What’s Cool on Kickstarter

There’s many interesting items to be found on Kickstarter, and here are the coolest ones this week.

Things Could Be Worse Mugs
I love the Calamityware plates, and now there are mugs too! The design includes one disaster per ounce the mug holds. They’re microwave and dishwasher safe, and made of porcelain, so you’re getting really nice, really funny mugs!

“Lost your keys? Lost your job? Look at the bright side. At least you’re not plagued by pterodactyls, pursued by giant robots, or pestered by zombie poodles. Life is good! The Things-Could-Be-Worse Mug is designed to remind you how lucky you are.

What do you get? Sponsors of this Kickstarter project will receive sets of four identical mugs decorated with my multi-calamity drawing. These mugs are made and decorated by the award-winning Kristoff Porcelain workshop in Poland using the traditional in-glaze technique. The mugs are food safe, microwave safe, and dishwasher safe so you can use them every day to remind you of all the problems you don’t have.”


Microscope Explorer
Aser and I have been wanting to try Microscope for a while, a game where you start out small and then build your own universe. Now that there’s an expansion to the original RPG, we can’t wait to jump in!

“Microscope is a game where you sit down and create an epic history, spanning hundreds or thousands of years, all in just a few hours of play. Create cities, nations or whole worlds… or destroy them.

You can defy the limits of time and space, jumping backward or forward to explore the parts of the history that interest you. Want to leap a thousand years into the future and see how an institution shaped society? Want to jump back to the childhood of the king you just saw assassinated and find out what made him such a hated ruler? That’s normal in Microscope.

Microscope Explorer is an expansion that lets you take Microscope in whole new directions. Explore a family tree with UNION. Forge the epic story of a city, a ship or a sword of power in CHRONICLE. Travel back in time and rewrite history in ECHO.

It’s loaded with tools and strategies to get the most out of all your Microscope games, like SEEDS to get you started playing faster, TECHNIQUES to improve play, and WORLD-BUILDING methods to create settings for other role-playing games.”


Reaper Miniatures: Bones 3
Reaper Miniatures are some of the best on the market. They’re releasing another set of their Bones line on Kickstarter, and it’s a great place to buy up some cool miniatures for your game.

“Thanks to you, our last two Kickstarters were an amazing success! We’ve added over 500 new models to the Bones range, and we’ve discovered that these products are monstrously popular. You wanted more! More Monsters! More Demons! More Dragons! More Characters! More variety and more amazing new models!

You’re in luck! We haven’t even scratched the surface. We have many more models that we think deserve to be added to Bones – new sculpts and classic favorites from our metal lines! We’d like to see if you think so, too!

Bones are still really expensive to produce, and we still need your help to expand the line. Your support makes the molds that we need to produce the figures, and in exchange you get the first crack at these figures for a fantastic deal!

Bones are only the best high-quality plastic gaming models to hit the industry in the last decade. Inexpensive, high quality, soft gaming models that are easy and fun to paint and won’t break when you actually use them for games!”


The 20th HP Lovecraft Film Fest and Cthulhu Con
Even if you can’t make it to Portland for Cthulhu Con, you can still get some of the really cool swag they’re going to be offering. Also, Charles Stross and Adam Scott Glancy are going to be there, so it’s your chance to meet/hear from them!

“This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival® in Portland, OR! We invite you to join us for this celebration of film, literature, and art. Much of our programming is still being confirmed. Expect big announcements soon!

We’ll be presenting the Howie Award to our Guest of Honor Charles Stross (the Laundry Files), a special anniversary screening of the HPLHS’s Call of Cthulhu, a catered 1930s Speakeasy VIP event on Thursday, Oct. 1, plus a pre-party at Portland’s own original Lovecraft bar! Add to that the usual over-full weekend of amazing films, panel discussions, author readings, art competitions, vendors, and live performances, and you’ve got a weekend of unique experiences and memories.

Join us for an Expedition to R’lyeh! This year’s rewards and theme center around a secret return trip to the island by the Miskatonic University’s Explorers Club. Live the excitement with Kickstarter exclusives like the Expedition Log Book, the map of the island (with landmarks named after several of the explorers… that could be you!), a box of sculpted artifacts, and show your allegiance with our official MU Explorers Club lapel pins and shirts, or be one of the cultists in our limited edition winged Cthulhu lapel pins and shirts. Either way, be sure to grab the goods you want now because most won’t be available outside this Kickstarter.”


Still active!

New Riyera Fantasy Novel: The Death of Dulgath
Cthulhu Wars: The Art of Richard Luong
Blackskull Dice
At the Mountains of Madness
World War Cthulhu: Cold War
Wyrmwood Magnetic Dice Tower
The Thin Blue Line
The Pale Blue Die
The Outer Presence
Treasure Chest
Space Roller: Futuristic Dice

Megan loves RPGs, cephalopods, robots, dice, and Kickstarter campaigns related to the above. She is a co-founder of The Redacted Files and runs our Numenera, Pathfinder, and Horror on the Orient Express campaigns, as well as the Trail of Cthulhu one-shots.

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