There are tons of projects on Kickstarter. Some of them involve funding some sick-ass potato salad while others offer to photoshop your baby pictures to make 'em more sexy. So, yeah, there's a lot of crap on there but there are some projects that are actually worth funding. Here's one the Scrivener approves of.
Mouse Guard, an ongoing series created by David Peterson (writer and artist), is a fascinating tale of sentient mice living in medieval times (a mirror to humanity's own) though there are no humans in this word. The story focuses on a brotherhood of mice sworn to protect the populace, guarantee safe passage through the forest and offer protection from predators. This band of mice is known as the Mouse Guard.
It is notable not only for its richly textured world, complex characters and great storytelling but also for its storybook art that is flat-out gorgeous along with the book's form-factor. It stands out on store shelves with its square 8" x 8" shape as opposed to a normal comics' 6.5" x 10".
If you're a fan of the book, as we all here at Zeitgeeks and whole-heartedly recommend you give it a look (Check out StarComics locally or online if you're the digital sort), then you'll remember a certain game played in June Alley Inn. A game of Swords and Strongholds shared over a rousing tale, some ale and amongst friends always looked pretty sweet in the book. Well, now, David Peterson and Luke Crane (who wrote the role-playing game Burning Wheel) have teamed up to bring it to life.
It is, simply put, a light strategy game for two players that takes 10 to 20 minutes of time. Perfect to play a few games at home, waiting in line at con with a friend or be that guy that challenges people at Starbucks. Be that guy.
It will be a small run, at first, with a deluxe set also being made available from Skeleton Crew Studios with a cherry wood board with felt finish, pewter pawns and 80lb French Parchtone cover stock for the cards.
Not only does the game look like a blast to play but it doesn't take much time at all to do so. I personally look forward to backing this, getting a copy sent my way and possibly filming it for showcasing here on the site and/or podcast.
Some backers will also have a chance to acquire some of the original art that David Peterson drafted up for the cards and game as well. The project runs until August 7th so still plenty of time to toss a shekel or three their way. It is already near its goal of 18k but stretch goals will, undoubtedly show up, any day now.
Any other projects worthy of being showcased here? Let me know via Twitter (@ScrivenerJeff) or comment below! Back next week with another Kickstarter worth your support!