Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Fighting On!

You've probably already read that Fight On! will be wrapping up with issue 14 or 15. It's disappointing because FO! was, to me, the best of the really community projects we had going in the OSR. The megadungeon designed by collaborative addition, the lists of spells and monsters that we'd throw stuff at, the always-excellent charts in the middle of the issue, it felt like something that truly belonged to the OSR as a whole.

Knockspell, which I suppose technically is still alive, has only released 6 issues since 2009; FO! released 13 from 2008-2011 and will wrap with either 1 or 2 in 2013. Loviatar went 14 issues and has finished its run. My own Dungeon Crawl zine only printed 1 issue, but that issue is free online. AFS is running and has gotten to #2. There's a DCC zine called Crawl which I haven't gotten, not being a follower of the DCC game.

I'd like to start exploring the concept of putting out an expanded Dungeon Crawl. After all, I have to put my trap charts somewhere, and FO! isn't going to be able to take it; at this point I want to do them all as one big article. With a baby and a game I'm starting (add Wayne Rossi on G+ if you want in) I don't have time for this to be anything more than a quarterly, and I'd want to do all fulfillment by Lulu (print and PDF). But I need content - I am not an artist and have no talent for it, and I don't write enough stuff to fill more than a few pages a month.

I do have some monsters ready and more concepts from my monster series here that I'll be expanding. I may also write up my lunar sandbox (hinted at here), but I'd need help with the map and the art. And of course the trap charts. I think expanded versions of the planar sketches I've been doing in general would be good article fodder.

My ideal follow-up to FO! would feature a mix of adventures, articles (instructional and expanding on game ideas), crunchy bits (classes, races, monsters, spells, magic items, random charts), comics/fiction, interviews and reviews. I think we'd need a good chunk of content to get this off the ground. I'm also considering whether the name should be different, since "Crawl" is getting out there as a zine.

So, the big question: who else is willing to be a part of this? Comment here or email me - wrossi81 at gmail.


  1. I'm interested in helping out. I'll be glad to do some short stories, adventure journals, and even some articles. I can show you samples of my work if necessary.

    1. Please send me an email. wrossi81 at gmail dot com.

  2. Why don't you just take your stuff and publish it as blog posts? Add one of those buttons to your blog like everyone has that allows you to convert a blog post to a PDF.

    I say this because I've contributed content to more than one person's pet project magazine that never saw the light of day.

    This way, you could get your stuff out there without having to depend on anyone else. Everyone wins.

    1. I understand this completely, but I do think there are valid reasons to do a zine rather than a series of blog posts.

      First - when I'm writing for my blog, it's often to flesh out an idea that I have. It's not complete content that I've worked out and play-tested. A zine allows that level of rigor, and depth, that a blog seems averse to.

      Second - putting out blog entries just seems very diffuse to me, I'd like to collect things into something more substantial.

      Third - I would like to supplement the things I'm working on with art that I'm not ripping off from Wikimedia. I am not an artist and can't do that myself, and unless I monetize this blog I can't afford getting artists to do original sketches for my blog entries.

      Fourth - I think that we need something more community oriented. My blog reflects my peculiar interests, not the old school D&D community as a whole.


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