Friday, July 24, 2009

Friday Discussion: Which RPG Magazines Do You Read?

Another Friday, where you would swear the entire blogosphere had disappeared in one silent breath.

Fridays might be slow for bloggers, but we keep things moving here at RPG Blog 2 with a little discussion every Friday. Nothing too serious, nothing too heavy, just some gamer talk to get us into the weekend.

This Friday's Question: Which RPG magazines do you read or subscribe to? There certainly has been an explosion of them as of late, but I'm interested see which ones you really like.

For me, the main one I currently read is Fight On! , which is a tremendous mag for piecemeal/random ideas and inspiration. I've checked out both Knockspell and Troll Lord's Crusader Magazine, but I'm not sure if I'm ready to make those regulars on my limited gaming budget. With Dragon and Dungeon finished with their non-4e runs, those are of limited utility to me right now. Pathfinder products from Paizo are sort of a case-by-case basis for me. The same for The Rifter, actually.

And man, I wish my gaming budget was a bit larger (currently, I believe it's actually a negative number), because Kobold Quarterly seems really, really cool from the issues and articles I have been able to read. I'd love a regular subscription to that, but right now, I guess it isn't meant to be.

How about you--what's the lay of the land as far as gaming mags go? I'll look forward to your comments and thoughts below!

26 comments:

Alex Schroeder said...

I'm subscribed to Pathfinder Adventure Paths, Modules, and Planet Stories (although those hardly count as magazines, if you ask me). I submit to and buy Fight On! religiously and I buy Knockspell, but I'm less certain I'll keep buying it. I have a PDF-only Kobold Quarterly subscription, but I find that I hardly read PDF documents and I'm usually too lazy to print them out myself. I got four KQ issues in print but thinking back I realized how bloody expensive it was to have them shipped to Switzerland. So I stopped.

mhensley said...

Knights of the Dinner Table. I have every issue except maybe a couple.

Zachary The First said...

(smacks forehead)

Of course! KoDT! That's one I used to pick up from my FLGS monthly. Now, it's much more erratic, sadly.

nitessine said...

The only RPG magazine I currently read is Roolipelaaja, a Finnish magazine that I also occasionally write for (most recently interviewing JimLotFP for the big 80's theme issue). Their website is at http://www.roolipelaaja.fi/

Olman Feelyus said...

One more regular reader of Knights of the Dinner Table Magazine here. I love the comics, but the rest of the magazine has a wide range of gaming content and general nerd-info as well. Great letters section and editorial attitude as well.

The other thing that people don't pay attention to is that KoDT is always looking for articles. It's a great way to get your name published, make a few bucks and to steer the content of the magazine towards area of gaming that may interest you.

seaofstarsrpg said...

I read and recommend Kobold Quarterly as a solid D&D focused resource.

Pathfinder, I like but I have trouble considering it a magazine at $20 an issue. More a cool module with support material.

I will check out Knockspell and Fight On! which are both new to me.

Jeff Rients said...

I have a sub to Knights of the Dinner Table through my FLGS. I get Fight On! and Knockspell when they come out. I also get the Iridia zine.

Ryan said...

I mine the used games section of my LGS for old Dragon Issues. (Pre-3rd edition) Sadly I think I might have bought just about all the issues from the pre-AD&D2 era. I like the "grab bag" nature of old Dragon mags.

I have been considering a subscription to Fight On!, but I am still on the fence.

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Sean said...

I am reading Dungeon & Dragon through DDI and Goodman Games Level Up. Playing mostly 4e so thats where my reading is.

Zachary The First said...

@Sean, Everyone: So what's the consensus on Level Up? I'm not really a 4e player, but is it worth the price?

clash bowley said...

I don't read any mags. None of them have me in their target audience.

-clash

Zachary The First said...

I'm waiting for clash to come out with "Past & Present", the game for the Sci-Fi and Historical RPGer. :)

I know Mongoose's Signs & Portents covers some Traveller stuff, but I'd love a sci-fi-themed RPG mag. I know that's a niche, but if it were out there in print and pdf, that would be awesome!

Zachary The First said...

I should add I know there have been a few attempts for Traveller and the like, but I'd like to see a multi-system & generic mag for it, both print and pdf.

Mad Brew said...

I read Kobold Quarterly and fully recommend it (though I could be biased since I was published in the most recent issues and have other business relation ships with it).

I also read Privateer Press' No Quarter, which used to have a lot of stuff for their d20 licensed Iron Kingdoms RPG. But since I play Warmachine (Cryx), I still get it. Fans of miniatures might also find it useful as it often has painting/modeling articles.

MythosaAkira said...

@Zachary The First: Level Up is only $2 at the FLGS; there should be enough in there to mine for ideas for that price (I do have the first issue, but it's at home and I don't recall the exact contents). Looks like issue #2 has some Cthulhu bits in it (haven't picked that one up yet).

As for the original question: Level Up, KoDT, Dragon/Dungeon (DDI).

Jeff Tillotson said...

I read and have DDI subscription for Dungeon and Dragon. I just got my first issue of Kobold Quarterly (waiting on the print version). There is a list of things I want to buy from Goodman Games. At that time I'll order a single issue of Level Up to see if it is worth a subscription.

HinterWelt said...

Zach Said: "m waiting for clash to come out with "Past & Present", the game for the Sci-Fi and Historical RPGer."

I could get behind this. Clash would go crazy mad witht he articles, I would do layout and publish...Yeah, Baby!

Quim said...

As a Rifts fun I use to buy Rifter, but not at all regulary. More now with the pdf option.

Zachary The First said...

Hey, can I be submissions manager? :)

vraymond said...

You know, the usual: Strategic Review, Judges Guild Journal, Different Worlds, and Alarums & Excursions. :)

More recently....

Fight On!
Knockspell
Kobold Quarterly

Fun at the Library said...

My 2 cents go to Hobbit Hole and Dungeonier's Digest, both from Outlaw Press. (www.outlaw-press.com). Both zines support Tunnels and Trolls, and support for something other than D & D is, imho, a good thing.

ze bulette said...

Knockspell has been great so far, and I've only seen Fight On! #5, but these are the only two periodicals of interest to me in a long time.

Huss said...

@clash

What is your target audience?

Andreas Davour said...

Hobbit Hole for the best in T&T, and Fight On! for general old school goodness with a D&D bent.

Fuchs said...

I do not read any magazines anymore since Dragon was canceled.

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