Issue 2, Volume 2 (Hardcopy magazine)
US Cover price $3.50
2/11/98 Review by Lisa Goins, Dwarven Tavern Cyberzine
"Been there, done that, and honey I know what your going through." That was what I was thinking when I saw this magazine. It brought back a lot of old times when Jeff and I spent long hours creating, printing, collating, distributing Dwarven Tavernin hardcopy form.
"Fading into review…"
This magazine's main topic can be seen reflected in it's name. The black and white cover on natural paper was laid out well. Topic art and the proudly displayed GPA (Games Publishers Association--formally known as Small Games Publishers Association) were found on the cover. Inside format contents trivals like letter and details. One detail in particular caught my eye. The mention of "no giga pets were harmed in the production of this magazine…", yes, I read the small print. However, at DTC 2 out of 4 Christmas giga pets call out at 3a.m. from the dungeon. Their execution has been numerously delayed due to the ability to cloak.
As per usual, when you have limited staff and long nights, errors and typos are a fact of life. My advice here is to have a fresh pair of eyes look over your work as well as a final pre-press spell check. Sometimes a grammar check will pick up misspellings that your spell check won't as well.
Now this magazine does cover it's target market videos, music, TV series, and RPG games. What it doesn't cover is newsgroups or conventions in this issue. The information covered in the areas represented gave me enough facts to make a decision on if I should rent or purchase the producted reviewed, but I don't buy that A+ rating for every article. Folks also want to see the F- products too! This issue also featured a short story collectively wrote and 4 pages of black and white comic artwork with story line. I have to admit I wasn't crazy about the short story but I was impressed with the 4 pages of artwork. The story was slow to unfold but I would like to know what happened--a reason for return customers.
This magazine had sparse advertisement and hopefully will be successful at obtaining more, eventually offering a color cover, which is crucial for hardcopy magazines to succeed. This magazine shows professionalism in formatting (this shown by the research and professional cons and organizations it has attended or belongs to), which will help keep it afloat. In the day and age when magazines come and go I think we will see this one around for sometime. I give it a B+ (Actually that's an A-).
Review copyrighted by Dwarven Tavern Cyberzine 2/11/98.
Anime Squared is a proper magazine in which we found all entertainment news together. All kinds and ages of people found their data in this magazine. I am sure that this second volume also popular in the market and you pick the right content to write about.