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A literary game using found prose to create an entirely new story.
71 backers pledged $422 to help bring this project to life.

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We believe in zine games. We believe in unique games with a Point of View. We believe in games that are designed to evoke a specific experience. 

Developed for Game Chef 2019, Ekphrasis is a literary storytelling game. A game of stealing words from one story and making them your own. A game of surreal narratives. A two-player game of making art, physical and performance, interactive and permanent. 

Players sit down together, for about an hour, and repurpose words and texts, making them into something new. No matter the building blocks, likely, neither player has any idea where the story will go.

Physical copies will come with original works of art.

STRETCH GOALS

If our funding reaches $666, we will complete Claymagic Adventure Hour, a game paying twisted homage to the the pre-cartoon, pre-dawn preachy shows that filled the airwaves on Saturday mornings. The game is written, original clay art just needs to be secured. This game will be available as an add-on.

If funding reaches $1979, included with each physical order will be a copy of  the micro-LARP experience, Hi-Ho! Hi-Ho! is a one-person LARP experience  that is designed to bring more joy into the world. PDF copies will be  included as well with any PDF order.

Risks and challenges

The game is written. Blacked-Out pages have not yet been created, but will be worked on as this Kickstarter chugs along. Printing will take a week or so (it's a zine, afterall).

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    A .pdf copy of Ekphrasis

    We price our PDFs as much as Marco Rubio values the lives of the students of Florida: $1.05 per student from the NRA. However, for our kickstarters, we are lowering the price to $1, saving you a shiny nickel.

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    Buy 1 for $1, get a second for $1!

    Not only can you get a a full pdf copy of Ekphrasis, but with this pledge level, you can select any single pdf from our catalog and add it to your virtual bookshelf, saving you a grand total of one shiny dime from the full pdf retail prices.

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    Print and .pdf copy of Ekphrasis.

    In pocket-sized zine format, a print copy will be sent through the mail and delivered to you, in an envelope, just like the good ole days of zines. Cost will include the postage, because, why not? If you're worried about where you live costing more, you can up your pledge if you want. If not, not a single worry. PLUS all print copies will come with an original piece of Blacked Out prose!

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    • A print copy of Ekphrasis.
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    Two Density Media Games, in Print!

    Want to grab a copy of Strings, Nice Monsters & Scary Sprites, Dance 'Til Dawn, Bring That Beat Back, or Fishscale, this is the place. For only $10US you can get two zines delivered in the mail to you!

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    • Swag from the second game.
    • A .pdf of Ekphrasis sent to you.
    • A print copy of another in-stock Density Media product.
    • A .pdf of any Density Media game!
    • A print copy of Ekphrasis.
    • One-of-a-kind Blacked Out prose.
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    Get your damn hands on this!

    Blah blah blah, Ekphrasis... but how about a print copy of Mister Density #7. Mister Density was the unofficial Crispin Hellion Glover fanzine. Known and celebrated worldwide, featured at the alt.you.media show at the New Museum in NYC, and known to Crispin himself. These have been seen on Lycos Auctions and other auction sites for more than $17, so get in on this now!

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    • A .pdf of Ekphrasis sent to you.
    • A print copy of Ekphrasis.
    • Hardcopy of Mister Density #7, the Unoffical Crispin Glover zine
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    Pledge $33 or more About $33

    Ekphrasis starter kit.

    A print and .pdf copy of Ekphrasis, as well as 3 books ready for you to make your own. These books will be randomly selected and used. You'll be ready to play when you open the box!

    Includes:
    • A .pdf of Ekphrasis sent to you.
    • A print copy of Ekphrasis.
    • One-of-a-kind Blacked Out prose.
    • Three books, ready to be blacked out by you!
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    Patronage Grant

    Instead of being able to contribute $1 to us, you can let us know you believe in zines, and zine games, and throw a Grant our way. We will be most thankful, and will be in touch about how we can thank you. Obviously, you can get a copy of this game if you want, or any of our other stuff, but how about a custom Dance 'Til Dawn scenario? We will figure it out, but you rule!

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    Super-Deluxe Starter Kit

    Two copies of Ekphrasis in print and .pdf, Black-Out prose, 3 books for you to Black-Out, and everything else you need to run the game out of the box (writing implements, note pads, playing cards, and even the calculations... sending a calculator through the mail might prove problematic). Maybe we will even wrap it up like a present.

    Includes:
    • A .pdf of Ekphrasis sent to you.
    • A print copy of Ekphrasis.
    • One-of-a-kind Blacked Out prose.
    • Three books, ready to be blacked out by you!
    • Everything else you need to run Ekphrasis.
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    Limited Edition Ekphratic fiction.

    Yes, you will get Ekphrasis in .pdf and print form, and some Blacked Out Prose, but how about an entire Ekphratic story, crafted by us, for you?

    Includes:
    • A .pdf of Ekphrasis sent to you.
    • A print copy of Ekphrasis.
    • One-of-a-kind Blacked Out prose.
    • An original Ekphrasis story.
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    Red Hot, Ultimate Starter Kit!

    Two .pdf copies, two print copies, 2 pieces of Black-Out prose, six books (so you can play twice), everything else you need to run the game, an original, one-of-a-kind Ekphratic story, all gift wrapped.

    Includes:
    • A .pdf of Ekphrasis sent to you.
    • A print copy of Ekphrasis.
    • One-of-a-kind Blacked Out prose.
    • An original Ekphrasis story.
    • Three books, ready to be blacked out by you!
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