Illustration for article titled Crowdfund a Tasty fantasy anthology, Lovecraft on Blu-Ray and more!

There's lots to look at in this week's look at all things Crowdfunding! We've got an RTS game set in a Robot/Kaiju apocalypse, a fantasy anthology that pairs short stories with actual recipes, and bizarrely enough, a prequel to Night of the Living Dead - from none other than the son of George Romero himself.

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Header image from Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown

The Bard's Tale Anthology

Illustration for article titled Crowdfund a Tasty fantasy anthology, Lovecraft on Blu-Ray and more!

This collection of fantastical short stories all focuses on tales about those storytellers of Fantasy fiction, Bards - but interestingly it also pairs each story with a thematically appropriate recipe for you try out:

Ever wonder what a real bard would eat? Each of the stories in the anthology will be accompanied by a real recipe from a fictional tavern, The Black Dragon Inn. The recipes have been carefully adapted from a variety of sources, including medieval European cooking manuscripts, to reflect the unique cuisine of a fantasy world while still appealing to the modern palate.

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A $5 pledge gets you an eBook version of the anthology, whilst $20 gets you that and a physical paperback edition.

Zatanna

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DC's finest magician gets her own live-action outing in this fan film:

In our story, Zatanna's life is turned upside down by two powerful forces. The first is a villain greater than anything she's ever faced. The second, her own inner conflict over the loss of her father.

Old fans of Zatanna will meet a powerful new take on the character that honors her early days. New fans will get a look at just what makes her such an interesting heroine. Whatever kind of fan you are, you'll love our take on this awesome character!

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A $22 pledge gets you early bird access to the completed film on DVD, as well as behind the scenes videos about the production.

Far Beneath The Ship

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This touching Sci-Fi short tells the story of an Astronaut stranded on a Mission to Mars, and is inspired by the alternative speech Richard Nixon was to read out in the event of the Apollo 11 Astronauts being left behind on the Moon:

I would like to explore the importance of bold space exploration as one of the few things humanity does that can bring large-scale inspiration and new ways of thinking to the generation that participates.

NASA has parked its space ships in museums, and most people alive today didn't exist the last time humanity left low earth orbit. Almost a half century has passed since we undertook an endeavor captivating enough to provide the next generation with a reason to pursue excellence. It seems like a good time to make things that remind us of what we have done, and what we can do.

(Or maybe I just thought the speech was cool and wanted to make a space movie)

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$10 gets you into behind the scenes looks at the production of the short as well as notifcation when it goes live on Vimeo and Youtube - but $25 will get you access to a HD downloadable version.

Cameron Romero's Origins

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Yes, you read the lede correctly - Cameron, son of George, wants to head back to his father's roots and take a look at what happened before the Zombie movie that started it all: Night of the Living Dead.

Origins takes place in the Turmoil of the 1960's just shortly before "Night of the Living Dead", and explains how The 'Original' Romero Zombie was created.

In 1962, Dr. Ryan Cartwright was on the scientific and altruistic path to find a way for humans to sustain life in the event of M.A.D (Mutual Assured Destruction), a huge topic brought on by the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Little did he know that over the course of the next several years of his life, he would take a well-funded and military focused journey to the darkest corners of the world… as he creates the ultimate weapon for the government and a curse that will plague mankind for the rest of days.

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The Romero's are asking for $150,000 to produce the endeavour - and your pledges don't actually get you a copy of the film, which they intend to see get a limited run in Cinemas instead. The tiers offer you anything from a chance to be involved on a creative level in the production ($30), a Lunchbox ($50), or even a chance to shoot on a Zombie-themed range with Cameron Romero himself ($1,500).

Human Resources

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This nifty looking RTS from Uber Entertainment, the makers of Monday Night Combat, pits two apocalypses against each other: Giant sentient Robots and Alien Squid Monsters. The twist? Your armies' key resource is the shattered remains of Humanity.

The Singularity is nigh. Newly-sentient automated factories churn out waves of giant robots, hell-bent on dismantling and recycling all of human civilization. The insect-like Machines can deploy into stationary modes, enhancing their shielding and firepower. They decimate their enemies with ranged energy weapons.

The humans invoke the tentacled Ancient Ones in a last-ditch effort to stem the Machine onslaught. This proves unwise. Now the Ancient Ones vie with the Machines to consume the last scraps of Earth. The Ancient Ones advance in fast-moving hordes, overwhelming their foes with fearsome melee attacks. An assortment of arcane spells and foul poisons rounds out their arsenal.

Who knows what other factions may lurk in the void, waiting for the moment to strike?

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$20 nets you a copy of the game on PC, $40 gives you access to the game's beta.

Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown

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This documentary looking at the work of H.P. Lovecraft and his influence is looking to get a new reprint on Blu-Ray with more features, including interviews from the likes of Neil Gaiman, Guillermo Del Toro and Peter Straub:

LOVECRAFT originally debuted on DVD and Blu-Ray in 2008 and has been out of print for nearly 4 years. That means most people have only experienced this film on the internet or via download.… without the bonus of nearly 70 minutes of extra interviews only found on those old discs.

With your support, we will print a limited run of Blu-Ray discs. The newly authored version of LOVECRAFT will once again include the extra interviews as well as a new, immersive still gallery featuring unspeakable artwork from the documentary and our archives. You'll be able to zoom in and explore every detail.

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A $30 pledge will get you a blu-ray of the documentary when it's due for release again in January 2015.


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