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ZineMonth24: Far Horizons Co-Op

Marx Shepherd of Far Horizons Co-Op answered some questions for me. The Co-Op is funding a project by Samantha Leigh, one of my favorite indie authors and tireless promoter of other peoples' work (you can find Anamnesis here).

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

Answer: Samantha Leigh's Outliers is a solo tabletop roleplaying game about trying to keep your job as a research assistant in a lab beset by supernatural and eldritch interference. Recruit participants, collect data, and try to stay funded as the Beyond conspires against you.

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 the second time I've personally run a ZiMo / Zinequest campaign, but the first time we've done one for the Far Horizons CoOp. The CoOp are keen to expand their crowdfunding horizons (ha!) away from Big Projects™ and towards the smaller kinds of projects that we normally fund through royalty payments only, so we're trialling getting the project staff paid through a simple-ish crowdfunding campaign first and having a royalty long-tail second. In terms of what I've learnt from the past: keep it simple, keep it small, and work collaboratively so you don't burn out. Oh, and: two weeks is perfect for avoiding the dreaded burnout!

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 stoked about the actual printed edition here. Outliers feels on the surface like an academic whitepaper, so we've made it look super-corporate by specifying a wire-bound zine with a frosted cover. Sitting on your desk, it doesn't look like anything out of the ordinary - until you open it up and see Carly A-F's very, very strange art. The orange highlights in the artwork are usually the weirdest features of all, so your eye is drawn to the supernatural and away from the mundane. All-in-all, we think that this aesthetic is just dang neat.

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