A couple of folks that I know have recently created Kickstarter projects.
What is Kickstarter you ask? Well, according to their website:
Kickstarter is a new way to fund creative projects.
We’re a home for everything from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. Kickstarter is full of projects, big and small, that are brought to life through the direct support of people like you. Since our launch in 2009, more than 3.7 million people have pledged over $554 million, funding more than 38,000 creative projects. Thousands of creative projects are raising funds on Kickstarter right now.
Each project is independently created.
The filmmakers, musicians, artists, and designers you see on Kickstarter have complete control over and responsibility for their projects. Kickstarter is a platform and a resource; we’re not involved in the development of the projects themselves. Anyone can launch a project on Kickstarter as long as it meets our guidelines.
Together, creators and backers make projects happen.
Project creators set a funding goal and deadline. If people like a project, they can pledge money to make it happen. Funding on Kickstarter is all-or-nothing — projects must reach their funding goals to receive any money. All-or-nothing funding might seem scary, but it’s amazingly effective in creating momentum and rallying people around an idea. To date, an impressive 44% of projects have reached their funding goals.
It’s actually a really neat process!
Though I am actively pagan and fairly witchy, I’m also rather geeky and hang out with some seriously awesome geeky friends. (Notice my screen name MistressPrime? Think Transformers.) Heck, my own husband-to-be is quite the über geek. It’s part of what attracted me to him!
So my friend Rustyn Sa put together a Kickstarter project to manufacture FUDGE dice titled: Fudge it! Fudge Dice Infusion. The name “FUDGE” was once an acronym for Freeform Universal Donated Gaming Engine. These are dice with an equal number of plus (+), minus (-) symbols, or blank on each side of a 6 sided die.
As part of her project presentation Rustyn made a very entertaining video.
FUDGE DICE INFUSION VIDEO
*Dice not guaranteed to get you laid.
Very annoyed… can’t get the video code to stay in the post. Every time I update it disappears!
Check out the video, it’s quite funny! 🙂
Another friend has also started a Kickstarter project called, Magic’s Shadow
Magic’s Shadow is the first book in a trilogy. It’s a fantasy story that revolves around the adventures of an unlikely group of five characters that fate has thrown together despite their differences. Provided that they can manage to not kill each other, the world should be ok – that is until another group of bad guys comes by and causes more problems.
With both projects there are several levels of backing involvement to meet any budget. Every little bit helps get these projects closer to their goals!