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On Kickstarter: Offensive Adult Party Game

In many ways more than one, the name of the game sort of tells you everything you think you need to know about it. This game is Offensive Adult Party Game, which is a mock of all of those offensive adult party games you’ve seen. You know the ones – They even took the image of one. Now, there’s not a massive amount to say about this campaign, but all you need to know is that it’s already earned enough to be funded, so there’s something. If you’re a fan of parody-esque Kickstarter products, then read on.

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Projectors: What you need to know before you buy

Projectors are fantastic; if you have a Raspberry Pi, or if you have a laptop, a tablet – Whatever it is, you may want to project it. We used to use a projector at the GeekOut Bristol Meets, which we would project a game onto a wall (usually an ill-suited wall at that). However, the projector we had was terrible if your game had words to pay attention to. We certainly couldn’t watch a film off it – So what went wrong and what do you need to know before you buy a projector?

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Top 10 – Fan Created Products

GeekOut Top 10s

You may be wondering how much content genuinely has been made by fans that we wanted to make a list about and the truth is – There’s a lot. We could get specific by saying best “fanart”, or best “fanfic”, or even best “fan made game”… But the truth is, there’s a lot of great content out there by crazy talented individuals. This week, we dedicate it to the fans who make their mark on the world, by taking something they enjoy and running wild with it.

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Kickstarter Highlight: Throw Throw Burrito

Ever wondered what it would be like to mix a civil game of cards with dodgeball mechanics? Neither had I before, but now I’ve been shown the light. Thanks to the creator’s of Exploding Kittens and Bears vs Babies, The Oatmeal, I now want to know how to dip, dodge, duck, dive and dodge through a card game. Introducing their latest delightful family-friendly game, Throw Throw Burrito.

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Kickstart Highlight – Critical Role: The Legends of Vox Machina

Ok, we started Kickstarter Highlights to shine a light on smaller or lesser known projects that we wanted to see shine, or managed by people we love, but occasionally we like to talk about projects that we love that really don’t need the help. Case in point, Critical Role, the series that broke MCM London, a bunch of nerdy-ass voice actors who play Dungeons & Dragons live on the internet for a few hours every week and draw massive viewership and crowds, and have been partially responsible to the exponential boom in popularity of the hobby!

I’ve talked about them before. They’re a good – if inaccurate – representation of the hobby, vastly more entertaining to watch as it’s being played by actual performers, voice actors who know about taking turns when talking so that there’s no cross-talking, who can totally immerse themselves in their character so deeply that we can more clearly envision the action, and who get visibly emotional about the narrative, reacting appropriately to every moment of drama and capable of deftly improvising moments of their own.

So it makes sense for a bunch of actors with characters that they love and live, with connections in the industry who also love D&D, to club together and make a cartoon! One to go alongside the comics written by Matt Colville, and all of the other products, the books, the art, the live appearances… you get the idea they’re doing well.

The project will be supported by the studio Titmouse Inc, famous for shows like Metalocalypse, Venture Bros., Tigtone that I put on my to-do list lately, and Avatar: The Last Airbender, alongside a host of other major projects, so the animation will be in excellent hands. The cast will be played by themselves, with Matt Mercer serving the bulk of the NPCs… or rather those characters who are not the protagonists.

The test will be how well a D&D style narrative can be translated into a linear format, as it rarely crosses well into other formats – at least those that endeavour to capture the spirit of tabletop RP. As this project is dedicating itself more to existent characters and a well developed and explored world, things could be very different.

So, to the campaign itself. The target is $750,000 to fund the actual animation to a high standard, with a projected release of late 2020. Backer rewards do not include access to a digital stream or download of the final result, rather heavily implying that the final product will be available for everyone to enjoy, likely via their (newly independent of Geek & Sundry) YouTube channel and probably Twitch as it is their principle platform.

The rewards backers receive are instead encouraged to pledge for loot, some digital downloads of music uniquely composed for Critical Role, including a piece written and (partially) performed by the cast. Dice, sticker packs, art prints, cuddly toys, accessories for roleplay and memorabilia, and of course the upper echelons include personalised artwork by Titmouse, producer credits, and when you hit a five figure sum you get a studio tour and more.

Those upper echelon rewards? All gone. I would not be surprised to find a lot of D&D executives towards the top of that list, and possibly Matt Colville himself. The campaign? When I started writing it was at about $2.1 million, it’s now approaching $2.4M, and the campaign started less than five hours ago. IGN managed to squeeze out an article last night a few minutes after the project passed $1M, and I won’t be publishing this for another ten hours, who knows how much money might have poured into the pot. Stretch goals are disappearing, and the twenty-two minute animated short will be treble the length before I go to bed, and will be a feature length film by morning unless pledges slow down.

Sam Riegel and Travis Willingham have apparently been talking to producers for a while, and the attachment of the hobby still makes studios reluctant to engage with projects, presumably offers may have been made with limitations or changes. Crowd funding may lack security for the consumer… fairly certain the same group have ripped me off twice now… but it does put creativity in the hands of those passionate about a project. The CR team have proven time and time again that they are capable of producing high quality content. Here’s to another one.

Oh… there goes $2.5 million!


Side note…! Hot damn, 514% funding on Lasers and Liches!! Go check out this awesome project blending sci-fi and D&D, and adds bonus dinosaurs, perfect for anyone wanting to RP their way through Kung Fury or a Shadowrun Rave. You still have a week to get involved, and there are still stretch goals left to reach.

~Text message from Tim~

What do you mean it was made by a “different Chris”?


Top 10 – Company Blunders

Ever feel like a company has to put on a brave face? You bet that it happens to every company at some point in their lives. Hey, we’ve made mistakes on this here site, definitely including a number of typos (sorry!) Nevermind, we’re here to embrace, or perhaps shun the top examples we can think of when we say company blunders, when a company makes a big mistake, whether it was funny or just outright disastrous.

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Lasers and Liches – Kickstarter

This article has a weird back story so bear with me! I was just relaxing one evening and looking through my notifications and noticed I had a new follower on Twitter. Now I usually am quite curious about people who follow me on Twitter. I wonder if they don’t know me personally then I wonder which bit of random content bought them to me. So I begin to head down the so-called rabbit hole which led me to somewhere rather interesting.

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Working in a Cloud-Based World

You know, I’ve been struggling to put my finger on it, but I think I’m there now. There’s something that fascinates and infuriates me about the way people work. No, I don’t just mean the way people go into work every day, clock in, do their usual stuff and clock out. I mean from a technological standpoint, there’s something interesting and novel about working through cloud-based systems. Yet, here we are, in 2019, with an ever more connected world – and I don’t think we’re fully there yet.

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Video Editing with Filmora

In the past, many of you will have seen me put out videos for us. I used to run a series of Stonekeep videos, which I absolutely have to pick back up and finish. I also used to edit interviews and more, often to relatively quick timescales. Having made so many videos now, it’s unsurprising that occasionally my day job gets me to do editing for their corporate videos as well. This isn’t a problem to me, I quite enjoy doing the work… To the point where I figured today would be a good time to chat about video editing, Wondershare Filmora and alternatives for those on even tighter budgets.

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Robots: Providing Services and Your Amazon Parcels

Article title is as good as I can get for this, as it’ll be covered in this article. Amazon are pushing the boat for delivery technologies once again, but they’re not the only company in the world who looks to make delivering your goods and services in a convenient way. However, Amazon recently have been working on some little robots called ‘Scout’, which are currently undergoing an experimental delivery service in the Washington State area. Are robots the future for delivery, or is this doomed to fail? Let’s check out Amazon’s newest venture, but also existing delivery ventures via technology.

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