A downloadable zine

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In Our Own Wor(l)ds is a ttrpg/larp/storytelling game about making zines, trading zines, character development and worldbuilding, as well as a lesson on how to make a simple zine, all in one package. It’s a love letter to zine culture, friendships across the distance, snail mail, and parallel universes.

If you are not familiar with the concept of zines, they are DIY self-published booklets with their own underground subculture devoted to making, selling (though usually not for much), and trading them. Zines culture has traditionally been a space where people from marginalized identities and subcultures can get their voice out there without being censored.

This game is about a specific subgenre of zines known as “perzines”. A perzine is a personal zine, where the “zinester” writes (and sometimes draws) about their own life experiences, identities, interests, and thoughts.

In this game you’ll be playing as a character in a parallel universe. It may be very similar to our own world, or very, very different. But no matter what this world looks like, you’ll be making zines as your character and trading them with another player character who will be making their own.

Over the course of trading zines, you’ll develop your own characters and worlds, starting from basics and expanding over the course of creating and trading several zines. According to the mechanics detailed within this zine, features of the zines you receive from the other player will influence your character and gradually strengthen your characters’ friendship with each other. The goal for the game is to both develop your characters and universes and collaboratively shape a narrative.

28 pages of content!

This zine was funded through Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/metaparadox/in-our-own-worlds-a-fantastical...

Get a physical copy on my Etsy: http://paradoxnowcreations.etsy.com/

CategoryPhysical game
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
TagsLARP, Tabletop role-playing game, zine, zines


Buy Now$3.00 USD or more

In order to download this zine you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $3 USD. You will get access to the following files:

In Our Own Worlds Readable.pdf 42 MB
In Our Own Worlds Printable.pdf 30 MB
In Our Own Worlds Cover Print.pdf 614 kB

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In Our Own Worlds Game Text.txt 28 kB
In Our Own Worlds Making a Zine Text.txt 11 kB
In Our Own Worlds Sheet.pdf 1 MB


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Hey I have the weirdest, probably stupidest, question.

Is there any way to adapt this for a larger group than two players? I found this and am a little obsessed with the idea and really want to pitch it to a discord server I'm in (I especially loved the idea of the multiple zine reviews mentioned in zine 2 being reviews of a trading group's zines) but I'm not sure how to logistically make it work?

If you have any ideas on this I would LOVE to hear them, although I recognize that it might just not be possible to do this.