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@Seth Thank you for that! Goodreads is a huge part of the reader community, so your help promoting us there is very appreciated.
I started a Goodreads item/book entry for "Tales # 1" so backers can start leaving reviews, and adding it to their libraries. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37832574.Tales_from_the_Magician_s_Skull__1
Oh my! It looks like my Chapter of the Skull has been listed under the Colorado chapters and not Delaware... oh well, I guess there wasn't enough space on the page.
And the art! I forgot to mention the art.
Yeah, it does look great. Quality layout and still retains that garage-rock-band-community-fanzine-badass-feel at the same time. Now I just need to read it.
WOW! The digital copy looks great!
I am not seeing the download digital content button.....
@Kevin It'll probably still be the week between Christmas and New Year's. We're finishing up layout right now, and as soon as we have that finished, we'll be releasing it. It's close, we promise!
@Goodman Games - Any idea if we'll be able to download the PDF this week, or are we looking at receiving the PDF around the end of the month still?
@Geraldo Physical copies won't ship until January.
Do you guys expect to have a printed copy shipped in Dec or should we expect it just in Jan?
@Kevin Daignault We're giving the Legion of Skull readers just a few more days to respond for the letter column. You should definitely see a PDF before the end of the month. All the stories are in place, and most of the ads. Pretty soon I'll consult with the skull and see if he's pleased enough with the look to declare it final.
@Goodman Games - How soon should we expect the PDF copies of the first issue of "Tales From the Magician's Skull" be available for download?
@Eric I just sent you a PM about this. Thanks!
I'm not a complete ding dong, nor an expert, but still can't find where to download? Why isn't the link just in the post above?
Eric in WA
I may just not be good at this, but I am a backer and I have no idea how to get into the backerkit. Help?
I didn't receive a survey, commented on a post about it last week and never got a reply. Please respond.
@Goodman Games Glad to support this project. Please keep us informed when yearly subscriptions come available!!!!
Excited to see this in print, and glad to see so much support for the magazine. That said, do you all really intend to print the second issue on a different paper stock just because of a missed stretch goal? It would be a shame.
I'm not really sure why the two stretch goals are 20k apart to begin with, I cannot imagine the print run on this thing being anywhere near the size that it would cost even one tenth of that for the upgraded paper.
@Smasterson: Thanks for the kind words and I'm glad we hit a chord. The Skull commanded us to focus primarily on print production, with only PDF as an electronic edition, for a couple reasons. First, the layout is an important aspect of enjoying this publication. It harkens back to the aesthetics of Weird Tales and the pulp era in many ways. Viewing the text flowed in a different format changes the experience. Second, electronic formats come and go. LP, 8 track, cassette, CD...we think PDF is likely to be the format that best retains the aesthetics of the layout and is most likely to endure. We want Farnsworth Wright to turn over in his grave when you crack open this magazine, and print+PDF is most likely to accomplish that.
Judging by the numbers pledged for the various levels, I'd say most of the backers are here for the physical product.
FIRST my congrats!
This is an awesome KS that I'm very excited to be a part of. :) I've always loved the old stuff from Weird Tales days and the works of Robert Howard in particular. This seems like a spiritual successor, which fills my jaded, necrotic heart with glee.
SECONDLY my rant.
I'm torn. I swore to never buy another PDF-based fiction mag because it's antiquated (and seemingly only still used by RPG-centric folks...WHY??) and just plain abominable for tablet reading--which is exactly where most folks read digital fiction nowadays.
Yet here I am, backing this. Le sigh. 1) Because it's a strike at my weak spot! You cads! 2) There are gobs of free online converters that will de-encode PDFs and send them to your Amazon/Apple/Google/etc. accounts for permanent storage in a mobi/epub format. (I use the kindle app on my iPad and there are clear instructions on the Amazon site for this process if any others are interested.) But still, I'm peeved that I have to jump through hoops to do stuff that every other purveyor of fiction does for their customers already. There's this vast electronic profit river frequently called "the long tail" in which short fiction format thrives, yet so many--n/m I've gotten it out of my system now. :) Looking forward to issue #1!
PS: OK, I'll concede that for non-fic stuff, PDFs are marginally better as that content is typically read on a laptop. Though even my non-fic stuff (industry papers and the like) is still provided by the originator in an mobi/epub format if I really wanted it so.
/end rant for real
@Troy: Well said!!
@Mick Gall - I grew up in those same KC suburbs. 7-11, Quik Trip - even U-Totem (I'm old).
Fond memories of riding my bike to the local QuickTrip (Kansas City MO suburbs) for soda (welch's grape), candy bars (100 grand) and Savage Sword of Conan!
The quicktrip had a random and sporadic comic spinner, but SSOC was always there with the magazines.
Ladies and gentlemen, I will proudly slow clap the is entire day for what has been accomplished here. An S&S magazine kickstarter that will soon surpass the $35,000 mark? That's exceptional. Heartfelt congratulations for those he who dreamed it, designed it, wrote it, pledged it, enabled it, and the proud parents who birthed it. And even a tip of the top for the ol' Skull himself.
Magazines have always been essential to me. From perusing the rack at the local 7-11, the comic store or even the long dead newsstand, I was always drawn to magazines. Weird Tales, Eerie, Famous Monsters, The Rampaging Hulk, Circus, Hit Parader, Mad, Cracked, Crazy - and the one that changed it all, The Savage Sword of Conan. Novels, pulps, comics - all have been a huge part of my life, but magazines always had more draw. They were easily digestible in small nibbles or satisfying enough for a long feast.
But over the years - like mana in Niven's "The Magic Goes Away" - magazines have faded. They have become smaller. Titles have gone digital or stopped publishing altogether. Yet, S&S is more prevalent than ever due to the Internet, blogs and those keeper of the sacred flame who shall never let it wane.
Those keepers are at the heart of this new magazine. At the heart of keeping the tales and the delivery of those stories true to their magical, creative and at times, secretive roots. So today, let us celebrate them, welcome a new beginning to an ageless craft and look forward to a bright future fueled by cherished memories from our past.
@GoodmanGames: Ah, nevermind! I figured it out: $30 for the two print + PDF issues, $16 for shipping, overcharged $4 to be reimbursed after KS.
@GoodmanGames: If I pledge $30 for the 2 print issues (and PDFs), will I be reimbursed $14 at the end of the KS? The campaign page reads:
"When you make your pledge, shipping charges will be applied. They are as follows:
"Canada, UK, and EU: $8 for issue #1, $16 for issues #1 and #2"
@JediOre: Whoa!! We should have called it right there and seen if something special happened...
@Dan: Sounds like you want both issues in print? Choose the $30 pledge level titled "Issues #1 & 2, Print+PDF Edition." (Or you can also pledge at Legion of the Skull level.) Hope that helps.
Question for Goodman Games: I pledged $16 (the amount specified in the KS description) to have issues 1 & 2 (print) shipped to Canada. But the reward specifies PDFs. It appears that to get both issues in print I need to pledge $30. Can you verify? Is see one other comment and a response from you that suggests there's a $20 stop-gap option, with $4 reimbursed after the kickstarter finishes. I don't see that $20 option anywhere. Thanks!
Just logged in to see the new update and the total number of backers is 666. Creepy. Happy upcoming Halloween everyone.
Honestly, I'm not seeing enough value in the Legion of the Skull pledge level for me to bump my pledge upward. I'm already backing for Print + PDF copies of #1 & #2, so the Legion would be double my current pledge. For me, that would require some more definite temptation than what you're offering.
How about committing to a #3 & #4, and making a 4-issue Subscription part of the Legion of the Skull pledge? That would certainly be enough to convince me.
If the skull needs some motivation send him over to my gamemasters house half hour with his dogs and I'm sure he'll become all sorts of agreeable muahahahahaha
@Shane That's a great question. I'll try to have a word with the skull when he's feeling less feisty, and then explain "Facebook page" to him, and see what transpires.
So when is the legion of the skull Facebook page starting up?
Current read - "Conan and the Emerald Lotus" by John C. Hocking. The oversized first edition paperback - my old eyes appreciate the large type.
We are Legion!
Loving the essays (yet difficult to read on my tiny phone). Any chance a few could be included in the book? Or as a cheapo zine booklet?
Also, +1 for more maps or location illustrations, or item/NPC stat SGs. There can never be too many. Let’s blur that line. Blur it!
(And yeah. I want a dry erase talking mr skull bookmark too, but who doesn’t? Or a meme generator webpage)
Thanks for the continued support, guys! We're determined to bring you great sword-and-sorcery!
Love this, I'm in and I want the Pin!
Made my pledge, excited about this!
@Ourboros: We only just cleared the first stretch goal!
With all the extra money this project is generating, are we going to get more than 2 issues?
I'm in! Looking forward to another great Kickstarter from Goodman Games. Cheers! ~Jeff T.
Yikes! Almost missed this one here also. Might have hit target audience a bit better if included it in the Tabletop section as it does include RPG material.
So, yeah, I just joined a secret cult. Tell ma I love her! ... at least when I disappear I’ll be surrounded by a bunch of classic RPG luvin’ friends! ... as I slowly open the eerily creaking door to enter the candle lit room ......
Appendix N trading cards!
@Troy: Interesting idea to collect the essays! And we still have quite a few to share.
Thank you for the essay on REH, it was a great read with my morning coffee. Please tell me these essays will be published in the magazine or another collection? They are great resources.