Let's get one thing out the way to start with: I've never been a fan of games that are "powered by the Apocalypse".
Something about the game - something in its mechanics and terminology simply never clicked with me, and so, as a rule, I've subsequently skipped any products with that rules engine, despite the appeal of their setting (e.g. MASHED).
However, if ever there was going to be a setting that would make me give the game mechanics a second look it would be one that capitalised on my all-time favourite work of literature (Alice In Wonderland*) and two of my favourite movies (The Wizard Of Oz and Labyrinth).
Girl Underground, by Lauren McManamon and Jesse Ross, does just that, with the incredible added bonus that, via its Kickstarter, you can pick up the entire game (in 'zine form) for just $9 (print plus PDF)... which includes global shipping!
Unsurprisingly, Girl Underground hit its $500 funding target in its first hour and smashed through all its initial stretch goals in its first day.
It's currently more than 1,000% funded!
This booklet is part of Kickstarter's Zine Quest this month, encouraging the creation of old school-style RPG fanzines.
Unfortunately, the majority of these projects are not shipping print copies outside the United States... and a 'zine isn't really a 'zine if you can't hold it in your hands.
Girl Underground's Kickstarter campaign will remain open until March 6.
Check out full details of the project, including explanations of the make-up of the game, pictures of the 'zine, sample playbooks, investor incentives etc on the fundraising campaign's page.