by Ramanan Sivaranjan on July 05, 2012
James Raggi of Lamentations of the Flame Princess is running this crazy crowd funding project during the month of July. He has set up 19 different IndieGoGo campaigns, each requiring $6000 in funds. The ultimate goal would be to raise $114,000. That’s some aggressive crowd funding.
The last campaign he ran raised $16,240 to fund a hardcover book edition of the LotFP rules. Prior to that he raised $6,241 to fund two adventure modules. Clearly there are people out there interested in LotFP. My fear is that there are not enough people to fund such a large body of work in a single month. That would be a real shame, because the more I learn about the people involved in the campaign the more disappointed I’ll be if some of these adventures don’t get funded.
Today I was listening to an episode of the Jennisodes, a podcast about role-playing games, which featured Kevin Crawford, another participant in this campaign. I had never heard of him before, but after listening to him wax-poetic about sandbox gaming for a half hour I now want to fund his campaign as well. It sounds like it will be amazing. (Oh, and the host of the Jennisodes is also hoping to write an adventure for LotFP.)
I read Jeff’s Gameblog, by Jeff Rients, another participant in this campaign. I assume his campaign will do well as he seems to have a bit of a following in the OSR community. His writing on D&D is all quite fantastic. He posted a video today] about what he wants to do in his adventure. Guess what? It sounds pretty fantastic too.
I assume if I learn anything about most of these writers I’m going to want their adventure. As far as I can tell there are no B-team participants. Everyone seems to bring something interesting to the table. Monte Cook is writing an adventure! One of the dudes from mother-fucking members of GWAR is writing an adventure! It’s ridiculous.
I don’t have $114,000 to spend on adventures. Most people probably don’t. I suppose the hope then is that in aggregate fans of LotFP and of these individual writers can get a few things funded. This is certainly feels like the golden age of crowd funding–every other post on this blog seems to be about a kickstarter project–but this project might be a bit too ambitious. Still, I wish Raggi the best of luck. He has $20 of my dollars–so far.
A complete list of all the adventures in this campaign follows:
- Escaping Leviathan by Aeron Alfrey
- The Seclusium of Orphone by Vincent Baker and Cynthia Sheppard
- Strange and Sinister Shores by Johnathan Bingham
- Towers Two by Dave Brockie
- The Unbegotten Citadel by Monte Cook and Eric Lofgren
- The House of Bone and Amber by Kevin Crawford and Earl Geier
- Of Unknown Provenance by Michael Curtis and Amos Orion Sterns
- Machinations of the Space Princess by James Desborough and Satine Phoenix
- Horror Among Thieves by Kelvin Green
- We Who Are Lost by Anna Kreider
- The Land that Exuded Evil by Cynthia Celeste Miller and Rowena Aitken
- Pyre by Richard Pett and Michael Syrigos
- I Hate Myself For What I Must Do by Mike Pohjola and Joel Sammallahti
- Broodmother Sky Fortress by Jeff Rients and Stuart Robertson
- Normal for Norfolk by Juhani Seppälä and Rich Longmore
- Poor Blighters by Jeff & Joel Sparks and Mark Allen
- The Depths of Paranoia by Jennifer Steen and Jason Rainville
- Red in Beak and Claw by Jukka Särkijärvi and Jason Rainville
- The Dreaming Plague by Ville Vuorela and Juha Makkonen
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