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Ross Payton
5 days ago
Night Clerk Playtest 1: Delta Green sent out to deluxe digital backers
I've uploaded the first of the bonus actual play episodes I made of the Night Clerk. It's a Delta Green game I ran back in April 2023. It features RPPR regulars Chris and Tom, p...
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Ross Payton
about 1 month ago
Shipping is nearly complete and PDFs are being sent out!
The Night Clerk is now on DTRPG. I've sent out links to backers. I've mailed out all but 2 zines from late backers. I'll add it to Itch.io soon and send out links.  Once the It...
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Ross Payton
2 months ago
Print copies are here! Shipping to start soon
I got the zines! I'll start stuffing envelopes this week and mailing them out as soon as I can. Once I get them mailed out, I'll get The Night Clerk uploaded on DrivethruRPG an...
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Ross Payton
3 months ago
Surveys sent out!
I've sent out surveys to all the backers. Please enter your addresses if I am mailing anything to you. I've ordered a test print of the zine and once I get it to confirm everyth...
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Ross Payton
3 months ago
Updated PDF of the Zine
I've added the final images, made some changes to the layout and corrected some mistakes. The zine is now complete. I've ordered a final test print for the zine from Mixam. That...
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Ross Payton
4 months ago
Test Print looks good! Please send in any typos you find in the preview PDF
I had a test print made of The Night Clerk zine and it looks good. Check it out: If you have any typos - please email them to [email protected] OR post a comment here. I h...
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Ross Payton
CREATOR
5 days ago

Project Update: Night Clerk Playtest 1: Delta Green sent out to deluxe digital backers

I've uploaded the first of the bonus actual play episodes I made of the Night Clerk. It's a Delta Green game I ran back in April 2023. It features RPPR regulars Chris and Tom, plus a guest player, Amanda. There's some feedback from the players at the end of the episode. Enjoy!
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Ross Payton
CREATOR
about 1 month ago

Project Update: Shipping is nearly complete and PDFs are being sent out!

The Night Clerk is now on DTRPG. I've sent out links to backers. I've mailed out all but 2 zines from late backers. I'll add it to Itch.io soon and send out links. 

Once the Itch.io version is uploaded, I'll be able to focus on finishing the digital extras for the project. When I get a timeline for that, I'll update here. 
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Ross Payton
CREATOR
2 months ago

Project Update: Print copies are here! Shipping to start soon


I got the zines! I'll start stuffing envelopes this week and mailing them out as soon as I can. Once I get them mailed out, I'll get The Night Clerk uploaded on DrivethruRPG and Itch.io and send out electronic copies. 

Once all that is done, I'll finish my work on the digital extra bundle. 
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Ross Payton
CREATOR
3 months ago

Project Update: Surveys sent out!

I've sent out surveys to all the backers. Please enter your addresses if I am mailing anything to you. I've ordered a test print of the zine and once I get it to confirm everything is ready, I'll be ready to order all the copies to mail to backers. 

Also, if you tried to download the PDF and got an error, try when logged into a google account. 
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Ross Payton
CREATOR
3 months ago

Project Update: Updated PDF of the Zine

I've added the final images, made some changes to the layout and corrected some mistakes. The zine is now complete. I've ordered a final test print for the zine from Mixam. That should be here on February 23. Once I get it, I can make sure there are no other mistakes, then I can begin mailing copies to backers. I'll lock addresses on Feb 23. Backers can download the PDF below. 

Once I get copies mailed, I'll add the zine to DTRPG, and Itch.io and send out links to add it to your account. After that, I'll start work on the digital rewards and backer games. 


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Ross Payton
CREATOR
4 months ago

Project Update: Test Print looks good! Please send in any typos you find in the preview PDF

I had a test print made of The Night Clerk zine and it looks good. Check it out:
If you have any typos - please email them to [email protected] OR post a comment here.

I have to polish up the design a bit and insert the photos of the key card and hand mirror. Then I can print a final test print and then place the main order. That should happen before the end of this month. Once I do that, I'll focus on the digital rewards while I mail out copies to backers. 
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Ross Payton
CREATOR
5 months ago

Project Update: Backer Draft of The Night Clerk now available!

I've finished incorporating the edits to the text of the zine. Backers can now download the draft and review it below. Please email [email protected] or comment here with any typos you notice in the draft. 

Still To Do before sending zine to the printer:

  • Get photos of the key card and shattered hand mirror to place in the zine.
  • Find/replace all p. XXX and get Table of Contents locked in. 
  • Add copyright/art credits on the copyright page. 
  • Add page on Role Playing Public Radio at the end. 

Once the zine has been sent to the printer, I'll focus on the digital rewards - I've already recorded 2 of the APs and I have some work done on the ambient recording. 
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Ross Payton
CREATOR
7 months ago

Project Update: Meet the editor: Jacqueline Bryk

I have sent the complete text of the zine to the editor, Jacqueline Bryk. She's an award winning game designer and an experienced game editor. The current plan is to finalize the text this month. I also need to get 2 more images placed - a photo of a keycard and a shattered hand mirror. I'll take the photos myself. All of this should be done this month.

Backers should get a preview PDF in December. Look it over for any typos or other problems we may have missed. I'll give everyone a month to look it over. Once that's done, the next step is printing a test copy! 

Next update should be the preview PDF going out. Look for that in early to mid December. See you then! 
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Ross Payton
CREATOR
8 months ago

Project Update: The Night Clerk is funded! Thank you!!

The Night Clerk is funded! Thank you to every backer for your support! I am working on the Pledge Manager and pre-order store so you can manage your shipping address and jump in on The Night Clerk.

The working schedule now is:

October and November: finish editing the zine. I am currently working on this and when I am done, I'll have Jacqueline Bryk edit it. Work on deluxe digital rewards.

December: A proof PDF is sent out to backers to catch typos. Work on

January: Fix typos submitted by backers and prepare for printing. Print a proof copy.

February: Once the proof copy is verified to be good, print for backers. Send deluxe digital rewards to backers.

March: Mail copies to backers. Finish any outstanding rewards, like online games. 
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Ross Payton
CREATOR
8 months ago

Project Update: Art Preview: The Mystery Guest by Trevor Henderson

Trevor Henderson, the creator of Sirenhead and author of the upcoming book Scarewaves, contributed art for The Night Clerk.

We've reached our first stretch goal! Let's keep going! At $9,000, every backer gets a free novella set in the hotel, The Left Angle Hotel.

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Ross Payton
CREATOR
8 months ago

Project Update: Actual Play of the Night Clerk on Youtube!

I ran a game of Delta Green using The Night Clerk as the scenario for two of my patrons on Youtube. You can check it out here! Find out what happens when two agents are sent to investigate a missing woman who searched for flagged occult terms before brandishing a gun in public.



We still have stretch goals to reach. Please spread the word about The Night Clerk! We have a little under 3 weeks left.
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Ross Payton
CREATOR
9 months ago

Project Update: Interviews on architectural horror and zines



We're almost there! I've done some interviews on some podcasts lately, so if you want to hear more discussion on architectural horror, zines, and RPG design, check these out.

  • Relatable Rolls: A wide ranging discussion of horror, the zine format and the design process. 
  • The Rookery: a focused discussion on defining architectural horror, comparing it with folk horror.
  • Head Swap: A shorter interview on architectural horror.

If you want to hear more about my thoughts on this subgenre and zines, check these podcasts out. 
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Just giving my best well wishes for this campaign! I remember you talking about this years and years and years ago on RPPR, and it's finally coming to fruition! Can't wait to see it succeed! :)

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