Re: more luuv n pees
- View SourceFrom: "Chris M. Dickson" <chris@...>
>>One idea, used in Flagship, which seems to work reasonably well, is theRefugee Rescue Scheme. If you're in a pro PBM game, and it folds
dirtily, there are some firms which will give you free credit to the
value of your loss in one of their games, so long as you haven't played
with them before. (Most firms only cover the first ten pounds lost, but
others cover the whole loss.) Might it be worth informally implementing
such a scheme, with appropriate restrictions so that it's only people
who would otherwise be lost to the hobby who take advantage? Granted, it
transfers a huge burden onto the editors who will give free credit to
their 'zine away for no reward, but the benefit in terms of non-specific
warm fuzziness for the hobby at large might be worthwhile. I would have
thought that it would be a suitable project for the HDF to fund.
Happens already on an unofficial basis. Stephen did it with U-bend. I did it
with the players in one of Gihan's games (allthough how a free zine can have
a dirty fold is an interesting question). Plus for the games I've blagged
from ALOS and OMR, I waive my 'no subscription=no game' rule and will send
adjudications on flyers to anybody who really doesn't want my worthless rag.
So far only Keith Hiscox has taken me up and he dropped out straight away -
which is gratitude for you..
>Referring to Flagship, one idea I have mooted in the past would be touse a Flagship SuperCoupon (token given to new FS subscribers entitling
them to ten pounds' free credit with a firm they haven't played with
before, in the hope that the first bite of the apple will hook them)
for, say, two five-pound subs with two different zines. This is again a
big financial hit for the editors, bearing in mind that five pounds
worth of credit costs more than five pounds in real money. Again,
perhaps the HDF might subsidise, or partially subsidise, such hits?
Hmm. . . I'd assumed that the flagship magazine underwrote this offer in
some way, but you are suggesting otherwise. Although I could probably handle
sending 5 free issues to a coupon holder, I would be concerned that it could
encourage people to start games and then drop out once the free-ride is
over. Diplomacy games can do without that sort of thing. Maybe this wouldn't
be a problem, but could anybody with flagship contacts find out what there
drop-out rate is once the free time expires?
>Flagship did suggest that we might care to contribute to the theirdiscount sheet, though. This comes occasionally and is a sheet
containing various coupons for small free offers with PBM types: two
extra free turns with start-up and so forth, the fourth to sixth turns
in a game free, things like that. Could some enterprising editor(s)
offer a "four free issues plus free Diplomacy and Railway Rivals
gamestarts" coupon in the same vein? Dip etc. gamestarts may be free
anyhow, but it would look attractive and competitive on the coupon.
Hmm . . . Same concerns as above. Free turns with gamestarts sound good, but
from a Diploamcy GM's point of view you need long term commitment from the
player. In which case a couple of free issues are neither here no there.
Perhaps some of us Ed's could offer a free copy of 'zine A with every �10
sub to 'zine B. Sprouts free with SpOff ??????? SpOff free with Sprouts
?????? [I've gone all trembly]