Publisher Noble Beast has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a “transmedia” series of novellas that merge steampunk with the history of the American Revolution.

Steam Patriots will be published across a wide range of platforms, including PDF, ebook, paperback, audiobook, interactive web book and iPad app (hence “transmedia”). The books will feature animation, diagrams, interactive maps and audio, along with social features that will allow readers to share comments within the story.

Unsurprisingly, the project is likely to prove rather expensive and the company has set a $100,000 goal on Kickstarter – $62,000 for production and $41,000 for marketing.

Noble Beast has history in this area: earlier this year it hit Kickstarter to raise money for its Steampunk Holmes series.