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ZiMo24: Tanuki Games

Tanuki Games, a four-person collective based in Japan, is crowdfunding for HIC: Tapestry Toilet Roll Paper Game.

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

Answer: In HIC:Tapestry, Toilet Roll Paper Game, players will draw, destroy and discover a Tapestry that tells the epic story of a pivotal moment in a lands history. Inspired by the art and story of the Bayeux Tapestry which depicts the Battle of Hastings in 1066 and the Norman conquest of England.

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 have and it was a great experience. We are happy to have found and become part of this beautiful space which allows us to bring new ideas to a wider audience each year. 

Right now we are focusing on supporting what we have already done while pushing forward with a series of "Draw Your Own Adventure" books. These are TRPGs which have a collaborative piece of art at their center. Last year we made a map drawing game called Four Kingdoms. This year it is a tapestry drawing game. Next year .... well, we have some very cool plans. We are launching a website this month with supplements for our previous game (for free). It is important for us to say to our backers that we aren't producing finish and ship it products. We are continuing to support our games long after the kickstarters finish.

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 want people to know that while the premise of drawing on toilet or kitchen roll sounds silly it is in fact inspired by incredible history. The Bayeux Tapestry is an amazing historic artifact. The game draws richly from not only what the is on the Bayeux tapestry, but also the history of the object itself. Who made it? Why? How did it survive 1000 years of European turmoil - including being used as just a plain old wagon cover during the Napoleonic Wars! The story of art and what it is used for is often as interesting as the art itself. Would the Mona Lisa be as famous if it had not been stolen? 

It is brilliant fun to draw crazy Medieval style art on kitchen Roll using felt tip pens and tell stories of battles and betrayal. Trust of on that! But it also super fun to tell the story of the object afterwards. Most traditional role playing is as much about mythical and important objects, lore and history as it is about people and this game really explores those ideas. 

Also, did I mention you make an epic scroll out of rolls of paper! 

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