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The December Poetry Fishbowl is now open with a theme of "games and fun." Come give me prompts or watch for free poetry!
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Board games are making a comeback thanks to the internet and improved production options. Companies like The Game Crafter and Board Game Design sell game pieces, and there are tips on designing games. Crowdfunding also makes it possible for designers to reach an audience and finance their project -- and gaming fundraisers are tremendously popular on many of the hub sites. I was further intrigued by this article about Ticket to Ride, which explains how free online versions generate wider familiarity that translates into higher sales of the tabletop game.
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I know, I posted about this already. I hope it's okay to repost. I don't plan on spamming these communities. I just wanted to try asking one more time. There are some updates and stuff.

The Goblins Card Game Kickstarter is going along very nicely. Already triple funded. I hear they're considering adding some new rewards (digital goodies and stuff for even the lower tiers), but we'll have to see how that goes.

Here's the thing: If they can hit 4000 backers, they'll send Thunt, the author of Goblins, to NY ComicCon. Thunt is a very cool guy. I'm lucky to be able to call him a friend. But he lives all the way up near Vancouver, 3000 miles away. I don't get to see him often. (Disabilities + Internet = awesome friends around the globe + very little chance to hang out with any of them in person.) If you can help the project hit 4000 backers (by chipping in even just a dollar or two, and maybe asking friends who can spare it to do the same), you'll be doing me a personal favor.

I should also mention that the game, which looks like a lot of fun, is explained better now. There's a new video on the Kickstarter page, under "description of gameplay." Evertide Games is still fairly new at this Kickstarter thing, but they're listening to the fans and responding. And they've clearly put a lot of love and meticulous care into the game. Not just in keeping it true to the comic, but in striving to create a game that will be so fun to play on its own merits that it will be able to draw in new fans and readers.

So check it out. If you haven't already, give Goblins Comic a look. It's an engaging story with a wide cast of developed characters and a good blend of humor, action, drama, and strong character moments.
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Here is a fascinating article about interactive storytelling, people's expectations, and where it might go.
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 Here's a report about the Cyberforce Kickstarter project by Top Cow.
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For a while now, people have been talking about how great it would be if you could walk out of a movie theater and buy a copy of that movie in the lobby on your way home. A few producers have asked to do it and gotten shouted down.

So, I think an effective option would be to do an end run around the mainstream. There are film festivals for indie producers, and indie film is increasingly active in crowdfunding. Those people are putting out their own movies; they have control over what happens with the products. So an indie producer should be free to do simultaneous screen and consumer release if they want to. Once people got a taste of it, they'd scream at the mainstream movie companies until it became the norm. Or until the dinosaurs became extinct.

If you are into indie movies, or know people who are, pass the idea around.
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Kickstarter is now one of the leading graphic novel publishers. This article looks at the business models and revenues from Kickstarter and several major comic publishers. Crowdfunding is having a huge impact on the comics field. This makes me happy, because the mainstream comic publishers aren't always supportive of diversity. Crowdfunding will support anything for which you can rustle up a bunch of people who want it.
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I found "Bareback Ink" through a post over on LJ-asexuality which really excites me because it means folks are talking about crowdfunding in other venues, and more importantly, they are catching on to how crowdfunding can help creative people connect with niche markets serving topics that the mainstream ignores.

This play is about the relationship that develops between an asexual tattoo artist and a client. Okay, I have thousands of books in my house and I have not read this story before; I've seen very little that is even remotely like it. Allow me to gush about how incredibly awesome it is to find a story that new, that different. I don't care that it's a play and I'll probably never see it. I just care that somebody out there is breaking seriously new ground, and I want to encourage that.
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 I've written a detailed post, "Aether Dancer Is Open Source," describing the creative model of this webseries and why it's important.  If you're interested in steampunk, shared projects, or entertainment more diverse than Hollywood whitebread then please check it out.
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   The Aether Dancer is running a fundraiser for an open-source steampunk webseries.  I love the concept here.
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"Double Fine Adventure" is a Kickstarter campaign that just closed, raising advance funds for video game development. Their goal was $400,000. They made $3,335,325.  Crowdfunding: the power is yours.  You can play with it if you want to.
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 "Sins Invalid" is a film project documenting performers with disabilities. It also works with queer people and people of color. 

$11,122 PLEDGED OF $15,000 GOAL
11 DAYS TO GO
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One of my activist friends on Facebook, Terry Hancock, modified the Black March badge to include my message encouraging people to support independent creators. Spend your entertainment budget on material that supports the kind of world you want to live in. 
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Two actors have been chosen to compete for a character role in the steampunk show Aether Dancer.  Read about Ryan Fischer and Luke Marty on the blog.  You can show your support for one or the other by making a donation on the IndieGoGo page; one dollar counts as one vote.  Vote early, vote often!  (The project has 11 days left.)  The actor who earns the most for the show will get the role, thus letting fans indicate who they really want to see more of.
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The dance clips are now online for the crowdfunded bellydance project.  There are 5 video clips, each about 1 minute long. The clip that gets the most "Likes" on YouTube will get extended to dance the entire song.  A tip jar is available -- give the dancer some spendable applause if you can.
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Some friends and I got to talking about how bellydance could be done as a crowdfunded project, and this is the result. Naturally when I saw the call for prompts, I went upstairs and asked [profile] my_partner_doug to help me find some Cecil Taylor on iTunes, and we spent 20 minutes picking out a tune that would be both challenging and danceable. I know I've got some folks in my audience who are into bellydancing, so go see if the prompt call is still open -- [profile] mikalay is going to do a set of 5 songs, one minute of dancing to each. Then people will get to vote on which song gets danced in full. Tips are welcome but not required.

I think this project idea is really, really cool. I can hardly wait to see the videos!
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LJ user aaronace has just announced a funding project for "Caladon Falls."  This is a fantasy campaign setting for the Savage Worlds roleplaying system.  They've already raised a good chunk of money on their IndieGoGo page; faster donations mean faster printing.  If you are a gamer, check out the totally awesome set of perks they have for donors.  I love it when people really put a lot of work into worldbuilding a memorable setting, and it looks like this team has done a great job of that.
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 The Lost Templar Fleet has posted an update on their crowdfunding project.  They've finished the script for August performances, among other progress.  Regrettably the IndieGoGo page hasn't received any donations yet, which they need to fund costumes for the performances and other appearances.

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