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Kickstarter Roundup: Fall 2020

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Here’s a look at successful Kickstarter campaigns run between September and December. The big winner: Glass Cannon Unplugged raised €2,496,308 (US$2,928,169) from 18,976 backers for a board game version of the Frostpunk video game. The company had set a goal of €200,000. Another notable campaign raised funds for a video game based on the Girl Genius comic series.

Titanholm - Steampunk RPG

Creator: Arcane Ink Publishing. Location: Pekin, IL, USA

Launched: Sep 1, 2020. Ended: Oct 1, 2020.

Goal: US$2,500. Raised: US$4,134 from 116 backers.

Original news item from Sep 4, 2020:

Arcane Ink Publishing is on Kickstarter with Titanholm, a steampunk-themed tabletop role-playing game. The game’s creator, Rey Clark, is a science fiction author who launched Arcane Ink to publish her own works and those of other independent authors. She also describes herself as an avid gamer.

Titanholm is set in a “lawless land ruled by warring factions of pirates,” she writes. “Their ships can convert to dirigibles and take the skies.” It’s a world that mixes science and magic, and where mounts are replaced by motorcycles and dune buggies.

More info: Kickstarter page | Arcane Ink Publishing website

Girl Genius - Adventures In Castle Heterodyne

Creator: Rain Games. Location: Bergen, Norway

Launched: Sep 3, 2020. Ended: Oct 3, 2020.

Goal: US$200,000. Raised: US$256,509 from 4691 backers.

Original news item from Sep 11, 2020:

Rain Games, in cooperation with Studio Foglio, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for Girl Genius - Adventures in Castle Heterodyne, a game set for release in December 2022. The developer is planning versions for PCs, Macs, and consoles.

More info: Kickstarter page | Rain Games website

The Art of Steampunk Playing Cards

Creator: Aristo Play Cards. Location: Los Angeles, USA

Launched: Aug 31, 2020. Ended: Oct 17, 2020.

Goal: US$1,447. Raised: US$25,387 from 878 backers.

Original news item from Sep 18, 2020:

Aristo Play Cards is seeking Kickstarter funds for Volume 2 of The Art of Steampunk, a set of standard playing cards depicting steampunk characters and gadgetry. Each deck features 54 cards with “iconic imagery and lots of metal detailing,” the publisher writes. The Kickstarter page links to a 3D model of the cards that can be viewed through your browser or with a VR headset.

More info: Kickstarter page

The WEE Little Adventures of Shabu and Chow

Creator: Michael Chokash. Location: Edmonton, AB, Canada

Launched: Sep 15, 2020. Ended: Oct 15, 2020.

Goal: CA$8,000 (US$6,045). Raised: CA$8,093 (US$6,118) from 44 backers.

Original news item from Sep 18, 2020:

Michael Chokash of Edmonton, Alberta, is on Kickstarter with The WEE Little Adventures of Shabu and Chow, a series of four illustrated “steampunk-ish” adventures for children. Shabu is a rabbit inventor and Chow is her best friend, a “mechanically-minded” squirrel with a fondness for singing opera in the shower. It’s “about curiosity and exploration mixed with a healthy bit of inventiveness and imagination,” the author writes.

More info: Kickstarter page

The Spy Detective Collective

Creator: Scott Helland. Location: New Paltz, NY, USA

Launched: Sep 22, 2020. Ended: Oct 22, 2020.

Goal: US$7,007. Raised: US$8,190 from 159 backers.

Original news item from Sep 25, 2020:

Scott Helland of Frenchy and the Punk is raising Kickstarter funds for The Spy Detective Collective, a new Guitarmy of One release. He describes it as a “spy rock album” inspired by spy and detective TV shows from the 1960s and 70s, including The Prisoner, The Avengers, Columbo, Rockford Files, and Barnaby Jones. He’s planning a winter 2020 release.

More info: Kickstarter page

ArkWorld Vol 2

Creator: Devil’s Due Comics. Location: Chicago, USA

Launched: Sep 15, 2020. Ended: Oct 15, 2020.

Goal: US$5,000. Raised: US$5,200 from 194 backers.

Original news item from Sep 25, 2020:

Devil’s Due Comics is on Kickstarter with Volume 2 of ArkWorld, a new comic book series in a genre the publisher has dubbed “Archeopunk.” The story is set partly in the present day and partly in the year BCE 11,000 in a lost civilization with advanced technology. The publisher describes it as “Saga meets Ancient Aliens.”

The story was created by Devil’s Due owner Josh Blaylock with art by Travis Hymel, coloring by Jasen Smith, and lettering by Micah Myers. Each volume consists of 48 pages.

More info: Kickstarter page | Devil’s Due Comics website

Fairy Tales Punk'd

Creator: Alison Weaverdyck. Location: Freiburg, Germany

Launched: Sep 16, 2020. Ended: Oct 19, 2020.

Goal: €2,105 (US$2,453). Raised: €3,338 (US$3,889) from 116 backers.

Original news item from Sep 25, 2020:

Alison Weaverdyck, better known to steampunk fans as author and editor Phoebe Darqueling, is seeking Kickstarter funds for Fairy Tales Punk’d, an anthology of fairy tales and new stories. Each is told in a punk sub-genre such as steampunk, dieselpunk, or cyberpunk, and each is accompanied by an illustration. The book is set for publication in December.

More info: Kickstarter page

Skyharbor: 3D Printable Victorian-Steampunk Fantasy STL

Creator: Archangel Design. Location: La Mesa, CA, USA

Launched: Sep 18, 2020. Ended: Oct 18, 2020.

Goal: US$3,500. Raised: US$34,141 from 536 backers.

Original news item from Sep 25, 2020:

Archangel Design is on Kickstarter with Skyharbor City, a set of 3D-printable terrain pieces in a Victorian steampunk style. The pieces, available in the STL format, are designed for use with Gothic horror or steampunk fantasy tabletop games. The pledges include The Lightkeeper, for seaside horror settings, and The Clock Maker, with Victorian brownstones, a clock tower, and airship station.

More info: Kickstarter page

Machina Arcana ~ To Eternity

Creator: Adreama Games. Location: Newark, DE, USA

Launched: Sep 22, 2020. Ended: Oct 15, 2020.

Goal: US$30,000. Raised: US$618,305 from 8016 backers.

Original news item from Sep 25, 2020:

Adreama Games is on Kickstarter with To Eternity, an expansion for the Machina Arcana tabletop game. The core game has a steampunk horror theme, casting 1 to 4 players as “explorers that are thrown into dreadful halls, scratching for survival and progressing through the chapters.” The expansion adds new custom play areas.

More info: Kickstarter page

Patagon: The Forbidden Island

Creator: Something Awesome Games. Location: San Francisco, CA, USA

Launched: Sep 29, 2020. Ended: Oct 30, 2020.

Goal: US$30,000. Raised: US$33,576 from 266 backers.

Original news item from Oct 2, 2020:

Something Awesome Games of Moraga, California is on Kickstarter with Patagon: The Forbidden Island, a steampunk-themed virtual reality game that will also be available in a desktop PC version. It’s set in 1901 on a South Pacific island with “amazing forests, lovely beaches, and hungry dinosaurs.” In this world, zeppelins have replaced sea vessels, and players have access to an airship to explore the setting.

Players will use steampunk weapons such as Tesla guns to hunt the dinosaurs, whose behavior will be guided by artificial intelligence. The creatures “will not be tied to a certain area, loop, or path,” writes lead producer Joren Winge. And they’ll be able to “hunt the hunter,” including the ability to stalk players before attacking. “We are going to throw some randomness so it will be hard to predict when they will pop up, and what action they will take,” he writes.

Inspirations include Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park, Fallout, BioShock, and Skyrim.

The game will be available for major VR platforms, including Oculus, Vive, Valve Index, and PlayStation VR. They’re planning a beta release in July 2021 followed by the full release in October.

More info: Kickstarter page | Something Awesome Games website

The Deck of Stories and NPC Cards

Creator: 1985 Games. Location: Portland, OR, USA

Launched: Oct 1, 2020. Ended: Oct 31, 2020.

Goal: US$10,000. Raised: US$171,484 from 2786 backers.

Original news item from Oct 30, 2020:

1985 Games is seeking Kickstarter funds for The Deck of Stories, a storytelling system for tabletop roleplaying games. It consists of Story Cards (also known as hooks) that you draw from a deck and re-arrange to create a narrative. The project includes two volumes of Story Cards and five boosters, one of which has a steampunk theme. The latter has 18 story hooks that can be used with steampunk-themed RPGs such as Eberron. Other expansions include the Gothic Booster, Hell Booster, High Water Booster, and Jungle Booster.

The developer is also offering NPC Cards with pre-generated non-player characters that can be inserted into role-playing games.

More info: Kickstarter page

Frostpunk: The Board Game

Creator: Glass Cannon Unplugged. Location: Ilawa, Poland

Launched: Oct 6, 2020. Ended: Oct 28, 2020.

Goal: €200,000 (US$234,579). Raised: €2,496,308 (US$2,928,169) from 18,976 backers.

Original news item from Oct 9, 2020:

Glass Cannon Unplugged has launched a Kickstarter campaign for Frostpunk: The Board Game, a tabletop version of the city-survival video game from 11 bit studios. As with the video game, it’s set in an alternate steampunk world beset by extreme cold.

Designed by Adam Kwapinski, the game is designed for one to four players and takes 60-plus minutes to play. The core pledge gets you a 200-mm tall plastic generator cube tower and a free expansion dubbed Frostlander. The game is set for delivery in October 2021.

More info: Kickstarter page

Last Ride of the 4 Horsemen - Issue 0

Creator: Inverse Press. Location: Fairhope, AL, USA

Launched: Oct 11, 2020. Ended: Oct 25, 2020.

Goal: US$3,000. Raised: US$3,871 from 130 backers.

Original news item from Oct 16, 2020:

Inverse Press is seeking Kickstarter funds for Issue Zero of Last Ride of the 4 Horsemen, a prequel to the publisher’s steampunk western comic book series. Issues 1-4 featured the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse as they threatened the Old West town of Promise. The prequel is about the origins of three horsemen, War, Famine & Pestilence.

Rewards include digital and print editions of the comic book along with bundles of all five issues. The publisher is also offering a numbered and autographed Collector’s Box for the series.

More info: Kickstarter page | Inverse Press website

Dracula: The Evidence

Creator: Beehive Books. Location: Philadelphia, PA, USA

Launched: Oct 14, 2020. Ended: Dec 8, 2020.

Goal: US$100,000. Raised: US$224,579 from 680 backers.

Original news item from Oct 23, 2020:

Beehive Books is on Kickstarter with a hardcover edition of Dracula: The Evidence, a reimagining of Bram Stoker’s classic vampire tale. Last October, the publisher raised US $224,574 for the original project, a briefcase containing maps, letters, diaries, phonograph records, and other materials derived from the novel. The new edition repackages the materials in a single 352-page cloth-bound artbook.

More info: Kickstarter page | Beehive Books website

Widdershins: Witch Hunt

Creator: Kate Ashwin. Location: West Yorkshire, UK

Launched: Oct 16, 2020. Ended: Nov 15, 2020.

Goal: £4,700 (US$6,168). Raised: £19,608 (US$25,726) from 686 backers.

Original news item from Oct 23, 2020:

Kate Ashwin of West Yorkshire, UK has launched a Kickstarter campaign for Widdershins: Witch Hunt, a new printed edition of her popular webcomic series. The fantasy adventure tales are set in a fictional Victorian-era town that serves as “England’s magical epicentre, home to bounty hunters, failed wizards, stage magicians, and more, besides.”

This will be the ninth volume in the series, consisting of about 100 pages in a full-color A5-size softcover book. Volume 7 won the 2019 British Fantasy Award for Best Comic/Graphic Novel.

More info: Kickstarter page | Kate Ashwin website

Widget Ridge: Emergence

Creator: Furious Tree Games. Location: Townsend, MA, USA

Launched: Oct 22, 2020. Ended: Nov 22, 2020.

Goal: US$5,000. Raised: US$8,109 from 130 backers.

Original news item from Oct 30, 2020:

Furious Tree Games is on Kickstarter with Widget Ridge: Emergence, an expansion for the steampunk-themed Widget Ridge deckbuilding card game. The game, designed for one to four players, is set in an alternate world in which inventors compete to be named Engineer Laureate. The expansion includes new characters and invention cards. It also adds a co-op playing option.

More info: Kickstarter page | Furious Tree Games website

Penny Dreadfun: The Great London Adventure

Creator: Redi Games. Location: Krakow, Poland

Launched: Nov 3, 2020. Ended: Nov 20, 2020.

Goal: €51,500 (US$60,451). Raised: €52,428 (US$61,550) from 313 backers.

Original news item from Nov 6, 2020:

Redi Games is on Kickstarter with Penny Dreadfun: The Great London Adventure, described as a “deckbuilding adventure game set in alternate Victorian England with a little touch of steampunk and Cthulhu mythos.” It’s set in a world where Queen Victoria has disappeared, apparently for an excursion to Hell. Players take the role of unusual heroes who explore a London that is becoming increasingly hot and populated by infernal hounds, chasms, and portals.

It’s designed for one to four players and takes one to two hours to play. This is the second edition of the game, which is slated for delivery in October 2021.

More info: Kickstarter page | Redi Games website

Naughty Faeries Steampunk Playing Cards

Creator: Wendy Steen Shaner. Location: Los Angeles, USA

Launched: Nov 5, 2020. Ended: Nov 19, 2020.

Goal: US$500. Raised: US$12,622 from 247 backers.

Original news item from Nov 13, 2020:

Wendy Steen Shaner is seeking Kickstarter funds for Naughty Faeries, a set of steampunk-themed playing cards featuring cartoon art by Stef Wilson. The project includes two decks of cards—a regular deck and a Special Foil edition—plus poker chips and coasters.

The cartoon faeries are naughty enough to be at least borderline NSFW (Not Safe for Work). “I’m not bad, I just draw that way,” the artist writes.

More info: Kickstarter page

Steampunk Dice

Creator: Anna Dadones. Location: San Diego, USA

Launched: Nov 10, 2020. Ended: Dec 15, 2020.

Goal: US$1,500. Raised: US$5,074 from 125 backers.

Original news item from Nov 13, 2020:

Anna Dadones is on Kickstarter with a set of wooden steampunk-style dice in various styles plus boxes and a dice tower. The boxes are available in two sizes, a small one that can hold six dice and a “Book Box” that can hold 18. She also offers dice in dieselpunk and cyberpunk styles.

More info: Kickstarter page

Salem Switch

Creator: Jessica Lucci. Location: Waltham, MA, USA

Launched: Nov 12, 2020. Ended: Dec 10, 2020.

Goal: US$200. Raised: US$214 from 9 backers.

Original news item from Nov 20, 2020:

Steampunk author Jessica Lucci has taken her first foray into crowdfunding with a Kickstarter campaign for Salem Switch. She describes it as “a paranormal steampunk novella with light F/F romance.” Brilliant inventor Tess Alset and her clones are transported to Salem, Massachusetts in 1693, where they must strive to avoid accusations of witchcraft. The author is raising funds for cover design and marketing.

More info: Kickstarter page | Jessica Lucci website

Fred Perry’s Steam Wars

Creator: Antarctic Press. Location: , USA

Launched: Nov 13, 2020. Ended: Dec 4, 2020.

Goal: US$50. Raised: US$5,577 from 158 backers.

Original news item from Nov 20, 2020:

Antarctic Press is on Kickstarter with a trade paperback edition of Steam Wars, a space opera comic book series by Fred Perry. It bears a passing resemblance to a certain George Lucas franchise, though with a steampunk twist (and different character names). This new edition, which will also be available in hardcover, collects the first five issues. Perry is best known as the writer and artist behind Gold Digger, manga-inspired comic book series.

The campaign launched Nov. 13 and is well past its US $50 fundraising goal. It runs through Dec. 4. See the Kickstarter page for more info.

More info: Kickstarter page

The World Of M #2

Creator: George Vega. Location: Rutherford, NJ, USA

Launched: Nov 23, 2020. Ended: Dec 30, 2020.

Goal: US$4,000. Raised: US$4,300 from 70 backers.

Original news item from Nov 27, 2020:

George Vega, an illustrator and graphic designer in Rutherford, New Jersey, is seeking Kickstarter funds for The World Of M #2, the second issue of his steampunk fantasy comic. The series relates the adventures of Jack Mast, a man who “must unburden himself from his past and rekindle a friendship with a sentient steambot called Walter Tank.” The second issue consists of a full 22-page story appropriate for all ages.

He previously raised $3887 in a successful campaign for the first issue. You can read the first 12 pages of that issue for free on GlobalComix.

Vega has also worked on trading card sets for Marvel/Upper Deck and DC/Cryptozoic.

More info: Kickstarter page

Steampunk Lamps

Creator: David Bodell. Location: Los Angeles, USA

Launched: Nov 23, 2020. Ended: Dec 10, 2020.

Goal: US$1,500. Raised: US$2,333 from 14 backers.

Original news item from Nov 27, 2020:

Los Angeles artist David Bodell is back on Kickstarter with a series of steampunk-themed lamps. They include The Thinker as well as lamps made from railroad relays and accordion cameras. He can also custom-build lamps with themed objects suggested by customers.

He previously raised $14,459 in a successful campaign for The Thinker, a lamp made from iron gas pipe and modeled after the famous Rodin statue.

More info: Kickstarter page | David Bodell website

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