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Kickstarters I have known and/or loved

I've backed over 100 kickstarters and, not unsurprisingly, spent over one thousand dollars doing so over the last ~2 years. I don't expect anyone is actually interested in every kickstarter I've back, but I'm going to try and write a little bit about them all, flaws and all. Perhaps we'll discover interesting trends besides what I've noticed! And I'll probably be encouraged to play all the games I've back and never played. :)

I recently wasn't backing any kickstarters and didn't notice. This is only the second time that's been true since I started this all, and last time it made me feel all weird and unhappy. This time I didn't notice. This is probably better. I really love helping people produce cool things and live their dreams outside mainstream methods, which can really enforce dominant sorts of voices and not encourage diversity, so backing kickstarters really makes me feel happy, and that's why I'll back some for low amounts and no reward - I want my friends to see it on my backed list, and to up their numbers a little.

If you want my advice after all this kickstartering, it's this:

(1) No kickstarter is a guarantee or preorder. Treat it accordingly. You are investing in a (varingly) risky venture! Don't put any money if you can't afford to lose.

(2) Never look at dates. If you need something by a specific date, do *not* use kickstarter. If you never look at dates and so never expect things to be "on time" you will (almost certainly) be so much happier. I see creators begging people to stop being horrible to them because they, like hundreds of kickstarters before them, are stuck in customs limbo or can't communicate with Chinese suppliers, and I can't imagined what entitled jerks their backers are. Sure, some kickstarters squander resources and are jerks, but I have *never* seen that happen and I do have a decent sample size (though as we will see, it is limited to a few wedges of the kickstarter project type pie).

If you follow those two suggestions, I think it will really eliminate the majority of angst I see.

I'm intending to go chronologically, but here's a link to the only active one I've got, a horror tabletop roleplaying game. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/shiftyginger/ten-candles-a-tragic-horror-storytelling-game

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FYI here's my Dear Festividder letter

cause it was stub when it went up

http://laura47.dreamwidth.org/1055730.html

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Dear Yulegoat!

Dear Author,

I'm sorry, I'm having the worst week I've had all year, with a variety of unexpected crisises. I have plans to work on my letter with a friend on Saturday, my apologies! My old letters are probably useful?

Thank you!

Laura


Dear Yulegoat!

THANK YOU SO MUCH! I'm so glad you want to write something for something I requested. When in doubt, please don't worry, I'll be happy with pretty much anything. :)



Request 1 by laura47
Two Monks Inventing Things (The Toast)

Monk #2 (Two Monks Inventing Things) Monk #1 (Two Monks Inventing Things)

Summary
OMG you offered this! Or maybe I'm on pinch hits or you're browsing letters. If the latter, well, this is a series of humor pieces at The Toast. It's a quick read! The concept is that two monks are creating works of art, and... it's hilarious? They exist sort of out of time and space, creating works of art and encouraging each other to make weird decisions. Mallory, the author, is clearly someone with a lot of humanities education, much like myself. :)

It's here: http://the-toast.net/tag/two-monks-inventing-things/

Reading any one will let you know if you like this kind of thing, I expect.

What do I want? Anything.

* Monks inventing something not art - shoes, operating systems, far future civilizations, dystopias, media. It's a great format to lovingly call out the flaws/weird decisions of something you love, if you have an idea, run with it. (If you're concerned you might be being obscure and you want to include explanatory links on top that would be rad, I'll read things! [ [edit: eek there's a new one i hadn't seen, about the inventing church denominations! INVENT ALL THE THINGS]

* Monks inventing art - more of the same, or different art! Modern art? Fanart? That could be fun

* A serious character study about the lives of these monks, whether in one time and place or bouncing all over. Are they immortal? Are they archetypes? Are they trapped in church bureaucracy that makes them effectively immortal? Are they positions passed down throughout the ages? Are they in love? Do they just sort of exist with little awareness that they are living through different times and places? ARE THEY COMPUTER SIMULATIONS? Don't worry about getting too weird for me!!! I like weird.

* Crazy world building? GO FOR IT.

HAVE FUN AND INVENT THINGS

Request 2 by laura47
Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)
Adam (Only Lovers Left Alive) Eve (Only Lovers Left Alive)

Summary

I loved the feel of the movie, the dreamy languid sense of it all, the way it didn't care about rushing through a plot, the sense that there's so much history we don't know about, all that negative space for fic writing.

I'd love some kind of chosen vampire family, or old school backstory. i love stories of long lived characters and how that affects their relationships, perspectives, and interactions with the world.

I'd love an AU where Ian gets turned instead of killed, I think that has amazing potential.

I'd also love post-movie fic, with Adam and Eve dealing with the consequences of turning the two young lovers, hopefully there's some anger and confusion and eventually a functional family.

Really I'm pretty into family. Making Ava more reasonable, on her own of because she turned Ian? You could do something a hundred years down the line, dealing with yet another world, new challenges, new family? Eventually technology tends makes it harder and harder to live in the margins and for people to hide their identities, which is clearly already complicated in the early 21st century. Maybe a reunion with old friends and family (who might be new friends and family at the time of the movie). Maybe big societal changes! Maybe weird vampire stuff! I'm pretty flexible. :)

Addition:

Request 3 by laura47
The Birdcage (1996)
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Choose Not To Use Archive Warnings
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Request Unfulfilled
20 Oct 2014Tags
Agador (The Birdcage) Val Goldman Armand Goldman Albert Goldman
Summary
I'd like some family fic, either set in the future, about the extended families of the Goldmans and inlaws, or maybe backstory about Val growing up and Armand and Albert figuring out their lives as fathers. I just want more of these characters, I would have requested more if more than 4 had been nominated, I love every character. Well, not the reporters. ;)

Addition: Characters listed are really "Or", not "And", I don't mean to be restrictive!

Request 4 by laura47
Sleep No More - Punchdrunk
No rating
Choose Not To Use Archive Warnings
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Request Unfulfilled
20 Oct 2014Tags
Summary
I've seen this three times in Boston and New York and I have no idea how to write for it. Useless prompt, sorry! Go wherever your heart takes you! Stories within the established cannon, bringing in new shakespeare or gothic romance or whatever, weird meta things, I... whatever you want. :)

Addition:

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Dear Festividder Letter

[edit: I'm sorry my life exploded for me medically and my family and a lot of things. It's no real excuse but I'm sorry.]

Dear Festividder,

Thank you for making me a vid, or considering making me a vid if you're just passing through. :) I'm very easy to please. You can do crossovers, meta, spoken word instead of music, weird experimental stuff, don't hold back. :)

My requests:


  1. Babylon 5

  2. here's what i wrote in two previous years:

    B5 is so near and dear to my heart. I watched it as a teenager, and was just head over heals about it. I'm not super fond of non-Sheridan station commanders (Sinclair and Lochley), though it is not out of great love for Sheridan, I just don't like them. I love Londo and G'Kar and their EPIC GROWTH and their friendship. I am fond of Delenn. My ultimate love is Susan Ivanova, <3 <3 <3. So much love. My Ivanova tshirt is one of my most treasured garments. I love Susan on her own, I love Susan with Marcus or Talia. I also loved Marcus in a somewhat teenage girl sort of way, and got a college essay over fighting with the high school yearbook over a quote from him. Have you read that story JMS published, "Space, Time, and the Incurable Romantic"? I both love that and am a little squicked? I also love many other characters, I'll elaborate more in my dear festividder letter.

    I can't even begin to really explain my love of B5. It was my first
    real serious epic (before LOTR, for me!). It meant so much to me, in
    the way that only your first huge sweeping epic can, back when life
    was simpler and moral ambiguity was novel. I love the hugeness of it,
    and i love the small intimate moments. I really love the relationships
    between people, and what happens to people and relationships in
    stressful times. I love the people, I love the station. I love
    everything, I did a B5 cross stitch, for serious. I was always fond of
    Delenn and Sheridan's relationship, but mostly in the way that you
    might really love what a great relationship your parents have? I don't
    know. I sort of hero worshipped Ivanova, while totally seeing her
    flaws and loving her for them, not despite them, even though I never
    wanted to make those decisions. I <3 Vir, and his evolution, and have
    you read the centauri books by peter david, based on JMS's outlines?
    Because you should. I was deeply sad about Lennier's decision, and I
    wished that Marcus could be there for him, in a totally platonic way.

    Just do whatever you want, really. :-)

  3. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes [Game]


  4. I love Marvel and this game is a delight. My only real complaint is the way they've designed the "smart" character aspect. I'd love villians, I'd love heroes, i'd love SHIELD, I'd love ensemble, I'd love over the top weird, I'd love ironic, I'd love pretty much anything. I love Natasha and Steve and Loki and Thor and Tony and Bruce and Coulson and Fury and basically all the X-Men. i love getting to see characters from the different movie universes together on screen. The Fantastic Four have never really grabbed me, and Deadpool... I dunno, we don't have the same sense of humor.

  5. Moonrise Kingdom [Movie]


  6. I love Wes Anderson films. For whatever reason, they just tug on my heart strings, specifically my heart strings related to family and dysfunction, and trying to fix things. I If you want to try and make me cry, that's cool. I see this movie as "Broken Wes Anderson protagonists, if you managed to get ahold of them and have them do the life-changing thing at 12 instead of as adults".

  7. The Royal Tenenbaums [Movie]


  8. And this is what happened when no one helps then when they are 12. :-( I don't know if I would even like any of these people if I met them in real life? I love the picture of their family, sad, dysfunctional, but family. I'd love something about family and how it hurts us and helps us, how it holds us back and defines us and lets us grow, or a character piece on any of the characters would be cool too.

  9. Only Lovers Left Alive (2013) [Movie]


  10. This is my Festivids/Yuletide crossover this year! I love having one. :)

    Here's what I said for Yuletide, which basically sums up what I like, and do whatever you like.

    it has spoilers so Read more...Collapse )


  11. Seaquest [TV]


  12. I know I keep saying this, but I was really very obsessed with this. (I really didn't have hobbies besides obsessing over TV in middle school). I loved Lucas. I really loved Darwin. I loved the first two seasons more than the third, um, I loved it all. I loved O'Neill, and Captain Bridger, I think I loved everyone in the first two seasons.

  13. X-Men: The Animated Series (1992) [TV]


  14. Just seeing the words makes the theme song start playing through my head. I loved this show to bits. I super shipped Rogue/Gambit as a little preteen. It was possibly my earliest ship! If you don't like that, maybe just a Rogue vid? I loved her so very much.

    Nothing wrong with Charles/Magneto, of course. I was also fond of Wolverine and Storm, less so of Jubilee and and Cyclops and Jean Grey. I liked the Mystique of this incarnation. Oh, and Mystique and Rogue!

    Follow you heart! Thank you!



So what do I like?

I like deep, meta vids, I did media studies in college and I love thinking hard.

I also like vids that are just full of pretty visuals, especially with really strong colors.

Comedy, also good! Things about friendships and other relationships, I'm a sucker
for them! Sentimental and sappy is usually okay, I am a sucker for it.

Action is cool too! I really don't have any big "No"s, I just like things. :)


Old letters:
one where I talk about music: http://laura47.livejournal.com/1191525.html
http://laura47.livejournal.com/1248772.html
http://laura47.livejournal.com/1191525.html

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Tags:

did... did I never post my Yuletide story? I don't see it! Well, I just saw that there was a big late roundup of recs for Yuletide, and hoped I'd be on there, and I was. http://bring-me-sugar.dreamwidth.org/6236.html#cutid1 My story was described as "The story of a girl and her dinosaur through the year, based on the web art. Too touching for words, very sweet in nature and takes you on an adventure while tugging on your heartstrings."

You can read my story here: http://archiveofourown.org/works/1095609

It's 7300 words and I'm actually quite proud of it. It's called "Grace and Sally" and all you need to know is this tiny comic:


If anyone knows the original author of the comic pleeeeease tell me!

This story really flowed once I decided what I was doing. I had SO MANY IDEAS and decided to just start writing a few with write or die/written kitten and see what stuck. As usual, I hid out from my family on Christmas Eve trying to finish, but this time, Peter was with me so I abandoned him to my brother's inlaws. :) I went for a stealth crossover - in the first draft I mentioned in in the first paragraph (it was a cheesy paragraph to get me started), and I know I would have gotten more hits if I'd tagged it, but I liked the surprise. Trying to decide if I should tag it now, thoughts?

Anyway, I think it's a sweet story, and I hope you'll give it a look. :)

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11th of March!



"They have called this day the eleventh of March! And whomsoever of you gets through this day, unless you are shot in the head or somehow slain, you will stand at tiptoe when e’er you hear the name again! And you will get excited at the name March the eleventh! We happy few, we few, we band of brothers. Our names will be as like household names! And those who are not here, be they sleeping or doing something else, they will feel themselves sort of crappy! Because they are not here to join the fight on this day the eleventh of March!"

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Help me pick a LARP setting!

Last weekend was Intercon, and I played two games, both based of books (The Dresden Files and A Song of Ice and Fire (aka Game of Thrones). The ASOIAF game was awesome, and it's left me wanting to write something like it. One of the things I liked was how being based on a well known media property meant there was a lot of buy in to the world -- while the game was set over a 100 years before the books, most of us came in knowing what it means to be a Stark, a Targaryen,  Greyjoy, a Lannister, a Martell, and to a lesser extent the context of being a Tyrell, a Tully, an Arryn or a Baratheon. People knew about the Seven and what Westeros thinks of the East and things like that. I could write all those details for a new world, but I feel like it might actually be better to start with something that exists, so it's easier for people to get into it, so people aren't fumbling with their sheets as much. But I don't know what to use. Here are my thoughts:
  • I want lots of families with interesting interactions, and ideally strong family characters, or at least stereotypes
  • I want lots of love plots, and potentially a tension between arranged marriages and love marriages
  • I want politics, but it doesn't have to be as high epic as civil war or choosing a king
  • I probably want 20-40 characters. I want to try writing a big game again
  • This is where it gets hard: I don't want a super patriarchal society. I could possibly AU an existing society to be more gender equal. But... fuck that, why should every game that has the things I already listed be gender fucked? I want to play a game like that and play a woman and not be fighting against gender expectations if I want to have agency beyond family matters. 
  • I have a much weaker preference towards a setting without a lot of religion, or a chill and non-contentious religion. 
  • I'd like there to be other interesting world building to grab onto, but also some negative space for me to add things.
So, anyone have any ideas? 

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Originally posted by mllelaurel at ¡Fiestaval! Brandeis Festival of the LARPs 2014
Originally posted by staystrong62805 at ¡Fiestaval! Brandeis Festival of the LARPs 2014
Originally posted by in_water_writ at ¡Fiestaval! Brandeis Festival of the LARPs 2014
Originally posted by in_water_writ at ¡Fiestaval! Brandeis Festival of the LARPs 2014


Larpers! You are cordially invited to a Fiestaval!
¡Fiestaval! is the ninth Festival of the LARPs, an annual LARP convention held at Brandeis University.

Bids are open! Bid your game now HERE.

Registration for the convention is open! Register now at 2014.festivalofthelarps.com!

Registration is free and open to the general public. Limited crash space is available upon request.

This year, Festival sign-ups will be tiered.

On Tuesday, March 18th you can sign up for one game at 7pm.
On Wednesday, March 19th you can sign up for up to two games at 7pm.
On Thursday, March 20th you can sign up for all the games you like, though still only one per time slot!

Bids received before March 7th will (if accepted) be posted to the schedule at the time the schedule is initially posted.

Bids submitted after March 7th but before the 14th will be added to the posted schedule before signups.

Any bids received after March 14th (if accepted) may be posted to the schedule after signups are already open.

Please also join and share our Facebook group HERE to help spread the word!

- Your loving Con-Chair,
  Jenn


Vid Post: "Hallowed Ground" (Sleepy Hollow)

Title: Hallowed Ground
Recipient: jaqueelee
Fandom: Sleepy Hollow (2013 TV series)
Song: Hallowed Ground by KT Tunstall
Size: ??? MB / 3 minutes 42 seconds
Content Notes: Quite a bit of violence, all shown on network TV originally
Thanks to: As always, thirdblindmouse, elipie, and the boston vidder crew. :)
Notes: Despite how much I cut out of the song, this is the longest vid I've ever made! My fifth festivid, which also means my fifth vid ever. :-) I could have sworn I'd only offered movies this year, but instead I picked an open canon? Oops, but it was pretty fun. :-) I did not realize I would wind up in the breakaway hit fandom of Festivids 2013-2014 (7 vids!)

Download: https://www.dropbox.com/s/j76vm4stnrkwcnm/signed-hgsh.mov

Hallowed Ground from Laura47 on Vimeo.

Festivids placeholder

Old letter with some of these requests (B5, gargoyles, reboot, x-men): http://laura47.livejournal.com/1191525.html

In general: external source and crossovers are okay! Please warn for self injury if you are adding that in.

Music: I'm pretty open! See http://laura47.livejournal.com/1191525.html for more details.

Babylon 5 [TV]

What I wrote the first two times I requested this:
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Curse of the Golden Flower [Movie]: This is one of those movies I find visually stunning, and I would be happy with just something beautiful. You can also totally go with the fucked up family drama, or anything else that strikes your fancy.

Gargoyles [TV]: Oh I might be kind of useless. I loved this show so much, but it was before I had any shipper tendencies at all, so I mostly don't see it in that sort of way. I loved everyone? Oh I'm terrible, I'm sorry.

last two years Read more...Collapse )

Moon [Movie]: This is my dual Festivids-Yuletide request this year. I don't always do one, but I like to, it's fun. :) There's not many characters to choose from here, and robots are not always the most expressive, but you can go in any direction. I'd love to see something emotional here. I could easily see a sad instrumental, maybe with a hopeful ending? Perhaps a study in contrasts between Sams? I could go with a weird constructed reality, I feel like the footage might lend itself to that? You can absolutely bring in third party source, other moon stories or space movies or whatever. If you have a wacky out-there idea, go for it!

Moonrise Kingdom [Movie]: Some year I will get a Wes Anderson movie for Festivids. Is this year that year? One of the things I love about this movie is that is feels like what would happen if you got the sad adults from a Wes Anderson movie and made them deal with some stuff when they were still kids and hadn't been miserable for 30 years. Of course the adults are stilll... adults in a wes anderson film. You can totally crossover with other wes anderson if you want. I went and visited some Maine islands this past summer and it made me really long for this story. a synopsis vid, character studies, something weird, whatever you want!

ReBoot [TV]

Details: Again, something I desperately loved as a kid. I love it all too much to be coherent. ReBoot! <3 <3 <3

Um, I love everyone and everything? The heroes, the villians, the random side characters, Mulder and Scully were the most amazing thing ever when I saw it... i don't even know. Sorry, useless here. Technoish music might be fun? Something from the Tron soundtrack is really obvious but I think I'd love it. If you love ReBoot, I am happy. :-D


X-Men: The Animated Series (1992) [TV]

Details: Just seeing the words makes the theme song start playing through my head. I loved this show to bits. I super shipped Rogue/Gambit as a little preteen. Rogue, Gambit, or Rogue/Gambit would be quite lovely. Nothing wrong with Charles/Magneto, of course. I was also fond of Wolverine and Storm, less so of Jubilee and and Cyclops and Jean Grey. I liked the Mystique of this incarnation

I don't know what else to say, I love this show.

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