My first thoughts on Goodman’s “Level Up” magazine

gmg9101coverlargeI have to admit that I haven’t heard about Goodman Games’ 4E magazine “Level Up” until a few minutes ago, when I noticed that criticalhits has twittered about it. Perhaps I’ve actually read something about it before, but today was the first time it grabbed my interest.
So I’ve checked out Goodman Games’ site and checked out the “Level Up” preview page. The cover for issue #1 is looking sweet. If you would secretly replace the text “Level Up” by “Dragon” it would look exactly like our former favorite gaming magazine. And I mean that in a good way. Of course I can’t comment on the contents but at least the exterior looks sweet.
And the price of $1,99 would be incentive enough for me to walk to the nearest gaming store and pick it up as soon as it’s out. BUT there are some problems with that:

  1. As far as I know the last FLGS in my vicinity closed a couple of months ago
  2. In the good old days it was sometimes hard enough to get your hands on a copy of DUNGEON or DRAGON, I am pretty sure almost no german store will sell Goodman’s magazine
  3. $1,99 at the store and $4 for subscribers (or the PDF variant)??? Are you kidding me? Usually the cost for subscribers should be lower than for the people who pick it up at the store, but perhaps just me. But perhaps the $1,99 is just a reduced price for the first issue. But nevertheless, bad move, Goodman Games.

I would love to check out a 3rd party 4th Edition magazine (especially for such a low price) if it was widely available or not horribly expensive for European gamers. But usually you pay enormous amounts for shipping and handling. A PDF variant could be interesting but not at double the normal price.

Michael Wolf is a German games designer and enthusiast best known for his English language role-playing games blog, Stargazer's World, and for creating the free rules-light medieval fantasy adventure game Warrior, Rogue & Mage. He has also worked as an English translator on the German-language Dungeonslayers role-playing game and was part of its editorial team. In addition to his work on Warrior, Rogue & Mage and Dungeonslayers, he has created several self-published games and also performed layout services and published other independent role-playing games such as A Wanderer's Romance, Badass, and the Wyrm System derivative Resolute, Adventurer & Genius, all released through his imprint Stargazer Games. Professionally, he works as a video technician and information technologies specialist. Stargazer's World was started by Michael in August 2008.

One thought on “My first thoughts on Goodman’s “Level Up” magazine”

  1. The pricing might be to encourage people to go get a physical copy in a physical place. This unfortunately turns off people like me who don't like going places to buy crap that I can get online. There's sunlight out there, man!

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