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Strings is a zine metagame and metasystem for TTRPGs that asks the question: what does a character hold onto as death approaches.
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DENSITY MEDIA

In January of 2017, Density Media was launched, with the goal always being to publish games in zine format, moving away from the expensively produced tomes more common in the tabletop RPG field, not as an FU, but more as brand, messaging, and urgency: streamlining and minimizing the production process to allow for quick creation and turnaround. 

As the real-world becomes a shittier place for so many people, we have further focused our game design efforts on moving away from games focusing on violence as a core mechanic of task resolution, and aspire to create games that can be something else: uplifting, violent without violence, thoughtful, satirical, earnest, and often with a Point of View. Since launching, we have released 6 games, their tone and styles varying wildly. We believe in Zine Games.

We have been passionate enough about zines that through previous work we were featured in the show alt.youth.media at the New Museum in NYC. We sell our pdfs for the same amount Marco Rubio accepts from the NRA for the life of every student in the state of Florida: $1.05. The goal is to get people to read them. Print copies are priced so that they generate enough revenue for the next print run. And, if you're a zine publisher, let's swap!

STRINGS

STRINGS is a in idea we have had percolating for some time, and as a concept is designed to be easily integrated into most any RPG campaign or session. The proverbial and literal questions it asks will raise investment in your game.

STRINGS asks not only what keeps a person clinging to life, but also presumes that as any Psych 101 class told us, memory is fallible. Instead of asking what happens to the party when a character dies, it asks what happens when they live.

There is an edge to STRINGS which may put some players outside their comfort zone, so, as with anything, clear communication and expectations prior to integration and implementation is key.

Why did we choose to release a meta-supplement as opposed to a full-fledged game? Given the timeline and front-end investment, we can safely say that this project will be done and easily deliverable. We have numerous other projects in various stages of development (a magical boarding school that is less sanitized than fiction might suggest; a school for supers, without the hero or villain tag; the teen mystery genre; several system-less supers adventure ideas; elaborations and expansions of ideas hinted at in previously published games) but promising them in this format would be less guaranteed.

UPDATE: Character death was the topic of discussion on Table Top Babble and Strings was discussed. Be sure to check it out.

STRETCH GOAL: $333: SWAG! 

If we can reach this goal, we will develop and release with STRINGS some sort of swag, a sticker or pin. Swag will be included with any physical order. UNLOCKED!!!

STRETCH GOAL: $1,000: Hi-Ho!

If we reach $1,000, 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 writing and layout have begun, and given our success and output, delivering in the time-frame allotted should not be an issue at all.

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    A .pdf copy of Strings

    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 this kickstarter, we are lowering the price to $1, saving you one shiny nickel.

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    242 (Two for $2)

    Not only can you get a a full pdf copy of Strings, 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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    A Print Copy

    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, up your pledge if you want. If not, not a single worry.

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    Strings and More!

    Pick a title from our print back catalog and have it sent to you along with your print copy of Strings.

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