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Zine Quest 2 – Other Magic: Monsters of the Americas


Other Magic #1 (now 20% off on DriveThruRPG) focused on folk magic traditions of the real world. Other Magic #2: Monsters of the Americas, currently being offered as part of Kickstarter’s Zine Quest 2 project, supplements the first issue by highlighting the monsters of myth and legend from the broader Americas. It includes creatures from various regions within the United States, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.  They are bizarre, obscure, and distinctly different from the ones found in most roleplaying games.

Since the goal is to present the monsters as they appear within folktales and myths,
Other Magic #2 focuses on their traditional behaviors, abilities, strengths, and weaknesses, without modification. The emphasis is on magic and the supernatural as they are understood by regular people in the real world. Some of the monsters can be defeated or killed, while others can only be driven away or avoided. Most of them are not “I slay it with my sword” or “I shoot it with my gun” types of adversaries, because that is not how they are conceptualized in the real world stories.

The backing period for Other Magic #2 goes through Thursday, March 5, 2020. The estimated delivery for the zine is May 2020.

More Zine Quest 2 Projects

A Fine Mess
A Narrative Heist Campaign- Where reality…is willing to hear your argument.
genre: fantasy/steampunk
type: adventure
system: generic

Corsairs
A game of sky ships and floating islands. Corsairs is a 32 page RPG zine containing a high action and adventure role playing game.
genre: fantasy
type: game
system: original

Dish Pit Witches
A small RPG zine about gay witches who work in a restaurant, based on the Tunnel Goons system.
genre: modern
type: game
system: based on Tunnel Goons

Moonsailors
A quiet space-faring rpg zine about being alone & not quite being alone.
genre: science fiction
type: one-shot game
system: original

On the Shoulders of Colossus
A TTRPG zine focusing around fighting colossal opponents.
genre: fantasy
type: toolkit
system: 5e

Rock & Roll – A Musical RPG Zine
A tabletop role-playing game about making a band – play gigs, write jams, and get in the van.
genre: modern
type: game
system: original

The Artefact, a solo RPG zine
Craft a unique magical item and play to find out how it changes as it passes through the hands of many different keepers.
genre: fantasy
type: toolkit
system: generic

The Grind 2: Mistvale Nights
A Town & Treasures Supplement for Torchbearer
genre: fantasy
type: setting
system: Torchbearer

The Phylactery
A RPG zine full of OSR flavored adventure hooks and resources for use in your heroic fantasy games.
genre: fantasy
type: adventures
system: OSR

Current Zine Quest 2 Campaigns

Kickstarter’s Zine Quest 2 launched on Sunday, February 2nd. As of the time of this writing, Kickstarter has not yet put up a link to all the related projects, so here is a list of the ones that have been launched so far.

New projects will be added throughout the month of February, so make see to check Kickstarter on occasion to see new and interesting Zine Quest 2 projects. When searching Kickstarter for Zine Quest 2 projects, make sure to search on both “zinequest” and “zine quest.” Some project creators have only used one spelling variant in their descriptions, so the two searches yield slightly different results.

A Touch of Glamour
Fey mayhem, as Powered by the Apocalypse.
genre: fantasy
type: game
system: PbtA

Adventurers Guide to the Yol’Najj Forest
An adventure setting for TTRPGs, provided in zine format for Zine Quest!
genre:fantasy
type: adventure
system: generic

Best Left Buried: The Zinequest Quartet
Four writers. Four RPG adventures. Four books. One Kickstarter project. Welcome to Best Left Buried: The Zinequest Quartet.
genre: horror
type: adventure
system: Best Left Buried

Butchery
Hunt monsters and bring balance to Nature in this liquorice fantasy RPG
e-zine from the team behind Bastard Magic.

genre: fantasy
type: game
system: original
note: pdf only

Dead Halt: Happy New Year 1999
A zine module for the Dead Halt RPG; Happy New Year 1999 explores the Hotel during the year leading up to Y2K. Made for ZineQuest 2!
genre: cyberpunk
type: setting
setting: Dead Halt

Dungeons & Dilemmas
A ZineQuest RPG toolkit for designing dungeons as a narrative framework and encounters as moral puzzles.
genre: fantasy
type: toolkit
system: generic

Gamma Zine Issue #2
A fanzine dedicated to old-school post-apocalyptic and science fiction role-playing games. For the Zine Quest KS project.
genre: science fiction
type: fanzine (assorted content)
system: Gamma World
note: fulfilled through DriveThruRPG

Green Dawn Mall
A RPG zine about teens exploring an endless Mall in search of their lost friend. Part of the Zine Quest initiative!
genre: modern
type: adventure
system: original

Hunters in Death
An Old School Hex Crawl
genre: fantasy
type: adventure
system: OSR

No Stone Unturned
Explore the impacts of adventuring through a world in recovery while building up your home settlement in this Zine Quest game.
genre: post-apocalypse
type: setting
system: original

Palanquin RPG
A zinequest roleplaying game about the Heir and her escape from a palace coup.
genre: fantasy
type: one-shot game
system: original

Passages of the Living
An existential horror zine for OSR roleplaying games.
genre: horror
type: adventure
system: OSR

Safe & Sound: A TTRPG Zine
Fantasy hideouts (and the NPCs who run them) for adventuring parties. Launching Feb 2 for #ZineQuest.
genre: fantasy
type: adventure
system: generic

Saturnine Sanctuary
A bestiary of sorrowful monsters for Dungeon World, made for Zine Quest 2.
genre: fantasy
type: bestiary
system: Dungeon World

Score: A Modern Day Heist RPG
Big heists. Small zine. #zinequest
genre: modern
type: adventure
system: original

Ten People You Meet In The Undergarden
A zinequest project set in a new Troika! sphere.
genre: gonzo science fiction
type: setting
system: Troika!

Terror of the Stratosfiend #2
A new tentacle and sorcery zine for the DCC RPG. (#ZineQuest)
genre: fantasy
type: setting
system: DCC

The Beloved Underbelly
A faction-based OSR RPG adventure zine. Nomadic beekeepers, entrepreneurial taxidermists, feral hogs. Made for Zine Quest 2!
genre: fantasy
type: adventure
system: OSR

The Gaellaeffa Guide To Troika!
A Troika! playbook in Zine format with 36 new Backgrounds, 4 new Enemies! Set in the mythical world of Gællæffa. ZINEQUEST AWAY!
genre: gonzo science fiction
type: playbook
system: Troika!

The Hidden Necropolis
An adventure compatible with Five Torches Deep, a fantasy RPG.
genre: fantasy
type: adventure
system: Five Torches Deep

The Waking of Willowby Hall
A Zine Quest RPG adventure from the creator of Maze Rats and Knave.
genre: fantasy
type: adventure
system: OSR

Valor Knights: The Electrocube War
A complete roleplaying-game-in-a-zine that is more than meets the eye by Eric Bloat and Phil Stone.
genre: science fiction
type: game
system: Black Hack

Willow: A Grim Micro Setting
A Grim Micro Setting (Zine Quest)
genre: fantasy
type: setting
system: Swords & Wizardry

Zine-O-Map
An RPG Zine of dungeons and other locations for your roleplaying adventures.
genre: fantasy
type: adventure
system: generic