under useful item we didn't even know we needed. The Solar Lantern is exactly what it sounds like: a lantern that is solar-powered, and works indoors and outdoors. There's a bunch of designs, but we're partial to the one up above, which depicts the world.

SocketCircuits: Build Electronic Circuits on Paper!

Combining two of our favorite things—electronics and paper—in one handy package. SocketCircuits weds actual circuits to actual paper, which means you can download designs online and print them out and begin wiring and building immediately.

nuFLip: A Do-it-Yourself Wireless Light Switch Adapter

Who needs to actually touch light switches? Not us anymore! This allows you to build your own light switch adapter so you can control them remotely from your smartphone. The future is here and we are living in it.

Chromatic Chronometer: A Rainbow LED Wall Clock

If you follow Kickstarter with any regularity, you'll know that there are a number of interesting and innovative wall clock projects. The Chromatic Chronometer now joins their ranks, while also sounding like a device that Dr. Emmett Brown would use in Back to the Future. Numbers are played out now — we only tell the time with lights.