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Round-Up of retro-gaming crowd funding projects : August 2020

There’s a whole bunch of retro-game related croud funding projects being crowd-funded at the moment – here are a few of our picks. The ones nearer the top of the article are ending soonest, so act fast if you’re interested.

Bear in mind that when you contribute to a crowd-funding campaign, there is no guarantee that even if it is successfully funded, the project will complete, so please contribute at your own risk!


BooK: Retro Tea Breaks

Retro Tea Breaks Vol.1 is a collection of interviews with pioneers who have helped shape the computer, console and video game industry.

As time passes, it is becoming more and more important that we record these voices and first-hand experiences while we still have access to them. That’s my goal with the Retro Tea Break series, and within this book I hope to capture and share these fantastic memories and experiences with you all.

Ends: 13th August 2020
Goal: £6,500 (funded)
Rewards include: Digital and Physical versions of the book, plus mugs and other goodies.
Where: Kickstarter


Dreamcast: Year Two – Unofficial Book

Andrew Dickinson is writing his second book about Sega.s Dreamcast.

Hello and welcome, Dreamers. Thank you for checking out the campaign for ‘Dreamcast: Year Two’, the unofficial story of the highs, lows and discontinuation of Sega’s final console.

Following the success of ‘Dreamcast: Year One’, I was excited to continue the series and bring you the next chapter of this intriguing narrative, as well as new interviews, retrospectives and MORE!

Ends: 27th August 2020
Goal: £12,000 (Now funded)
Rewards include: Digital and Physical versions of the book
Where: Kickstarter


Coin-Op: The Arcade Guide

The “Coin-Op: The Arcade Guide” has been in the making for roughly 8 years now, Darren Doyle wanted to create a visual-heavy book dedicated to Coin-Op arcade games, and so this book was born.  It features a huge collection of amazing arcade titles in one book for the very first time, ranging from the ’80s to the ’90s

Ends: 4th September 2020
Goal: €30,000 (€20,570 funded)
Rewards include: book, posters and other extras
Where: Kickstarter


NES Poly Chiptune Synthesizer

The NES Poly Chiptune Synthesizer is a MIDI-controlled polyphonic synth that emulates the sound of the Nintendo Entertainment System video game console, allowing musicians to create NES / Famicom style chipmusic by simply connecting a MIDI controller. 

The NES Poly Chiptune Synthesizer is designed to work with a variety of MIDI controllers, including keyboards, sequencers, and most other MIDI devices that feature a standard MIDI DIN output. Musicians can even control the synth with a laptop or desktop computer via a MIDI interface cable.   

Ends: 10th August 2020
Goal: $3,000 (currently $241 funded)
Rewards Include: Chiptune synths.
Where: Kickstarter


New ZX Spectrum Next

For those of you who missed out on the ZX Spectrum Next last time round, and want another chance to get in on the action. The new version features a few refinements of the original system.

The ZX Spectrum Next is the evolution of the original Spectrum, the computer Sinclair would perhaps have made if given the chance at the time. Designed by Rick Dickinson (1957 – 2018) and Phil Candy, the Next embodies the very same principles that made the original computer a success: a beautiful look, ease of use right out of the box, endless hacking possibilities and power that punches way above its weight.

Ends: 10th August 2020
Goal: £250,000 (Already funded)
Rewards Include: ZX Spectrum Next Plus, ZX Spectrum Next Plus Accelerated
Where: Kickstarter

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