Kickstart This: Zoneplex, Lawnmower Racing, DDP
in which, in the spirit of our recent D.C. Giving Guide, we recommend some worthy Kickstarter projects
THE PROJECT: Zoneplex, a new board game (!) masterminded by former D.C. indie vet Shelby Cinca (Frodus, The Cassettes) and his pal Kenny Jakobsson, in which you, a warrior monk, must gain control of an alien pyramid spacecraft at the center of a black hole. In board-game talk, Zoneplex "combines a tile-laying/exploration mechanism, a collaborative battle system, and a zone control system to create an intriguing adventure deep within an alien structure." Groovy.
ASK: $12,000, ending Feb. 25
KARMA SCORE: As high as the universe is vast.
THE PROJECT: On Your Mark, Get Set, MOW, a documentary about lawnmower racing by D.C. filmmaker Mike Ratel. The film focuses not on the sport's more chaotic possibilities but its more charitable side—specifically, an annual lawnmower race in Michigan that raises money to combat Huntington's Disease. If all of that isn't sentimental enough, Arlo Guthrie manages to appear.
ASK: $2,500, ending Feb. 13.
KARMA SCORE: 8
THE PROJECT: DDP, or Decentralized Dance Party, which looks like it's basically the worst shit ever. Here's the deal, so you know I'm not phoning in this blog feature: Founded in Vancouver, DDP is a flash mob-style itinerant rave involving an iPod, a backpack with an FM transmitter, and however many people with boomboxes show up. Its organizers have Miami Vice suits, at least one fake mustache, and a line chart that says "PARTY." There is a dude in a monkey suit. And it is apparently coming here soon. Watch the video and despair.
ASK: $1,000, ending Feb. 10.
KARMA SCORE: -30.