It may seem strange...
I am just a middle-aged white guy with a beard (it's a good beard though) and I am trying to sell you on the idea that role-playing games need to be more diverse. We need more diverse creators. We need more diverse settings. We need more diverse games that take us places we never even knew that we wanted to go. We need more diverse voices. Having a diverse range of ideas will keep the industry alive and vibrant. Ten years from now role-playing games will look much different than they do today and encouraging creators to embrace that evolution will be important.
Why am I doing this? I have the capacity in terms of drive and energy. I have friends who are underrepresented in this hobby and industry that I love. I want to encourage young minds to give this role-playing thing a try. Most importantly, it is a convergence of creativity, art, and social awareness that (I hope) will do something concrete.
Of course, we won't just be throwing oozes at the wall and hoping they stick! I am soliciting work from a wide range of creators and the content is going to be fantastic! So why not come along for the ride? I promise you won't regret it!
Right now we have a great lineup of artists and writers contributing to the zine. If you wish to be a contributor (it is paid work) go here and submit your pitch! D.I.R.G.E.zine
What you are getting:
- 5.5" x 8.5" Size
- Single color B&W
- Content - Art, Character Pieces, Prose, Articles, and more!
- PDF & Hard copy versions! (depending on tier)
Here are a few of the great people contributing to D.I.R.G.E.zine
- Amanda Makepeace - Amanda Makepeace is an award winning artist and illustrator. Her career in art began more than a decade ago while living abroad in the UK. In recent years, Amanda has worked with independent authors, small publishers, and game companies. Her art has appeared in ENnie Award winnings games. Amanda Makepeace
- Andrea Fornero - Just starting her journey as an Artist, Andrea Fornero is a writer and forum roleplay alumni with a deep weakness for knitting and other crafting hobbies. She works in a variety of art mediums such as watercolor, acrylic, and digital media between writing Fantasy and designing inspirational Coins and Enamel Pins on Kickstarter. Ariescapes
- Rachel Quinlan is an award-winning fantasy artist, based in Saint Clair Shores, Michigan. Working primarily in inks, watercolor, gouache and graphite, she crafts images that are immersive, mysterious, and magical. Her work is heavily influenced by illustrators from the Golden Age and she enjoys exploring themes related to nature, fairy tales, folk lore, mythology and anything strange or unusual. Rachel Quinlan
- Nadia Heller describes herself as "Cover artist, logo designer, painter, potter, blacksmith and coffee addict. My first love is art. The feel of a paintbrush or a pencil in my hand is my zen.I draw inspirations from the world around me, both past and present. Science fiction and fantasy, myth and legends, Norse culture and so much more."
- Dawn Gilreath is an avid RPG player and self-taught artist beginning her career in gaming art, while living the good life in Atlanta, GA.
- Paige Leitman has been playing D&D since 1982 and started the game by drawing in her younger brother and a group of friends in to serve as players in her game. In that time, she’s found that she loves that it’s a social way to tell stories with friends and using D&D to grow her network of friends. She and her husband (Ben Heisler) also contributed to Season 5 (DDAL5-02 The Black Road), Season 8 (DDAL8-11 The Skull Square Murders), the Uncaged Anthology by Ashley Warren, and write/produce the Elmwood con-created content adventures. Outside of D&D, Paige works as a marine biologist cleaning up hazardous waste sites and spends her time shooting zombies in video games, moderating the D&D 5th edition Facebook community, and co-hosting The Tome Show's The Round Table podcast with Ginny Loveday. Fun Fact: Paige met her husband while she was running a game convention and put him to work immediately.
- Erica Frank has been gaming since blue-box D&D in the 70s, although she eventually abandoned D20 for point-based systems. Her junior-high library group played D&D, several of the TSR boxed sets, Champions before it became Hero System, and a modified version of Snit's Revenge that included Tunnels & Trolls stats; she's always loved variety in gaming. These days, she mostly plays GURPS and FATE, including Fate Accelerated. She's also a bisexual polyamorous Pagan mother, and always seeking gaming material that resonates with those aspects of her life.
- Christos Floratos has been thinking of and making stories ever since he was a child. He comes from the land-down-under, is passionate about LGBTQIA+ issues and is lucky enough to Dungeon Master and be a player character in four running games! As a social work student, Christos is ready to challenge anything that disadvantages groups in our global society and loves to discuss these issues in either story, poetry or blog-form. https://christosfloratos.com/
A little about SM Hillman
My family was gifted a copy of the D&D Basic (B/X) box when I was ten years old. I was the only who took to it. Since then RPGs have been a hobby and now, a nice side career. I freelance write for EN World, work on several game designs and adventures, and now work has begun on a licensed setting book for use with Chaosium's Magic World fantasy rpg. Reign Dragon Press is my brand. Checkout the Zer0 Means You're Dead podcast! And support the Podcast on Patreon!
Cover image Sorceress by Dawn Gilreath,
Banners by SM Hillman
Music for the video: Little Planet from Bensound.com
Risks and challenges
We expect to be able to get it all done by July of 2019. However, delays may happen due to schedules and such. Also, if you are advertising for a timed event, say a convention, make sure it is for August 2019 or later.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (30 days)