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ZiMo23 Interview: Singing Flame

Vasili Kaliman of Singing Flame is Kickstarting the third issue of Aquilus, his zine focusing on old-school gaming and weird fantasy.


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


A: This year we’re running a campaign for Aquilus Issue #3, our RPG zine that combines elements of weird fantasy and old-school gaming. This issue offers a wealth of resources to make your gaming sessions even weirder. Within its pages, you'll find a range of fantasy concepts sure to push the boundaries of your imagination.

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: This is our second project on ZineQuest. In 2022 we released DNGN Issue #1. The biggest learning curve was that you should give yourself more time than you think for extra art commissions. Also factor in the costs posting rewards out to your backers. Aside from the actual postage costs, there’s packing materials to take into consideration. Also, make sure you have as much of the project completed (like writing and editing) before you do you campaign finding. I have found that the last 10% of the writing, editing, and revisions takes as long as the first 90%.

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: We’re excited that this is the first issue of Aquilus will contain originally commissioned art. The first two issues relied on public domain art. In issue #3, we already have new art competed by Stefan Poag, Andrew Walter, and Hurago - and there will hopefully be more artists we get on board as we his stretch goals.

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