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ZiMo23 Interview: Knight Owl Publishing

The folks over at Knight Owl Publishing (publishers of the recently released Deluge and Aquatic Adventures) are raising funds for Old School and Cool Vol. 4, the Undead Issue.


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


A: Old School and Cool vol 4 is dedicated to the undead. Mostly it will offer a range of undead with unique powers for players to choose when their characters die but there will be tables, resources, and a gazetteer about a Necropolis city.

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: We've done quite a few at this point. Each one gets leaner and more focused. We don't have any stretch goals because we just want to focus on making the core as good as it can be and in the hands of our backers as quickly as possible.

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 about how dynamic the undead path will be. Starting off as a skeleton, you can gain xp and become a zombie or a ghast and new powers. From there you can become a draugr or ghoul, and so on. It's an entire inverted world of player agency and emergent storytelling.

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