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A fanzine dedicated to first edition Gamma World and other early science fiction role-playing games. For the Zine Quest KS project.
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Gamma Zine, Issue # 1 - Project Overview

Do you still play Gamma World or another post-apocalyptic, science fiction RPG? Do you wish there was more material for the games you play? Well, here's an answer to your wish! A 16+ page fanzine for your post-apocalyptic game campaign or reading pleasure. In the first issue of Gamma Zine, you'll find a short adventure, new mutated monsters, lost and forgotten tech, and more. 

The zine will be black & white, saddle-stitched and digest-sized. It starts at 16 pages but increases in size as the project funding increases (Update: 28 pages, currently).

*** Latest News:  Additional artwork added to the zine! ***

Kickstarter Zine Quest Initiative

This project supports the Zine Quest initiative for February. It conforms to the rules set by the initiative, detailed here.   

Current Project Status / Goals

This area will display the current project status:         

There are project goals that produce additional upgrades to the project:             

Project Design

This project has a short, two-week length, designed to get us from launch to completion quickly without all the wait time. Since most of the work is already done, we'll use the time between project end and fulfilment for content upgrades and print proof review(s).

System Versions

Although the fanzine will focus primarily on the first edition of Gamma World by TSR, we'll try to keep much of the fanzine flexible to allow the reader to adapt its contents to other systems. However, when statistics are displayed for foes and challenges, we'll use the earliest edition of GW for the rules and stats.

Content

At project launch, the fanzine will have pages dedicated to different areas of content. The table below highlights the division of content by topic.      

As funding increases, additional content will be added, either expanding existing material by increasing page count per section or additional content features, e.g., a second adventure. New content like a short story or articles about systems or products may also be added.

Artwork

Most of the artwork for the first issue of the 'zine will be purchased from DriveThruRPG's wide array of stock art. We're using this art because it's inexpensive, but also because there is some great art out there, begging to be used!

The cover of the this issue was created by Je Shields.

Cover, artwork by Je Shields
Cover, artwork by Je Shields

Rewards

Wanderer - $1 or more lets you follow the project. You may upgrade from Wanderer to another reward any time before the project ends.

Survivor - $3 for the Gamma Zine PDF.  Delivered by DriveThruRPG.

Scavenger - $3 for the Gamma Zine print on demand copy.  *You as the backer are responsible for paying the base printing price  and shipping for your reward*. Print and fulfillment by DriveThruRPG.

Collector - $5 - for the Gamma Zine print on demand copy AND PDF.  Delivered by DriveThruRPG for both versions. *You as the backer are responsible for paying the base printing price  and shipping for your reward*. Print and fulfillment by DriveThruRPG.

Project Work at Launch and Completion

As with all KS projects, I like to complete all or a majority of the work before the project launches. The timeline below details the work required and expected completion dates.

Planned Schedule

Pre-launch work:  Securing cover art, writing the main adventure, getting the adventure map, developing new monsters, designing new tech gear, creating new flowcharts, and other material...

Project Starts:  February 1st (Friday)

Project Ends:  February 15th (Friday)

All Core Content Writing Completed:  February 15th.

Bonus Content Writing Completed:  February 22nd.

Maps Completed:  February 1st.

Layout Completed:  February 26th.

Print Proof Ordered:  March 1st.

Delivery (assuming first print proof accepted):  March 25th.

[April delivery if a 2nd print proof required to fix issues]

Project Goals

To keep the cost of the fanzine down, I'm limiting the project goals to just a few. These goals will increase the content in the fanzine to some degree.

Project Goals: 

Initial Funding: $150 adds an extra 2 pages to the book.  **GOAL MET**

Double Funding: $300 adds an extra 2 pages to the book.  **GOAL MET**

Triple Funding: $450 adds an extra 2 pages to the book.  **GOAL MET**

Quadruple Funding: $600 adds an extra 2 pages to the book.  **GOAL MET**

Quintuple Funding: $750 adds a Travis Hanson comic to the book.   **GOAL MET**

Sextuple Funding: $900 adds a James Ward interview to the book.  ** GOAL MET **

Septuple Funding: $1050 adds an extra 4 pages to the book.  ** GOAL MET **

Octuple Funding: $1200 adds a third adventure to the book.   ** GOAL MET **

Nonuple Funding: $1350 adds more artwork to the book.

Additional Goals after $1350 will be added as needed.

Printing and Shipping

Both the base cost (wholesale) of the book and shipping will be paid by you, the backer, as an additional cost above and beyond the Kickstarter reward price. The KS project reward price covers artwork, map upgrades, editing, writing, KS fees, processing fees, and print proofs. Also, I've factored in a little extra for page count increase (for extra art and/or maps), just in case we go over 16 pages in total.

The wholesale price of the premium, saddle-stitched book is estimated to be around $3-$4 (only costing over $3 if the page count goes higher than 28 pages). Your total cost between KS project and DriveThruRPG fulfillment for a printed book will be $6-$7  + shipping to your country.

Previous Fanzine Work

ThrowiGames has produced seven issues of the Back to BasiX fanzine, a quarterly 'zine that celebrates B/X D&D.  The PDF and printed books can be found at RPGNow and Goodman Games, respectively. Obviously, we're no stranger to producing 'zines!

Other Gamma World Projects

We've produced a few other Gamma World and science fiction adventure books for conventions and players - DriveThruRPG has them all!  

Scavenge the Sands

Into the Wreckage

A Dish That Serves No One

2259 Earth

Special Thanks

Special thanks to James Ward and TSR for their awesome creation that was Gamma World!

Risks and challenges

Since I've produced fanzines in print and PDF format before, you're backing a project where the creator (me) has done this before. I've also produced print-on-demand books through DriveThruRPG as well.

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    You know how to survive the wasteland - you travel light and make do with minimal supplies. Backers of this reward will receive the first issue of Gamma Zine as a PDF through RPGNow.

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    You scour the wasteland for every scrap and usable item left behind. You value each and every thing you've found, knowing that one day, you'll need it. Backers of this reward will receive the first issue of Gamma Zine in print, mailed to their location from RPGNow (print on demand). *** Important Note: print on demand cost and shipping is the sole responsibility of the backer. ***

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    You scour the wasteland looking for desirable items that you know someone will need someday. Backers of this reward will receive the first issue of Gamma Zine in PDF and print. The PDF will be delivered directly through RPGNow and the print on demand copy will be mailed to their location from RPGNow. *** Important Note: print on demand cost and shipping is the sole responsibility of the backer. ***

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