Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Sci-Fi RPG Magazine Survey!

I'm currently conducting research to see just how viable a quarterly, fan-driven Sci-Fi RPG magazine would be. The responses I've had thus far have been enthusiastic, but if this is going to happen, I need to make sure the audience is there. Please take 2-3 minutes of your day and fill out this survey. The feedback will be invaluable in determining where this project goes. If you can spread the word and get a few of your fellow gamers to fill it out as well, it would be much appreciated.

Here's the direct link, if any of the feeds have trouble:

http://rpgscifi.questionpro.com/

Thanks again, and I promise to report in soon with the results! I really and truly do think this could be such a fun resource and project for all of us gamers out there who love (or want to love!) sci-fi gaming.

14 comments:

Robert Saint John said...

Not sure if you can fix it at this point, but you have D6 Space listed twice. Great selection, though, and my votes are in (no Star Trek? I'll take care of that....) :)

Zachary The First said...

Clearly, I really, really love d6 Space. :) Yeah, someone pointed it out. I meant to swap one out with another game, but by the time I caught it, it was too late. Thanks for the heads-up, though!

I can't wait to see what sort of write-ins we have on the "Other" box!

Matt Finch said...

I think this is a great idea. I like S-F gaming, but like D&D more, so (with limited gaming time) D&D always wins out. But I think I'd probably pick up copies of this magazine - at least one, to see if I liked it.

One thing about the survey - you ask if people would contribute if there weren't pay ... I answered "no," but that's because I wouldn't have anything to write for SF, not because it would be unpaid. You might get skewed responses on that question because other people who wouldn't write for it at all (paid or unpaid) will be answering "no."

My experience from Knockspell is that people are very willing to share their writing, when they know it will reach a wider audience than if it were just posted out there in the vast, wild internet.

da Trux said...

filled out the survey; had no problems with it. I noticed what Matt Finch noticed though, and he's right, the wording of that question might skew the responses you get. although my answer wasn't the same as his (i already write for a sci-fi and fantasy paper magazine, so i would have no problem submitting my work).

also, you opened my eyes to a number of games i've either forgotten about, or have never heard of! so thanks, and i will spend the rest of the week trying to track some of these down.

Zachary The First said...

Thanks for the comments, gentlemen. Good points on that question—I certainly didn’t mean for it to come across ambiguous in that sense. I may need to do a followup, in any case. Thanks again for taking time to take the survey and comment! I guess we’ll see where the interest is after I get a chance to look at the numbers!

lessthanpleased said...

One thing to keep in mind: Internet interest isn't the best way to gauge a business venture. If you're going to be putting your money on the line for something like this, please make sure you remember this.

A major mixed martial arts promotion folded this week because they assumed that hits on a message board or Web site would translate into repeat revenue on PPV - so this sort of thing is very much on my mind.

I personally think it would be great for there to be a SFRPG magazine - but I wouldn't write for it for free, wouldn't edit it for free and I can't guarantee I'd buy every issue. So you have my interest, just not necessarily my money.

Again, I don't want to be a negative nancy - I just want to make sure that, if this is something you end up doing, you won't be losing lots of money on the project.

-neal

Zachary The First said...

Neal--thanks for the input. The sort of model I'm envisioning is pretty low-risk. As for content and the like, we'll have to see how it pans out.

Some big decisions would need to be made as far as distro, print runs, Print On Demand, PDF, etc. Right now, I'm definitely looking at Fight On! as a positive model in a lot of ways, but not the gospel, either.

Zak S. said...

if you need sci-fi dungeoncrawl artwork, PLEASE let me know.

Zachary The First said...
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Zachary The First said...

Can you drop me a line (mail.rpgblog(at)gmail.com)? That way I have your contact info. :)

HinterWelt said...

Hah! I will share this bit I mocked up for Zach. Hope you do not mind Zachary.
Blaster Mag Cover

Zachary The First said...

Not at all! Of course, the name debate is wide open, but I love that you did that! Very, very cool!

SpiralBound said...

See! The "D6 Space" entry just proves you need an Editor! LOL! I love the cover mock-up, even the fake articles sound like ones I want to read! :-) Also, I like the name idea. Is there an email list or discussion group where these things are being determined? I'd like to become involved!

Zachary The First said...

There will be, yes--drop me a line at mail.rpgblog(at)gmail.com, and I'll make sure you're included when the ball starts rolling!