Casting Call on Kickstarter

Casting Call is a card game designed by to Charleston natives and theater performers, Stephen Hawyard and Erin Murphy.  One day Stephen got the idea to mix his two passions of gaming and theater together, so he got Erin to help with the design work.  And now they are looking for help to fund their idea on Kickstarter.

The game is simple. You play as a Broadway producer trying to get your cast together by playing cards before your rivals can.  Complete three Cast Sets which include Diva, Leading Man, Chrous members, and more.  Other cards include Scottish Play, Understudy, and Break A Leg.  The game plays from two to five and takes between half an hour to a full hour.

Rewards offered include getting your name on their Thank You page of their website, copies of the game, prints of the characters, illustrated poster of yourself as your favorite Broadway character, a deck of the game with you as a one of the character types, and a pizza party with one of the creators of the game.

They are currently at $1,730 of their $2,500 goal with 24 days left to go.  You can help out some fellow West Virginians and get a nice simple quick game to play with friends.



Doctor Who: The Classic Series Regenerated Kickstarter

Temporal Orbit Films LLC is a group of dedicated fans in Charleston of classic Doctor Who with years of experience in film and theater who have decided to create their own Doctor Who fan films, Doctor Who: The Classic Series Regenerated.  To do this they are looking to raise money through Kickstarter.

Their current production is based around the 4th Doctor (played here by Ronn Smith) and Sarah Jane Smith (played by Rose Winland) era storytelling.  Their first story will be “Season of Terror,” a Christmas Special style if it was done in the ’70s.  The Doctor and Sarah Jane investigate a series of child abductions in a small English village and discover the terrifying truth to the alpine legend of Krampus, the Christmas Devil.

They are asking for $50,000 to fund this project at the quality they want.  This will cover such costs as studio rental and monthly utility costs, set construction and materials, production equipment rentals, costuming, prop creation, cast and crew travel, post production costs, Kickstarter fees, taxes, and cost of rewards.  All the money goes to production.  This is a not-for-profit production, no one makes any money off this.  Also they have no affiliation with the BBC other than being fans.

Rewards offered include PDF of script and poster, downloads of the episodes, soundtrack, DVD with extras, poster, t-shirt, Skype chat with the crew and cast, producer credit, walk on role, custom scarf, and more.  Giving at least $5 will get yo a thank you on their website.

The have only raised $1,936 (of this writing) of their $50,000 with just four days to go.  So if you want to see this come true, they need a lot of help.  This is also a project that you can easily offer support outside of money if it makes the goal.

Fans of classic series Who should really think about throwing them a few dollars.

Levantera: Tale of The Winds

Lasso Games, a game design firm from Huntington, is running a Kickstarter to help fund their latest project Levantera, an 8-bit action/RPG inspired by games on the NES.  They are looking for $25,000, but as of this writing only have $5,616 with only 13 days to go.

You play a ship’s captain in his quest to rescue his lost crew over several islands and various adventures in a non-linear fashion.  Explore each landmass fully with its own visual style.  Rebuild and enhance your ship.  Fight and plunder other ships.  Learn magic and new fighting skills.  Enjoy a chiptune style soundtrack.  They have a demo to download if you want to give it a try.

By pledging you can get your name in the credits, a digital copy of the game, a copy of the soundtrack, print of the cover art,your likeness in the game, exclusive access to the development forms and monthly builds, physical NES-style box of the game, printed instruction booklet,design an enemy for the games, design an island in the game, and more.

Their stretch goals at different levels are for them to add an OSX/Linux version, add two more continents, create an XBox One version, a PS4 version, and release the game in 2016 instead of 2017.

Lasso Games, LLC was founded in February 2015 in Huntington, WV.   On July 17, 2015, Lasso competed in a 48-hour game jam competition called gm(48). The goal was to make a complete game start to finish in GameMaker:Studio. They won! Their entry: Highway Rampage is available for download.

Their team is composed of 8 members, each specializing in areas of game design, code composition, art/music, and web development. Their goal is to create fun and accessible games that are easy to understand, challenging, have depth of content, and are rich in expression.

Fans of old school games should give this project a look over and help out a dedicated WV based company.

Dark Trails: An Anthology of Weird Western Stories

Michael Knost, a Bram Stoker Award-winning editor from Chapmanville, is trying to put together an anthology of western tales with supernatural, fantasy, horror, sci-fi and other unbounded creative ideas.  He tried to get a publishing house to take the idea, but they just wanted a traditional western anthology, so he has taken to Kickstarter for funds.  He is looking for $16,000 and as of this writing only has $2,591.   The money is to go to paying the authors, editors, and cover artist all a professional rate plus all the fees to get it printed.

When done Dead Cactus Press will be publishing it by Dead Cactus Press and have cover art from Cortney Skinner.  Writers who have already signed up to add to this are: Bentley Little, Joe R. Lansdale, Steve Rasnic Tem, Jonathan Maberry, Tom Piccirilli, Gary A. Braunbeck, Elizabeth Bear, Laird Barron, Tim Waggoner, Elizabeth Massie, Ronald Kelly, Lucy A. Snyder, and Joe McKinney.

He is also taking open submissions for this project as well.  The more money raised will allow for more stories to be published in it.

There are some good low levels for pledges: $10 will get you an eBook version, $25 for a trade paperback version, $30 for both,
$75 for limited hardcover version, and more.  At some of the higher levels you can get an online writing course, written critique of a short story, get your name used in a story or a story dedicated to you, or even the whole book dedicated to you.

The Kickstarter is open till February 17th.  Even if you do not pledge try to help spread the word, since it would be cool to have such a book from the state out there.

Submission guidelines are as follows, but the Kickstarter has to succeed first.

Submissions do not open until March 1, 2014. Please do not submit before March 1, 2014.

Submissions deadline is March 1, 2015.

Publication date is October 2015.

No reprints. No simultaneous submissions.

Make submission a MS WORD document file attachment only.

Submissions will be sent via e-mail address, which will be given when project is fully funded.


Family Business Indiegogo

RJ Haddy, of Face Off fame, has a movie project he wants to make.  A story he devised while working for his uncle at a funeral parlor.

A story of a trio of eccentric uncles, an orphaned teenager made to live with them, and an ancient rotting funeral home with some magic and mystery.  As the story unfolds we get to learn what the three uncles do in the locked funeral home basement.  The film will use old fashion miniatures, matte paintings, puppetry, animatronics, creature suits, make up effects, and more to make it the most exciting thing it can be.

To put this film together and make it the best it can be, he is using Indiegogo to raise the first $100,000, though the cost of the movie is expect to go up.  Besides this fund-raiser they will be getting some private donations, matching grants, and other fundraising sources.  This initial amount will see the film through pre-production, creation of sets, props, costumes, and effects, plus location rentals, personnel, actors, vehicles, and more.

RJ has gathered some friends to help out with the project: Roy Wooley (from Season 3 and 5 of Face Off and film make up artist), Beki Ingram (artist/film maker, Season 2 of Face Off), David Henson Greathouse (director, writer, make-up artist), and Robert Kurtzman (legendary make-up artist and creature effects creator).  More FX artists and others will be announced as they join the crusade.

In conjunction with the movie they are going to make a web-based reality show.  One that will show you all the behind the scenes of the movie making process.

This is going to be great chance to promote filmmaking here in West Virginia.  The project is planned to be boon to film professionals in our state.  A chance for high quality filmmaking to come to the state and inspire others. There will be intern positions as assistants for the film for those looking for some hands-on training as well.

They request you to donate to the fund, but also to help spread the word about the project.  Something that might lead to more projects if it succeeds.  This is a chance to help the community (and not just one project) and to make yourself feel good about doing it.  Which might be the biggest reward you get for this.  The low-cost reward levels for this are mostly e-mail updates about the project, advance access to the web series, autographed cast photo, and shout outs from the cast and crew on social media.  At $50 you get a digital download of the film, $75 gets you special thanks in the credits, $100 a limited edition t-shirt, and various other levels.  Higher ones get you make up accessorizes, premier tickets, Skype a production meeting and give input, be an extra in the movie, and more that allows you to be part of the film.  Some of them are a limited set, so get them quick.