Kickstarter's a pretty neat website. It offers creative people the chance to self-publish and get funding to work on whatever makes 'em creative. We like that. We appreciate creative people around these parts. As a small (but hopefully buidling) subset of the website, you can find some games, ranging from card games to tabletop RPG's and even LARP's, on Kickstarter. Today I'd like to take a look at what's currently up and looking for pledges and maybe a cool thing or two that got completed and released as a result of backers pledging their support for these up-and-coming games. Read on to see what odd quirky gems can be found on this innovative website!
Why Teens Love Metal, Gaming & the Occult: a Guide for Parents
Chick Tracts are actually a real thing (see to the left - it's real), gaming needs all the allies and advocates it can get. I first clicked on this project because I thought it would be in the same vein as the crazy pictured to the left of here, but I was very pleasantly surprised to see that the author, Beth Winegarner is an experienced journalist and author interested in shining light on why all these awesome things (metal, gaming & the occult) are actually good for teens growing up. Go watch Beth's short video describing the book and see if a pro-gaming agenda is something you want to support (hint: it is). Also she has Tolkien prominently displayed on her bookshelf over her left shoulder. That's gotta count for something, right?
Lines of Fire: A Fantasy Battle Board Game
POWERCHORD - Magic, Music & Urban Fantasy RPG
Aruneus. A high fantasy zombie apocalypse RPG.
Troll in the Corner (seriously, go there right now, it's awesome) is an experienced Pathfinder writer with 11 expansions written for the game. He produced something that will never not be a good idea - zombiepocalypse for the high fantasy game. Aruneus is one of Kickstarter's success stories. It's a good example of what can happen after you've met your funding. If you wrote an RPG, it means you can get on DriveThruRPG and greatly expand your exposure to potential fans. It's good for everyone - both fans and creators. If you're still wondering if Aruneus is right for you, go watch the video. It's a great example of great marketing.
A future in Kicking?
Got a Kickstarter project you're trying to get funding for or just kicking around a Kickstarter in your head? Shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'd be happy to look it over. Diversity in gaming is always a good thing. We like to support good things.