I've yet to back a single thing on Kickstarter, but this project may 'force' me to pop my cherry. It's an open source Death Star. "In November 2012 the people asked for a death star," begins the intro. "The government said NO!
"In light of continuing threats we should build it ourselves."
Oh man, this is just the best thing ever.
The Kickstarter itself is asking for 20 million pounds (roughly $30 million Australian). That's just to cover the "more detailed plans and enough chicken wire to protect reactor exhaust ports".
The first stretch goal is where things get interesting. The team is looking for $850,000,000,000,000,000 to build the Death Star, but never fear: the team is using open source hardware and software to keep costs down. Good job.
There is however, one major risk for this venture...
The only risk is the power of the Force.
The main challenge is assuring Kickstarter that this is a joke and not a serious project. As proof, the goal has been set high enough to make successful funding almost impossible.
So yeah, obviously a fake. But I'm totally going to donate, safe in the knowledge that I will receive this reward for my pledge...
Our thanks and the knowledge that we're one step towards a safer planet.