In the history of video games few fandoms can compare with the extreme amounts of passion exhibited by EarthBound lovers. As a testament to how strong this community really is, Fangamer have just launched a Kickstarter project titled You Are Now EarthBound. The full scope of the project comes in four parts. First, they want to produce a physical and digital book titled Travel Eagleland the EarthBound Way. This 250 page title will be doused in 90s design aesthetics and provide a lovely companion for playing and enjoying EarthBound.
Next up is the documentary Earthbound, USA. Depending on the tier you can nab it as a single DVD, two-disc DVD set (second disc is bonus content), or even a Blu-Ray copy. So far tons of content has already been shot for the documentary. Viewers can expect to see interviews with people whose lives and jobs were touched by a run-in with an oddball SNES RPG. Here’s just a small sampling of interviewees: Ashly Burch, Frank Cifaldi, Tim Schafer.
Then there is a music CD by Bad Dudes titled Psychokinetic Album. This album will feature tracks inspired by the entire Mother series. Finally, a zine is also being produced (called the Psychokinetic Zine). Zines are basically fan-created magazines. It will feature 80 pages of awesome fan artwork and writing, which you can sample at the official Tumblr.
All in all, You Are Now EarthBound is a ridiculously massive multi-tiered campaign. As such, Fangamer is asking for $100,000 to make it all a reality. If this first day of funding is any indicator they’re going to decimate that goal very soon. Here’s hoping they’ve got some excellent stretch goals in mind!