Vacant Ritual Assembly #2 (OSR Zine)
What do you need to know?Vacant Ritual Assembly is a fairly new OSR fanzine by Red Moon Medicine Show. Aesthetically, it takes inspiration from Lamentations of the Flame Princess (LotFP), so it tends towards the weird/gothic/horror tone. The first issue was a pleasant surprise for me as it was choke-full with interesting material. You can buy the PDF for USD $2.00 (aff) or as a print for USD $4.00 (includes world-wide shipping).
Issue #2So, what's in it?
- a d66 name table
- a d12 birth sign table
- a weird village/mini-setting, Dretcher's Bay, with a one-page-dungeon (The Secrets of Acray)
- an article about mystical oarsmen
- a d66 table of woes
- a cyclops adventure
- an interview with Greg Gorgonmilk about his project Dolmenwood
The Dolmenwood project is comprised of several books that describe an out-of-the-way tract of wilderness where pagan and prehuman powers lurk.
Look'n'FeelIt's 22 pages of material + cover. The artwork is pretty cool. While not everything is on a professional level (it's a zine I don't expect that) it nevertheless is very flavorful. I just love the village illustration and the drawings of the Nephroids.
The cover also conveys the tone of the zine very well.
Layout, typography and maps are nicely done, good production value. Unlike other fanzines, VRA doesn't use a cardstock cover which makes it feel a bit flimsy. I don't think it's an issue, especially for the considerably low price of 4 bucks worldwide, but it had to be said.
TL;DRLike issue #1 I appreciate this zine for its weird and interesting shit. I'm not sure if I ever use anything of it, but I had much fun reading it. Especially Dretcher's Bay, "the Captains" and Nephroids are great. Additionally, much of the content is very useful, especially if you like the surreal vibe of LotfP. Definitely worth a look! Links:
Vacant Ritual Assembly #2 PDF (aff)
Vacant Ritual Assembly #2 print