Sorry it has been a bit since my last post, I have a full load of work in front of me and finals are right around the corner, any way...
So I am out of the loop over Thanksgiving and what do I find? The "rebirth" of TSR and this new Gygax Magazine.
What do I think?
Why should I care?
Well I don't think I care to much, I mean it's pretty clear the powers that be are going for name recognition. Why else call your Magazine Gygax, regardless of the Spawn of Gygax's last name. Luke and Erine have every right to use the name, but I see no other reason to do something like that, than to garner it's popularity (The name Gygax) with gamers. Same with using the TSR name.
But I feel I would do the same, and I really see nothing wrong in it.
Should I care? Well I want it to succeed however, I really don't see the point in print magazines that offer nothing to the gamer other than comics and reveiws or essays on games. I mean unless this magazine provideds gaming material, useful gaming material that I can use in a game, why should I even pick it up.
The internet is my goto sources for reveiws and articles about games. If I need to know about a game or a reveiw on it or even a series of essays discussing a game I can "Google" it. Why would I need a magazine that by the time it is printed and mailed to my house I already have several hands on accounts of the coming and going of the gaming universe from several hundred internet sources.
So if Gygax does not feed my Gaming needs with new rules, storys and adventures, it is a waste of my time. Reveiws on games, or even current events in gaming are pointless in print as information is almost instant nowadays.
Now what does make me courious is why WOTC has lapsed on so many Trademarks...
I found on the US Goverment's trademarks site even the AD&D name has lapsed. Seems odd, although I would be a fool to grab up the Planescape Trademark and then try to publish a Planescape inspired RPG without a buttload of legal power.
It would seem to me that this is proof that Hasbro doesn't give a rats butt about D&D or its exsistance. It would support the beleif I have always had that Hasbro saw two thing out of WOTC, Boardgames and Magic the Gathering. D&D is just not a real concern, atleast to Hasbro.
Do I care anymore, no, not really. WOTC can silently disappear for all I care, and it seems it just might end up doing just that, as I find it harder and harder to find many folks excited over 5e, pfft what do I know though, for all I know EVERYBODY loves 5e and it will soon dominate the market just like 3e once did, I'm just speculating.
Anyway enough of the silly conspriacy theories...until Space Marines can ally with the Tau, make mine the OSR. Oh wait crap.....