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Crowdfunding Projects

Feeling More Naughty Than Nice? Check out the Hellfire Club

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Steampunk Journal Editor Matt Grayson is extremely pleased to announce that his Indiegogo campaign has gone live and is available for people to view and
pledge. The culmination of months of research, networking and preparation have come to a head and now he needs the help of the steampunk community.

If you don’t know the Steampunk Journal, it’s a lot like my counterpart across the pond and you should definitely check it out. Matt and I started our sites within a couple months of each other, and we both love to do reviews, editorials, and interviews about Steampunk, but most importantly, we both want to support the Steampunk community and see it continue to grow.

Grayson’s The Hellfire Club isn’t just another site of naked girls. It will be a gallery of creative photography by some of the best steampunk photographers in the country. Shoots will be up to artistic nude and feature all genders with the only restriction being that models must be aged 18 and over. This reinforces British steampunk as a wholly inclusive, all-welcoming community. Check out the steamy preview shots here.

Pledges on Indiegogo are most welcome and the perks involved are pretty sweet. They start at £10 which gives you a discounted month of access to the site once it’s up and running, then rises through to £150 for a year’s access and creative input into a shoot.

Companies can also get involved with the Special stages, such as a £350 pledge giving 12 months access to the site and sponsorship of three shoots. Up to £1000 pledge gives full creative control over a shoot with full brand placement and a feature in Steampunk Journal!


Steampunk on Kickstarter, Nov. 2016

Publishing

The Time Traveler’s Trilogy, Ends Dec. 20

It’s 1815, and Wellington’s badly-outnumbered army stares across the field of Waterloo at Napoleon’s forces. Desperate to hold until reinforcements arrive, Wellington calls upon a race of monsters created by a mad scientist 25 years before.

It’s 1815, and a discontented young lady sitting in a rose garden receives a mysterious gift: a pocket watch that, when opened, displays scenes from all eras of history. Past…and future.

It’s 1885, and a small band of resistance fighters are resorting to increasingly extreme methods in their efforts to overthrow a steampunk Empire whose clockwork gears are slick with its subjects’ blood.

Are these events connected?

Oh, come now. That would be telling…

My favorite reward: $5 pledge and you get the first ebook in the series by January.

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Film

Outlawed Faith, Ends Dec. 16

 

GENRE: Sci-Fi/Western/Steampunk

LOGLINE: In a dystopian universe, on a dead-end back water world, an orphaned boy and his sisters, one of which is a mystic Seer, try to escape from the sway of their megalomaniac uncle by seeking out the help of a reformed gunslinger.

PLOT SUMMARY: Young Jonah’s faith carries him and his sisters, Celine, and Cora to the borderland town, Harpdale, a dusty crossroads on the edge of the galaxy, where law is what one makes it. They seek out his mother’s old friend, the infamous reformed gunslinger Kulta; but what they find is more than what anyone bargains for. Outlawed Faith is a science fiction action adventure which brings forward a strongly charismatic, but unlikely and reluctant, hero to the rescue of innocence in danger. The story brings together a mashup of genres (Steampunk/Western) creating a perfect blend for adventure.

My favorite reward: $10 pledge gets you a download of the short, plus a download of the finished full film

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Gaming

Concept Crowd Gear, Ends Dec. 4 

The Game: 

The game will have a steampunk anime type stylized aesthetics. An unknown force brings magic to the equation, causing inexplicable phenomenon such as strange monsters and weird climatic changes that alter the setting and increase the conflict.

As the game grows, the core platform supporting the game will add new weapons, terrains, bosses, creatures, or mechanics. This allows for more repeat playing of the game.

The Process:  

Rewards for support include participation in the concepts section, voting rights during development, and credit for any contributions that are used in the game. Whether backers have a passion for drawing, modeling, or just have great ideas for the videogame, access to the forums is gained based on backing.

My favorite reward: a $10 pledge allows you to be a part of the design process and give feedback

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Steam Hammer, ends Dec. 15

Steam Hammer is the first hardcore sandbox-style RPG set in a dark and mysterious steampunk world. Experience the intensity as you try to survive on the mysterious Acribo Islands.

Steam Hammer features:

• a classic Victorian steampunk setting with wondrous mechanisms, machinery, weapons, armor, clothing, and—of course—steam and smoke.

• an open-class system that frees you from arbitrary constraints. Engineer, scientist, farmer, gunsmith, stormtrooper, sharpshooter, and more can all be combined and switched depending on your skill set.

• a huge open world for you to explore, travel, and terraform. Go where you will and master the land.

 Craft your Glory. Craft your Victory. Craft your Steam Hammer!

My favorite reward: $25 pledge gets you the full game and your name in the credits

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Pirates: Age of Gravitum, Ends Dec. 22 

In Pirates : Age of Gravitium, you play as a pirate captain looking for a solution to the upcoming threat of the India Company. Whether you want to become famous, rich enough or well prepared to fight is for you to decide. To help you during your journey, you can recruit a large variety of fellow pirates. You can also grow your headquarter to unlock new skills, accept missions for other factions or simply explore the world in search for treasures or easy targets to rob. But be careful ! You are not alone, and the other factions – the British, the French, the Dutch, the Spanish and the other Pirates – will make sure you pay for your crimes.

Sea itself is treacherous if you travel for too long, as the moral of your crew, like the hull of your ship, is far from being unbreakable.

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My favorite reward: 18 euros and you get the game, a chance to answer polls during development, and your name in the credits

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Steampunk Crowdfunding: Oct. 2016 Edition

Publishing

Children of Sin Manga, Ends Nov. 4

It is a time of darkness where clockwork powers the world. Evil permeates society causing great mayhem, and man’s morals are questioned. Kain, tortured by his past sins, seeks to earn redemption by saving mankind. But can he, whom the gods no longer praise, redeem himself?

The Seven Deadly Sins have taken corporeal form in our world:

  • Pride is an orphan, who along with his brother, got adopted by a high class assassin.
  • Envy is a rich girl who was shipped off to dancing school.
  • Greed was a street urchin who had to become a thief to survive.
  • Wrath worked at a steel plant that made the cogs that turn the town.
  • Lust is a high class French stripper who seems to be in the wrong place at the right time…. all of the time.
  • Gluttony is a baker from the Netherlands who takes a bite out of his problems.
  • Sloth is an ex-opium addict and just so happens to be Greed’s older sister.

Then there is Depression who has lived her whole life in a cemetery.

Kain, the last piece of the puzzle, runs away after betraying his students. Now that he has escaped the Darkness’ great hold on him, he looks to reverse all the evil that he and his followers have caused. Azrael, his mysterious butler and bodyguard, is put into his service to help control the chaos, but he has an agenda of his own.

My Favorite Reward: $10 to get a PDF of the finished book.

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Steampunk Universe: A diverse steampunk anthology featuring aneurotypical and disabled characters ends Nov. 6.

coverWe keep getting told that steampunk is not diverse. We want to keep proving them wrong.

Two and a half years ago, we brought you the award-winning anthology Steampunk World, a diverse collection of steampunk fiction. Since then, there have been a number of other prominent anthologies and works of diverse steampunk fiction. That is exactly what we hoped would happen.

But it is not enough.

We want to see even more diversity. We want to see characters like all our friends and all the members of our families. We want fully developed characters in steampunk – and all fiction – who are disabled or aneurotypical. We want more than “token” characters, and clichéd plots.

We were told it was too hard – especially in a genre like steampunk.

We are going to prove them wrong again…and we want you to join us.

My Favorite Reward: $20 pledge gets you a printed copy the anthology, plus digital copies across multiple platforms and a bonus short story anthology by my friend Andrew Knighton.

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Victorian Bareknuckle League, Ends Nov. 24

victorian-bareknuckleVictorian Bareknuckle League is a steampunk tale of bloody knuckles and high crime set in a fantasy era Victorian London. Young Millicent Figg witnesses the brutal murder of her lover at a bareknuckle bout and sets out for revenge. Aided by the world’s greatest detective she attempts to find those responsible before she becomes as violent and ruthless as those she is fighting against…

Men, women, children. Gin soaked thieves and claret swilling aristocrats. Slaves and kings. Weathered fishermen, navvies carved from the earth by hardship and toil. The bold, the beautiful, the circus freaks, the forgotten urchins and street dwellers. Gypsies, brothel madams, conjurers and illusionists. The occultists and the strange. Con men and piss artists. Pearly kings and queens. Chinese and Jewish immigrants. The Irish, Scottish, Londoners, Yorkshiremen. The clergy, the revolutionaries. All come looking for death, glory and redemption in the Victorian Bareknuckle League.

My Favorite Reward: 4 GBP gets you a digital copy of the 20-page, fully illustrated book.

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Film

Cyan Eyed, Ends Nov. 4

Watch the video: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/njen/cyan-eyed-an-animated-steampunk-adventure/widget/video.html

It was in the first quarter of 2013, as production of my animated short film, The Rose of Turaida, was coming to an end, I was deciding what to do next. I then though about wanting to do something exciting with lot’s of energy, something that looks really cool. Cyan Eyed is a swashbuckling steampunk adventure that focuses on a rescue attempt, using visually spectacular action sequences. The title of Cyan Eyed is in fact an anagram of ‘eye candy’, and that is exactly what we are making: an awesome looking film that will leave a memorable lasting impression.

Concept art for the location Crystal Rock Landing
Concept art for the location Crystal Rock Landing

My Favorite Reward: 10 AUD (about $8) get the digital download of the film plus the rewards at lower tiers like a digital wallpaper.

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Steampunk Crowdfunding July/Aug 2016

Summertime and the living’s easy… unless you are one of those people currently running a Kickstarter campaign and biting your nails as you watch for pledges!

My friends over at Aerolyth Enterprises reached their funding goal for Stars of Empire, but there are awesome stretch goals still to meet so check them out.

What’s Going on Right Now?

Publishing

Adventure: A Collection of Steampunk Short Stories, Ends Sept. 5

Watch the Video: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/citizensofantiford/adventure-a-collection-of-steampunk-short-stories/widget/video.html

We are the Citizens of Antiford, a steampunk collective of amateur cosplayers, artists, and authors. Our fictional world was created about 6 years ago and we’ve been active in the steampunk community and growing ever since. We held a challenge for our members to write short stories worthy of publication. We selected six stories that represent the idea of adventure in the Citizens of Antiford’s world.

If you’re interested in discovering more about us and our world, there’s a plethora of stories, videos, comics, and more on our community’s website https://citizensofantiford.com.

My Favorite Reward: $15 pledge gets you a paperback copy and a choice of bookmark

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Gaming

Airships of Oberon (Tabletop Game), Ends Aug. 5

Watch the Video: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1132744086/airships-of-oberon/widget/video.html

Game componentsAirships of Oberon is a fun, highly social strategy game in which you go on missions to pick up and deliver Flux Artifacts for experience points. The Artifacts are in short supply so you’ll be chasing other players and using Anti-magnetic Effects to get the ones you need. When you gain 36 experience you become a Flux Master. Then you can complete your final Mission: capture the three keys and bring them to Oberon City to win the game!

My Favorite Reward: If you can’t afford the $50 for the full game, you can get a “print and play” version for an $8 pledge.

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Columnae: A Past Under Construction, Ends Aug. 9

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Watch the Video:https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1275603373/columnae-a-past-under-construction/widget/video.html

COLUMNAE: A Past Under Construction is a Windows/Mac/Linux nonlinear point & click adventure game set in a post-apocalyptic steampunk world. The story of COLUMNAE is set more than a century after an environmental catastrophe made the air on the surface of the earth unbreathable, and the rich locked themselves up in Deus: a closed heavenly settlement built upon gigantic metal pillars called Columnae. Beneath Columnae, a huge apparatus Machina was built to automatically extract underground resources and pump them up via pipes, through Columnae and into Deus. Trying to escape the lethal environment on the surface, those not wealthy enough settled in Columnae, where they now live by parasitizing on resources coming from Machina. Not only unable to enter Deus, but also unwilling to cooperate with people living on nearby Cliffs, the society of Columnae is plagued by corruption, political manipulation, power struggle and poverty.

My Favorite Reward: $14 pledge and you get the game, plus lovely digital artwork

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Tinkerbits Steampunk Meeples (Tabletop Gaming), Ends Aug 21

Meeples

Meeples are iconic in the tabletop gaming world.  They have many uses and are great little tactile toys.  Giving them a Tinkerish steampunk twist is something that we’ve wanted to do for a couple of years.  They started in Carcassonne, but meeples can find a home almost anywhere.

As for offering them in metal, well, that’s just one of the things that we enjoy.  There’s just something nice about the heavier, solid feel of metal game components, and they bring a certain panache to the table.  It’s not necessary for them to be metal to be playable, and yes, they are more costly than wood or plastic, but we think it’s worth it.

My Favorite Reward: $14 for 5 of these adorable little guys

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Other Fun Projects

Time Flies: Levitating Nixie Clock, Ends Aug. 19

Watch the Video: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lasermad/time-flies-levitating-nixie-clock/widget/video.html

Nixie clock

From an early age we are aware of the laws of physics and their effect on how the world around us behaves. If we pick up an object, it has weight. If we place it on another object, such as a table, shelf or the floor, it will rest upon it. If we drop it, it will fall. We become so used to this behaviour that any exception is a surprise and delight. Remember the first time you saw a helium filled balloon, straining to escape, fighting the ties of gravity? Even though levitated objects have become increasingly common, there is still the air of magic about them.  When the levitated object is radiating energy you know it cannot be generating in itself, the illusion of magic is complete…

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Steampunk Crowdfunding: June/July 2016

It looks like a lot of Kickstarter folks must be on summer vacation, because there weren’t all that many projects going at the moment. But the ones that exist look really amazing, so check them out!

Gaming

Wrath of Anna, Ends July 19

  Watch the video: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1118017763/wrath-of-anna-pre-orders-round-2/widget/video.html

Wrath of AnnaI grew up playing competitive games at the highest level, and I have been actively developing Wrath of Anna since July 2015 (utilizing Unreal Engine 4). My name is Michael L. Fiorentino Gutierrez (a.k.a. hamtaro in the gaming world) and I’m presenting to you a competitive FPS with brutal 5 on 5 competitive play alongside other small and large scale combat modes. I have self funded the game up to this point with a small amount of private assistance, and I’m here now to utilize Kickstarter to raise extra funds mainly through pre-orders.  These funds are important and will help provide a more advanced multiplayer early access experience.The early access focuses on multiplayer gameplay; with additional episodic campaigns planned for later release.

My favorite reward: For a $10 pledge you get an early access key to try out the game before the official release, as well as previews before anyone outside of the Kickstarter project.

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 Stars of Empire, Ends Aug 11

  Watch the video: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/759107276/stars-of-empire-a-vsf-steampunk-rpg/widget/video.html

Stars of Empire bugsIn 2016, a game publisher called Black Pigeon Press and I put out a Victorian Science Fiction Role Playing game titled Stars of Empire. We used their game engine and my Hive, Queen, and Country (HQC) setting. This fusion provided gamers with a tabletop experience where they could be challenged by the story and not by the rules. Unfortunately Black Pigeon Press closed its doors. Instead of letting the Hive, Queen and Country Universe just die I formed Aerolyth Enterprises LLC and began self publishing. With the help of a number of friends and a successful Kickstarter we’ve been able to produce a miniatures game and two source books. Now we would like to come full circle. With your help we will produce two core books, one for Referees and one for Players.

My favorite reward: For a $40 pledge you get the full library of 6 books minimum, and any additional books that get funded as stretch goals.

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Film

Forbidden Two, ends July 9

Watch the video: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/114455469/forbidden-two/widget/video.html

Forbidden twoOur team consist of independent filmmakers. We hope to raise a modest goal to make this project come to life!  Right now we are aiming to make the Pilot episode as a “proof of concept” with the hope of shopping the show around and eventually moving onto a full season. Why Not a Web series? For us, “Forbidden Two,” is an immersive and lavish world, and with the complexity of the story, we don’t feel that a web series format would do the show justice. This is why we are aiming to create the pilot.

My favorite reward: For a $50 pledge, backers get a special screening (either over the internet or in person), plus cool rewards at lower levels like coloring pages based on the concept art and soundtrack.

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Back Stars of Empire Now on Kickstarter

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Creator Terry Sofian sporting my design for Aerolyth Enterprises

About a year ago, I reviewed a tabletop RPG called Hive, Queen, and Country which is about Victorian-era space travel and the strange creature that inhabit the solar system. A few days ago, my friends over at Aerolyth Enterprises launched a new Kickstarter campaign to produce new editions and a brand new companion book. The campaign will last most of the summer, but they have already gotten over 1/3 of the pledges they need so I am certain they will make their goal and deliver on their rewards.

Visit their campaign page and watch the video below.

 https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/759107276/stars-of-empire-a-vsf-steampunk-rpg/widget/video.html


Steampunk Crowdfunding: May/June 2016

What’s Going on Right Now?

Apparel

Ungodly Goodies, Ends June 4

Watch the video: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2086989616/ungodly-goodies/widget/video.html

Ungodly Goodies is a multi-faceted Artisan horror company focused on Wicca, gothic, steampunk, pinup and oddity apparel that’s here for the long-term so join us and help grow this unique brand!

We ship anywhere in the world!

All shirts are available in Men’s and Women’s but all are black.  Tank Tops also available.

Here’s a look at our tees:

My favorite reward: $25 pledge gets you a shirt of your choosing.

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Film

Forbidden Two, Ends July 9

Watch the video: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/114455469/forbidden-two/widget/video.html

Our team consist of independent filmmakers. We hope to raise a modest goal to make this project come to life!  Right now we are aiming to make the Pilot episode as a “proof of concept” with the hope of shopping the show around and eventually moving onto a full season…

The series follows Claudia L’Martinaire, a Nunne’hi on her first mission to Earth, and how her world is turned upside down when Tristan, an up and coming inventor, walks into her life as she searches for the human she is meant to protect.

My favorite reward: $20 pledge gets you a Steampunk coloring book!

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Gaming

Mists of Akuma: Eastern Fantasy Noir Steampunk for D&D 5E, Ends May 30

Watch the video: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/verantheacodex/mists-of-akuma-eastern-fantasy-noir-steampunk-for/widget/video.html

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My favorite reward: $20 pledge gets you a PDF of the game.

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Ictus: Tabletop Warfare, Ends June 22

Watch the video: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/461393791/ictus-30mm-tabletop-wargame-in-the-steampunk-apoca/widget/video.html

Titan Zero Industries presents Ictus, a table top wargame set in the Stempunk apocalypse of 1909. Ictus features high quality miniatures, six unique factions, an all new stacking rule set and multiple game modes including cooperative play.

My favorite reward: $40 pledge gets a set of miniatures worth $50

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Performing Arts

The Spectre of Knox Mill, Ends June 11

Watch the video: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/steamtheopera/steam-or-the-specters-of-the-knox-mill/widget/video.html

Between 2012 and 2014, we four musicians converged over a set of common grievances.  The world in which we live sharply divided between “entertainment” and “art” with little room for overlap.  It often felt like there was a vast ‘no-man’s land’ in between high opera and it’s closest relative, musical theater.  Compelling pieces that appeal to modern sensibilities that are performed with a high caliber of vocal training and are few and far between.  “Where are the mainstream operas?” Friends would ask.  “We can have exciting, relate-able, stories with twists and turns AND beautiful singing with songs we want to hum, can’t we?”

My favorite reward: $20 for a download of the album.

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Steampunk Crowdfunding – April 2016 Edition

Here’s What’s Going on Right Now

Special Events

Bask and Shadow – FP 3D Steampunk/Swordcery Dungeon Crawl, Ends May 19

A first person, single-player adventure where Sword and Sorcery meets Steampunk: based in a twisted city and the dark depths below. Crawl through multi-levelled dungeons riddled with tricks and traps, where exploration and route planning skills are as important as fighting. Difficult challenges await you in the city and dungeons as you encounter unique hordes, motley crews, legions, lieutenants and bosses . This is not a hoarders paradise. The treasures are unique to the quest.

My favorite reward: For $19 you can get the game and a your name added to the digital poster given as a reward at other levels

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Publishing

Silent Meridian – Steampunk & Time Travel, Ends May 13

Meridian

The Story

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is obsessed with a legendary red book. Its peculiar stories have come to life, and rumors claim that it has rewritten its own endings. Convinced that possessing this book will help him write his ever-popular Sherlock Holmes stories, he takes on an unlikely partner, John Patrick Scott, known to most as a concert musician and paranormal investigator. Although in his humble opinion, Scott considers himself more of an ethereal archeologist and a time traveler professor.

Together they explore lost worlds and excavate realms beyond the knowledge of historians when they go back in time to find it. But everything backfires, and their friendship is tested to the limits. Both discover that karmic ties and unconscionable crimes have followed them like ghosts from the past, wreaking havoc on the present and possibly the future.

Silent Meridian reveals the alternate histories of Conan Doyle, H.G. Wells, Houdini, Jung and other notable luminaries in the secret diaries of a new kind of Doctor Watson, John Patrick Scott, in an X Files for the 19th century. Stay tuned for A Pocketful of Lodestones; book two in the Time Traveler Professor series by Elizabeth Crowens.

My favorite reward: For $14 you get a paperback of the book

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Modis – YA Steampunk Novel, Ends May 22

I’m excited about this story, and sharing it with others, so let’s start with what it is. The Modis is an action filled steampunk adventure set in early 1800’s England. It is about a boy, with an unusual gift, and a drive to be reunited with his sister. Along the way, he meets a motley array of characters, some warm, and others who are downright dangerous. More than just an adventure, this story carries with it some wonderful and challenging history, and the characters deal with some big issues. What happens when we magnify our internal issues into the physical realm and add in some high stakes peril? A wildly entertaining romp through the revolution of early Industrial England…

My favorite reward: $5 and you get the ebook. The goal is very small, I have no doubt it will be reached, so even a small donation will mean a lot to this creator!

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Gaming

60 – A Steampunk Dice and Card Game, Ends May 13

60 illustration

Fresh from our successful No Dice Kickstarter we have another creative little game. Score points by rolling a die. Simple, yes? Not if you can trade up to a d8 or a d10, or double your score every turn. 60 is a combination of card and dice game in a 2oz tobacco tin.

Each player holds two cards (one if there are 5 or 6 players) and draws one more per turn. They must then play one of the cards in front of them either to benefit themselves or to hinder another player. Finally, rolling to score points for their turn, play passes to the next person.

Draw, Play, Roll, Score. It’s that simple…

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My favorite reward: $22 pledge gets you the game.

Breach City Token Line, Ends May 19

The Project

The Breach City Token Line is a complete line of tokens for the table top miniature war game Malifaux™ produced by the company Wyrd™ Miniatures.

As you all know, a lot of abilities and effects in this game need to be tracked down. In their latest tournament packet, Wyrd™ Miniatures even added a section about tracking the different elements in the game, for the sake of clean play. There are a lot of different options on the market to help you with tracking, but most of these will only offer the most popular conditions and marker tokens but will leave out those that are used sparingly. This is where my project comes in…

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My favorite reward: $12 pledge gets you 25 tokens of your choice.