Issue 1 features:
- Front cover by Jon Hodgson
- Editorial Column by Ian Livingstone
- Tabletop game scenarios and rules expansions
- A Traveller / The One Ring crossover adventure by Graham Stapehurst.
- Talisman 4E character by Robert Harris and illustrated by Gary Chalk
- 'Celebrity' One Page Dungeon - Neil Gaiman
- Short Game Reviews written by game designers, focusing on
- electronic crossovers and notable digital games.
- Game designer profiles Retrospectives and Interviews
- Albie Fiore - from dungeons deep to cryptic crosswords
- Game design + production articles
- Lew Pulsipher (approaches and playthough)
- Juilan Galloop Computer programming for non-programmers
- Steve Jackson (UK) on theory.
- What was going on in the games industry: 1973, 1983, 1993, 2003.
- Letters page
- Zine reviews
- Classified ads (5p a word)
- Ads, lots and lots of glorious ads - Fantasy Flight Games, Black Library, TinManGames, Atlas Games, Steve Jackson Games, Cubicle 7, WoTC, 22Cans, Esdivium Games, LoTFP,
- Half page cartoon by Lew Stringer
No, no, it's not real.
Post originally due to the imminent launch of Gygax magazine, which follows the design of mid-80's Dragon magazine and I thought well, Steve and Ian probably had more of a direct influence on my gaming than Gary, so I thoight I'd do a hommage and reinvent early 80s White Dwarf for the world of today. Half an hour later - ta-da!
And then Ian gets a CBE in the New Years Honours List on his birthday too (congratulations all round!). And that's one reason there is a "programming for non-programmers" series in there. Ian has worked really hard to get ITC education in the UK moving on a different track "teach children to create technology rather than just being passive users of it", and while Living Stone magazine is not aimed at children, a series of articles about writing a game or a game aid could be very interesting, and a fitting nod.
While I'm here, talking about Fighting Fantasy and stuff, Jonathan Green is running a Kickstarter to write his "History of Fighting Fantasy" book You are the Hero. There are about 7 days left, and it needs another 4k to fund.
And speaking of Kickstarter, imagine Living Stone magazine is up on there, gauging support, would you pledge to help make this happen? Would you subscribe? Conversely, if your name is above, would you contribute? would advertisers advertise?