"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..."
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.
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
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.
We're publishing this as part of KickStarter's ZineQuest 2019
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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