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ZiM2024: Stuart Watkinson

Stuary Watkinson in raising money for The Abbot Trilogy.

Question: Easy question first: Give us the elevator pitch of your project. Tell us about it in two sentences or less.

Answer: The Abbot Trilogy is a collection of three system-agnostic adventures; Abbotsmoore, Bitterpeak, and Steelhollow. Adventures designed for ease of use and to ensure weird and wonderful expeditions for your party.

Q: Is this your first ZineMonth project or have you done it before? If it's your first, talk a bit about what inspired you to give it a shot this year. If you've done it before, what's something you've learned from previous crowdfunding projects that you may be doing differently this time, or, if you're not doing anything differently, talk a bit about your previous projects.

A: I've run two crowdfunding campaigns in the past. I funded Largshire on Itch and Wretched Wasteland on KS in the same year. Itch funding requires a lot more work. Kickstarter, while the setup is a lot, once it starts it moves through much easier. However, I think I will still do itch funding for other smaller projects. The main thing that I have learned is how import community is during something like ZiMO. There are a lot of awesome creative people out there who are more than willing to help. Whether it's with advice on layout or writing, promotion, or just folks to talk to about the process. I have definitely spent more time with other creatives during the lead up to this campaign and it has been excellent to see how others work and what they're making.

Q: Finally, tell us something about your current project that really excites you but the average backer may not be aware of. Maybe a twist to an old trope, a new way of presenting something, or maybe just something you've never tried before that you're using this as an opportunity to try out.

A: One of my favourite things with this collection of adventures was making the links between the three of them. There are small clues, items, and NPCS that are weaved through all three adventures. Some are pretty subtle, some are a little more in your face. For example, there is a rival adventuring party that appears in the third adventure. However, there is evidence of their work in the other two as well. But it never directly stated that the evidence connects to these rivals.. In play tests, it's been a really fun flashback style scene where players all piece things together.

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