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KickStart This: Week of Aug. 19, 2013

kickstarterWelcome to another edition of KickStart This. This marks article number six in the series for this year, number seven if you count last year as well.  Each week I find a surprising number of interesting projects and then I have to narrow them down – which is not easy.  However, we have narrowed them down for this week.

Just like previous weeks, we’ll take a quick look at the KickStarter Projects mentioned in our previous articles to see how they are doing funding wise before we look at this week’s projects.

Project Standings as of August 18, 2013

  • Bring Revolution 60 to PC and Mac by Giant Spacekat is still raising funds and is past its initial goal of $5000 and are nearing the stretch goal of $10,000.  With 11 days to go, the funding sits at $8,064 with 249 backers!  If you want to support them, check out the project here:  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/spacekat/bring-revolution-60-to-pc-and-mac?ref=recommended
  • DemonWars: Reformation by R.A. Salvatore also has 11 days remaining and has also reached its goal.  Currently this project sits at $53,720 of the $50,000 goal.  This project still has a lot of stretch goals outline for what money will be used for if they get more.  So even though the project is completely funded, if you want to make the project better, check out the stretch goals, then donate.  The Kickstarter for this project can be found here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/rasalvatore/demonwars-reformation-0?ref=recommended
  • Crash Point by Indie Pup Games has only raised a little more than 10% of it’s $40,000 goal.  With 12 days remaining in the project, it could use a little push.  Check it out and see if it’s something you can support: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/10589586/crash-point?ref=recommended
  • Tanglers – Stealth driven by dark 20th century avant-garde by Alex Harvey exceeded its goal of 35,000 pounds to raise 42,006 pounds for their game, completing funding on Aug. 13.  Good luck to Alex and his team on this game!

Now that we have reviewed the projects from last week, we can look at some new ones.  It is interesting to note that all of these Kickstarters are from people on my friend’s list or that I follow in some way/shape/form through social media.  This week we look at a film based off an adaptation of a roleplaying game session, a game produced by a staff member who used to work on Ultima Online, Video Games Live’s Kickstarter Project, a comic book needing funding by a friend of mine who has helped out with gaming events in the past, and a funded project that is a game based on dubstep.

1.  The Devil Walks in Salem by Peter Adkison

devil-walks-in-salemThis project while under the name of Peter Adkison, is from a group called Hostile Work Environment LLC founded by Peter Adkison, who is the founder of Wizards of the Coast and owner of Gen Con.  The goal of the company is to promote short films, webseries and feature films for gamers.

This will be their first project, if it gets funded.

With 56 hours to go as of 5 p.m. CST on August 18, the team is a little less than $9,000 away from the funding goal of $40,000.  So it seems the need a little push.

The Devil Walks in Salem: Who is the real witch in Salem is slated to be a narrative film inspired by the Salem Witch Trials and based on an actual roleplaying session on the topic.   This project is planned to be a 30-minute short.

In addition to this film, funds raised will also help to complete a documentary on gamers as well as allow a short film of actual gameplay in a roleplaying session of Fiasco to be produced.

I know at least one other gamer who works with Hostile Work Environment, so I think it would be really neat to help this project along.

If you like the idea of the project and wish to learn more, or just want to donate, check out the project here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/peteradkison/the-devil-walks-in-salem

2.  Enspira Online by Kirk Black

enspira-onlineThis project was brought to my attention by one of the posters on UOForums, mentioning that one of Ultima Online’s previous developers, Runesabre, was trying to fund a new video game project.  Hearing that I had to look into it.

Enspira Online seems to be an MMORPG with non-violent gameplay  targeted at children.  The game is currently in internal alpha testing.

In many ways, it looks like a child friendly Farmville targeted at children, getting them accustomed to the quests and rewards while letting them interact on a limited basis with other players.

The project has 19 days to raise the remaining $15,000+ to reach the $18,000 goal.

While the project seems interesting, and different, I’m always hesitant when it comes to MMOs targeting children.  However, it does have potential, so I would encourage you to look into it and if you think it’s worth it, consider donating.  You can find the project here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/enspiraonline/enspira-online  The game website is here:  http://www.enspiraonline.com/

3.  Video Games Live – Level 3 – Game Composers of the World Unite

video-games-liveTommy Tallarico of Video Games Live launched a KickStarter project Aug. 14 to raise money to produce Video Games Live third album.

I’ve attended one Video Games Live show – and want to attend more – and own one of the two currently available albums.  A lot of money goes into making orchestral albums and the amount Tommy is trying to raise is only a fraction of the costs needed to pay for the orchestra, choir and studio time, in addition to other costs involved.

All they are looking to raise is $250,000, which will cover a fraction of the costs needed to just record the album, pay for the musicians, etc.  Tommy and others are pouring other money into the project to make it happen.  More importantly, they are not looking to make a profit off of the project.

As of Aug. 18, the project is sitting at $96,753 of the $250,000 needed.  For as little as $5 you get a digital copy of Video Games Live – Bonus Round.  For as little as $10 you can get the album they’re raising funds for.  Not a bad deal.

Check it out, see which deal is best for you rewards wise, and consider contributing: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1916334303/video-games-live-level-3-game-composers-of-the-wor

4.  Rage Against Hel by Sean Eike

rage-against-helWhile this is not exactly gaming related, the creator of the comic – in some technical ways – is.

I’ve known Sean for a couple of years now, enjoyed seeing his drawings through Facebook in addition to the amazing work he did designing the trophies that were distributed in 2010 at the International Video Game Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.  So when I saw he was doing an IndieGoGo for this new work, I thought it would be nice to promote what he’s doing as well.

Sean Eike describes the project as:

“Rage Against Hel” is a story that I have wanted to tell for a while. It brings Nordic tales and tradtions to light in a story about a young woman named Tanngnidr Huginnson (no one in the story really knows about her past) who thinks she is one of Odin’s Valkyries trapped in the modern world. Most people pass it off as her being an eccentric person but in reality she is two souls trapped in one body as part of a plan by Hel, guardian of the underworld, to take over the world. The four part mini-series will explore Tanngnidr’s relationship with her single mother roommate, Emily, and the struggle with the two souls in her mind. Will she be able to confront Hel and restore hope for the world of the living?”

He has a current goal to raise $25,000 in the next 30 days.  So far, he has raised $425 in this flexible funding campaign.  A majority of the funds needed go to the printing and associated costs therein.  But he needs this money to make the comic book happen.  And honestly, $25,000 isn’t a whole lot to make a comic book happen.  For as little as $20, you get an unsigned copy of the comic book.  And rewards go up from there.

Take a look at the project, and consider donating: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/rage-against-hel

5. DUBWARS – Play until you DROP by MURA Interactive LLC

dub-warsThis is another gaming project that was more than funded by the project in the time it ran.  DUBWARS raised $34,509 of the $30,000 needed.

DUBWARS is described as “a music game that combines the mechanics of a top-down shooter with the power of dubstep and electronica music. Your weapons are synced to the music creating times of intense weapon load outs and calm moments where your survival skills are tested.”

Similar to a game called BeatHazard, at least from the initial description.

DUBWARS is in current beta on the OUYA system and was showcased, receiving a lot of praise, at E3.  With a full list of artists whose songs will be featured on the game as you battle your way through waves of enemies, DUBWARS will appeal to gamers who love music based games.

This game looks like fun and might even be tracked by us in the near future.  Check out the information available on their KickStarter:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1206692245/dubwars-a-dubstep-fueled-top-down-twin-stick-shoot  Or, visit their website: http://dubwarsgame.com/

This concludes this week’s KickStart This.  Check out the previous editions below:

Do you want to have your KickStarter promoted/reviewed on this site?  Or do you know of a KickStarter or similar crowd-funding platform based project that is gaming related that you want promoted?  Submit it to gracesnoke@videogamescoreboard.com

About Grace "Kayhynn" Snoke

Grace Snoke is a corporate journalist and author who enjoys gaming, reading, writing and jewelry making. Outside of her day job, she writes for a number of sites including: Video Game Scoreboard.com, Obsolete Gamer, SciTech Nerds and for a couple blogs and sites she owns. You can learn more about her adventures as an author here.

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