THE MAILING LIST: Thoughts on starting an RPG magazine?

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I was looking at '&' magazine which was a plan to start up a Dragon style AD&D magazine but as 'Dragon' and 'Dungeon' are both taken they thought that left '&' unfortunatly 'Ampersand' is some corporate magazine who will likley crush their walnuts...

So any thoughts on starting an RPG magazine devoted to D&D?

The Citadel Megadungeon: http://yellowdingosappendix.blogspot.com.au/2012/08/the-citadel-mega-dungeon-now-with-room.html
My thought is, isnt there already enough magazines dedicated to gaming? Is there really something that needs to be said that isnt already covered in Dragon, Dungeon, Kolbold, White Dwarf, etc, etc.?
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Dragon and Dungeon are not print magazines anymore...The idea is this would be (eventually). Just not sure how to do it. We could provide the PDF to specific print shops where they would print you a copy on demand.
The Citadel Megadungeon: http://yellowdingosappendix.blogspot.com.au/2012/08/the-citadel-mega-dungeon-now-with-room.html


So any thoughts on starting an RPG magazine devoted to D&D?



Yeah.
It would be a good way to lose money.
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My thought is, isnt there already enough magazines dedicated to gaming? Is there really something that needs to be said that isnt already covered in Dragon, Dungeon, Kolbold, White Dwarf, etc, etc.?


White Dwarf is little more than a catalogue now, and only starting to improve again.
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My thought is, isnt there already enough magazines dedicated to gaming? Is there really something that needs to be said that isnt already covered in Dragon, Dungeon, Kolbold, White Dwarf, etc, etc.?


White Dwarf is little more than a catalogue now, and only starting to improve again.



I havnt looked at White Dwark in awhile, it used to be a top notch magazine focusing on a multitude of rpgs, like Dragon did back in the day, thats a shame.
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Dragon and Dungeon are not print magazines anymore...The idea is this would be (eventually). Just not sure how to do it. We could provide the PDF to specific print shops where they would print you a copy on demand.



You can check out www.drivethrurpg.com they do print on demand if you format the PDFs properly. Someone around here tried to do a free magazine, they got no submissions and nobody read it. It was called Friar's something or other Almanac maybe.

Basically if you have a lot of money and can buy articles from some big names in the industry maybe you can get something going, otherwise just start a blog...



Hahaha! Wink


Did both...looking to do better. Or we could do it right here in a Thread just like this one - where people can post their own art, and one page adventures, and fiction...They could put their questions right here and have them answered...

Thoughts? Wish I could post a poll in the thread so people could vote on what they would like to see.
The Citadel Megadungeon: http://yellowdingosappendix.blogspot.com.au/2012/08/the-citadel-mega-dungeon-now-with-room.html

. Or we could do it right here in a Thread just like this one - where people can post their own art, and one page adventures, and fiction...They could put their questions right here and have them answered...

Thoughts? Wish I could post a poll in the thread so people could vote on what they would like to see.



that would be a bad idea since this is the OTters and the majority of the answers wouldn't be close to answering the question as it was indtended to be taken....in other words some folks owuld just troll the thread....

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Yeah but the Alternative is a 'Blog' with shared access to genuinely interested contrubutors.

Here I could just put up something like this...



And people would contribute One page Dungeons for the Issue.
The Citadel Megadungeon: http://yellowdingosappendix.blogspot.com.au/2012/08/the-citadel-mega-dungeon-now-with-room.html


that would be a bad idea since this is the OTters and the majority of the answers wouldn't be close to answering the question as it was indtended to be taken....in other words some folks owuld just troll the thread....


Exactly.
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Or we could do it right here in a Thread just like this one - where people can post their own art, and one page adventures, and fiction...They could put their questions right here and have them answered...

Thoughts?


Are you really sure you want to do that?
I mean, it would be really fun for some of us, but not so much fun for most others.;)


"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse."- John Stuart Mill “Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views.”― William F. Buckley "The straw in your man is amazing."- Maxperson Original Hipster of the House of Trolls: I was hipster before hipster was cool Resident Hater Mini Hate Machine
A one page dungeon? Like Vecna's bathroom?


Or maybe just Vecna's china cupboard?
With magical tea cups that you can sit in and spin around?
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. Or we could do it right here in a Thread just like this one - where people can post their own art, and one page adventures, and fiction...They could put their questions right here and have them answered...

Thoughts? Wish I could post a poll in the thread so people could vote on what they would like to see.



that would be a bad idea since this is the OTters and the majority of the answers wouldn't be close to answering the question as it was indtended to be taken....in other words some folks owuld just troll the thread....


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Those are some good ideas peoples! I cant wait to unleash singing, dancing furniture on my players Bwahahahaha!
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yeah, Vecna's Weekend holiday hut by the swamps...Something simple and easy...just make sure you know your way around MS Paint and have a Graphpaper jpeg you can draw on.


The Citadel Megadungeon: http://yellowdingosappendix.blogspot.com.au/2012/08/the-citadel-mega-dungeon-now-with-room.html
Yeah but the Alternative is a 'Blog' with shared access to genuinely interested contrubutors.

Here I could just put up something like this...



And people would contribute One page Dungeons for the Issue.



I've got a blog that I'll let people post to, it can be found in my signature...Smile
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