63Re: Trying to be positive
- Mar 6, 1999In message <199903011341.NAA22115@...>, "Wightman,
Mark, WIGHTMM" <mark.wightman@...> writes
>It doesn't have to be yearly. Initially I was going to go for quarterly
>Novice Package / MFG
>[John's MFG is a magnificent effort so, please do not take this a criticism
>of it.] Unfortunately, being yearly it is almost immediately out of date.
>Especially now, with 'zines droping like flies. Some of the United 'zine
>entries leave a lot to be desired too. Which leaves me thinking that,
>perhaps the whole thing is a little too big. If I think that just imagine
>what a newbie might think. OK. They could be impressed by the size of the
>hobby, but unless they read through the whole thing then it's pot-luck which
>'zine they try (if any). If they pick a folded one . . .
but this is definitely more than I can manage. Half yearly should be
doable though and that is the target I am setting myself. I positively
seek kicks up the backside if I am overdue. Frequent reminders that
Railroad Tycoon is not that good a game should have a positive effect.
>My suggestion would be to split it up. Place the 'United' only 'zines in onePrevious MfGs had a separate section on United. I would not argue that
>section and everything else in another. Have both documents refer to one
>another and ask respondents to specify their preferences in the advert.
>More work for the editor, I know. You can have my help, John. If you want
>it, but please understand I know very little about United. [Dons flame-proof
>underwear and awaits the United players wrath].
the two constituencies are almost entirely divorced (the big difference
in my experience is that the United players are less interested in
football than the non-United players!) but my own preference is for the
two to think of themselves as one hobby. I think integrating the United
zines in to the main body of MfG is one way of encouraging this view.
Here's an idea though. In the next MfG I could have a section at the
front covering the major postal games and list which zines run them.
The major games in my view are Diplomacy, Railway Rivals, United,
Breaking Away, En Garde!
If we are going to put flyers in to 18xx games then 18xx should be
included too. Personally I think all-reader games and quizzy type
things (El Gordo, By Popular Demand) are not worth specifying as "major
games" although they are undoubtedly popular.
I've got about 83 other hobby discussion e-mails to respond to so I'll
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