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Scrye Folds

ICv2.com reports that Scyre, the last remaining magazine devoted to collectible games, is ending its run in April. By my count, Scrye was also the last adventure game magazine of any stripe left in wide circulation, joining Dragon, Dungeon, InQuest, Games Quarterly, and several others in the periodicals graveyard.

I used to love reading gaming magazines, but with the rise of the internet, there’s clearly not much space for them any more. Any news articles they run are out of date before they even go to press much less by the time they hit stands. The same goes for their price guides. Chewy, well-written content still has a place of course, but it’s hard to appeal to a broad audience if you focus on just one game. If you spread your wings a bit wider, you find that most players only play a handful of games and don’t care for omnivorous coverage instead.

The only magazines I know of that are left are Polymancer and Kobold Quarterly. I’ve never seen an actual copy of Polymancer, so I can’t comment on its quality.

Kobold Quarterly, which is edited and published by my fellow Alliterate Wolfgang Baur, rocks, but it’s focused exclusively on D&D material. At that, it does a wonderful job. It leapfrogs backward over the wide-ranging magazines of the ’90s and lands squarely in the days when D&D was all that most gamers cared about.

If that suits you, go for it. I read KQ—in PDF form rather than print—but I still have to mourn the loss of a wider-ranged print magazine. Of course, I have the massive resources of the internet to console me, so I can’t feel all that bad.

ETA: I forgot to mention, of course, the various gaming comics books like Knights of the Dinner Table, which features a lot of game content too. With Nodwick cancelled and (I believe) Dork Tower and PvP on print hiatus, that seem to make KoDT the last book standing.

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  1. Unlike you, I don’t quite consider DUNGEON and DRAGON dead. Dead as a “promotional” tool for gaming? Certainly, and that is a great loss. Not having the leading game of the RPG industry represented on the newsstand is disappointing, but I still consider pdf magazines (especially good ones) to be magazines. That’s one of the reasons I subscribe to Pyramid, which is only a pdf magazine.

    The recent archive “issue” (completely resolved btw) aside, the Pyramid magazine is an excellent example of a industry approach magazine. Once again, sadly not promoting the industry from the shelves. Rather, it is a magazine for the existing fan — and thus can survive without having a print edition.

    I have been a KQ subscriber, print + pdf, from day one and think the magazine is great. Though I admit that I am disappointed in some of the readers who want to make the magazine choose between older versions of D&D and 4e. I disagree with the editor’s interpretation of what 4e does/did style-wise, but I love his creative work and continue to support it. Once again though, this is a magazine that you are unlikely to find on the shelves of Barnes and Noble or 7-11. I’d like to see some “indie game” reviews. Maybe I’ll submit a request to write a column. Certainly, Wiggy Wade Williams’ Triple Ace Publishing’s “Daring Tales of Chivalry” deserves conversation in a fantasy gaming magazine.

    I wish there was a magazine promoting the gaming hobby (btw, Knucklebones covers non-rpg gaming pretty well) from a broader perspective, but we know how difficult that can be. White Dwarf is a house vehicle. Dragon and Dungeon had long been house vehicles. The gaming community is often more precious (I don’t mean that to sound pejorative) about their particular niche of the hobby than the hobby in general. I don’t like that this is true, and it is my chief frustration with the “anti-4e” crowd. There are thousands of $ of excellent 3e material available and the hobby needs to reinvent itself to survive. This doesn’t mean that I think they should play 4e, or even like it, but that their energy would be better spent promoting the hobby as a whole.

  2. Unlike you, I don’t quite consider DUNGEON and DRAGON dead. Dead as a “promotional” tool for gaming? Certainly, and that is a great loss. Not having the leading game of the RPG industry represented on the newsstand is disappointing, but I still consider pdf magazines (especially good ones) to be magazines. That’s one of the reasons I subscribe to Pyramid, which is only a pdf magazine.

    The recent archive “issue” (completely resolved btw) aside, the Pyramid magazine is an excellent example of a industry approach magazine. Once again, sadly not promoting the industry from the shelves. Rather, it is a magazine for the existing fan — and thus can survive without having a print edition.

    I have been a KQ subscriber, print + pdf, from day one and think the magazine is great. Though I admit that I am disappointed in some of the readers who want to make the magazine choose between older versions of D&D and 4e. I disagree with the editor’s interpretation of what 4e does/did style-wise, but I love his creative work and continue to support it. Once again though, this is a magazine that you are unlikely to find on the shelves of Barnes and Noble or 7-11. I’d like to see some “indie game” reviews. Maybe I’ll submit a request to write a column. Certainly, Wiggy Wade Williams’ Triple Ace Publishing’s “Daring Tales of Chivalry” deserves conversation in a fantasy gaming magazine.

    I wish there was a magazine promoting the gaming hobby (btw, Knucklebones covers non-rpg gaming pretty well) from a broader perspective, but we know how difficult that can be. White Dwarf is a house vehicle. Dragon and Dungeon had long been house vehicles. The gaming community is often more precious (I don’t mean that to sound pejorative) about their particular niche of the hobby than the hobby in general. I don’t like that this is true, and it is my chief frustration with the “anti-4e” crowd. There are thousands of $ of excellent 3e material available and the hobby needs to reinvent itself to survive. This doesn’t mean that I think they should play 4e, or even like it, but that their energy would be better spent promoting the hobby as a whole.

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