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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian25 Jul 2016 4:56 a.m. PST

Writing in our forum – TMP link – Ottoathome says:

E-zines are "no zines." No one reads them.

Do you agree?

Mute Bystander25 Jul 2016 5:01 a.m. PST

I don't read them but I am just one iconoclastic Grognard so what do I know?

Ragbones Supporting Member of TMP25 Jul 2016 5:25 a.m. PST

The only one I read is "Warning Order," by the Wasatch Front Historical Gaming Society. On the whole I very much miss "The Courier" and "MWAN." For me, nothing will replace those grand labors of love.

Personal logo PaulCollins Supporting Member of TMP25 Jul 2016 5:30 a.m. PST

I read them.

BTCTerrainman Supporting Member of TMP25 Jul 2016 5:50 a.m. PST

I spend too much time on the computer all day anyway. I prefer to read hard copies and not online. I am not a big fan of ezines.

Skeets Supporting Member of TMP25 Jul 2016 5:56 a.m. PST

I read a few of them.

Stryderg25 Jul 2016 6:07 a.m. PST

The problem I've seen with them (especially the fan based ones) is a lack of content in a timely manner. I even wrote a few (very) short stories for one. But the first two issues were released within a month of each other (ie. on time), the next took 6 weeks, the next took longer…you get the picture.

Dynaman878925 Jul 2016 6:44 a.m. PST

Far as I can tell nobody reads zines anymore either, by that standard ezines are zines…

evilcartoonist25 Jul 2016 6:55 a.m. PST

I read them. So now I'm no one?

Dynaman878925 Jul 2016 7:01 a.m. PST

yup, along with the nobody that still reads newspapers. Same idea.

PJ ONeill25 Jul 2016 7:02 a.m. PST

Stephen Huckaby does a very nice e-zine- ACW Gamer.
I find it to be a valued successor to the Zouave and Scott Mingus' "Charge". After 11 issues, I'm still excited with a new issue and read it thoroughly.

Personal logo The Nigerian Lead Minister Supporting Member of TMP25 Jul 2016 7:42 a.m. PST

I don't. I prefer a hard copy, although I will read the occasional article online.

daler240D25 Jul 2016 7:42 a.m. PST

The question itself does not even make sense. It is archaic at best and missing THE ENTIRE POINT of the technology and what its capabilities are. Stop thinking in 1974 terms. I spend hours at a time ,multiple times a week reading "hobby content" online. I have more than 30 websites/blogs that I rotate through on a regular basis. That is what people do today. They have curated/assembled their OWN "zines"( we call them bookmarks). The reason mine is better than any "ezine" out there is because it is custom edited for ME and focuses on MY interests. I do not have to flip past the pages of an article about the "Chaco Canyon Lindendorrf Campaign" that I am not interested in at all. The really cool thing is that these pages are linked to other pages that I also find interesting. The joy of discovery is almost endless. Please….just please….when you ask such questions pause for a moment and think.

battleeditor Sponsoring Member of TMP25 Jul 2016 7:53 a.m. PST

On the other hand, proper magazines are edited and spellchecked and filter out the dross to save you endless hours of trawling.

People are still buying magazines in large numbers, whether on paper or in e-formats. I wish I had a quid for every time I've seen a prediction of their demise. Yes, it's tough, but so is any highly competitive business, and I for one have a Mac stuffed with files I've completely forgotten about, whereas the collation and curation of magazines is still something I appreciate and I'm proud to do for a living.

I think the problem with some e-zines is that they have been thrown together by enthusiasts with no business plan, and the freebies are usually the first to fall by the wayside when people realise that it's actually really hard work not something I would recommend anyone tries for free.


T Andrews25 Jul 2016 8:05 a.m. PST

I wish to second Ragbone's recommendation of "Warning Order." The group has some favorite rule sets but the scenarios and reviews are extremely well done.

McKinstry Fezian25 Jul 2016 8:10 a.m. PST

I read several.

GarrisonMiniatures25 Jul 2016 8:42 a.m. PST

Lots of online comics if that counts.

Garth in the Park25 Jul 2016 8:42 a.m. PST

Quoting Otto is like quoting a hand grenade. 80% of what he says is just catharsis. I think in that thread he also claimed that online academic journals were not peer-reviewed and don't count as legitimate credentials, which is absurd. They've been peer-reviewed for fifteen years and definitely count as credentials.

Anyway, count me as another reader of "Warning Order" for the past decade.

Grimmnar25 Jul 2016 9:25 a.m. PST

I read em. I have a few that I keep.
I wish I could convert my hard copies into digital copies. Would make my White Dwarf mag collection so much easier to handle.


John Leahy25 Jul 2016 10:29 a.m. PST

Another fan of Warning Order. Do wargame mags in Pdf format count? I subscribe to a few that way. The paper copies are too expensive and I toss them in a box afterwards anyway.



nevinsrip25 Jul 2016 1:00 p.m. PST

I read (and write for) both the ACW Gamer and the Early American Wars E-zines done by Steve Huckaby.

I find them worthwhile.

battleeditor Sponsoring Member of TMP26 Jul 2016 4:39 a.m. PST

@nevinsrip Indeed, the ACW Gamer is a corker, very nicely done indeed.


napthyme26 Jul 2016 2:03 p.m. PST

Mine was downloaded over 250 times, so someone had to of read it at some point.

Russ Lockwood29 Jul 2016 7:57 a.m. PST

E-Zines, paper magazines, blogs, videos, podcasts, etc -- you're talking about the transfer of information (news, expertise, entertainment) and that's always affected by technology and each type is affected by taste.

As the technology becomes easier to use and deploy, the possibilities for creative expression become greater (for better or worse). When Desktop Publishing first became commonplace in 1980s, office memos suddenly looked like ransom notes because everyone used all sorts of fonts. As videos became common, most looked like amateur hour at the Bijou. Nothing wrong with self-produced content, but it makes you appreciate polished writing and editing.

As Henry noted, it's hard work (the proverbial 10,000 hours?) to raise something from amateur to semi-pro to professional level.

In my mind's eye, this applies to all formats of information. The e-zines, or podcasts, or videos, or paper 'zines that put the effort into polishing up their work will get a broad audience.

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