As I mentioned during Friday’s discussion, I’ve always wanted to see a magazine concentrating on space and sci-fi settings. Not just Traveller, but all the other wonderful RPGs out there that make that genre such fertile ground. Aside from all the fantastic versions of Traveller, we have Thousand Suns, Fading Suns, Cold Space, StarCluster 2, HardNova 2, Hellas, d6 Space, Nebuleon, Burning Empires, Metamorphosis Alpha, Serenity, Lightspeed, StarSIEGE...and that’s just a few of dozens upon dozens. There’s the influential fiction of Piper, Niven, Pournelle, Bujold, Drake, Bradbury, Asimov, and so many more briliant lights. There's the subgenres of Sci-Fi, from Space Opera and Post-Apocalyptic to Cyberpunk, Military, Time Travel, and Slipstream.
If I ever do ever decide to fully put my mind to making this my RPG venture of choice, I’d want something quarterly, based largely on fan submissions, not unlike Fight On! (which is a tremendous model for exciting, fan-based publishing, in my opinion). I’d also want a lot of interaction with large and small-press publishers alike. But above all, it should be an idea mill, a place where people find really useful ideas and something new every time they reread it.
There’d be a lot to do and to learn, but I think I might be tired of letting the prospect of so much to do scare me off. And I know there have to be others out there who’d love to be part of something like this, who would find it worthwhile and useful in their gaming. I’d just need to make sure that I was doing the best way, to give it the best chance of success. I'll take my time on that.
But above all, it sounds like a tremendously fun project that could really build a sense of community for a genre that's long been an also-ran or afterthought in a lot of ways. I'll be asking for your help with some preliminary surveys soon, to sort of help gauge interest level. Of course, comments and ideas are always welcome, in the comments or via email!