If you’re a gamer, and you’re in or around your forties, you’ll remember the heady days of roleplaying games and tabletop battles.
These were the days of Thrud the Barbarian and Derek the Troll. Dragon, White Dwarf and Warlock are but three of the magazines that catered to the market. Out of the three, only Dragon was solely focused on TSR products but – because they had so many awesome games, this was understandable.
Then things started to change and slowly we came to the point we are at now. There are, to my knowledge, no cross-system magazines at all. There are no magazines to create content and additional rules, scenarios and campaigns and – more importantly – to present an unbiased review of products.
Some might say that Wargames Illustrated does this. I have to disagree however as the same people that own them produce Flames of War. They will always have some form of bias.
The reason that this article comes about is because of the internet rage from Games Workshop ‘fans’ who believe that the changes wrought upon – some might say wreaked upon – White Dwarf are responsible for the flooding and bad weather. I do believe that UKIP members are penning carefully-worded diatribes as I thumb this on my my mobile and cook a roast.
Indeed, the editor Jes Bickham checked his email yesterday and was rightfully upset at the hundreds of emails that were flooding his inbox, some of which were bordering upon hate mail. Nerd rage, truly something to behold.
As a result of this, I thought I would ask if there were actually any cross-system magazines still out there. The answer is no. Then someone said ‘why don’t you make one?’ Money, time, and commitment aside, I wouldn’t have the faintest clue on how to do this.
Unfortunately this ‘how would I do it’ hasn’t left my brain as it’s something that genuinely intrigues me.
First of all, would a printed magazine actually sell, or would digital be the way to go?
What are the intellectual property issues to be considered when writing new rules, scenarios, campaigns and fiction? How do you get hold of material to review?
Who prints and distributes?
How do you get people to advertise before you even have an issue out?
What else is involved?
How do you get the staff to do the ‘boring stuff’ in his background?
What else haven’t I even thought of asking?
As you can, no matter how people piss and moan, the effort to produce a magazine such as White Dwarf and Dragon is immense and I’d love to see some answers just so that I can stop my mind whirling!
Answers on this blog please.