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ZiMo23 Interview: Billy Blue

Billy Blue, best known for his artwork, is raising funds for TLD RPG. You can see his portfolio here.


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


A: TLD RPG is a Classless, rules – light game with easy character customization, low crunch, and bad ass art. You don’t have time to waste on game night and TLD knows it.

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 am an RPG illustrator and have been fortunate enough to work on many really fun projects but this is my first published project of my own. I am inspired by the great community that exists in TTRPGs. It is really supportive of new ideas, which is great because I have a ton of them! Like many people I started with dnd and then branched out to other titles. Particularly the OSR, NSR, rules light crowd. I love the collaborative nature of RPGs, and that you can be anything you want. In designing my own game I’m striving for something that is fun, flexible, ad approachable. to that end, im making a game that is perfect for carrying to your friends house, with minimal setup or equipment needed. My goal is to cut out the fluff and get yo to the action quickly.

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: The point of TLD is to condense the more voluminous games that we are all used to into a lean, mean system that is easy to pick up and play but still has a feeling of customization and depth. This is my attempt to “summarize” the RPG experience we all love with a focus on collaborative fun. This is the version of gaming that gets right to the point, hence the name TLD RPG which is a play on the acronym Tl;dr (too long; didn’t read)

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