So one thing that has always been a blocker for me when considering creating a zine or book of some sort of any real scale, is that I have no artistic or visuo-spatial talent. I can write gud-ish, I like my ideas, I think I am capable of making a thing that a very niche group of weirdos would appreciate. But when I try to put those word jumbles into columns and boxes and make them pretty it just doesn’t work and hurts my soul. I don’t know what to do about that.
I could just pay someone to do it and/or find collaborators, that would be my preferred route, but that’s still a limiting factor. At the very least, I don’t even know where to start to find someone reliable and within an affordable budget. I’ve thought about options like kickstarter, but even though I have a couple years of blogging under my belt, I’m not sure if I have enough cache to make a successful Kickstarter, and at the very least I’d have to up-front pay for a proof of concept, which I don’t mind doing, but that brings me back to the original problem of how to find layout and artist people for commission and/or collaboration.
I keep talking about my game I’m working on for the Eclectic Bastionjam, and I’ve accepted that, while I’m happy with the (still WIP) game content, in terms of presentation it’s just not going to be at the level of professionalism that I originally wanted. So if I’m not even trying to meet that deadline except to the extent that what I submit is useable, which it already is, then I’d like to take my time and turn it into a zine sort of thing.
Something like Super Blood Harvest, where it’s a few issues that collectively build out a game and setting and that is very rich and flavorful while still fairly modest in scope. Or maybe something like Mork Borg where it’s almost more like a book of art and poetry than a traditional RPG game book.
I realize those are high bars, it doesn’t have to be to that level, but those are maybe the aspirations. I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself, but also, I need to figure out how to even get that ball rolling if I ever want to do anything with it at all, and the overwhelmingness of that is somewhat debilitating.