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Zombie Fortification Cabin

Welcome back, good-doers, to another article in the fantabulous "The kickstarter and the kickstarted" series - my ongoing look into the perilous, yet extremely rewarding, world of crowdfunding. This time, I'm going to dabble the petrified Zombie wallet into an intriguing new venture coming jointly from Tiger Sheds and Zombie Infection. The title of his campaign sums up everything you need to know (though you should really keep reading for more of my amazing word use): The World's First Zombie Proof Cabin.

You may remember that last Halloween (a time of year where thoughts of ghosties, ghouls and goblins plague people's minds), I reported on the epic Zombie Fortification Cabin (ZFC-1) designed and put up for sale by Tiger Sheds on their delicious website - http://www.tigersheds.com/product/zombie-fortification-cabin-zfc-1/.

This, while extremely cool and high on my apocalyptic wish-list, was far out of my price range. However, there is still hope for my dreams. Tiger Sheds have joined forces with Zombie Infection - a team of enthusiasts who run impossibly groovy, Zombie filled scenarios for the like-minded to attend - in an attempt to create a fun-packed, Zombie survival experience with an actual pre-built, real-world Zombie Fortification Cabin at its rotten core. This could be, and if it gains the 120,000 funding the kickstarter campaign asks for, will be, absolutely incredible.

However, I do have my worries about the kickstarter campaign, or, in a more positive light, areas that I think the organisers could, and definitely should, improve on. Firstly, much of what entices me to pledge my hard-earned Zombie coins (read: pounds) to a kickstarter campaign is a quality pitch video and, while this campaign does have a video, it is just the same "virtual tour" of the Zombie Fortification Cabin that is on the Tiger Sheds website. The video (which must be kept to only a few minutes in length) is a major selling tool - it should draw me in and give me an overview of the project and those involved. Secondly, there is not much information given as to what the event will actually be. I realise that a lot of the concrete details will still be up in the air until the minimum funding goal is reached but I, and I'm sure most hard-working Zed fans share the same attitude, am not overly eager to pledge money into a project with the simple aim of building a shed - even if it is a really, really cool one. This lack of concrete event format is actually a good thing too - opening up scope for some fun pledge levels and stretch goals.

© Zombies are coming, be ready. | Zombie Infection facebook page

Saying that, the project is gradually, slowly creeping towards its 120,000 goal. However, with the campaign ending on 12th November, it's going to need something major to transform the slow, stumbling march of funds into rampant hordes of monies, flowing as fast and as freely as humans infected with a 28 Days Later Rage virus. I desperately hope this project reaches, and even exceeds, its minimum funding level - Britain needs more Zombie events so that we, the inhabitants of this great and infection-free nation, are ready for when the dead don't stay dead. If that is something you believe as well, point your favoured web browser at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1824039043/the-worlds-first-zombie-proof-cabin and pledge now - your help is badly needed.

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