OK, so I was working late last night and didn’t really have a chance to iterate about what this was about, since all I got was the blunt e-mail telling me on my phone:
Thu, Apr 19, 2007, 11:00 AMPaizo Publishing and Wizards of the Coast today announced the conclusion of Paizo’s license to produce DRAGON and DUNGEON magazines effective September 2007. Publication of DRAGON and DUNGEON will cease with issues number 359 and 150, respectively.
“Today the internet is where people go to get this kind of information,” said Scott Rouse, Senior Brand Manager of DUNGEONS & DRAGONS®, Wizards of the Coast. “By moving to an online model we are using a delivery system that broadens our reach to fans around the world. Paizo has been a great partner to us over the last several years. We wish them well on their future endeavors.” Linked to official Press release
Now I’m the first one to take a free action and go into a rage about this, maybe even taking an attack of opportunity, but really there is nothing to really get your scrolls in a bunch. Paizo did an amazing job resurrecting and bringing back a magazine, that even in the “olden” glory days, used to be, at best, a Kobold with the Toughness feat.
When 3.0 came out, everybody and their mother came out of the planes, chanting the end of D&D and dressed like a Cleric of Vecna, when in reality, it had helped vitalize an already dead ( not even undead) RPG, and not just D&D, but all RPG games out there, by giving new content, new clearer rules and even a more modern look. Paizo helped that, by making a magazine that was a supplement that feeded into it, supplying new material, game ideas and helping regulate rules and setting questions.
My only +1 Bone to Pick with this whole situation is the death of a monthly magazine for the game, at all. I think the magazine helped in tons of ways, simply by just being on the stands. One thing, was that many folks who maybe knew very little of the gaming world, were introduced to it by just picking up the magazine and flipping through.
I mean, me, myself, I’m a bit of gaming lobbyist you could say; I would see somebody with that magazine in their hand, be it in Barnes and Noble, or Waldenbooks, and instantly b-line over and ask “Do You play?” and half the time it’s a lot of ex-players or people who had dabbled in it, some were Gurps player, (Blech) and etc. but the other half were folks who had known nothing about it and just wanted to know. Of course, the magazine didn’t come with 7 HD Advocate like me to prop it up, but still it’s their for folks to look at and discover. That points out how important it is to have a print magazine out their, ready in hand.
Now of course, my other thing about that is that, when it comes to gaming, I like to have print stuff in hand, anything from Hardcovers to Magazines I like to have it to flip through. Heck even the swell PDFs I get from Enworld, I print out at the Kinkos, just to have a hard copy. I like it, it’s ready info for me when I’m DMing.
So again, I’m not all “Finger of Death” over this, but I’m not all “Tasha’s Hideous Laughter” either. Paizo will still kick ass nn thier own and I’ll keep buying supplement from them, and as for WOTC? Well hopefully they’ll get their “True Seeing” going and get something even if it’s one magazine, out there, as the newsletter magazine for the masses who don’t know.
Or just cast “Dominate Person (Mass)” already! (Look at MAXIM! (Yes, but they use Boobies))