Time & Tide is my love letter to the World of Progress. Rather than focus on new rules or crunch this zine will dissect the heart & soul of SLA Industries. What about this game has led to such a die-hard fanbase to still be active and growing after almost thirty years in print? Answers to this question will be attempted using essays, photos, fiction, interviews, art, social media posts and even recipes. Contents will include:
- Is it future or is it past? An essay comparing the themes and setting for SLA with those found in Twin Peaks and the dischordian ideas surrounding the KLF
- Real Talk / Real Time An interview with Jared and Mark from Nightfall Games about their thoughts on the creation process for SLA Industries
- The Mall of Progress Designing new brands and a massive downtown shopping center to capture the disturbing nature of capitalism
- Fan Service A chat with Ste Winwood about his love for SLA and how it led him to create and maintain several active fan forums online
- So Dark They're UV Exploring the horrors of the BPN gig economy
- Dark Lamentations Fan created art & fiction, including work by Stuart Burns, Roger Duthie, and Ste Winwood
- Underneath It All A SLA Industries short story by Tamsyn Kennedy
- The Bigger Picture A personal account of how SLA Industries fandom helped one person through personal struggles
- CS1: Cake Sector One SLA themed baked goods!
Following the ZineQuest guidelines, Time & Tide itself will be 100 pages, A5, have a thin card cover, and is staple-bound. In addition to this any backer who has accessibility needs will have provisions put in place to get all the content in a suitable format (large print, text files, etc). I'll be creating the master copy by hand, using chop'n'paste collage methods to cut up blocks of text, art and other media then taping it all together. This will be photocopied into a final item that gives that old school zine look and feel.
Kickstarter projects often run Stretch Goals that give backers more stuff for hitting certain milestones and this project will be no different. I originally set Stretch Goals based upon the number of people pledging, thus:
- UNLOCKED!!! If we have 30+ Backers at The Deathwake Device level or above then every pledge that includes a copy of the Zine will also get a 1" round badge featuring Truffles T. Hogg (pictured above).
- UNLOCKED!!! If we have 20+ Backers at the Corporate Sponsorship level or above then all sticker packs will have a sixth design added to them in the form of a Time & Tide Soft Company ID Badge.
- UNLOCKED!!! Finally, if we have 10+ Backers at the Integration 20 level then every copy of the zine will have a two-page spread about The Dream added by hand using UV Ink!
As we have smashed through all three of these I am putting in place the SLAYER'S CRIB STRETCH GOAL:
- For every 10% (or part thereof) over the 600% funded mark I will be able to make one free copy of Time & Tide which I'll send out to someone in the UK who is on the dole/PIP/benefits/shit wages/full-time caring for others.
- For every 10% (or part thereof) over the 800% funded mark I will be able to make two free copies of Time & Tide available for this purpose in the UK, or one copy to be sent internationally. I'll also add in a sticker with every copy of the Zine!
- For every 10% (or part thereof) over the 1000% funded mark I will be able to up this to three free copies of Time & Tide in the UK, or two internationally. If we reach this level of finding I'll also add a SLA-themed business card in with every copy of the zine!
It is hard to get by when you are waiting for the next BPN to come through so I'm keen to get copies out to folks who didn't have the option of backing the project just because capitalism is a shit method of production/resource allocation. I'll let folks know how they can get a copy this way once the KS has come to a close and I know how many copies I'll be able to make for free distro (though I won't be asking for any specifics from people and doing it on an honour system).
In-keeping with the ethos of creating ephemeral items I will not be producing a pdf or digital download version of this zine. If you want additional copies/stickers/pages as part of your pledge then check out the FAQ to find out how to nab them. The only way to guarantee a copy will be through this Kickstarter. When it's done it's done.
Risks and challenges
I have been the publications officer for a national anarchist organisation and helped with several zine distros over the years. This has given me a wealth of experience producing zines, pamphlets, monthly newspapers, regular magazines, stickers, badges, and all sorts of other items intended for propaganda purposes. Putting together a zine like like this is part of the anarchist training package and shouldn't be a problem for me!
The main risk for this project is getting all the articles in with good time to meet my production time-scale. To account for this I've already started gathering submissions and herding all the kittens needed to make the final zine. Most of the copy should be edited and the layout drafted by the time the fund-raising comes to an end.
I'll also be sending out a production update every Friday to keep everyone in the loop as to where along the creation process things are. This will also give backers the chance to offer feedback that could make it's way into the zine.
Some Kickstarters arrive with backers long after they predicted. As a stay-at-home mum I never really clock off and sometimes life just comes at me fast. To take this into account I've set aside four 2h slots a week where I'll just be working on the zine iteslf. I expect the actual creation process to be wrapping up some point at the end of March, however I've added an extra month onto the expected delivery timescales to take most things that could cause a delay into account.
Finally, the fact that I'm making a 100 page zine does push us right to the limit of what is achievable with the format. I have successfully helped to create zines of the same size and so I'm fully aware of how this will eat into the amount of space I have on each page. This won't be a problem as I am hand assembling the pages of the master copy by hand, so I'll be able to know exactly how much space I have to play with rather than having to endlessly tweak an InDesign file.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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