StarQuail Games' Michael Stearns (creator of Astroman) has launched a Kickstarter campaign for Tiny Barbarian DX, a greatly expanded follow-up to his freeware 2D action game Tiny Barbarian.

Inspired by pulp fantasy (Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian, in particular), Tiny Barbarian stars a 17-pixel-tall warrior on an episodic quest, during which he will "ride a bumblebee," "bite a vulture," and "outsmart a puma made of liquid metal," among other outlandish feats. A gameplay sample is available here. The new combat system looks like a lot of fun!

Tiny Barbarian DX's funding goal is set at $12,000. Backer rewards include downloadable copies of the game ($8), buttons ($35), physical boxed editions ($70), and backer-specific Easter Eggs that may never be discovered by other players ($500).