…is this mini-game I made. It is on sale now right here, but I want to take this place to talk about the game and the design. I really like reading things in an interview style, or FAQ style, so that is how i am going to write this post. Read more after this huge sampling of art and layout from the book.
It is here, dear reader, The RPG Zine for Kids Who Read Good And Do Other Stuff. I called it PERIL though, and I painted in it spooky letters to put on top of the cover art. Yes, I used some paint to do something I could have done fine with a marker, font, or leaky octopus. But it is about the process, isn’t it? More on the process in a later paragraph. You may notice also, dear reader, that I gave it a number. 00. This is a good number to choose if you plan to do a 01, but no one will notice if you don’t. I also did not paint a spooky 00 to go on this one (but if I did, the zeros would have super evil lines crossing them diagonally so you would know they were a zero and not an o). That way if there is never a 01, no one will notice. It doesn’t lock me into doing spooky numbers all the time either, because numbers only look spooky in red and should look elegant otherwise. It has just short of enough content to get kids inspired. Some advanced S&B rules, die drop tables, monsters, a dungeon, and whatnot. It is written more like an activity book than a zine, really.
So no promise on ever having a PERIL 01, but here is PERIL 00. But before you click your grubby mouse all over this pristine new thing, I would like to tell you about how this zine almost didn’t happen. You may have to click a read more button to read this story.
tl;dr: the ballad of how This Zine That Was Supposed To Be Community Made But Almost Didn’t Happen And When It Did Happen It Broke A Printer And Is Basically Just Stuff I Grabbed Off My Own Website.
You may have read that I am doing all that RPG stuff at the library this weekend. I hacked up a kid friendly version of Sword & Backpack by Gabe Soria to fit on one single page to give out to the kids. I’ll also be running a multitude of S&B games for kids and young adults all day, using these rules. Each kid (up to like 150 kids) is going to get a booklet, and a d20! How fun is that. Hopefully we’ll get a bunch o kids into RPGs and off the hard, relentless Murfreesboro streets! You can download the PDF of the rules right here. Print it out front and back on a single page, cut the thing in half (hamburger style, you) and fold to two pieces in half. Insert the bottom half into the top half, and stab some staples up in the spine and you got yourself a tiny little RPG!
I ended up changing the rules a bit to make them a little less ambiguous and a little bit more grounded. For instance, you add 5 to your d20 rolls if it suits you. Fighters get a d20+5 when attacking, wizards +5 when magicking, and rogues +5 when theifin’ around the dungeon. Let me know what you think! It is the first time I’ve “hacked” a thing. There are some more pictures hiding beneath the read more link.