Kickstarter Tuesdays: Postcards In Your Mailbox / Rebuilding Our Game Store


Geek Alabama Kickstarter Projects

This week on Kickstarter Tuesdays on a Wednesday, I am talking about two different projects from across the country since I could not find any projects in Alabama to talk about.  First off, let’s talk about this project from Sean Sullivan.

Postcards In Your Mailbox

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Sean Sullivan takes pictures of people.  He tries to candidly document today’s culture, lifestyle and fashion.  He makes an effort to travel often to broaden his horizons while slapping “Sean Was Here” stickers everywhere he goes.  Sean started the “Sean Was Here” project in 2009 as a way to share these candid moments of life. He has gotten a great response from his photos and he thought it would be a cool idea to try to share them as postcards.  You can view his work at SeanWasHere.com

The purpose of this Kickstarter project is for Sean to be able to share his travel experiences as a photographer by giving you something to look forward too in your mailbox instead of bills and advertisements.  The Kickstarter funds would mostly be used for funding the cost of the postcards, printer, ink, and shipping.  The trip itself is paid for – He has his plane ticket and he is ready to go!  Sean Sullivan will be going to several great cities in Europe including Amsterdam, Berlin, Venice, Rome, Barcelona, the Cinque Terre, the French Riviera, and more!

For each city he spends time in, he will be using his camera to candidly document the culture and lifestyle of that city.  He has a lot of experience with this type of photography over the last few years as he has worked on the Sean Was Here project.  He will then use his portable printer to turn the photos into postcards.  These postcards will be postmarked and mailed from the city the photo originated.  While on the road, he will carry everything he needs in a backpack on his back which will include the portable printer and camera equipment.

As of August 7th, this Kickstarter project has raised around $1,980 of the $1,000 goal they need to be funded.  This project only has 9 days left to raise as much as it can!  For a pledge of $5, you will get one postcard sent to your mailbox!  For a pledge of $40, you will get eight postcards sent to your mailbox!  To learn more about Postcards In Your Mailbox and to pledge money, go to: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1325393180/postcards-in-your-mailbox

Rebuilding Our Game Store

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This project is special, because it’s going toward helping a store to be re-built.  Jon Sakura, owner of Gamers Anonymous, and Buckley Johnson, who owns MetaLogic Computers, runs their small business out of a single storefront close to Albuquerque’s west side.  On July 26th, a torrential rain ended up crashing through the ceiling and the back of their store.  The rainfall ended up cascading down shelves of product, into tubs, bins, and throughout thousands of dollars worth of games and accessories.

Albuquerque, New Mexico experienced a series of volatile storms unlike anything they have ever seen.  The city was ill prepared for such an intense bout of rain, and their local combined-front stores Gamers Anonymous and MetaLogic Computers have undergone some heavy losses during one of the heavy downpours.  For many states that deal with this regularly, it may not seem like much, but in all their years here, they have never seen anything quite like this.

While they have lost a ton of merchandise, they have lost one of the biggest things that is even more important — the ability to operate as a store.  With water seeping into nearly 1/3 of their store, it’s been a tremendous process to get the carpet, walls, and mildew taken care of and figuring out how to get back up to speed.  With the amount of momentum they have lost as a business, they can’t operate, meaning there is no income flow, so in order to find a way to pay bills, rent, and most importantly, our employees.  They are now humbly asking for the assistance of the community that they strive to provide for to help them get back up and running again.  It’s hard to predict how long they will be down for, so in order to get back up and running while they try to figure out their situation pertaining to property insurance, they want to find a way to keep the business active, and that’s where you come in.

To get an idea on how bad this storm was in Albuquerque, here’s two videos showing you the chaos.

As of August 7th, this Indiegogo project has raised around $6,900 of their $15,000 goal.  This project only has 44 days left to raise as much as it can!  For a pledge of $5, you will get a video shoutout for your pledge.  For a pledge of $25, you will get your name engraved on a plaque.  There are many more awesome pledge levels!  To learn more about Rebuilding Our Game Store and to pledge money, go to: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/rebuilding-our-game-store?show_todos=true

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