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Opening the Horse is an approach to queer game design. The first part is a series of three zines that detail the approach. The second part is a series of three games that enact the approach. It was written by Matthew R.F. Balousek (itchtwitter). The cover illustration is by Sasha Reneau (website).

Volume 0: A Manifesto for Lycanthropic Media attempts to distill the approach down into its simplest and most succinct terms. If you only read one thing, read this. You can see another distillation of the approach in my talk from QGCon 2017.
Format: 16-page booklet (5.5 x 8.5 in).

Volume 1: Ideology in Form and Image breaks down the theoretical underpinnings of the approach. It is intended to be read along with Volume 2.
Format: 28-page booklet (5.5 x 8.5 in).

Volume 2: Trojan Horses in Theory and Practice is a reflection on the execution of the three games that were developed alongside Opening the Horse. It is intended to be read along with Volume 1.
Format: 16-page booklet (5.5 x 8.5 in).

About the Series

Opening the Horse (Vol. 0, 1, and 2)—an approach to queer game design.
Noons—two games about death on the frontier.
Squad Force Heroesa game of stylish heroism.
On The Internet, Nobody.—a game about magic and community.

The Horse Bundle—print + PDF copies of all six zines in the series for $20.

Printed Versions

The PDF version is pay-what-you-want, with no minimum price.

The Print + PDF version of each volume is $5, which includes shipping. For every two printed zines you buy, you can have a third of your choice for free. After purchasing, send me an email and let me know 1.) where to send your print copies and 2.) which free zines (if any) I should include.

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Published Mar 17, 2017
StatusReleased
CategoryBook
AuthorMatthew R.F. Balousek

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