Kickstarter Projects You Should Pay Attention To 10/30

Here we are once again in the midst of too many crowdfunding goodies to mention in one article. We’re completely overwhelmed by the amount of emails we’ve received in the past two weeks from Kickstarter project creators. We’ve done a bit of research and have selected some of the best projects currently on the platform. Here’s the weird thing. Almost all of them are off to a dangerously slow start. But we don’t just report on the most popular projects, we bring you the coolest shit our own eyeballs see on Kickstarter. Before we begin. Ask yourself these questions-three. Have you ever wanted to mount a dragon and furiously dismantle other dragon-riding jockeys? What’s makes the sick bastards behind Amnesia: The Dark Descent, Among the Sleep, and The Vanishing of Ethan Carter tick? And last of all, where did all my table-top friends GO!? Let’s get (t)rolling on another week in the spotlight.

Dragons of Elanthia – Simutronics – PC

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Remember how cool everyone thought quidditch was? Well what the devs as Simutronics have in development will pretty much make you wipe your ass with Harry Potter‘s favorite past-time. Dragons of Elanthia is designed as a free-to-play title on the PC. What will you be doing in this game? Oh, not much; just riding dragons into combat against an opposing team of dragon jockeying badasses. Each session begins when you select a dragon and a rider. Then you’re thrust into a dragon-straddling death match of epic proportions. Each dragon has their own set of abilities that can help you tailor your selections to best match your play-style. Currently there’s six class-specific riders and dragons available. Giving you 36 unique options to choose from. The team created some buzz for the title back at PAX Prime and now they’ve taken to Kickstarter funding to finish up development. The game is going to be free-to-play with cosmetic items available for in-game purchase. Simutronics is already ten months into the development of DoE and they have visions of grandeur! Your pledge contributes to more senseless DoD (dragon on dragon) crime, so head over to Kickstarter!

Playing With Fear – The World Of Horror Video Games – Anthony Carpendale – Documentary

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Anthony Carpendale is most likely a bit off his rocker, just like the folks that deliver the cringe-worthy survival horror game experiences we’ve come to know and love. It’s time that someone has fully documented the people who create such hellishly complex, terrifying games. Let’s face it; you never know when part of this docu-film will be shown in front of a grand jury. Playing With Fear will consist of interviews, developer profiles, inside looks at the game development process, and an intimate study of the best and most terrifying moments in horror gaming. Carpendale will visit the likes of Jasper Byrne (Lone Survivor), Frictional (Amnesia: The Dark Descent, SOMA), Krillbite Studios (Among The Sleep), and more on his quest to dissect the genre. The finished product will consist of a feature film and web series. If you’re a fan of the survival-horror genre, you can’t miss this opportunity. Head over to Kickstarter now to find out where your most recent gaming nightmares originated.

playsets — The future of social storytelling – The Playsets Team – iOS

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As a kid I played a ton of table-top games with family and friends. It was easily one of my favorite pastimes. But people grow older and have more responsibilities as they age. The time for getting together and living out our cardboard and plastic constructed fantasies tends to shrink over time. The team at, well, The Playsets Team understands our plight. That’s why they’re developing a way to reconnect with your fellow table-toppers over the internets! I know it sounds strange, but hear me out. Playsets is an iOS app designed for use with Apple’s iPad. The game will be viewed in a 2D isometric view, giving you the impression that you’re actually looking down at a real table along with your chaps. The only difference is you’ll be able to actually view the full majesty of your avatars and the environments they inhabit. Playsets grants access to a dynamic world constructor and a slew of props to help bring it to life. Props let you dictate the events that make up the specific game you’ve created. Maybe you want the inn you’ve constructed to catch fire at some point; props allow you to do just that. The really great part about Playsets is the amount of freedom it presents. If you, or one of your mates have an appointment, you can simply save your settings and all of your game progress for easy pick-up at a later time. Emoticons and audio chat will help create the immersive experience of everyone being in the same room. Ultimately Playsets appeals to a very niche audience, but it appeals HARD. Help the team construct their dreams in Objective-C by heading over to Kickstarter.

Every now and again I’m unable to make up my mind for the “top pick” of the week. This week is one of them. I’d say I’m equally interested in all three of these fun projects. The reason being, each one tickles a very specific fancy of mine. I dearly love true survival-horror video games just as much as I adore a good multiplayer romp or a good table-top session. Playsets, Playing With Fear, and Dragons of Elanthia all deserve some love, it’s up to you to decide which one resonates with you the most. That’s all folks! Thanks for tuning in and don’t forget to follow myself – @dzelly_igr and the site – @IGResponsibly on Twitter. You can also find us on Facebook. And don’t forget to take a look at our huge story we broke yesterday about Sony’s approach to their launch software!

 

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Dylan Zellmer

Dylan splits time between games journalism, designing video games, and playing them. Outside of his deep involvement in the games industry, he enjoys It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Shameless, A Song of Ice and Fire, fitness, and family.
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