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A Cyberpunk roleplaying games and culture zine. #ZineQuest
A Cyberpunk roleplaying games and culture zine. #ZineQuest
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Technical Dissonance - A Cyberpunk FanZine

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"We were waist deep in the effluvia of the Apex Pharmaceuticals data stream when we realized that this job was going way too easily.  Zed got twitchy on the wire and pinged the folks outside on their comms to tell them to be on the lookout.  Fortunately, Poppy set her eyes to cycle the infra-red, and she sighted the targeting lasers from the stealthed VTOL that Apex' security had subcontracted coming in from the east..." 

Preliminary Issue 1 cover illustration by Kelly Ness
Preliminary Issue 1 cover illustration by Kelly Ness

Technical Dissonance is a Cyberpunk Zine devoted primarily to providing resources for tabletop cyberpunk themed RPGs, as well as exploring the rich diverse culture around the genre. Each quarter we'll produce system neutral locations, NPCs, corporations, and a few mini-settings that you can slot into your game of Shadowrun, The Sprawl, GURPS, Cyberpunk 2020, or any other rules system you're working with.  You can expect quality original creative content in the form of short fiction, an ongoing cyberpunk comic, and original illustrations and art throughout the issues. We'll also include movie, music and video game reviews to help provide more inspiration for your game. Every issue will also include special features, such as exclusive interviews, to add a little something extra to your enjoyment of the zine.

This #zinequest kickstarter is to start production on a full year of quarterly issues, and pay for the print runs on each.  After the Kickstarter, we'll assess whether Technical Dissonance can and should continue as a serial publication, and if we decide to continue it we'll move to Patreon for additional funding. Our Kickstarter Subscriber level backers will receive an invitation to renew at a discounted rate from the cover price.

Working title graphic for the zine
Working title graphic for the zine

Project Summary

The first issue will be a ~28 page 5.5" by 8.5" saddle-stitched zine.  The cover will be black and white original art printed on 110lb paper with interior pages on standard-weight paper. 

The first issue will contain:

  • A review of The Sprawl by Hamish Cameron
  • Details on 2 frozen, cold  themed locations and settings for your game by Adam Ness
  • A rogues gallery of wage slaves, hackers, and tough guys usable in any cyberpunk game
  • Book, movie and video game reviews
  • Original Short fiction by Aaron James
  • An original comic by Kelly Ness
  • A short scenario by Aaron James
  • An exclusive interview with members of the band Invocation Array 
  • Exclusive original artwork by  Kelly Ness and/or Aaron James

Future Plans

After the first issue is released, we'll be releasing 3 additional issues on a quarterly basis, including similar contents to the first issue, each in keeping with a theme for the issue. Our first issue will be shipped in May, second in August, third in November, and our final issue will ship in February 2020.  

#ZineQuest

We're publishing this as part of KickStarter's  ZineQuest 2019 


STRETCH GOALS

1. Noodle Bowl - $150

Have you ever been curious what people eat in the Urban Sprawl? If we reach $1650 in funding, we'll include at least one recipe in each issue from the cyberfuture. We promise to make it tasty AND fun!

2. Wall-to-Wall Mini-Tunes - $300

Even Megacorps need to advertise sometimes, and if we reach $1800 in funding, they'll take out a few ads in our zine! Funny, interesting, or just plain weird, I'm sure they'll "ad" value to your experience. Hehe. Ok, I'm a bad person, I realize that. Also, you can experience the irony of paying money to view ads - just like going to the movies, or watching Hulu! Yay!!

Risks and challenges

This is the first publication that we have done, so we are likely to run into several issues, but we're being conservative with the publication schedule to compensate for that risk. The first issue is about half finished with writing and art, so layout is the next step. We're going to be working with our printer for the first time, so very early on we'll be creating samples to verify quality and speed of printing. Fortunately, this is a very small and simple print run, so we should be fine even if we just need to take it to the local Kinkos.

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    Virtual - PDF Copy of Our First Issue

    In addition to getting your name in our first issue and on our website as a thank you for your participation, you will receive a PDF copy of the first issue of the Technical Dissonance Cyberpunk Zine.

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    Meat - 1 Physical Copy of our 1st Issue

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    Virtual Subscriber - All 4 issues as PDF

    In addition to having your name credited on our website and in the first issue of Technical Dissonance, you'll receive a PDF only version of all 4 of our quarterly issues as they come out. And if we decide to continue publishing the zine after the first year, you'll get an invitation to continue your subscription at a discounted price.

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    Subscriber- Get all 4 issues!

    As a Subscriber, you will receive recognition with your name in our first issue and on our website, and you will receive PDF and paper copies of all 4 of our quarterly issues as they come out (1st Issue estimated in May 2019). If the Zine continues after our first year, you will also receive a invitation to renew your subscription at a special discounted rate, below cover price.

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    Retail Pack - 10 Copies of 1st Issue

    Own a retail location and want to feature Technical Dissonance at your shop? Get 10 copies of our first issue for a discounted price, with an option to order future issues at the same discount.

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    Retail Subscriber Pack - 10 copies each

    In addition to getting your name credited on our website and our first issue, you'll receive a Digital Subscription for yourself plus 10 physical copies of each issue, as they come out. You'll also get the option to renew your Retail Subscription at a discounted price if we decide to continue producing Technical Dissonance after the first year. This is ideal for people with retail game or book stores who want to resell the entire first year run of the zine.

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    • 1 year subscription for all 4 PDF Issues
    • 10 copies of each of our 4 issues, as they come out.
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