Kickstarter Roundup: Week of 07 Jan 2014

Ok, the new year is officially beating me into the ground. But still.. time for a bit of Kickstarter round up.

Frankly, the tail end of 2013 and the start of 2014 is a bit of a yawn where KS are concerned (for me). The quality of projects have dropped a bit, and I guess the really interesting people are busy trying to fulfill their existing KS, so not much interesting stuff. Anyhow..

I’m always a bit of a sucker for kinky dice, especially metal ones, and these definitely fall into that. Well not the top variety; that takes forever to resolve dice rolls and actually needs a hard surface to spin on. Normal dice can do on carpet, soft surface, etc.

They do have “normal” metal dice, but since I’ve already threw in money for some other KS that did the same thing, I don’t exactly have a great need for it now. Those dice cups do look nice though.

And not miniature-related, but I’ve always did want to go back and redo my Japanese language. So here’s a game that tries. I’m not sure how good it is, but it’s interesting enough to take a peek into it. Not my usual cup of KS tea though.

Lastly, something that is miniature-related… Yeah, it’s been pretty slow on KS.

Yet another 3D-printing miniature thingamabob KS. There’s a hefty forest of Intellectual Property Rights issues when it comes to 3D printing something for commercial gains (personal prints.. I’m not legal beagle but I think as long as you are being reasonable and not out for commercial gains, most companies won’t bother you too much). Still, it’s something that’s definitely going to come up more and more on KS as the technology matures and the prices fall.

Anyhow, that’s not what the KS is doing. Looks to be it’s into providing a library of parts that are pre-rigged to work with pre-defined poses, so the initial portion of work is going to be just getting enough variety to maintain interest. The group is small, so there’s some issues there, but the concept is interesting enough. I’ll wait and think over it before committing.

So that’s it. It’s still early in 2014, so things might still liven up. I think a lot of the bigger firms that have the definitive capabilities to bring products to markets are still dealing with last two years of Kickstarter projects, so it might be a little later in the year before we see any major movers and shakers.

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