With the release of the newest edition of Dungeons & Dragons and the success of Paizo’s Pathfinder roleplaying games, RPGs are becoming quite popular again; however, these games can be very difficult to teach to young children, as they involve quite a bit of math and have whole bookstore sections dedicated to their vast amount of rules. Longtime RPG player Jordan Callarman seeks to change all that with the launch of his new Kickstarter project, Goobles & Goblins, an RPG designed for children and adults to play together. Fanboy Comics Senior Contributor Jason Enright sat down with Callarman to discuss his RPG and the decision to fund his project through Kickstarter.

A few years ago, the Fanboy Comics staff had the pleasure of meeting independent comic book creator Russell Nohelty and speaking with him extensively regarding his work on his original series, Ichabod Jones: Monster Hunter.  First published digitally through Viper Comics, Nohelty is making a new path for himself and seeking to distribute a print run of the psychological thriller for new readers to enjoy.  Having recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise the necessary funds to garner a printer run of Ichabod Jones, Nohelty needs your help to make this dream a reality!

Independent comic book creators are hard-working folks.  It takes a great deal of energy, determination, and fortitude to create a comic book on your own, which is why - here at Fanboy Comics - we love highlighting the work of these talented individuals!  In this installment of "The Kickstarter Report," I want to call attention to the Kickstarter campaign for Boston Metaphysical Society #5, the fifth issue in a six-issue sci-fi, action/adventure, Steampunk mini-series. Series creator Madeleine Holly-Rosing is hoping to raise $7,500 to cover the art production and printing costs of Issue #5, and she needs your help to make her dream a reality. 

A little over a year ago, Fanboy Comics reviewed a free online comic called My So-Called Secret Identity. The story revolves around Cat, a young woman in a world of superheroes, who’s been blessed—or cursed—with phenomenal intelligence. With no super strength of super speed, she is relegated to the background as the powered people fight an unending war all around her—until Cat decides to take up a costume herself and pit her intellect against some of the most deadly and dangerous forces imaginable—both heroes and villains.

For the past several years, award-winning magicians David Blatter, Leeman Parker, and director Jon Armstrong have performed their David & Leeman magic show for packed audiences at the esteemed Hollywood Fringe Festival.  In this year's festival, the talented performers produced David & Leeman: Magic & Other Dangerous Things, an original and stunning piece of live theater that combined magic and comedy to rave reviews.  Now, Blatter, Parker, and Armstrong are looking to extend their 2014 Hollywood Fringe show to a 99-seat theater in Los Angeles, CA, during the month of July, but they need your help to do it!

This week's edition of Fanboy Comics' Kickstarter Report highlights Gateway Runners #1, a brand new comic book by the folks at Nerd Nation, a podcasting group that is again venturing into the exciting world of comic book publishing.  Gateway Runners #1 is a fast-paced, character-driven adventure about a future where Earth has taken its first steps into a larger universe in light of its massive overpopulation. With Mars terraformed and colonized, the population problem is somewhat lessened; however, Mars sorely lacks needed technology and medical supplies, and Earth suffers from a lack of natural land on which to plant.  Is there anything that can save these two planets, and all of humanity?  Their only hope may be . . . the Gateway Runners.  In order to bring this high speed sci-fi story to life, Nerd Nation needs your help!

This week's edition of Fanboy Comics' Kickstarter Report highlights an exciting, new transmedia Kickstarer campaign launched by the very talented Brian Buccellato (Flash, Detective Comics, The Black Bat).  Combining the storytelling mediums of film and comic books, Sons of the Devil is a character-driven psychological thriller that is told in multiple timelines across 25 years.  Buccellato and the project's creators seek to create an experience that lives in two separate forms of media that - when brought together - creates the rich tapestry of a world that examines the cult of personality.  In order to bring their inventive storytelling to life, they need your help!

Thanks to the ingenuity of Toy Story, humans have caught on to the hijinks that toys and stuffed animals have been causing right under our noses.  No longer will we be fooled by their cute and fluffy exteriors.  Now, thanks to comic book writer Brett Uren and a host of other comic book creators, we will get a more in-depth look into the dark and gritty lives of toys when they are left to their own devices.  Today, The Kickstarter Report will be highlighting Torsobear: Yarns from Toyburg, a collection of eleven grisly crime stories written in the style of film noir and set in a world of toys.  What happens to the toys when they are not being played with? Do they have cute adventures like in children’s books, or is there something more sinister afoot? You can get a peek into the dismal world of Toyburg by taking a look at the Kickstarter campaign for this upcoming comic book anthology.

In addition to highlighting Kickstarter campaigns for promising comic book and graphic novel properties, Fanboy Comics' "Kickstarter Report" series aims to shine a spotlight on worthwhile projects from all mediums and interests, including film.  For that reason, today's installment of "The Kickstarter Report" will feature The Chair, a psychological horror film with an exciting an recognizable cast that will undoubtedly pique your interest and leave you pondering the good and evil that exists in all of us.

The Queen's Cavaliers (TQC) is an upcoming baroque, clockpunk, tabletop fantasy roleplaying game designed by Caoimhe Snow (of the ENnie-nominated RPG Wandering Monsters High School.) TQC is a swashbuckling game that draws on inspirations like The Three Musketeers to recreate that style of action. Swinging on chandeliers, dueling while dangling off the side of an air ship, and trading witty banter are all par for the course. With this style of play, TQC has a cinematic feel to its gameplay, with combat consisting of far more than, “I walk up and swing my sword at the goblin,” and combat being far from a character's only recourse. It's a game that encourages creativity and playing characters with a sense of style.

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