Weekly Briefing from the North Texas Apocalypse Bunker, 2/17/23
The Bleak of Winter Edition
We are through the worst of it, now. No, not the winter weather, but rather, the post-Valentine’s Day/Superbowl commercial online commentary. The only Superbowl commercials I watched were the movie trailers, but I also managed to see the Breaking Bad chip commercial (very well done) and the Workday “stop calling each other rock stars” commercial. I was probably most excited to see Gary Clark, Jr, included in the line-up, for several reasons, the very least of which was that he was under the age of 65.
Maybe it’s the weight of the last few years on me and of course, on all of us, that has turned the volume down on things like Superbowl commercials. Or, maybe it’s just a one-off single year reprieve before the jackholes come back into next year’s Superbowl planning meeting proclaiming that 2024 has to blow last year out of the water, or we’re all not doing our jobs. Probably the same guy who calls Alice in Accounts Payable a rock star.
I’m watching my Kickstarter slowly grind to a halt, trying to pivot to another strategy so I can redo it and try again later. It’s obvious there is interest, but not nearly enough people have heard about the campaign and frankly, I don’t know how to bring them around to my way of thinking in the next 10 days. I am gripped with the crushing ennui of being in the middle of a project I am watching slow down in real time, and at the same time being unable to transition over to the other projects I have going. I’m waiting on some editorial feedback, but otherwise, I’m really riding the clock.
To combat my existential hiatus, I’m trying to sort my space out. My REH corner, where I do my writing and thinking, is coming along nicely.
ZineQuest Kickstarters Part Trois
One of the things I added to the campaign was some playtest footage from one of my games, co-starring Bill Willingham, Brad Thomte, and Bill Williams. You can watch the four part session here:
On the off chance you might want to back it and simply have not yet, this is the link to Polite Society: the Zine for Thieves, Rogues, and Ne’er-Do-Wells. Feel free to jump in and pledge.
Here are just a few more projects that you would do well to check out:
The Hieronymus Box styles itself as “A mid-century liminal survival horror RPG adventure.” Honestly, you had me with that tagline alone.
Goons & Doubloons: A Swashbuckler’s RPG Set sail on a roaring pirate adventure in this rules-lite role-playing game. Beware monsters of the deep and discover uncharted lands! Quick tip: if you ever want me to back your Kickstarter, make it about pirates.
Death Dealing: A card-throwing rogue subclass for 5E! This straightforward zine is for anyone who grew up watching X-Men cartoons and thinking Gambit was all that and a bag of Cajun-flavored chips.
Also, there’s still time to check these worthwhile campaigns out, as well!
Hashtag Zuck Life
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