Two Interesting Kickstarter Projects – A Historical Animation and Game System

If you haven’t looked at Kickstarter yet, it is a fun way to help interesting arts and other projects where people need a relatively small amount of money invested in their project to get it off the ground.

Speaking of getting things off the ground, the first Kickstarter project I wanted to mention is a restoration project for a 1920’s video animation by Winsor McCay.  The movie is titled The Flying House and the project is being run by Academy Award Nominated Animator Bill Plympton.

The original 1921 film is scratchy and decayed and Mr. Plympton and a team of students are going through the film frame by frame and restoring the original line art, removing the old text (the movie was a silent era flick!) then coloring the cells, adding music and the voices of two amazing actors – Patricia Clarkson and Matthew Modine.  Patricia Clarkson has won 2 Emmy awards, was nominated for an Oscar, a Golden Globe and several other awards (and also Daughter of the New Orleans City Council President, Jacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson, a delightful lady I met at Mardi Gras this year!)  Matthew Modine is known for being in many films including Full Metal Jacket and, coming soon – The Dark Knight Rises!

The Flying House Kickstarter already has the minimum funds that it needs to go to completion more will help its completion to be faster and better so don’t be shy on chipping in a little extra.  Becoming a part of the project really isn’t expensive at the bottom level and the more you contribute, the neater the bonus for kicking in.  I put $10 into it which will allow me to download a digital copy when the film is completed and I will be listed in “Special Thanks” at the end of the film.  For $30 you get a physical DVD as well as the mention.  $60 gets the DVD autographed by Bill Plympton and the premiums go up as the donation increases.  For $6,500 you and 42 of your closest friends get a personal screening of The Flying House and other films with George Plympton and Matthew Modine.  The Flying House project is an awesome way to help restore history and become a part of it in the process!  Check out the Flying house Kickstarter and if you want to kick in , do so ASAP as it closes Friday 7/15/2011!

The second Kickstarter I wanted to mention this evening is George Strayton’s Roleplaying Game, Legends and Labyrinths.  George Strayton is a writer that has been involved in such media greats as XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 3, TRANFORMERS 1 & 2, STAR TREK, FRINGE, and the DRAGONLANCE movie.

I am a long time roleplaying gamer having played such games since I first played Advanced Dungeons and Dragons.  One of the things that really caught my eye about the Legends and Labyrinths project were the people that were endorsing it.

Quotes from the site include the following:

“‘With LEGENDS & LABYRINTHS, George Strayton is following in the footsteps of the inventor and master of roleplaying games, Gary Gygax, expanding on Gary’s original vision of fantasy roleplaying by taking it back to its roots while simultaneously bringing it into the future.’                                                                            

— Gail Gygax”

“’A flavor-filled approach to fantasy gaming that puts the mystery and magic back into the dark recesses of the dungeon.’

— Monte Cook, co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons 3rd Edition”

Being endorsed by Gail Gygax is huge in the gaming community and Monte Cook is one of my favorite roleplaying writers so that got my attention.  From there I looked at the Kickstarter video and the  game graphics and got more excited about the project.  I haven’t seen the gaming system yet as it isn’t out, of course, but it looks like it is going to be a well thought out system based on his years in game design.

For a donation of $2o you get listed in the game system book at a Patron.  Moving up from there you can get autographed copies of the books, a t-shirt and even have a character of your choice mentioned in the forthcoming supplement..

Additionally Mr. Strayton throws a gauntlet to the gamers by including a puzzle of some sort in the game system itself.  He writes, “P.S. The L&L book itself contain its own secrets to be deciphered and solved. Those who do so successfully will find themselves discovering extra, free content, not to mention the sense of accomplishment for solving the puzzle…”

So check out the L and L Kickstarter and if you want to kick in, hurry as it closes 7/19/2011

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