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zine2018 (All Print Issues)

zine2018 (All Print Issues)

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zine2018 was a monthly zine project over the course of 2018. Each issue explores a central theme through my personal lens, as I try to focus and explore issues, ideas and problems in and around my life. It’s over now, but it was zine2018 a personal project that, hopefully, still has resonance with others navigating their own difficult years.

Select which issue you wish to order from the dropdown. If you want more than one, you'll need to add each one to your cart individually (or check out the bundle options). All issues come with PDF(s) included, which will be emailed to you manually (please allow up to 24 hours for this).


First Six Issues Bundle. Get issues #1-#6 for only $20.00! There is also a PDF bundle available of the first six issues for $10.

Last Six Issues Bundle. Get issues #7-#12 for only $20.00! There is also a PDF bundle available of the last six issues for $10.


The project was organized around a cycle of four themes throughout the year: Fortune, Death, Creation and Love. Each themed three-issue bundle is $12.

Fortune: Horizons, Gratitude & Renewal (the January, May & September issues)

Death: Isolation, Enervation & Failure (the February, June & October issues)

Creation: Emergence, Courage & Harvest (the March, July & November issues)

Love: Passion, Decadence & Celebration (the April, August & December issues)


Issue #1 | January | Horizons

  • 24 pages

  • Doing Something New, Letting Things Go, Finding New Goals, Failures and Victories, Grace and Clarity

  • Game: The Apprentice's Ascent

Issue #2 | February | Isolation

  • 24 pages

  • Memoria: Three WInters, Lonely Strengths, No Mentors, Finding Sparks/Keeping Warm, Music Musings

  • Game: Alone Together

Issue #3 | March | Emergence

  • 24 pages

  • Finding New Interests, Newness and Novelty, Dreamation 2018, Wrestling & Larp

  • Game: Chrysalis (a one-player game)

Issue #4 | April | Passion

  • 20 pages

  • PassionoissesbO, Crushes, Making Your Hobby Your Job, Investing in Others Passion

  • Game: Heart, Mind, Body

Issue #5 | May | Gratitude

  • 20 pages

  • Indicia Reading: Past, Present, Future; Luck & Humility; Unexpected Fortune; Making Your Own Luck

  • Helpful Hands: A Situation-Framing Game

Issue #6 | June | Enervation

  • 24 pages

  • It’s Too Hot, Losing Interest/Staying Busy, Entropic Heat Death, Goals Checkin

  • Game: Treasures of the Jungle, A Free-Form Choose Your Own Adventure Game

Issue #7 | July | Courage

  • 12 Pages

  • Pushing Through, Low Spirits, Dreams of Retirement

  • Game: Blind Courage, a Push-Your-Luck Game for One

Issue #8 | August | Decadence

  • 20 Pages

  • Self-Care <-> Self-Indulgence, Bad Taste & Bad Art, Do What Makes You Happy

  • Game: Suffer Them To Live (A Game of Indulgence & Pleasure)

Issue #9 | September | Renewal

  • 20 Pages

  • Second Editions, 10 Questions

  • Game: Resurrection of the Essence Tree (A Board Game for 3-5 players)

Issue #10 | October | Failure

  • 12 Pages

  • Coping Mechanisms, Bitterness vs Motivation, Sunk Cost & Cutting Losses

  • Game: Failing Forward (a push-your-luck game of making progress)

Issue #11 | November | Harvest

  • 20 Pages

  • 2018 Projects: Gathered & Stored/Strong Seeds/Fallow in the Field

  • Game: Black Sun // Red Shift (A WWWRPG wrestling tournament to save the world)

Issue #12 | December | Celebration

  • 16 Pages

  • Time to Come Together/Holidays in Memory/Year in Review

  • Game: The Joy of Others Company (a casual game of ritual making)

zine2018 was funded by my Patreon. It is now over.

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