Film and TV

Houston Kickstarter Round-Up: August with Miss Leslie

Once a month we'll be bringing you a look at some of the best local Kickstarter campaigns in order to let you know what's getting ready to be unleashed through the help of small investors.

Harold L. Davis Jr. of Zendoart is looking to bring a classic, top-down RPG game to iOS called Noble Path. The game follows a young man who must take up his father's sword to defend his town as a reluctant hero. All animation will be hand drawn, with a few extra computer effects. Combat will use a combo system that will get progressively longer as the game begins.

The team is asking an absurdly low amount to launch the project, and some of the rewards are truly unique. Only $5 is needed to earn a copy of the game itself, but big-money backers at the $1,200 range get a real-life wooden replicate of Kiero's sword. Should the goal be exceeded, the team is looking to port the game to Linux, Mac, PC, Android and Ouya.

Goal: $6,500 by September 6

If you don't know Miss Leslie, then you must be new to town. The local country superstar is one of our greatest treasures. She's looking to do her third original album with a little help from the city that she enriches so much with her angelic honky tonk tones. Among the songs we can expect is a tune called "After the Storm" that speaks eloquently about the devastation of Houston in the wake of Hurricane Ike.

Included in the project is Miss Leslie's first eBook, a selection of entries from her popular blog as well as lyrics and poetry. I suggest the $30 donation for best value, which includes a signed physical copy of the album, a download, the eBook, a special disc of five unreleased demos, and free admission to the CD release party in Spring.

Goal: $10,000 by September 6

Seems like lately we're just up to our eyeballs in documentaries about our apparently second-rate music scene. (Seriously? San Antonio?) Derek Norman has spent the last two years documenting live footage and interviews with metal bands in the city. Now he's just looking to bring Heavy in Houston to physical medium for public consumption. It'll sit nicely on your shelf with When We Ruled H-Town and the Cardi's doc. Norman isn't asking for much, and the top level is actually your best deal, with a copy of the DVD and an 11 x 17 poster for only $20.

Goal: $900 by October 6

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Jef Rouner (not cis, he/him) is a contributing writer who covers politics, pop culture, social justice, video games, and online behavior. He is often a professional annoyance to the ignorant and hurtful.
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