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In This Issue:

  • Welcome to Issue Zero - It’s a game system! It’s a zine about tabletop roleplaying! It’s both! An introduction to the Hippogryph project, what to expect in this issue, and what you can look forward to in future issues.
  • How to Create Things - From characters to magic items to worlds, a unified system for creating all of the elements that go into a tabletop roleplaying game. Make things for your campaign, or just build things for fun!
  • How to Take Turns - Learn about the basic logistics of playing the game in this section. Who goes first, how scenes play out, and the fundamental ways that action and narration are balanced all get covered here.
  • How to Do Things - From a familiar core mechanic to specific types of actions and how action points work, this section covers the rules. All other mechanics and systems stem from these basic principles.
  • How to Develop Characters - How characters heal, gain rewards, and improve their abilities all gets covered here. Learn how to reset character goals, expand their background, and build relevant connections to the story and setting.

A hippogryph the poster child for two things that, by all logic, should not go together. Yet somehow, they merge into a new entity that not only works, but elevates both components. It’s a strange hybrid creature, combining elements of a giant eagle with a horse. Various cultures over time have used the hippogryph as a symbol for everything from the perplexing nature of religious belief to the immeasurable power of romantic love. For me, it represents how the whole can be more than the mere sum of its parts. It’s lofty yet grounded, poetic yet practical.

I named this project Hippogryph because it’s full of such dichotomies. The hobby at its core is the melding of wargaming and storytelling. My strongest influences are both heavier legacy games like Dungeons & Dragons, and lighter, free-form systems like Fate Accelerated. My goal is to leverage the strengths of each element, use them to compensate for their collective flaws and drawbacks, and create something singular, entertaining, and useful.

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Berin K February 14, 2020 1:46 pm UTC
10 February 2020 - Print-on-demand files have been uploaded and are awaiting confirmation from the printer.
12 February 2020 - Files have been uploaded to the printer by OBS.
13 February 2020 - The printer has accepted the files.
14 February 2020 - The proof has been printed and mailed for approval.
When the proof arrives, assuming all looks well, the print-on-demand option will become available.
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Lloyd R January 12, 2020 5:04 pm UTC
Page 3, under "a context for discussing ttrpgs" second paragraph "It’s starting point for me to write about the hobby, the industry, and fandom." I think there should be an "a" in there "It's a starting point …"
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Berin K January 13, 2020 3:13 pm UTC
Yup. That one was found already. The full version wasn't released because final editing hadn't been completed yet.
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David P January 09, 2020 11:59 pm UTC
I'm confused. Will the full 32 page issue be a separate purchase or is this purchase for the 32 page issue?
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Berin K January 10, 2020 8:13 am UTC
"Files will be updated when the full issue becomes available." means "we'll replace the 10-page preview with the full 32 page PDF when it becomes available".

WHY would we charge you for a preview and then charge you again for the full product?
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David P January 10, 2020 7:53 pm UTC
I don'T kNow BeRIn ThAT's WhY i AskED
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David P January 10, 2020 10:08 pm UTC
That's a pretty good point Terrence except that they changed the description because it obviously wasn't clear. Do you have any more classic Forest Gump wisdom for me?
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Badger B January 19, 2020 9:27 pm UTC
I think you might find that the preview was placed up there first and then over time the full 32 page edition has gone up now.

That might account for the inconsistencies
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