I know, I know, Kickstarter this, and Kickstarter that—but this is a very different sort of Kickstarter project. You won't get a exciting box full of miniatures, a leatherbound killer megadungeon, or a deluxe version of a board game classic. Instead, you will get a piece of history in danger of being lost to time.
The folks behind the Kickstarter project, "Dungeons & Dragons: A Documentary," have a simple goal: tell the story of the origins and impact of Dungeons & Dragons. You would think that such a story may have been told before, and it has, in bits and pieces. But the full story is far more complicated and labyrinthine than one might suspect. Today, we might take the existence of roleplaying games for granted, but there was a time where it was a very new thing. Cooperative storytelling, with dice and rules, a game where you didn't just read about Aragorn, Conan, and Gandalf—you could be them—that was a very new thing indeed, and a concept that had far-reaching influences on culture and technology. Closer to home for both the company and a great portion of the staff is a very simple fact.
We would not be here if it weren't for Dungeons & Dragons.
Even if we didn't start out playing Dungeons & Dragons, the degrees of separation between the games that we did play aren't very far at all. Both Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson have passed, and Iconoscope Films & Westpaw Films have teamed up to get the origins of our favorite pastime recorded, straight from the mouths of those that were there and those that it affected.
As with any Kickstarter, the more money you pledge, the better goodies you get. Starting out with a simple "Thank You", to a high definition digital download of the documentary, to DVD and Blu-Ray versions of the documentary, t-shirts, books, a poster-sized reprint of the original 1976 Greyhawk cover, all sorts of exciting things. But most of all, you can help make sure that this story is told and recorded, in a way that even non-gamers can appreciate, and in a way that doesn't trivialize how much of an impact a couple of guys from the Midwest had on an entire generation who didn't know they were gamers yet.
Check out the wide variety of roleplaying games right here at Paizo, check out the "Dungeons & Dragons: A Documentary" Kickstarter, and read even more about the project at their website (they're lookin' for archival footage and photos from the 70s and 80s too)!