Nerdsourcing: Building A Better Card Deck, Adding Drama To D&D, And Playing With Music

Posted October 9, 2012 - By Alex Rubens

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Nerdsourcing finds you the best crowd sourcing projects from Kickstater, Indiegogo, and other such sites, and brings them straight to your wallet. Give, help spread the word, or just find out what’s going to be the hot new thing in the future; nerdsourcing is there to help support the dreamers out there looking to make the impossible a reality or those looking for the next big thing an edge on the competition. Time is limited to fund these projects so don’t wait to long.


If you’re anything like me, you’ve got a go-to deck of cards for simple games, but they’re usually just cheap packs that can be found in the checkout isle of the grocery store or a deck that you picked up on your last trip to Vegas. We don’t really take the time to find a good pair of cards, mostly because they all tend to feel the same and don’t provide any real benefit to upgrade. That’s no longer the case with Bohemia playing cards.

Now, there’s no real benefit to changing cards, but if you’re going to be using your cards, you might as well get a set that looks beautiful, and the Bohemia playing cards fit that perfectly. Each card has a hand-painted design that’s extremely unique and unlike anything you’ll find on another set of cards.

Reward: You can grab three decks for only $24.


At first glance, people might think of Dysis as nothing more than a Minecraft clone, but they would severely mistaken. Instead, Dysis is a hybrid real-time strategy/first-person shooter that tasks you with manipulating the environment of a strange, alien planet that you crash land on at the beginning of the game. You must research, mine, and defend yourself against enemy forces until you are able to escape.

This is all done from the top-down RTS vantage point, but at any time, you can switch over to control a single unit, giving you a more precise and direct control over the outcome. It works exceptionally well and is beautiful from both the top-down and first-person perspectives.

Reward: A $10 pledge will net you beta access of Dysis, which will eventually become the full game.


From acclaimed designer Robin D. Laws comes Hillfolk, a roleplaying game centering on the Iron Age conflict. It utilizes his new roleplaying rules system, DramaSystem, which focuses more immersion and involvement in the story and character rather than thinking about the rules and gameplay. It helps the players to craft narratives around the characters, rather than thinking about their next move.

The project itself is nearly finished; it really just needs art and a proper layout and printing. Everything is presented in an elegant manner that follows the same basic design principle of wanting to immerse players as much as possible. Since it’s reached a specific stretch goal, the unique DramaSystem is available under an open-license to anyone who wants to use it for other games. That’s worth backing the project alone.

Reward: A print edition of the finished book and a preview draft in PDF is available for a $25 pledge.


James Hillery believes that you shouldn’t just listen to your music, but you should play it. That’s why his first indie game, Impulse, lets you experience your music in a unique new way. It’s a new type of visualizer - one that is interactive, rather than just something to have on the screen while your music plays.

It takes cues from Geometry Wars and Guitar Hero, tasking the player with surviving the entire song by defending yourself from enemies in the environment. You use beams of light that irradiate from your player based on the music that is being played. It’s an extremely unique and ambitious project that can really only thrive through direct fan support on something like Kickstarter. Right now, it’s working on the PC, Mac, and Linux platforms, but Hillery has plans to bring it to Ouya and make it playable with the Oculus Rift.

Reward: A $10 pledge will get you a DRM-free digital copy of the game.

Nerdsourcing: Building A Better Card Deck, Adding Drama To D&D, And Playing With Music


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