Mostly because my computer refuses to cooperate when I try to donate myself, here is some shameless advertising for something very cool!
The Arkh Project is an effort to create a fantasy video game focusing on queer folk and PoC, groups often either left out entirely of games or portrayed only through token characters for the sake of variety.
From their Indiegogo page:
The Arkh Project is a group of amazing people getting together in an attempt to raise funds and create a video game completely off the beaten path. People of Color are often tokenized in video games, leaving them to play one of very few roles. Queer people are consistently left in the dust in meaningless relationships, or relationships that are mocked. We’re looking to turn that upside down. This game is for people who don’t get to be fantasy and sci-fi heroes! This game is to help normalize the millions of other people who play video games!
Tired of your 50 millionth zombie survival horror? Tired of Final Fantasy doing another steampunk-y high fantasy game with the same character and story model? Want something so completely off the beaten track that we are appealing directly to its fanbase to help it live?
You’re in the right place.
Follow the story of a deity bored with life amongst the gods, who leaves to find a purpose in life. Reincarnate your deity onto numerous worlds, live through the lives of others and gain life experience…but watch your God Energy, you need a lot of it to continue your astral journey. Fight monsters only you can see, sometimes around very particular civilians who refuse to get the heck out of your way. And most of all, see a game and a story that the big wigs refuse to give!
Lots of cool information, concept art and photos, and ways to help out are gathered over at the Arkh Project’s tumblr, but all the major info is easily available over here, where you can also donate to the cause! They’re very close to the first donation goal, which will pay for character concept art!