Thursday, August 20, 2009

RPG Sci-Fi Magazine: Post-Gen Con Update

I promised an updated on the idea of a fan-driven RPG Sci-Fi Magazine on the other side of Gen Con, and in this, I am true to my word.

First, thanks to everyone who offered advice and feedback on this project. I have a list of email addresses of people to contact who want to be involved with this undertaking! I truly believe this could be another great hobbyist product, one that could help people push their creative limits, get experience writing, and help share resources for a genre that often unfortunately plays second-fiddle to fantasy.

I went to Gen Con hoping to do some more polling of gamers, and I think I was able to do that, adding an additional 30+ respondents to the results. What’s more, I got some really excellent feedback on content expectations vs. price point, which I think will really help set some goals and realistic expectations for the product.

I do think there’s enough interest to move forward. This is the good news!

That bad news—well, not bad, as much as news of delayed gratification—is that I had to realistically examine my own finances. I will not be in a position to start this project until January, as I have obligations that need to be met, and a great family (mine) that needs to be taken care of. As much as I am a gamer, I need to be a husband and father first. And as I’ve said before, if this is going to be done, it needs to be done right. The other people willing to put their time and talent into it deserve that.

But the big news is, yes, this is going to happen. And I am tremendously excited for that fact!

17 comments:

Bonemaster said...

No worries, I think we are all on the momentary squeeze right now. Look at it this way. You can do the planning stuff that required no money between now and January.

Rob Lang said...

We'll be here when you're ready, mate.

rainswept said...

I expect you've considered KQ's patronage model... what are your thoughts on that?

Zachary The First said...

I did consider the patronage model—and were I better-known and doing a supplement or sourcebook of some sort, I think that’d be perfect. But given how this will have multiple writer and be fan-driven, I didn’t think it would be appropriate.

I do like the ransom/patronage model—probably just not for this situation.

sycarion said...

When it comes to crunchy stuff and sci-fi, what system is the best to use?

Like you said, sci-fi often plays second fiddle to fantasy. It's kind of easy for fantasy to say that crunch should be done with D&D. Just curious what your thoughts are.

M&M? Savage Worlds? Traveller? Icar?

Zachary The First said...

Just because the sci-fi genre is so fractured between systems (in the survey, no one system got anything near a majority, even Traveller, which came closest) that a system-light or system-generic approach is likely best. I think a few system-specific articles would be ok, but by and large, concentrating on the fiddly bits of any one system too much will alienate someone. Most respondents indicated being ok or favoring rules-generic/lite.

Barking Alien said...

I am very excited about this and would love to contribute, if not with writing (system/crunch dependant) then certainly with artwork.

As others have mentioned, I'm very curious as to what systems will be covered.

Yipee! Go Sci-Fi!

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Barking Alien

Zachary The First said...

We will definitely, definitely need artwork! Glad to hear you're excited!

clash bowley said...

Most awesome, Zachary! I'll be ready when you are!

Zachary The First said...

Thanks, clash! Much appreciated, my friend! :)

SpiralBound said...

That's a mature approach which gives me confidence that this won't be a "go nowhere" online project. As I've said before, my editing skills are available. Also, I have experience in magazine layout, page design & issue planning, so when you get to those stages in your planning, feel free to pick my brains! :-)

Zachary The First said...

@Spiralbound: Many thanks! That's certainly my intent. I figure laying a strong groundwork now will get this moving in the right direction, and stave off the dreaded "nerd projectitis".

Mountzionryan said...

Not sure what costs your anticipating, but have you considered using http://magcloud.com/ a kind of Lulu for magazines.

Mike said...

I think this is a great idea - and terrific news!

Be sure to contact me if you want/need some material for Mutant Future.

-Mike

HinterWelt said...

You know I am here to help whenever you are ready.

Zachary The First said...

Thanks, guys!

And yeah, I have been looking at magcloud, since it was recommended the only day. Thanks for the point-out!

Alex Schroeder said...

Did you see Mike D.'s call for Boarding Action submissions?

http://swordplusone.blogspot.com/2010/01/boarding-action-fanzine.html