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A role-playing zine about a weird little town near the armpit of America, featuring declassified and irreverent confabulations.
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Thirty long years ago, I had two important tasks: collect all the grocery carts before closing time, and follow some wild upperclassmen into the thankless arena of local monster disposal. I was better at the former; they had a knack for following dripping entrails down unlit streets. Permission to talk about the unreal encounters has been given by an insipid substratum of the government, due in part to the lack of proven felonious activities. We were careful about that; in 1988 you could tie a zombie to the train tracks and say the mess was a deer instead. However, instead of just writing about the good old days of after-school horror, I want you to enjoy the creepy chronicle in a RPG of my design!

CHTHONIC CORNBELT is twelve pages of B/W retro resources with the typical essentials like a game map, beastiary, and list of handy equipment. The tone I'm shooting for is easier to relate if I name some film productions from the 1980s that captured it. Just blend "REPO MAN", "The Lost Boys", and "Night of the Comet" in your head like a Venn diagram. The game takes place during the last years of high school, so no cute kids looking for pirate treasure or frozen waffles are in the cast. Macabre things are close enough to touch, like the flensed cow head pictured on the zine cover. That photo had made it into my yearbook.

BACKER REWARDS

In my spare time I've designed other gaming scenarios, which I'll share with backers as a reward. The Library of Brainy Grist is digital, and covers more genres than just excellent 80s pulp. For the curious, you can also find my adventures in a fantasy game magazine called FIGHT ON! Finally, here is a sample spread from CHTHONIC CORNBELT detailing the neon hub of Gen-X reality, and a montage of nerdy works from the Library.

  •  TWO DOLLAR REWARD: One bonus game from the Library of your choice.
  •  SIX DOLLAR REWARD: Access to all digital content, no less than three bonus games!
I'm down at Waldenbooks or playing GORGAR in the Arcade...
I'm down at Waldenbooks or playing GORGAR in the Arcade...
Full of Elves, Dwarves, Astronauts, Barbarians, and Kungfu Masters!
Full of Elves, Dwarves, Astronauts, Barbarians, and Kungfu Masters!

Risks and challenges

The content I'm offering is complete; the printing job will be forwarded to Smartpress. The Library of Brainy Grist is in a state of flux, since its current online node is being shuttered by Google. I will have to move the digital offerings to a new host (or email zipped files), and facilitate the mailing of an unknown number of printed zines. Barring a computing or cosmic catastrophe, I don't believe any one part will require additional time.

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