It's an eclectic mix of goodness in this week's look at all things Crowdfunding. We've got a ridiculously cool looking boardgame based on Conan The Barbarian, the continuation of the original Star Trek through fan films, and a pen and paper RPG with what is possibly my favourite name for anything ever.
We've featured the work of Bigshot Toyworks on io9 before, when they first freaked us out/delighted us with their Cthulhu-inspired Pony vinyl toy. Now they're back, and this time the four horsemen have ditched the man-part and become the sinister vinyl heralds of the Apocalypse:
Meet Calamity (Pestilence), Raven (Famine), Clash (War) and Ghost (Death). They're the Four Horsies of the 'Pocalypse (or at least they would be if they could only get their act together)! This next-generation of doombringers are on a mission to destroy the Earth, but to do so, they'll have to beat the likes of Queen Chroma and her rainbow sprite army! Too bad they can't crack teamwork to save their lives.
Led by Maddie (an older sister type with an affinity for destruction, funded in our last Kickstarter), these would-be Champions of Chaos are desperate to show their parents they've got what it takes to inherit the legacy. Cake and ice cream for eternity? Not if these freaky fillies have anything to say about it!
Many of the backer tiers here are for Ponypocalypse-themed merchandise like bags, T-shirts and stickers, but you want the set of 4 4" figures, you'll need to pony up $100. Dohohohohoho, etc.
Once again, the continuation of a project we've featured on io9 before many times - this great set of fan films seeks to continue the tales and voyages of the Starship Enterprise after the end of Star Trek's third season, with two more stories for the crew of the Enterprise to tackle:
The accuracy of the sets, lighting, and filming — and the quality acting and characterization — have brought praise and support from Star Trek fans all over the world.
Star Trek Continues is possible due to the generous support of our fans!
We've made three episodes — and we're in production on the next two! Episode IV will be a very dramatic story that deals with deeply personal issues to which we all can relate. Episode V will be the first adventure off the ship for our crew.
If we can raise $100,000 we can make two more original, all-new episodes!
The first level where you get a copy of the new episodes is at a $75 pledge, which also comes bundles with the three episodes already released as a digital download. Higher tiers offer DVD versions, lower include PDFs of the scripts or posters for the series.
Cats and Science, you say? We're in. This cutesy card game has players wrangling with uncertainty principles as Cat-versions of famous scientists:
Uncertainty didn't kill the cat, but that doesn't mean it's not dead. Dr. Erwin Schrödinger and Werner Heisenberg taught us that. We've all heard about the cats in boxes experiment and maybe we're even curious about the results — but attempting such an experiment would be INSANE in real life! Now you can try your hand at challenging the uncertainty principle without risking the lives of innocent kittens or exposure to radioactive particle s! Awww!
In Schrödinger's Cats players run experiments, form hypotheses, and try to one-up each other's research. Players take on the role of a Cat Physicist such as Albert Felinestein, Sally Prride, or Neil deGrasse Tabby! Using their special ability to help prove their hypothesis, or at least debunk someone else's, each cat physicist tries to determine the minimum number of alive cats, dead cats, or empty boxes across all the boxes in Schrödinger's lab.
A $10 pledge will get you a PDF of all the cards and rules for you to cut out and play yourself, while $20 gets you a physical copy of the game.
This extremely lavish boardgame set in the universe created by Robert Howard pits one player controlling hordes of enemies against a group of players as Conan and his fellow adventurers:
Conan is a miniature-based board game that pits one player, the overlord, who controls hordes of savage tribesmen, no-good lowlifes and undead minions against 1 to 4 players who incarnate the legendary Conan and his fellow adventurers. The gameplay is asymetric, as the overlord possesses a large selection of models and objectives which are his own, whereas the brave heroes are played from a first person perspective, much like in a role playing game. An adventure can be played out in 1 hour on one of the beautiful game boards (depicting iconic locations of Howard's immersive Hyborian world) as you pit your wits, daring and tactical acumen against your opponent.
The Kickstarter has already handily trumped its goal - they have over a million dollars at this point - but if you still want in, a $90 pledge gets you the standard game and any stretch goals unlocked before the project ends, including things like extra miniatures, posters, boards and dice (there's a ridiculous amount of stretch goals unlocked already, so you're getting a lot more content for the game now too).
Look, before we get into the details - SERIOUSLY HOW COOL IS THAT NAME. It's great. I want it on a T-Shirt. I want to be in a band with that name. Brilliant.
Anyway, Nefertiti Overdrive sends players back to 25th Dynasty Egypt as one of several reincarnated heroes, protecting Egypt from the threat of the Assyrian army and more in crazy, action packed scenarios:
Defying physics and common sense, you are legendary heroes protecting the royal house of 25th Dynasty Egypt from both internal enemies and the marauding Assyrian army. Do you want to leap from crocodile head to crocodile head before planting your sandaled foot directly in the face of an Assyrian giant bearing an axe bigger than you? Do you want to rebound off the side of a pyramid and fly into the centre of a mob of badguys, whom you then lay low with your lightning-fast fists?
Then you are our kind of people. Nefertiti Overdrive is a role-playing game of crazy wire-fu action set in Ancient Egypt. This is a game about kicking badguys in the face, or using a fallen foe as a step to get your character high enough to drive her knee into another bad-guy's face.
A mere $7 gets you a digital copy of the game's rules and $20 gets you a physical printed book for the campaign setting.
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