|Cover art for Horrors of the Sepulchre by Del Teigeler|
Almost entirely down to my "three rules" and particularly the ridiculously steep increase in trans-Atlantic shipping costs, which has seen some projects having to ask for over $20 to simply ship a slim zine from the States to our Brexit-benighted and isolated isle.
If the cost of shipping exceeds the price of the book or zine, I will always think twice (and usually my wallet screams 'nooooooo!' at that point).
During Zine Quest 2 I backed 18 projects (five of which have still to materialise it has to be said), whereas this year, so far, I've only supported eight, all of which have not only conformed to "three rules" but have also erred heavily on the side of being incredibly affordable.
A Small Collection of Flowers & Entanglements has already wrapped, but I've also pledge my backing to two other zines this week.
Old School & Cool, Volume 2 is the sequel to a great little OSR zine I backed in a previous Zine Quest, and while this issue focuses more on "sci-fi", given the utility of the first issue I'm sure I'll be able to get something out of this one for my home campaign.
I mean, who doesn't love uplifted and mutant apes?
|Art by Wind Lothamar for Old School & Cool, Vol 2|
Old School & Cool, Vol 2 promises a "wretched future, replete with mutant apes, giant robots, and wasteland marauders" and gives an idea of its contents on its Kickstarter page:
- New Sci-Fi Classes! Think you can survive a post-apoc hellscape? Maybe you can, if you play as one of our Mutant Apes, Mech Masters, or Wasteland Warriors.
- Awesome Vehicles! Killer bikes, wasteland contraptions, modded hot-rods, spider-mechs, oh my!
- Rules for Psychic Combat! The ultimate battle is a battle of the mind!
- Random Tables! Ahimsa is the master of randomness!
- A Mini-Adventure in the Far Future! Packed with surprises and a totally rad map!
The NPC Gallery, by Feral Indie Studio, is an "NPC catalogue filled to the brim with portraits and profiles of mundane and strange characters alike."
Being a crap artist who usually relies on film or TV stills to provide visual images for his games, I fully embrace anything that can help me in that department and this little zine perfectly fits the bill.
Illustrated by Alex Coggon, The NPC Gallery will include, at least (depending on the number of stretch goals reached) 36 portrait illustrations and profiles; Deception, Persuasion, and Intimidation ranking; a random mannerisms table; and a random name table.
Horrors of The Sepulchre, by Steve C of the excellent Dice Roll Zine and Hog Town Games, says it was inspired by Gary Gygax's legendary Tomb of Horrors, but is aimed at characters of level four to seven... and that was enough to convince me to opt in on this campaign.
Echoing its inspiration, the 28-page adventure will include a separate four-page mini-booklet of illustrations.
The module has been written to be compatible with most old school gaming systems.