from the Wise (Guys)
the twelfth issue of The
The year 2000 appears to have arrived without serious upset anywhere
in the world, and actually with the first month of the new year now
over, it does not feel terribly different from 1999.
2000 will be a momentous year for The
change has already happened - we have relocated ourselves to a new server
(and nobody noticed!).
change will be a new look for the home page. We've noticed that there
are a significant number of visitors to the site who don't follow any
of the links on the home page, and in particular, who don't click on
the links to the current issue. As an experiment, I've added hot links
on the home page to some of this month's articles in order to catch
the eye of our more transient visitors. All being well, the complete
new look for the home page will be up and running for the March issue.
change is that we will be strengthening our non-ICE related game
coverage. I hinted in the December 1999 issue that we would be publishing
several themed issues this year. Some of the content for those issues
has already arrived in the form of excellent articles by Sean Punch
(better known to GURPS fans as "Dr Kromm") and Tim Dedopulos
from Nightfall Games. More submissions are expected to arrive soon.
However just because we have persuaded luminaries of the gaming industry
to write for us, does not mean that we are uninterested in your
submissions. Far from it. We want and we need you to contribute
articles, reviews, and fiction of all flavours. So get writing!
change is that this year will see more Words from the Other Wise
Guys. Our webmaster has already committed to giving his guest editorial
rant on the 3rd Edition of Dungeons
in March. Expect to see other staff members will be jumping on to the
soapbox in future issues.
change is that we plan to make The
into a profitable venture. We believe that after 12 issues, we have
proven that we can deliver high-quality material on a regular, punctual
schedule to a continuously growing audience. It is now time for The
to start paying off its various debts. We will be introducing a number
of new features and services to the site in the near future, and we
will be charging a modest sum for these in order to pay domain name
and site hosting costs. It is not our intention to charge for
access to webzine issues.
is a wealth of great gaming products out there and more are scheduled
to arrive as the year progresses. We're going to do our best to keep you
abreast of exciting and innovative games and supplements. However we're
going to need your help in this endeavour as we can't possibly read, play
and review everything ourselves. We'll be expecting you to share
your insights and experiences with new gaming purchases by submitting
into the editorial crystal ball, the following (very tentative) review
schedule is likely to be realised over the next few issues. Note we're
actually expecting to have more reviews than just those projected here,
but until our Reviews Editor gets her hands on them, I'm being just a
of The Five Rings RPG
(3rd Printing), Alternity
addition, we expect to be reviewing the
for 7th Sea,
Hands on Deck
out the Guns!,
Sold Down the River
Who's Who 2,
and various GURPS
supplements, and tons of other products. If you are interested in reviewing
any of these or indeed other products not mentioned in this list, get
in touch now!
the products on the above list have the virtue of being already published.
We will be reviewing Bladelands,
Spacemaster : The Privateers,
World Master Atlas (3rd Edition)
in due course as well as Dungeons
& Dragons 3rd Edition
after GenCon, but scheduling them will have to wait until publication
(for now ...)
for me to stop ranting and for you to start reading. Our next issue will
be published in March 2000 but until then,
gaming and have fun!
post your thoughts on the General Discussion Board.
To return to the table of contents, click here.
am I? Scrolls of Wisdom
for us on the RPG 100 Sponsored
by Mimic Media & Data Systems