Wednesday, May 29, 2013

My Thoughts About the Upcoming Copper Droppings S&W Fanzine

Why Copper Droppings?

Why indeed?

Sometimes things play out on their own, in ways no one involved expects. You either embrace it and ride the wave or try to avoid it and hope to not get rolled over in the process.

I never expected the amazing response to the Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day Blogfest that manifested. It was glorious and amazing and dumbfounding. Most of all, for me at least, it was inspiring. There was so much love, so much excitement and so much “stuff”. It appears there are a lot of creative folks that are fans of Swords & Wizardry. There is also a lack of opportunities for them to share their work.

One of the great results of the S&W App Day was the announcement of the return of Knockspell. I loved it and missed it and I’m thrilled it’s returning. I expect to submit an article or two when Matt announces his call for submissions.

Still, I think there is room for a (mostly) monthly fanzine that targets the Swords & Wizardry Community. The first issue will be mostly content written by me, but I want to make it a community project. While we can’t pay much, I’d like to think we can pay something for the rights to publish work that you, a member of the S&W Community, submit to Copper Droppings (you keep all copyright to your work). I’ll be referring to this as “paying with beer money”- 5 bucks for your accepted article or artwork. Just about enough cash to buy yourself a decent pint of tap beer at your local pub - or a really crappy six-pack of beer at your local grocery. It aint much, but as the line most folks us in this corner of creative activity often say: “I work for beer money!” we want to be honest - you will be basically working for beer money (or a weird sounding Starbuck’s coffee if that’s how you swing).

It’s your community. It’s your fanzine. We thank your for joining us on this ride :)


Will Copper Droppings be 100% Swords & Wizardry all of the time?

Probably not - the OSR is large and my interest spans many systems, but the focus will certainly be S&W. That being said, if someone submits an awesome OSRIC article or some such, they'll probably get their beer money ;)


  1. Erik I think its a great idea. Good luck with it. Let me know if you need anything. While my knowledge is shallow and narrow at least its free.

    1. heh

      I do pay in beer money ;)

      i will certainly chew your ear off for advice

  2. Great idea! I am sure we will hear when the submission windows are open.

    1. i figure after i see how hellish the first issue is to put together I'll open up for submissions :)

  3. I think it's fantastic. MORE ZINES!

  4. I would love to see this, it will be more work than you expect, but I will do what I can to support you. If you need any maps, I am there for you!

    1. I'm sure it will be more work then I expect, which is a bit of why I've challenged myself to do a S&W content post each day for the month of May.

      Some of it will surely find it's way into the zine, but I also proved to myself I can be productive even with a 43 hr a week job, family, friends, blogging and gaming twice a week.

      Now if I could only clone myself ;)

      Oh, and I will definitely hit you up for maps :)

  5. Replies
    1. Hopefully we (as I'll be hitting the community up for content) will be able to hit that mark consistently :)


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