After launching A Breach at Stronghold earlier this year, I puttered about for awhile making it pretty! I also put together an expansion for adding the 9th player, should you find yourself lucky enough to find 9 crazy people who want to play this with you.
As some may recall, from those wistful years of 2009 to 2013, I ran an online zine distro, Black Budgie Distro, selling indie projects from around the world.
I think I had more people asking me to sell their zine than I had sales, but that’s something, isn’t it? As I’ve turned back to zines a bit more in the past year, I’ve decided to resurrect Black Budgie, at least in so much as I’ll sell my own work (and maybe anyone else local, should the opportunity arise!)
And I’ve traded Blogspot for Etsy and, well, I guess we shall see how this all plays out!
Without repeating the zine itself verbatim, this zine is an extremely personal one for me. When my grandfather passed away in January, I inherited his (extensive) book collection, as I was the only other one in the family who could describe themself as a “book person.”
Books were the only thing Grandpa and I had in common so of course unpacking his library was how I worked through a complicated grieving process (if you ever actually work through a thing like that). And, of course, I made a zine about it!
A Breach at Stronghold, the murder mystery party game I debuted amongst the privileged elite* back in February is now finally formatted and available for sale and download on Gumroad!
This thing was a precious labour of love and an amazing challenge. How do you write a compelling murder mystery, break it into nine, satisfying pieces, and do that all so everyone comes away feeling like you didn’t undermine the character they’ve taken to heart?
The Gumroad download provides PDFs that print easily (if you need to print at all) on 8 1/2 x 11, but I’ve also included a Print variation for tactile beings like myself who love things like long-reach staplers for making booklets and staining paper with tea to fashion cryptic clues. (You can never really get the zinester fully into the digital age.)
*Nine of my most excellent friends who are always up for dinner theatre, gaming, overall shenanigans, or all of the above.
Even in my leisure activities tilt towards geekery. Not content to just crochet granny squares, I started a collection of dice bags for all your favourite polyhedral friends. Not to be outdone, each bag has a character.
I was invited by Aaron Moran to contribute new zines to Poor Quality’s BIBLIOCACHE exhibit at the Vancouver Book Art Fair at Emily Carr University. The exhibit runs this weekend from October 18-20, 2019!