Crowdfund a board game based on Gaiman's "A Study in Emerald"

A game maker draws from Sherlock Holmes and H.P. Lovecraft—by way of Neil Gaiman—for his latest game. A short film that recently made us smile is getting made into a feature film. Plus, we've got some fabulous artists looking for a little help in printing their latest works.

In addition to these projects, don't forget to check out the glowing plants Kickstarter that we featured earlier this week; at some levels, backers will receive their very own glowing plant seeds.

Caihong City: A Feature Film

We loved the original short film Kurupuru, and now director Florina Titz is looking to turn it into a full-length feature. Here's the pitch:

Caihong City takes place on an island on a distant planet. This island is separated in two cities: Caihong City, which is made up of slums, depression and disease and Furui City, home to the rich upperclassmen and the disease-free. The only way for inhabitants of Caihong City to gain access to the upperclassmen’s society is to complete Supertasks - impossible to accomplish genius chores delegated by the Committee of Furui City. Upon completion of said Supertask, a slums inhabitant is granted citizenship to Furui City.

In the midst of the slums of Caihong City (Rainbow City) a dying Chinese genius named Liu Junjie is working on a Supertask: a perfect virtual replica of Caihong City in hope of gettin access to the perfect world (Furui City) and saving his own life.

However! A glitch appears in his virtual city and just when he’s about to lose all faith, he becomes acquainted with an uncanny homeless Russian kid named Serioja, and a chronically depressed and ruthless Romanian prostitute named Lavinia, and together they depart on a dark adventure through the rainbowed slums to find the answer to Liu Junjie’s glitch but also to unveil the city’s darkest and most well kept secrets.

For a $19 pledge, you'll receive a digital download of the film, plus a "thank you" in the credits.

A Study in Emerald: A Board Game based on the Neil Gaiman Short Story

Game design Martin Wallace used Neil Gaiman's Lovecraft-meets-Sherlock-Holmes story "A Study in Emerald" for his new board game. The game is set in an alternate reality in which the Old Ones returned to Earth centuries ago and are now running the show. As humanity struggles against its overlords, players employ various agents to enact their plots:

The game takes an original slant on the deck-building mechanic. Instead of buying the cards you want you have to bid for them with influence. The range of cards is massive, with only a few duplicates. You can employ secret agents to carry out your plans, or quietly subvert a city to your control, call up monsters from other dimensions to destroy your enemies, or raise an army of zombies. No two games will ever be the same.

You can read about the gameplay in this PDF from Tree Frog Games. For a £50 pledge, you'll receive a copy of the game. [via Boing Boing]

Squid Salad Makes Merch!

Annie Stoll wowed us last year with her Game of Thrones fanart, and now she's printing up tons of awesome merch, including buttons, cell phone charms, mini-prints, posters, and sketchbooks, inspired by Adventure Time, Studio Ghibli, Doctor Who, Cowboy Bebop, The Legend of Korra, and more. Pledges start at $5 for a PDF of her sketches, but you get more cool merchandise at higher pledge levels.

Cucumber Quest Book Two

If you're not reading Cucumber Quest, you're missing out on one of webcomics' most hilarious epics. Cucumber and his sister Almond travel the world, hoping to stop the evil Queen Cordelia and the Nightmare Knight. It's an all-ages comic, but also a smart parody of child-centered fantasy epics. Now creator Gigi DG is printing the second volume. For a $10 pledge, you'll receive PDFs of both volumes.