Houston Kickstarter Round-Up: November: Tabletop Hacking and The Night the Animals Talked

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Once a month we'll be bringing you a look at some of the best local Kickstarter campaigns in order to let you know what's getting ready to be unleashed through the help of small investors.

Tabletop gaming can be kind of a drag when you just have two gamers in your house. Luckily Nicholas Vitek is here with Living Worlds Games upcoming third release, Data Fortress. Set in a cyberpunk world of real-time date heists, the game pits a hacker versus a system admin. The hacker uses a series of tiles to try and escape the system with valuable information, while the admin tries to counter him with his own set of tiles.

It seems like a devilish, head-to-head battle of wits and cunning designed to truly pit two players against each other. Your basic donation of $25 gets you a free copy of the game, which isn't a bad deal at all for a tabletop these days.

Goal: $20,000 by December 10

There are two reasons to be excited about The Night the Animals Talked. The first is that it really does sound like an amazing Christmas story. The book deals with a blended Texas family who performs an annual play in their front yard based on an old Norwegian legend about animals talking the night Christ was born. As they prepare for the performance they watch a live feed from the family patriarch, Jim, who is doing underwater photography work in the Gulf of Mexico. Suddenly, the feed goes dead, and the family fears for Jim as something has clearly gone wrong in the Gulf.

That story alone should be compelling enough to interest anyone in a new take on Christmas, but I also like how Patricia Barry Rumble is apparently one of the few non-insane authors on Kickstarter. People get on their all the time asking for $50,000 to write a book. Seriously. By contrast, Rumble wants a mere $2,000, which is a far more reasonable. Your best buy in is at the $30 level. That gets you a signed copy of the book, as well as MP3s of original songs that complement the story and a large postcard of the cover. You can pick up the digital only copy for only $10 if that seems a little steep.

Goal: $2,000 by November 28



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It'll be in Houston too; in addition to New York, LA, and North Carolina - Eon Puzzle that is.  Like the projects in the Houston Press' Kickstarter Round-Up, Eon Puzzle is also seeking the crowd in a Kickstarter fashion, but without Kickstarter.  Houston, stop bye for a visit or contact Eon Puzzle to get the scoop.

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