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Post Posted: Thu Oct 31, 2013 8:35 pm 
 

Sounds like a brilliant idea to me.  Doing a fieldwork-based dissertation on a subject you love, and having a lot of it paid for, that's fantastic!

From what he indicates in the Kickstarter, the money will help to cover some of the travel costs to do research, and other expenses to produce the dissertation.

He also received a $2,000 research fellowship.

  


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MetaSigma wrote in Kickstarter projects:Just a little puzzled. Why does someone need funding to complete their Ph.D.? Presumably these people have stipends through their universities (I did, anyway)? Isn't this just slightly unprofessional?


Not sure how it works in the US. I started my PhD 14 years after I initially intended to, and did not have a scholarship. While there were no university fees, I had to fund all my research myself (I did get some small grants, but it was not enough to cover what I wanted to do). In Australian universities, scholarships do not always cover all the expenses associated with the degree - students are often trying to raise funds for their field research. So it seems quite logical for me.

  


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Post Posted: Fri Nov 01, 2013 11:52 am 
 

MetaSigma wrote in Kickstarter projects:Just a little puzzled. Why does someone need funding to complete their Ph.D.? Presumably these people have stipends through their universities (I did, anyway)? Isn't this just slightly unprofessional?


As others have mentioned, the scholarship isn't guaranteed or it may not cover all of his needs.  Also, this really helps a lot in his personal branding.  There is so much competition between new phds, especially in the humanities, right now that the more they can get themselves out there, become known and control their image the better their future may be in landing a post-doc or other job after graduating.

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Post Posted: Sun Nov 03, 2013 8:54 am 
 



Thanks Frank, just supported looks great, I hope this gets funded.

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Post Posted: Mon Nov 04, 2013 6:10 am 
 

I'm still dithering on that one. There are just so many role playing systems. Seems to be a few launched every week on Kickstarter. In the last week:

This one from Japan went ballistic and was funded in the first day:

Ryuutama - Natural Fantasy Role-Playing Game by Andy Kitkowski — Kickstarter

This one  funded quickly too:

Orbis Terrarum RPG by Simon Clements & Dan Voyce — Kickstarter

This last is a little less polished:

The Fellwater Tales by Brendan Myers — Kickstarter

That being said, I think I may back the East Mark one and the Japanese one as they are established systems with good fan bases that are being translated.

  


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Post Posted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 4:47 pm 
 

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Post Posted: Fri Nov 08, 2013 11:49 pm 
 

I got the first installment on my Whisper and Venom Kickstarter today.  Awesome and spectacular job, Zach!  The pictures I've seen really haven't done justice to the map.  I can't wait to get the rest.


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Post Posted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 1:13 pm 
 

Interesting:

AD&D 1e Module: The Hanging Coffins of the Vampire Queen by Mark Taormino — Kickstarter

  


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Post Posted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 1:15 pm 
 




$50! 8O

  

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Post Posted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 1:45 pm 
 

It's rated 'A' for Awesome, so there you go...

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Post Posted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 2:15 pm 
 


He's about to make the same mistake regarding the OGL that the burntwire brothers made on the first printing of Insidious. But in this case, WotC will have a pretty big window of opportunity to prevent it from getting into backers' hands in the form shown.

If you're going to back this, realize it has that additional challenge to surmount (beyond all the usual kickstarter-related challenges) in order to get into your hands as currently depicted.


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Post Posted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 4:09 pm 
 

Guy Fullerton wrote in Kickstarter projects:

He's about to make the same mistake regarding the OGL that the burntwire brothers made on the first printing of Insidious. But in this case, WotC will have a pretty big window of opportunity to prevent it from getting into backers' hands in the form shown.

If you're going to back this, realize it has that additional challenge to surmount (beyond all the usual kickstarter-related challenges) in order to get into your hands as currently depicted.


I was waiting for someone to post this thing. There is also a little problem with using Vampire Queen. I am having a real hard time thinking this is not a complete rip-off attempt.


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Post Posted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 4:37 pm 
 

bbarsh wrote in Kickstarter projects:There is also a little problem with using Vampire Queen. I am having a real hard time thinking this is not a complete rip-off attempt.

Sure it also has "Vampire Queen" in the name, but it doesn't seem at all like PotVQ, especially given the premise about escaping from the dungeon lair. And the whole Vampire Master thing. (Disclaimer: I've never read PotVQ, but I have read a review / description or two, so I might be totally wrong there.)

All that said, some of the cover & descriptive text appears to be directly lifted from my modules. If that's actually the case, I could hardly fault him for the legal disclaimer; that's probably just standard legal boilerplate that any lawyer would give anyway. But these blurbs on the kickstarter page...

"THE HANGING COFFINS OF THE VAMPIRE QUEEN includes complete descriptions and maps for several adventure sites and is easily adaptable to most campaign settings.
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It is the first in a new series of modules designed for independent or interconnected use."

...are lifted directly from the back of my F1 module:

"THE FANE OF POISONED PROPHECIES includes complete descriptions and maps for several adventure sites and is easily adaptable to most campaign settings. It is the first in a new series of modules designed for independent or interconnected use."

So it will be ... interesting ... to see what's actually inside this thing if it survives the kickstarter.


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Post Posted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 6:50 pm 
 

Well, Guy, you can just say he stole from the best..... :wink:

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Post Posted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 7:51 pm 
 

That strikes me as pretty dodgy.  Pass.


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Post Posted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 8:05 pm 
 

Thunderdave wrote in Kickstarter projects:That strikes me as pretty dodgy.  Pass.



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Post Posted: Tue Nov 12, 2013 5:24 pm 
 

Cubicle 7 launched its London boxed set kickstarted for Call of Cthulhu.

kickstarter.com/projects/461807648/cthu ... u-rpg-boxe



  

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Post Posted: Tue Nov 12, 2013 7:51 pm 
 

xRalphx wrote in Kickstarter projects:Cubicle 7 launched its London boxed set kickstarted for Call of Cthulhu.

kickstarter.com/projects/461807648/cthu ... u-rpg-boxe


Thanks for the heads up. I grabbed a slot at the pearly king in yellow level.

  

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Post Posted: Wed Nov 13, 2013 2:48 am 
 

KilgoreX wrote in Kickstarter projects:Thanks for the heads up. I grabbed a slot at the pearly king in yellow level.


Yep.  Which promptly sold out.

EDIT: But then they added more at a slightly higher price.


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Post Posted: Wed Nov 13, 2013 3:41 am 
 

Difference seems to be postcard between the two 110 pound levels?

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