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Queer strife amid the collapse. Jewish fantasy of the shtetl. Two beginner-friendly roleplaying games of belonging outside belonging.
Queer strife amid the collapse. Jewish fantasy of the shtetl. Two beginner-friendly roleplaying games of belonging outside belonging.
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Success! And now on to The Outliers!

Posted by Avery Alder (Creator)
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Friends, thank you so much! We met our initial goal on day one, and the excitement we've seen from people has been wonderful.

And now we've crossed the $25,000 threshold, which means we've unlocked our first stretch goal: we'll be printing the book in both softcover and hardcover (complete with dust-jacket). When you receive your backer survey after the campaign, you'll have the option to pay extra to upgrade to the hardcover if you so desire.

I'm really excited about the next stretch goal on our horizon, a zine project called The Outliers.

early mock-up. [image: a black and white zine with an image of an imposing band of queer survivors. Behind the zine mockup, cover art for Dream Askew serves as a background.]
early mock-up. [image: a black and white zine with an image of an imposing band of queer survivors. Behind the zine mockup, cover art for Dream Askew serves as a background.]

 The vision is this: we're pulling in a diverse crew of contributors who can speak to, build upon, and subvert the themes of Dream Askew and Dream Apart. They'll submit an array of setting primers, character sketches, micro-fiction, poetry, and more.

This first stretch goal will get things rolling. Avery and Benjamin will each pen a contribution to the zine, and we'll invite in our first two collaborators: Caren Gussoff Sumption and Brandon O'Brien. Future stretch goals will introduce new pairs of contributors - usually one writing for Dream Askew and the other for Dream Apart.

All backers will receive a digital version of The Outliers zine. When you receive your backer survey after the campaign, you'll have the option to buy a print copy as well. The print copies will ship out alongside the core book!

I'm excited about this zine, and all the contributors we have waiting in the rafters. Fingers crossed the campaign keeps up its momentum! Thanks to everyone who has shared or tweeted a link.

Caren Gussoff Sumption is a science fiction writer, peer counselor, and tarot reader based in Seattle, WA, of Kaderash (Romani), Russian, Ashkenazi Jewish, and German ancestry. Her latest books are Three Songs for Roxy and The Birthday Problem. Her website is spitkitten.com. 

For Dream Apart, Caren will write some thoughts on Romani elements of character and setting.

Brandon O’Brien is a Black queer speculative fiction writer, performance poet, teaching artist and roleplaying game designer from Trinidad and Tobago. He is a mentee of Avery Alder’s Emerging Designers Mentorship Program, currently working on a game about music, magic, community and finding one’s voice. He believes that art and art-making, including play, is revolutionary, and his writing and design insists that the speculative is a lens through which we can reevaluate our personal and political realities, challenge hostile histories, and explore uncharted futures. In his writing, reading, design and play, he adores surreal circumstances, bittersweet and vulnerable relationships, and intriguing mysteries.

Brandon’s piece will be about the emergence of queer enclaves from a Black and Caribbean context. He’ll also be submitting a few poems intersecting with queerness, Afro-Caribbeanness, and collapse.

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    1. Avery Alder 2-time creator on

      @Jamie Hampton, we're still figuring out the details, but likely $13-16 Canadian. That's roughly how much more the Monsterhearts 2 hardcover cost, compared to the softcover.

    2. Jameson Hampton on

      Congrats!! Do you have an estimate of how much extra it will cost to upgrade to hardcover?

    3. Matthew Gravelyn
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      Congratulations on an amazing first day! Super excited to get into this book!