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5 Quirky Kickstarter Projects With Less Than 24 Hours To Go

These are not your gaming blockbuster Kickstarter projects. However, that shouldn't keep you from hopping in on these at the last moment.

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While the Tim Schafer Kickstarter saw an onslaught of new projects eager to emulate Double Fine's unusual level of success, Kickstarter has been around for a fair while prior, and there are plenty of smaller projects now getting lost in the fray.

Here are five quirky projects with less than a day to go. Each has already been fully financed, but can still be backed for a slice of what is being offered.

Let's call this the 'April' edition.

1. Humans vs. Zombies Documentary


HvZ, or Humans vs. Zombies is, "...a game of moderated tag. The purpose of the game is to survive as a 'human' in a simulated zombie apocalypse, so to speak. The humans can defend themselves using Nerf blasters or socks."

This documentary Kickstarter aims, "to capture the energy and spirit of HvZ during the Spring 2012 game on the RIT campus in Rochester, NY."

Granted, this is essentially a university project. However, as far as Kickstarters go, it asked a very modest sum, and the potential to see an entire game, "of HvZ from start to finish, including all the pre-planning that goes into the game, and the aftermath," is all too tempting.

Perfect For: Preparing for the inevitable zombie invasion. Also, date night.

Featured Donor Level: $5 or more gets you a digital copy of this film upon completion.

Check out the Kickstarter here.

2. Silber Mini-Comics Collection


This project is all about delivering unique comics in an unusual format: in the size of a pack of matches.

Each is handcrafted, and features zine-style artwork, touching on a variety of themes that range from Lovecraft to Westerns.

Perfect For: The next time you run out of things to say at a bar, you can use one of these to amaze everyone in the vicinity and strike up a brand new batch of conversation.

"Who's got comics in their pockets? I do!"

Featured Donor Level: $5 or more gets you a collection of eight of these mini-comics, selected at random.

Check out the Kickstarter here.

3. Random Dungeon Generator as a Dungeon Map


D&D fans take note - this project promises an, "...illustrated 36" by 24" playable dungeon map poster [that] encapsulates the Dungeon Master's Guide's complete rules for generating random dungeons."

They must be doing something right, as this project has been funded at over 1,300% of its original goal, at $26,000 out of the initial $2,000. It just goes to show - if you have what a niche wants and don't go too overboard on the goal for your Kickstarter project, you might just find your funding (and then some).

Perfect For: Getting you and your friends hopelessly addicted to D&D. Or for aiding it.

Featured Donor Level: $17 or more gets you a copy of this playable dungeon and poster.

Check out the Kickstarter here.


4. PHX Desk Organizer


Chances are, you're probably sitting at a desk right now. What do desks need? Things! What else do desks need? Things to put those things in!

Well, if that is the case, this Kickstarter might be for you. This project promises a nifty little gizmo in which to place pens and the like. Perhaps if I had one of these, I wouldn't always be wondering where all the pens got to. Then again, perhaps not - I seem to have a penchant for losing things. Like pens.

Perfect For: Pens! Or Father's Day. Probably both, in fact.

Featured Donor Level: $50 gets you your very own spacey desk organizer.

Check out the Kickstarter here.

5. Shakespeare Iraq


Shakespeare Iraq is a Kickstarter project that aims to bring an Iraqi Shakespeare group to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. This specific actors troupe was the first known group to perform Shakespeare publicly in Iraq, which is pretty darn cool.

Perfect For: Turning negative Iraqi stereotypes on their head, and building new, peaceful bridges with one of the most beloved human traditions - Shakespeare.

Featured Donor Level: $10 or more gets you a singing thank-you ringtone in Arabic and English by a cast member.

Check out the Kickstarter here.

As with any explosion of popularity, many in the gaming community in particular are starting to see Kickstarter as a passing fad, and are already beginning to sicken of any mention.

That said, I think Kickstarter is worth more than the scorn of a dying fad. It's been around for a while, and hopefully the people that are interested in helping unique and interesting projects come to fruition, stick around.

Whether you love Kickstarter or already are sick of it, you've got to admit - it's an interesting platform, and has the capability of making some unusual things a reality.

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