Crowdfund A Dark Fantasy Short, A Sequel To Ultima Underworld, And More!

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Not one, but two webcomics are looking to get physical prints in this week's crowdfunding roundup. Plus, robots on mars get the tabletop treatment, and a new sequel to one of the most important computer RPGs in history. Let's dig in, shall we?


Header Image Credit: Underworld Ascendant

Monsterkind: Book One

Taylor C.'s comic about a world where monsters are second class citizens is coming to physical, tangible formats:

Monsterkind is a story about humans and monsters living in a country wrought with inequality and segregation. Monsters get treated as second class citizens, and aren't allowed into certain parts of the country- especially those inhabited by wealthier humans.

The story follows Wallace Foster, a young, bright-eyed human social worker from District A, who has his entire world view rocked when he gets transferred out of the comfort of his human-only district to work with the monsters of District C.

Along the way he meets many friendly, colorful monsters, and he quickly begins to realize that monsters are not as bad as everyone's led him to believe.

A $10 pledge gets you the pdf of the book and its extra content, while $25 and $60 get you the softcover and hardcover versions respectively.

The Robotic Age: Mars


Cool tabletop mecha sci-fi RPG Robotic Age is looking to expand to Mars in this first supplement:

The Robotic Age is a fast paced tabletop rpg where people are able to fully customize the robotic character of their dreams.Will you build a unique weapon that defines you, or perhaps design an exosuit that protects you, or maybe even a support drone to keep an eye out for you?

The game uses percentile dice for skills and dice pools for damage. The rules are fairly simple at first but every upgrade and fighting style adds unique rules that apply only to your character.

In the 22nd century androids are sentient and common but have a long way to go for acceptance. As people begin enhancing their bodies with cosmetic cybernetics others gather in secret to discuss bringing back "the good ole days." As transhumans strive for immortality their technology breeds weaponized gangs the world has never seen before.

But surely one can escape that on the new world. On Mars everyone can be equal, everyone can live on their own rules and laws. At least, that's what the ads say. They don't mention how most people become wage slaves to the corporations that supply their food and oxygen. They don't mention the city-states that ignore all crimes that take place outside their walls. They don't mention that less than 25% of Mar's surface is habitable.


The project is already funded, but if you still want in $10 gets you the digital edition of the new ruleset, while $20 gets you a softcover physical edition.



This gorgeous looking fantasy short sees a young woman trapped in a nightmarish, weird world that she must escape from:

Sophie is a short fantasy film that follows the story of a young girl who finds herself stuck in a dark, eerie and immersive realm from which she must escape. Once inside this world, Sophie joins forces with Tristan, an odd and unpredictable young man who becomes her ally against the evil dark queen and her chancellor.

With your kind donations we will be able to produce a very high-quality short film that will make your head spin with excitement. We want to make a fantasy drama that pays heavy emphasis to not only its story but also to the costume and set design. We want to paint a visually dazzling picture for you to become immersed in this realm that holds captive the story's protagonist, Sophie.


Other tiers include art books and posters, but if you just want a digital copy of the movie when it's out in August, you can donate $25.

Love Me Nice: Volume 1


Amanda Lafrenais's webcomic about the secret lives of cartoon voice actors in a world where cartoon creations and humans live alongside each other is coming to a book near you!

Love Me Nice is a story I started as a webcomic around 2010, inspired by my love-hate relationship with the children's entertainment giants that practically raised me. The story follows the turbulent personal lives of Mac T. Monkey Jr., a reluctant actor begrudgingly filling his famous father's shoes, and Claire Domani, his overclocked manager and girlfriend. Even in a world populated by strange and often silly 'toons co-existing with humans, it's all about keeping up appearances — whatever the cost.


You know the drill - $10 gets you a digital version of the new collection, while $15 gets you the physical book. Other tiers bundle in stickers and commissioned sketchplates.

Tic Tac Toe Tee


The gamification of the real world continues with an actual T-shirt to play Tic-tac-toe over your own Torso. Weird, but pretty nifty:

I'm Mikko, and I've been working on the Tic Tac Toe Tee idea for some time now. It started as I was backpacking around the world by myself a few years back. It was a bit lonely at times to be honest. I was looking for ideas for fun ways to connect with people and playful conversation openers. Halfway through the trip, I got the idea of making playable t-shirts. I made the first prototype by putting a game of Tic Tac Toe on a black t-shirt.

I was attracted by the simplicity, the instant recognizability and the fact that Tic Tac Toe is not a game that you have to take too seriously – but winning is still cool! Walking out, within the first 10 minutes, someone had commented on the shirt being cool and asked where they could get it. The idea was born.


$35 gets you a T-shirt to play tic-tac-toe on of your very own - other tiers offer multiple shirts.

Underworld Ascendant


The original Ultima Underworld and its sequel revolutionises the western CRPG back in the nineties - and now the series is back with a new entry to venture into the stygian abyss:

In 1992, Ultima Underworld changed the rules of what a fantasy RPG could be. It introduced the concept of 3D immersion, a player-authored experience, and a richly dynamic world to explore. Its influence led to a whole generation of games such as Thief, Deus Ex, BioShock, Skyrim, and Dragon Age.

Underworld has been hidden away in the deepest vaults of its publisher for two decades. Only now have the original creators unchained the franchise, freeing it to innovate yet again.

Backing the game grants you unprecedented front row access to the creation of the next epoch of this storied masterpiece, Underworld Ascendant.


A $25 pledge essentially 'preorders' the game for you, giving you a digital soundtrack, some wallpapers and an in-game item.

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