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a #zinequest full of mini-rpgs about metatextuality, perspective, and creating new meanings.
a #zinequest full of mini-rpgs about metatextuality, perspective, and creating new meanings.
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Synthesis is my love letter to video essays and breaking the 4th wall. It will contain a collection of mini-rpgs about creating new meaning from text, looking from different perspectives, and metatextuality, in a 5.5" x 8.5" handmade zine format. 

The zine is going to have a very handmade, DIY aesthetic, and I don't want to give away all my plans just yet (because they're very cool and I need to figure out what works before I commit to anything specific) but the cover will be made of something unique, and the title will be stamped on with a custom stamp. A huge part of my desire to make this zine was my love of crafting that I had forgotten in recent years, so I'm very committed to making the print zine as unique and interesting as I can.

You can read a draft preview of two of the games that will be featured in the zine right here

My stretch goal is to put a few small pieces of writing and art based on playtests of the games, so extra funds will go to paying people for that. I'd like to get at least 3 creators and pay them at least $25, so if/when the project hits its goal I'll start looking into those logistics in earnest. UPDATE: I have five contributors for this project as of now, see update #2 and update #5 for more details.

If you're interested in receiving more than one copy of Synthesis, don't hesitate to message me on here or dm me on twitter (link below).

You can find my other rpgs at metagame.itch.io, all for pay what you want, and you can contact me on twitter @jaceaddax.

Risks and challenges

I'm not partnering with any other groups that would complicate this process, so there isn't much to be worried about. The only risk is that I get a bit bogged down in schoolwork this semester, but I'm far enough in my classes now to be confident that won't be a problem. Plus, this campaign will end a few days before my spring break, where I'll have a whole week to get everything printed and shipped!

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    Early access to bonus mini-rpgs

    When I finish writing all of the $15 custom rpgs, you'll be the first to get free access to that pdf.

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    Custom mini-rpg

    send me a prompt and i'll write you a short rpg based off it!

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    Director's Commentary

    Included with your print zine, get a page of my handwritten notes from writing one of the games, along with some additional notes explaining the process of writing that game, what I was trying to do with it, and anything else I think is interesting.

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