Crowdfund Female-Led Fiction, Customisable Tabletop Minis And More!

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It's the last Crowdfund This of 2014! Let's send it off with a bang, including cool card games, awesome sci-fi and fantasy fiction, and yes, even a Harry Potter fan film.


Header Image Credit: Athena's Daughters

Create Your Minis

Now this is a cool idea. Looking for some miniatures for your tabletop game or next RPG session, but can't find one that's just right? This new service will print your own customised miniature in 28mm scale:

Createyourminis is about letting you design through our website your own 28mm miniatures. You choose the type of model you want, like man or woman, then select the clothes, the weapon, the equipment. Once you are done, you choose how the weapon is held then select a pose among the compatible poses.

After you wait a couple of minutes for the model to be built then you can visualize it, order it or save it to be modified or ordered later.

Backer tiers just offer you the chance to get as many miniatures as you want - starting from CAD$7 for a single miniature, and CAD$35 for five.

Secret Identities

This documentary takes a look at the importance of comic book superheroes to the LGBT community, both creators and fans:

A colorful 90 minute documentary about Gay Male, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered fans and creators of comic books, including LGBT comic book characters, and those heterosexual allies who support people of alternative orientations. The film examines the effect of and need for heroes in regards to varied sub-cultures, giving voice to the under-served communities.


The crowdfunding campaign has already hit its goals, but you can still back - $5 will get you a digital download of the film, while other tiers offer thing like posters, stickers and other knick knacks.

Moral Dilemma


Need to feel terrible about yourself and all the people around you? Moral Dilemma is basically Cards Against Humanity but with less depravity and more just generally feeling dismayed about the family and friends you play it with as you argue over ethical questions:

In Moral Dilemma, there is no right or wrong answer - only two very extreme choices. The person reading the card secretly votes their choice. It is then up to society (the group) to determine what the correct answer is. It's that simple.


A $3 pledge nets you the digital version of the game to print out and make yourself, while $19 gets you a physical copy when it releases in July.

The Gathering Storm

Okay, before you start snorting loudly the moment I say 'Harry Potter fan film', stop - this one, set in the 70's and looking at the years Harry's parents studied at Hogwarts, looks pretty damn cool and well made:

The Gathering Storm is a prequel to the Harry Potter series, focusing on the Marauders' sixth year at Hogwarts. The year is 1977, and the end of the Marauders' time at school is drawing closer. In addition to the adolescent stresses of school, rivalry, and romance, conflict begins to run deeper for the Marauders and their friends. Sirius must deal with the repercussions of running away from his home and heritage. Remus struggles with the weight of his duties as a Prefect. Peter tries to help his friends and keep everyone together. And James, Lily, and Severus must face the aftermath of their lakeside incident the previous year. Amidst the threat of You Know Who's forces looming on the horizon and anti-Muggleborn sentiments rising, tensions are growing strong within Hogwarts' walls. With the end of their time at school drawing closer, everyone is forced to choose a side.


Earlier tiers get you in on backer updates about the project, but the first tier at which you actually get a copy of the film is for $50.

Athena's Daughters 2


This cool sci-fi and fantasy anthology returns off the back of a successful kickstarter for the first volume, is about female characters written by up and coming female creatives:

In one month, the Athena's Daughters campaign raised $44,350 — 521% of our initial goal. During that campaign we achieved stretch goals that not only funded a companion anthology, Apollo's Daughters (stories about women, but written by men), but also funded the production of a second volume... Athena's Daughters 2 which would have an open call for submissions from any woman who wished to be included. Silence in the Library Publishing immediately began the work of putting together this second collection full of stories about a diverse assortment of female protagonists, all written by women.


A $7 pledge will get you a digital eBook copy of the second anthology, while $25 gets you a physical copy and other rewards. Other tiers include digital and physical copies of the first anthology bundled in to, so there's lots of reading to be had!

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Zippy Zanderhoff

HeroForge launched early this month and offers a similar service to Createyourminis. I'll still watch Createyourminis if their prices are competitive.