Tuesday, September 8, 2015

My History with One-Page Zines (or OPZs)

 +Christian Walker with his release of the tolling of the great black bell has sparked a surge of others getting into the one-page zines.  You've got +matt jackson producing The Ten Foot Pole, +Mike Davison  and his Boarding Action, +Tony T is writing Outpost Owlbear and +Wayne Snyder is penning Dark Ruins.  These are what I know of right now.  There might be a few more OPZs birthing out there as I write.  I hope so.

I love the excitement its generating and to no small part to Christian for inspiring others...again.  As I've said many times, without Christian's Loviatar, there would be no Manor and probably a bunch more.  Tonight I was putting together a binder for all the OPZs I've been getting and found all of Christian's older ones and I'd forgotten about a few of them.

The one I remember the best is One Square = 5' (6 issues).  I wrote a series of posts of solo adventuring through the on going adventure.  I believe I played only dwarven characters and they all met horrible deaths and all their names rhymed.  It was fun. 

Then Christian created a Call of Cthulhu OPZ called Shudde M'Ell Confidential (3 issues).  I love the look and layout of this one.  Has the feel of a 1920's newsletter.

And two more OPZs from Christian, I want to live in Los Angles (7 issues) and a letter from Los Angles (3 issues). 

I found another old one by Matt Jackson, Qwellian's Journal (1 issue).   And in a recent purchase from +Ron Yonts he sent along with the books a one-page adventure Calcified Caves of the Slime Yeti.

I guess I was just thinking how I thought all this OPZ stuff was new and once I got to digging around I found I've been getting them for years. 

Write on OPZers.