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Once Upon a Time, in the Zantabulous Land of Zo. . .

Tailors face giants, enchanted queens dance with human peasants, talking creatures perform domestic duties, witches cast curses and fairies grant blessings. And all are seeking their Happily Ever After.

Fairy tales and folktales have served as fertile ground for many stories, novels, cartoons, movies, and games. They speak to common - possibly timeless - human emotional concerns. Despite being retold again and again until they are cliche and their images instantly familiar, something about fairytales always remains fresh and new, speaking expressively to even long-familiar readers or hearers. Fairytales unite the ordinary and the extraordinary in stories full of magic, wonder, and moral lessons.

The Zorcerer of Zo (ZoZ) is a fairytale RPG by Atomic Sock Monkey Press, publishers of Dead Inside and Truth & Justice. Inside ZoZ, you'll find:

  • An extensive discussion on fairytales, their nature and tropes.
  • An evocative game setting: the Zantabulous Land of Zo (and its five Kingdoms) -- strongly influenced by much-beloved fairytale otherworlds like Oz (naturally), Narnia, Wonderland, Fantastica, The Neighborhood of Make-Believe. Florin & Guilder, Neverland, Living Island -- and how it developed in-play with the help of the author's gaming group.
  • The "Good Parts" PDQ System -- a slimmed-down version of the PDQ Core Rules, complete in itself, suitable for fast-paced, straightforward fairytale play.
  • Extensive notes on how the initial ZoZ campaign was begun, the setting and episodes were developed, how the game was run, and the campaign came to an exciting climax (and advice on how you can do the same yourself).
  • Two "DVD commentary tracks" of textboxes -- one from the author/GM and one from the players of the PCs -- on the Actual Play of the campaign.
  • An appendix with Bonus Material like campaign production notes and additional NPCs.
In the words of Willy Wonka:

Close your eyes.
Make a wish.
Count to three.
Come with me
And you'll be
In a world of
Pure imagination. . .

The Zorcerer of Zo
ASM-030 (208 landscape pages)
* Written by Chad Underkoffler
* Additional Writing by Andrew Byers & Scott Kane
* Art by Fred Hicks, Greg Holkan, & Scott Kane
* Edited by Eric Burns
* Layout by Fred Hicks

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August 16th, 2022
The Zantabulous Zorcerer of Zo is possibly the most useful, inspirational, and gratifying RPG I own. If this one isn't in your collection, you're missing out not just on a brilliant game design (I'm a big fan of the Prose Descriptive Qua [...]
July 24th, 2016
I have to start by saying I am very fond of the PDQ system. Its simplicity and flexibility is something that draws ne back to it tiem and time again. In many respects Teh Zorcerer of Zo is simultaneously the simplest yet most sophisticated vers [...]
May 1st, 2016
I really liked the simplicity and how flexible the PDQ system is. I also liked it that the characters aren't rewarded only for killing things and swiping the loot from their bodies, but are primarily rewarded for using their brains to come up with cle [...]
August 5th, 2007
This game is simply beautiful, especially to a hopeful game designer. Be warned that the majority of the book deals with the author's campaign for this setting and it reads more like a fairy tale than a game text; however, that was an added feature to [...]
Chris G. [Featured Reviewer]
June 2nd, 2007
Zorcerer of Zo At first I wanted an opening paragraph filled with Z?s instead of S?s but I felt that was a bit too annoying. Instead I will dive in on the fun of Fairy Tale gaming. It is games set in those mythical worlds or ones heavi [...]
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