Best of compilation of 80's RPG zine GLarg! Limited Edition (Canceled)
Legendary RPG Zine GLarg! returns after a third of a century in this Best Of reprint and Limited Edition Signed Hardback book
GLarg! 33.3 - speshal third of a century aniversary commemmorative reprint best of type thing.
What is GLarg!
GLarg! is or was my fanzine from the 80's. It was ostensibly an RPG fanzine but in truth it was just a big mish-mash of scrawlings and writings from me and some of my friends. It was silly, irreverent, childish, hilarious in places but mostly it was a lot of fun. It embraced 'hobby gaming' nerdy geek stuff alongside films, TV and video games.
GLarg! started with the preview issue and the 'curious ad' in White Dwarf's classified section. This was sometime in 1985 when I was just 14. While most zines were A5 sized, GLarg! set the bar even lower with the first 4 issues printed in A6 format (pocket sized!). This was mainly because it cost half as much to print and I was paying for it on a paperboys wages, but it also set GLarg! a little apart, something a bit different.
GLarg! ran to 9 issues in all which included a cross-over with Brain Damage (another fanzine) for issue 4. The page count varied but it was usually about 40 pages and the circulation ranged from 25 copies for the early issues up to 100 copies by the end. A speck of dust amongst the 7.7 billion people in the world today (which was only 4.8 billion in 1985!).
I'll do the maths for you, less than 500 copies of GLarg! were ever printed so it is beyond me that it made any impact at all, yet a little research has shown otherwise.
GLarg! is somehow listed on RPG Geek's periodicals section...
...who describe it as...
a decidedly un-slick 'zine produced in the UK during the late 1980s. It featured hand-written articles and execrable artwork.
The 'zine seems to have focused system-independent games and scenarios.
It has also made it's way onto Tome of Treasures list of fanzines, again, how?
Of course I must mention the review in Professional Commercial Magazine Computer & Video Games (C&VG) issue 74 (December 1987) on page 96 ...
...who have this to say...
The smallest and wackiest of them all. The Young Ones of fanzines!! I loved the solo adventure What the hell do I do with these hippy trousers, which is crazy. The editor must be mad, honest! The reviews of the F.R.P. material on the other hand are well written and informative. The artwork is weird to say the least, but understandable.
...I also found this...
Robert Rees, the creator of a later fanzine called Carnel cited GLarg! as an influence...
What zines have influencedcarnel?
The obvious ones are the earliest fanzines so definitely Imazine, Glarg and (surprisingly) Intellect Devourer.
...and then goes on to say...
My first fanzines were Imazine and Intellect Devourer (both about roleplaying) and more formatively Glarg! which was nominally about roleplaying but was actually a humourous mess which was intelligent, scathing and funny. Glarg was a real mess, written on the editor's mother's electric typewriter and "pasted" on the photocopier. Reading it now it might seem like unsophisticated Sixth Form teen surrealism (which is what it is strangely enough). However if you are only in the third year these things seem strange, alien, funny, intelligent and mystifying.
What is this Best Of?
This best of edition collects together some of the best bits I could find in the extant issues of GLarg!. I have the preview issue, issues 1 - 3, issue 6 and about 90% of issue 8.
This edition runs to a whopping 100 pages and comes in A4 size. Because of the new format, and wanting to cram in as much as I could, everything has been slightly re-jigged to fit nicer, but everything has been cut and pasted from the original issues, it is all raw 1980's GLarg! goodness.
The insides are rich black and white monochrome but the outsides celebrate modern colour printing techniques with this never before seen colourised cover.
Despite it's immaturity and lack of sophistication, I am hugely proud of GLarg! and have wanted to preserve what's left of it in a slightly more robust format.
I am also considering a new fanzine (possibly to be called FUCT) which I may be putting out later this year. So this seems like a good way to test the water and see what interest there is.
I heard about this 'Old School Revival' in the RPG world and indeed Kickstarter's Zine Quest just last month, it seems like there is no better time than last month! GLarg! was always late anyway!
What's in it?
One of the main features of GLarg! was the solo adventure which was a cut down version of the Fighting Fantasy/Choose your own adventure type books which were very popular at the time. I have managed to squeeze 4 of these into the best of.
There is a glut of cartoons including Fud the muscular chappy, Perpotaters, The adventures of Peter Greenaway, Aliun and many others.
There's a little bit of fiction, a single page of poetry, reviews of zines, video games and comics. And lots of rather silly skits for want of a better word including Star Trek, The A Team o.n.o, and What the fuck is going on in V?
What are my options?
It comes in 3 versions to suit your pocket and your obsessive nature.
For those who want the hit without the shit there is a PDF version for just £2 english.
For the real GLarg! experience you can get the paperback version for just £10.
If you are hardcore to the bone and have a bank account to match you can get the deeply exclusive Limited Edition hardback version. These are limited to just 133 copies and will be signed and numbered by me, Steve Hampson (aka Gublin), the creator and editor of GLarg!.
I also have a limited number (12) of GLarg! Ambassador rewards. This is for true zine overlords, you get a LtdEd hardback and 3 copies of the paperback version to share with your friends. More than that you get PDFs of all extant issues of GLarg! (preview, 1, 2, 3, 6, and most of 8) with my permission to distribute them, print them, stick them on your website or whatever, for fun or profit. This is for anyone who wants to keep GLarg! alive for future generations to coo over, you have my blessing and the PDFs to make it easier.
If the project is popular, the printing costs will come down so as a little bonus extra, if funding exceeds £1000 I will include the Free Cut Out Dave Lyons Mask from issue 6 with all printed copies at no extra cost. Do we dare to dream?
PDFs will be available to download from my Googledrive, you will be sent a link on the 14th April 2019 when the pledges are billed.
Printed copies will be professionally printed, I have some proof copies on order and will put up some pictures in the updates section when they arrive.
Printing will be ordered once I receive the funds and mailed out to you as soon as possible, I would expect you to receive them in early May 2019.
Thanks for reading this far, I hope you will back me.
Risks and challenges
The work is done and I have some proof copies on order.
I have done all my maths and can provide everything at the stated costs and timescales even with a low take up.
I have set the project goal at £250 to avoid losing money in the event of a very small take up.
I think everything is pretty much a safe bet, but I will keep you all informed if anything unexpected crops up.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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