One of the very, very best board games of all time is one of the simplest: Steve Jackson's Ogre.
Simple concept: On one side, there's an army. On the other side, there's a monstrous tank with an partly-organic brain and no mercy. Hook 'em up.
Since 2008, Steve and his merry cohorts have been working on a super-spiff update. And, since said super-spiff update will retail for $100, it's likely to have limited appeal to the casual gamer. Soooo... he decided to Kickstart it.
The basic level of contributions, $20,000, has been met, insuring that the game will exist. But there are other goals to be met, to make the game even cooler, and even if those goals aren't met this is the best (really, the only) way to pre-order this fourteen-pound beast of a boardgame.
Me? I'm doing music for one of their promotional videos. I'm already in. ;) Which may not stop me from buying extra dice or a shirt or somethin'.
Any crowdfunded projects we should be reminded of?
UPDATE: The $40,000 stretch goal has been passed, so there will be online 3D blank Ogre models, so you can print, color, and build your own Mark III and Mark V Ogres. And they're less than $4,000 from the $75,000 goal, at which point SJG will include an exclusive Kickstarter counter sheet for every Kickstarter copy of the game.
I have not supported this one yet, but I am thinking about it. (Mostly waiting till it gets closer.)
And the other project that we all should support, Locus Magazine is doing a kickstart project to fund the digitizing of their photo archive left to them by Charles Brown. They have already gotten the funds for the photos and they have 2-3 additional projects they are going to be doing with the extra money - digitizing (and making available) the recordings of the interviews they have done over the years.
Considering I found it yesterday and its gone up about $1500 since yesterday, I suspect it will. (Also, Autographedcat (I think that's the correct spelling of his LJ) mentioned it over in the filk group on facebook yesterday.) I do plan to do enough of a support to get the CD. (Extras tend to not grab me on either project.)
I did toss some money at the Locus archiving project (and an audio engineer lead to them too) since I think that project, once finished, will benefit the fanish community.
Tom project?? How about digitizing some of the older concert recordings he has so that he has them available for his subscribers/sale. (I figure he has tapes of some of his earlier concerts in his archives.)
Another idea would be a possible a series of house concerts, and touring that will include stops at your house, if the right amount is donated.
Its more of a challenge to find the songs that exist on very out of print tapes.... I know of one that I believe was not on ends 'n' odds that I think I sent him the raw concert from. Just checked.... Its only on Mists of Memory and no-where else, unless Tom did it again in a concert.... (Walk Like a Sith)
How about raising funds to launch a year full of monthly live Google+ Hangout concerts? Tom could figure out the cost of renting video and audio equipment, maybe hiring a crew to get the best recordings possible, add 50% or more to that so he can pay the rent and spend more time working on the show, and because there are always unforeseen costs, then use that amount as the main goal. Let's say $50,000 as an example. Once a month (flexible due to conventions, weather and such) Tom puts on a show, maybe invites some other filkers to join in, and they stream it live over Google+ Hangout (which is free) as well as record it.
Pledge prizes could be: $1 = every little bit helps $10 = you can download the audio of the concerts $20 = an invite to watch the live stream $30 = an invite to watch as a special guest who can type in comments that will be read to Tom as if you were in the audience $40 = an invite to watch and download the audio $60 = invite to watch, audio file and download the edited video recording (not all songs are included, some of the banter is removed, maybe each song is a separate "music video" file) $75 = invite to watch, audio file, special pass to download edited videos _and_ the complete unedited video of the concert. $100 = All of the above _plus_ invitations to sit in the audience of one concert (can be passed to other people) $200 = All of the above and invites for all concerts $300 = All of the above plus your song requests go to the top of the list (may or may not be played based on how things go) $500 = Tom and guests will wear your company's T-shirt during a show $1000 = All of the above and Tom will compose and sing a song just for you $3000 = All of the above plus you get to choose the theme of one concert $5000 = All of the above plus Tom and guests will hold the concert at your home/convention/tavern/sports arena (if possible)
After several episodes Tom could put some of the best videos on DVD and sell them at conventions and through his various web sites, put a few music videos on youtube for promotion, release year-old videos for free download or as a prize for the next years kickstarter project, and so on and so forth. If he goes over $50,000 he could add stretch goals, like renting better equipment or locations for the concerts, or special holiday episodes (Talk Like A Pirate Day, CthulhuPalooza, etc.) or fly in special filking guests who don't live close enough to drive over, etc.
Now this is a kickstarter project I could get behind ;-)
Additional stories in Laura Anne Gilman's Cosa Nostradamus books - what's not to love?! We have $3,554 of the $7K goal with 23 days to go - so neither a sure thing nor an impossible stretch. Well worth telling more people about it!
There was a small team of guys who did giant-sized miniatures here in Orlando. When I worked the SunQuest conventions we tried to book them as often as we could. They had a six-foot-long Star Destroyer model, and lots of teeny X-wing and Y-wing and TIE fighters. You had to pay to be involved in their game (as a damage deposit).
They also had a large-scale OGRE game, with the OGRE about 12 inches wide, and it was played in a room-sized area. Since I don't play miniatures games, I don't know how it worked, but people seemed to be having fun.
A writing project I've been watching is "Hull Damage". It's a science fiction novel about a "daredevil space pirate captain and his crew of bloodthirsty buccaneers caught in a bidding war between three of the galaxy's biggest crime lords," and he's releasing it for free as an ebook on their website. They've reached the initial goal, but he's offering tons of additional free content to try and push it up to $1,500, which hopefully should be possible to reach.
I figured space pirates seemed Relevant To Your Interests. ;D