What are the most interesting RPGs of Zine Month 2022 (ZiMo 2022)? Here they are briefly analyzed in this article!
Also this year it is being held Zine Month, which was called last year Zine Quest. Zine Month is an event dedicated to development and financing of small role-playing projects, which will give life not to luxury manuals and large franchises, but to a series of less full-bodied works, but still driven by strong creativity.
The purpose of Zine Month 2022, in fact, is to promote the democratic spirit of the role-playing community, giving the possibility even to authors and collectives little known and / or with few resources to give life to their own role-playing game.
Therefore, Zine Month has always hosted small, but pretty, and often very inspired projects. There are one-shot RPGs, magical systems applicable to any RPG, supplements for previously released titles (D&D, Troika, Mothership), dungeon maps, monster bestiaries and many other cute little things.
Currently, Zine Month 2022 hosts 15 pages of headlines. We have browsed them for you and in this article we will tell you which are the titles that have most attracted the attention of the Seeker G.
We also point out that a few days ago we talked about The Royal Cartographer, an RPG that is part of Zine Month 2022 and whose Kickstarter has just started.
Original role-playing games from Zine Month 2022
Let's first look at the 2 to 5 player RPGs that have been released for Zine Month 2022. Seeker G was particularly impressed with these:
The Fall of Home: return to your destroyed home
Written by Jo Winter, Charles Ferguson-Avery, Conner Fawcett and Alex Dewing, The Fall of Home is an RPG where a group of adventurers return to their native village. Too bad the village was destroyed and adventurers find only the ruins.
In this game, without masters and without dice, the village is created together, to then decide the past of each character and understand what connection they had with the village. There are those who have left because the village was too boring, who because they found it suffocating, who has just fled. But there are also those who left to study the outside world, those who left so long ago that they don't remember what the village was like, and those who left very recently and still love the village.
At the end of the game, clearly a one-shot, it will be seen whether the characters will overcome the loss and move on, or look for a way to pass on the legacy of the village.
The Fall of Home It is currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter. The loan will close on Monday 28 February and currently the target of € 3.300 has been reached, thanks to the support of over 200 supporters.
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The Station: doing worldbuilding on a train station
The Station is an RPG created by Pidj Sorensen and Shannon Kao. Its purpose is to tell the story of a train: who are your passengers? Which station are you headed to? What are you waiting for at the end of the trip?
The Station is a role-playing game with no masters and no dice. It is played by drawing poker cards: the game will end when a certain number of aces are drawn. The player can choose whether to advance worldbuilding by answering a prompt and drawing a card, or to give points to another player by having him answer a question. In the end, the player will spend the points obtained to make sure that the story of the characters has a happy ending or not.
The Station has recently concluded his crowdfunding on Kickstarter. It reached a solid figure of 6.600 Australian dollars (4.200 € approximately) thanks to 369 supporters.
9 Lives to Valhalla: cats and death metal
Created by the Gem Room Games team, 9 Lives to Valhalla is an RPG about Viking cats who must die gloriously nine times in battle in order to enter Valhalla. 9 Lives to Valhalla has a very light game system: in a match, whoever throws the die with the highest result wins. If the Viking cat rolls the highest die, his enemy instantly dies. If the enemy wins, the Viking cat dies. And if they are tied, they both die.
In short, 9 Lives to Valhalla it's an RPG made to see the blood flow, but without taking itself too seriously, and still paying attention to all the necessary security mechanics. Ah, and it is explicitly written that it is not a game for fascists.
9 Lives to Valhalla It is currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter, and will close its doors on Tuesday 1 March. It has currently raised over € 5.000 out of a goal of 800, thanks to over 400 supporters.
Role-playing games for two players or solo
Now let's move on to the role-playing games for one or two people that most impressed us in Zine Month 2022.
I Have the High Ground: when duels are sexy
Run the memines on Obi Wan and Anakin, please!
I Have the High Ground is a collaborative role-playing game for two persons, designed for a one-shot and, of course, without a game master. The rules are based on the players' secret choice of a move, which will then be revealed to the opponent. To understand which move prevails, we rely on a system similar to the Chinese morra: each move is weak against another move, but strong against yet another move. So, the Feint beats the Block, but is weak against the Lunge, for example.
The purpose of I Have the High Ground, however, is not beating the opponent, but collaboratively telling the story of the romantic tension between the two duelists, unleashed by the duel drama. After all, you know: duels are sexy.
I Have the High Ground It is currently in crowdfunding on GameOn Tabletop, and will close its run on 1 March. It has currently raised over $ 4.800 out of a $ 3.500 goal.
Lichdom: the road to immortality
Lichdom is a Feral Wizard RPG about, as you can guess from the title, how to become a Lich. In this sense, the game is solitary or for two people and therefore follows the path of a sorcerer who wants to achieve immortality. During this journey, the world of adventure will also be created thanks to the use of dice and cards. The two-player version creates a different story, namely that of two bitter enemies who want to achieve immortality.
Lichdom He Completed his crowdfunding on Kickstarter the February 15. You have raised over £ 19.000 (around € 23.000) thanks to the support of over 1.000 people.
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The (Un) Naturalist: when scientific research becomes strange
Created by Donald Kelly, Donnie Dynamo and Taylor D Hewitt, The (Un) Naturalist tells the story of a scientist who wants to document the nature of a tropical forest. As the research continues, the scientist will find out increasingly disturbing and inexplicable details, and will therefore have to decide whether to go ahead, rationalizing events, or leave.
The game system is based on a series of suggestions and on the flowchart of the scientific method, which can undergo changes depending on the encounters that will be made in the game.
The (Un) Naturalist It is currently in crowdfunding on Itch.io, where he raised $ 335 out of a $ 100 goal.
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Supplements for role-playing games
Now let's see some supplements for already existing RPGs.
Your Life: Random Fantasy Character Backgrounds: tables, tables and more tables!
Created by Micah Abresch, Your Life: Random Fantasy Character Backgrounds è a generator of past persfees for fantasy stories. Not tied to a specific system, this supplement can be used for basically any fantasy RPG.
Your Life: Random Fantasy Character Backgrounds is described as “64 pages of tables“: With over 250 unique events, 666 personal objects and 100 cultural peculiarities (just to name a few), this supplement allows you to generate the life of the characters in a detailed and interesting way.
Your Life: Random Fantasy Character Backgrounds It is currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter. It reached a figure of € 955 out of a goal of € 353, thanks to the help of 165 supporters. It will close Monday March 7.
Undead Unicorn Invasion: heavy metal apocalypses
You heard the refrain of The unicorn invasion of Dundee Gloryhammer? Because this supplement is basically based on that song. Which is beautiful.
Undead Unicorn Invasion is a supplement for D & D5e created by Evil Pigeon Games. It is meant for play an apocalypse, starting from the events that triggered it, ending with the consequences. There are new monsters, new NPCs, new items and rituals, and even a lore to base the invasion of the undead unicorns on.
Undead Unicorn Invasion has completed its crowdfunding on Kickstarter on February 6. He raised over £ 2.900 (around € 3.500) thanks to the support of over 300 backers.
Tome of Dark Delights (Volume 1): queer stories and eroticism
Created by Sharang Biswas, the Tome of Dark Delights is another supplement for D & D5e. It is about an anthology of queer erotic stories and game mechanics inspired by D&D classes.
We still don't know much more about this game, since his Kickstarter campaign has yet to begin. We'll keep an eye on him, though!
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Zine of Zine Month 2022
Finally, Zine Month 2022 also includes zine, that is, fan-made magazines. Last year, if you remember, we talked about the Journal of Fantastic Linguistics, for example!
This year, however, we have the third issue of Accessible Gaming Quarterly. It is a zine dedicated to the theme of disability and inclusion in tabletop role-playing games. In its numbers it offers useful tools both for disabled people at the table (players / trici or game masters), and to introduce disabled characters into the game. It also contains game reviews that may be of interest to disabled people and interviews with disabled gamers and game designers.
Accessible Gaming Quarterly it is currently in its third year of life and publishes four times a year.
Currently, the zine concluded his crowdfunding on Kickstarter. She raised over $ 5.400 out of a $ 4.800 goal, thanks to the support of 125 people.