ZiMo23 Interview: Ziggurat of the Blood God
Christopher Willett is raising funds for the DCC/Mork Borg/OSE adventure Ziggurat of the Blood God.
Q: Easy question first: Give us the elevator pitch of your project. Tell us about it in two sentences or less.
A: Beneath the overgrown ruins of an ancient temple, Ichtaca, King of the Underworld, waits. It has been centuries since he has received proper tribute and his thirst for fresh blood knows no bounds.
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 first time participating in Zine Month. However, this is our 5th zine and kickstarter. I wanted to get some experience under my belt not just running a Kickstarter, but also fulfilling on them. I know that Zine Month is very popular and the last thing I wanted was to enter it with no experience. Now that I've run and fulfilled on 4 Kickstarters, I'm much more confident and know what to expect.
We've also pushed ourselves by offering our adventure in three (3) different RPG systems (Dungeon Crawl Classics, Old School Essentials and Mork Borg)!
And we're also offering an 18"x12" color poster of our cover artwork. Something we've never done before.
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: Ziggurat of the Blood God is influenced by Mesoamerican culture, and the twist comes halfway through the adventure. That's where it collides face-first with Ancient Alien conspiracy theories and the fact that sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. If you're a fan of Expedition to the Barrier Peaks, you'll be a big fan of the twist. The adventure uses fresh new monsters like the Atocatl, a squid-faced jaguar that will drag you off into the dungeon. Players can choose whether they want to make sacrifices to Ichtaca the Blood God or if they want to destroy him and his waning cult.