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Words from the Wise (Guys)

An Editorial Rant

Welcome

To the forty-second issue of The Guild Companion.

Discussion Boards Revamp

The planned changes to the discussion boards went very smoothly. All kudos to our webmaster Rob Brott for making the transition so painless. When you click on any Voices of Reason link, you'll find a much cleaner set of boards awaiting you. All the existing threads have been preserved and you still don't need an account to post. See you there.

Would You Pay Money For The Guild Companion?

Let's backtrack for a moment.

On ICE's official forums, a thread arose suggesting that a magazine devoted to ICE's products would be a Very Good Thing. Naturally the existence of this periodical was pointed out. However, some posters also commented that there were a number of article types and regular features, which they would like to see in The Guild Companion. The posters quickly recognized that we can only publish what contributors are willing to submit.

The suggestion was then made that we should charge for access to The Guild Companion, using the income generated from subscriptions to pay writers. The rationale is that we'd attract a higher quantity and quality of submissions, leading in turn to a better magazine to support Rolemaster and Spacemaster.

The end result of this discussion is that this month's poll on ICE's website asks whether you would be willing to pay for The Guild Companion, and if so, how much.

If you are a registered member on ICE's official forums, we would strongly encourage you to express your honest opinion, regardless of what it is. The more people who vote, the more meaningful the poll will be.

You can also talk about this matter on our TGC magazine discussion board.

Rest assured, however, that we will not make any rash decisions.

Articles Wanted!

The Guild Companion needs more submissions from you.

  • We want to publish new professions, training packages, spell lists, creatures, treasures, races, cultures, adventures for Rolemaster and Spacemaster.
  • We want to publish tips for GMs and generic material usable with any game system.
  • We want to publish scenarios and tactical advice for Silent Death, new decks for MECCG, new MERP resources and articles for the d20 System.

We know you want to read articles like this.

But we can't write all of them ourselves. So we need you to help us. And by helping us, you'll be helping the games you love.

So start writing. Submit your articles to me at nhmc1@hermes.cam.ac.uk

Progress Report

We have some very good news to report concerning our modules.

City of Archendurn has been finished. It has also been approved by ICE. Once certain formalities are completed and our ecommerce site goes live, we will be making it available for purchase.

Aaron Smalley is now busy with his first followup adventure module, Dun Cru.

More news next month.

New RM System Editor

In news just in, it has been revealed that Tim Dugger, a long-time contributor to The Guild Companion and founder member of the Guild, has taken up a new post in the gaming world as Rolemaster System Editor. We wish him well in his new role.

Farewell (for now ...)

Our next issue will appear in September, but until then ...

Keep gaming and have fun!
Nicholas HM Caldwell
General Editor for The Guild Companion

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