With just four days to go Spike Lee’s Kickstarter campaign for an untitled movie about addiction to blood (but it’s not a “Blacula” remake, he swears!) hascleared its goal of 1.25 million dollars.
It’s been a grind for the legendary director, but the success shows that staying nimble on your messaging feet and staying in the game every day can lead to success. Lee hasn’t even had to divulge that much more information about the film itself, although casting notes and promo images have illuminated some of his vision without divulging any surprises.
Teddy Bear Detective Sleuths Up Kickstarter Clams
Let me cop to a weakness up front: the first story I ever wrote, in the third grade, was about a dectective. A detective who just so happened to be a teddy bear.
So when Alexander Zalben and Josh Kenfield’s campaign to publish their Detective Honeybear comic on Kickstarter I couldn’t help but notice. Detective Honeybear and the Mystery of the Terrible Llamas is an all-ages comic about the titular teddy bear who lives in a “noir mystery world” solving crimes while speaking in an almost incomprehensible teddy bear patois.
Tabletop games have been making a comeback in the last few years as older geeks (like yours truly) put down the console controllers and rediscover the joys of trash talking in person. Okay, it’s a lot more than that. European board games– deeply complex affairs– have captured some gamers imaginations while casual party games like Apples to Apples and its dark twin Cards Against Humanity are go-to party fodder.
Of course once you have the gaming bug what you want and need are new games to play. This is where crowdfunding has come into play. One of the most interesting sub-communities on Kickstarter are the board gaming set, who are bringing to life all kinds of projects.
Which is where Casual Games Insider comes in. This isn’t a Kickstarter for a game, but rather for a gaming magazine. Initially targeted at game store owners CGI, which is being developed by casual game publisher Stratus Games, is looking to raise funds to get the first four issues of the ground and begin a campaign to change the way game stores market to the casual set. The magazine is a beachhead with which Stratus Games president Chris James hopes to change the face of game stores across the country.
We spoke with James through good old-fashioned email about the magazine and his planned Casual Game Revolution.