The Great Soul Train Robbery—ZineQuest

Created by Alexi Sargeant (Cloven Pine Games)

A one-shot tabletop RPG in zine form, about Desperados robbing the train to Hell. #ZineQuest

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Zines Headed to You!
2 months ago – Sat, Aug 21, 2021 at 01:30:23 PM

Dear Desperados,

One week ago, I shipped out a large batch of zines. If you filled out the Backerkit survey before the deadline, I sent a zine to you. Some of you may have received your copies already. But if not, expect it sometime soon. And if you want to take an unboxing picture, please feel free! If you tweet it and tag @ClovenPineGames I'll roll up and describe a Desperado for you to use in a game of Great Soul Train Robbery.

Copies of The Great Soul Train Robbery, ready to set off for new homes

Huge thanks to our friends at Plus One Exp for their clutch help in shipping the game. If you dig the Great Soul Train Robbery, you'll probably also want to check out Plus One Exp's YouTube channel, where Tony Vasinda hosts great interviews, actual plays, and other videos highlighting what's cool in the indie roleplaying scene. Plus One Exp's latest project is Down We Go, a minimalist dungeon-crawling game designed to hit the table fast (the core rules fit on the one-page character sheet!). They're funding a zine edition on the crowdfunding platform GameFound.

So what now? Well, it's not quite the end of the line. As you play Great Soul Train Robbery, I'd love to hear stories from your tables! Feel free to tag me on Twitter @ClovenPineGames. And if you backed for a physical zine but haven't filled out the Backerkit survey yet, please do so ASAP so I can ship you a copy in my next round. The BackerKit pre-order store will remain open for non-backers to acquire copies, while supplies last. Plus, folks will always be able to buy the PDF of the game on itchio or DriveThruRPG.

I will also be back in touch occasionally with the handful of remaining stretch goals and any major updates about new Cloven Pine projects that might be interesting to you. Those updates will be more sporadic than these have been, so if you want to stay up-to-date with all our gaming endeavors, follow Cloven Pine Games on Twitter or Substack.

We did it, Desperados. We robbed the train and lived to tell the tale. But now you've got to ask yourselves: what will you do with the prize?

The Great Soul Train Robbery, ready to go full steam ahead

Shipping Starts Friday!
3 months ago – Wed, Aug 11, 2021 at 03:09:58 PM

Dear Desperados,

A quick update. I plan to ship the first round of zines this Friday. I will lock the surveys for that round of shipping tomorrow night, at 11pm ET. So, if you have yet to fill in your survey, or you need to update your address, do so before that deadline!

Thanks to everyone for your support. I'm mighty pleased that soon you'll have the zine in your hands.

Backerkit Surveys Sent!
3 months ago – Mon, Jul 19, 2021 at 10:01:28 AM

Howdy Desperados!

If you backed for a physical copy of The Great Soul Train Robbery, you should have now received an email with a special link to your BackerKit survey. (If you don't see the survey, double-check your spam folder or promotions tab.) It’s important to respond to your survey as quickly as you can since we need this information to fulfill your rewards.

You don’t need to create a BackerKit account to fill out your survey. In the email with the survey, click the survey link to respond and provide your shipping information. You can also purchase additional copies of the physical zine as an add-on item via the survey.

After you respond to your survey, you can go back later and change your responses at any time before we close the surveys (probably around the end of July) and get our final counts.

If you need to review your information or pledge status, you can return to your survey by clicking the link in your survey email or requesting your survey link under "Lost your survey?" on our BackerKit project page at

If you did not back the Kickstarter at a level where you get a physical zine, you still have a chance to pre-order one! Check out our pre-order store on Backerkit here: This is also the place to point friends who are interested in snagging the physical game but missed the Kickstarter.

Lastly, if you are someone who knows me personally and wants to pick up the zine in-person, select "Local Pickup" from the country dropdown in the shipping section of the survey. If you've already picked up a copy in this manner, follow the same procedure so Backerkit knows that you're all set. Thank ye kindly!

That's it for now, Desperados. Let's saddle up and get all these surveys filled in so I can get these zines galloping towards your mailboxes!

Zine Arrival
4 months ago – Fri, Jun 25, 2021 at 03:41:09 AM

Howdy Desperados!

Just a quick update for you. Today I heard an ominous train whistle outside my door. When I checked my porch, a package was waiting, smelling of gunsmoke and brimstone. What was in it? This was:

A box full of copies of The Great Soul Train Robbery

That's right, the zines have arrived! Expect another message soon, and with it, a BackerKit survey. I am so excited to send these zines out to you.


First Look at the Zine!
5 months ago – Wed, May 19, 2021 at 12:50:15 PM

A tip of the ten-gallon hat to you all. I hope you're enjoying the PDF version of The Great Soul Train Robbery. Please let me know if you've had any trouble claiming your copy.

I have received a test batch of copies of the physical zine from the printer. They're gorgeous! It's wonderful to finally have the book in hand. Check out some pictures:

A lovely stack of zines
A banner day for Cloven Pine Games

As we barrel down the track, I'm opening up pre-orders to non-backers. So if you have friends who want in on the zine, point them here. I'll place an order soon for big batch of copies. Then we'll be off to the races, collecting shipping fees and sending out the zine so you can all have one of these beauts for your enjoyment at the gaming table. (Of course, I'll deliver copies to backers first, never fear.)

I have also made the PDF of the game available for purchase on DriveThruRPG and Itchio. So please also point your friends there! And today, May 14th, point them especially to Itchio. It's Creator Day, and 100% of what you spend on Itchio today goes to the creators. Itchio is also where folks playing the game can find the fillable character sheet for the game—designed, of course, in the style of a wanted poster. I'll link directly to the character sheet below for you, my lovely backers.

Till soon, Desperados.

click through to download the wanted poster/character sheet