RPG Fanzines

DIY magazines for gamers

1986 – 2000


RPG Fanzines
RPG Fanzines

The Project

Fanzines are home-made magazines. I made my first one in High School with my friend Paul. I'm going to sound like a dinosaur but we typeset the first issue on a mechanical typewriter. We had it photocopied at school and then posted copies to our readers.

When we launched Thunderwind we marked it as issue zero. The thinking being, that by issue one it might look professional. It didn't. We sold some copies though, so we went all in and bought a word processor for our BBC Micro. Each issue was an improvement on the last and by the end we'd even grown a team of contributors.

I later contributed comics and artwork to Black Mole and From the Sublime. The last fanzine I contributed to was Tales of the Reaching Moon . They published their final issue in 2000 and after that most fandom went online.

What I worked on

I created much of the artwork for seven issues of our fanzine, Thunderwind. That amount of drawing industrialised my process. I had to speed up to get through it all and I had to improve because every issue went out with my name on it.

What I learned

If you want to get good at something, do it a lot. I've said this elsewhere but it bears repeating. If you want to get good at something, do it a lot. Before I worked on fanzines I could draw but I was slow. After four years and twice as many issues I got pretty good. By the time I worked on Tales of the Reaching Moon I was experimenting with different media in every issue.