同ZINE was an idea that npckc and I came up with. We wanted to continue the spirit of Indie Tsushin, a project Daikon and I had made with Andrew from Indiepocalypse. We were excited to work on this, and agreed to turn the Discord server we used for Indie Tsushin into the 同ZINE server. Daikon was still an admin there because he had been for Indie Tsushin, plus he was helping me do tons of the work for 同ZINE as well like translation, driving to events, contacting devs, etc. In general though, the two people doing the heavy lifting for 同ZINE were npckc and me.
npckc and I both worked on the planning and work of curating games, putting together the bundle, editing the zine, managing websites/socials, etc. The work was split evenly between us. We released Issue #0 on November 13 at Dejige, at a table that npckc and Nice Gear Games shared. Prior to that, Daikon and I drove to Gifu Prefecture to promote and recruit for 同ZINE at Zentame. Daikon and I were not mere contributors (we weren't paid the flat 謝礼 fee for contributors, among many other things) but co-organizers of the project up to that point, and Issue #0 as a whole.
About a week after launch, this happened. The "ultimatum" was that Daikon had to be dropped as an admin. And, rather stupidly, Daikon and I agreed to have him step down as an admin of the server he and I created together for Indie Tsushin before npckc joined to turn it into 同ZINE. That's how things would have ended up if npckc didn't have to get in another stinger about how, moving forward, I needed to be "open to their suggestions."
After Daikon and I quit the project, I handed over all files and keys, everything that I thought npckc would need to continue without us. I left a link to npckc's new Discord server in the one that Daikon and I ran, along with a note that 同ZINE was moving there. I renamed our server back to what it was before. To our server members, I did not mention that we had split nor give any details about it, and kept the announcement bouncy and courteous. Despite it all, even now, I want the project to succeed, if for no other reason than that it has effectively swept up all of the people we had built connections with through Indie Tsushin.
In response, Nice Gear Games was scrubbed from the 同ZINE site. It took two attempts at contacting npckc for us to get credited, and even now it's only found in one place hidden behind a <details> cut. They are now, apparently, promoting Issue #0 as something they came up with and created entirely on their own, all while saying pretty things about the importance of crediting in games media. It is amazing, truly amazing. Can you imagine why I felt like I was being treated like an employee and not a co-founder of the project?
I tried being discreet and not airing my dirty laundry in public, but come on. I know that npckc has an army of followers and tons of connections, meanwhile Daikon and I are total nobodies. It sucks so bad that something we poured our money and months of our time into can get wrenched away from us like this, all because I put my foot down and said I didn't appreciate being spoken to like an underling. It sucks that outlets are not going to check to see if npckc really was the sole curator on Issue #0, it sucks that Daikon and I do not have anywhere close to the fanbase or reach that npckc has to continue the very project we started in the first place. It sucks that all of this had to happen while I was (and still am!) dealing with COVID and a million other things in my life.
I don't want to be fighting over credits anymore, I just want it to get done so that I can move on from this awful chapter of my life.