Thoughts on Dragon/Dungeon Mag
In case anyone here has not heard, Dragon & Dungeon magazines will be ending this year in a few issues. WotC plans on selling it as a online .pdf file.
PDF sucks, can't cut and paste.
An online journal would be magnificent....if a comfortable portable reader existed.
If a company could come up with a reader the size of a magazine that could be marketed for large-print, magazines, text books, and regular novel size literature they could make a fortune.
As it stands now, reading from a laptop or desktop is not comfortable in my opinion or overly practical.
You can cut and paste .pdf files Ed!! I compose new .pdf files all the time from sections of several .pfd's for school and work. Acrobat reader won't let you because well....it just reads the files. the full version of Acrobat lets you edit, create, and web publish .pdf's!!
Last edited by Digital Arcanist; 04-23-2007 at 09:10 PM.
Print is dead, this is the future. That said, WoTC has just opened themselves up for Pazio to just do a OGL magazine in print and be fine without the need for WoTC to oversee it all.
Plus, WoTC is going to have to bust hiney to make it worth the money.
The Order of the Frog was led by a man of resource and ambition.
Originally Posted by Ed Zachary
High Priest Saint Stephen and his four sainted companions
appeared out of nowhere and took over the order twenty
five years ago. They ruled it with an iron hand.
The above test was cut and pasted from a PDF downloaded off WOTC's website. I only have acrobat reader.
Under the tools menu is the basic sub-menu and, in that, the select tool. You can select text with it and copy that text to window's clipboard.
I'll miss them. I'm sad to see Dungeon and Dragon magazine go, in particular Dungeon. I was (am) subscribed to both magazines and am now also a charter subscriber to Pathfinder. I enjoy print magazines and looked forward each month to receiving my magazines and taking a break out of my often very hectic days to read my new acquisition.
I have been a Dragon reader since 1981. I subscribed to the magazine at the age of nine and it was the first magazine I ever regularly read.
Dungeon came later. I subscribed to that magazine with issue number one and have been a fan ever since. My fandom was tested in the mid nineties when the magazine became very shoddy as TSR was entering its death throes, but recently under Paizo's Erik Mona and James Jacobs, the magazine has really turned around and become simply stunning. The Adventure Paths, modules by the industries finest, cutting edge art -- I have no trouble recommending Dungeon in particular the last fifty issues.
I'll look at WOTCs new digital initiative, but I got to say ... I'm doubtful. WOTC's writing standards have been pretty dubious of late and suffice it to say that I am wary that they can equal what has gone before.
But we shall see...
I liked both the Dragon and Dungeon magazines, but I must admit that I didn't keep an active subscription. I usually ended up picking one up when I saw articles I was interested in at my local bookstore. At the same time, I disliked some of the formulaic Prestige-class articles that Dragon seemed to be come laden with, and I was disappointed when they pulled the short stories section. (Although, in part this is because I had a short story that I really wanted to submit...)
I'm excited about the PDF options and I'm anxious to hear what Wizards has in store. And, to be honest, I'll probably have better luck hanging on to my copies and referencing stuff if it's in electronic format. That and being able to cut and paste sections of it (especially stat blocks) directly into my notes for my games would be very helpful.
Here's to hoping that Wizards does great things with their online publications!
I "C&P" from Acrobat Reader all the time, except for scanned pdfs, of course, can't C&P or search in them.
Originally Posted by Digital Arcanist
You can copy and paste from .pdf's into other programs because that is a windows function. You end up with huge files because the copied sections are turned into pictures you embed in the files.
I compose new .pdf files from existing ones as well as edit existing files which is a function of the full-version of Acrobat. I don't see the point in copying from .pdf's in to Word if all you end up with is a clunky looking file of large proportions.
I'm just glad that WotC isn't creating some proprietary media type. Can you imagine the hoops we would have to jump through if someone like Sony had gotten the rights? I'm interested in what type of DRM we will have to deal with when WotC takes over.
Not to derail the thread too much, but I'm pretty sure you can use the text selection tool in Acrobat reader and copy the text your interested in. That copies as straight formatted text, not an image.
You lose the font and artistic style that way.
I mainly you Acrobat for presentation quality media so those things are important for me.
Anyway, does anyone know what type of download service WotC is setting up for this online magazine?
Back on topic... now that my initial anger has cooled down... slightly , I do want to see what WotC has in store for us (and I better not be let down...)
I think Pathfider is a good idea, but $20 an issue? C'mon, that is waaay too much. I'm no cheapskate, but that's no magazine.. it's a RPG accessory disguised as a monthly mag.
At this point all I can do is hope WotC does the right thing, and that Paizo, or someone else continues a PRINTED version of Dragon (albeit with a different name)
I too remain miffed. I want my goddamn Dungeon! Motherf*ckers. But I am sliding slowly ... painfully ... tortorously into the acceptance phase of my grief.
Originally Posted by RealmsDM
Pathfinder is not a magazine. It is, to quote the press release "a new monthly 96-page, perfect-bound, OGL-compatible full-color softcover Adventure Path book" and again later "it's a book, not a magazine". You can subscribe to it, it will be released monthly but it will have no ads. Paizo is so very careful in their press release not to use the word magazine I suspect contractual obligation. Perhaps they are forbidden in releasing any sort of magazine for a specific period.
Of course that is pure speculation as all knowledgeable parties are keeping the specifics of the contract close to breast. GAMA Trade Show in Vegas this week would have been a prime time to leak and so far no go ... my network of ninja spies has utterly failed me. Of course if I had actually been able to go, I could have expertly extracted the truth myself using my preferred weapon (single malt scotch), but it was not to be. Oh, the perils of parenthood!
And with a subscription discount and shipping Pathfinder is only $18 per issue. Yay.
But regardless I would be extremely surprised if we see any print edition of Dragon or Dungeon for at least two to three years. It will take a long time even if the digital initiative is a dismal failure for WOTC to untangle their egos from this one and admit defeat.
I wonder if someone will offer Mag-On-Demand print copies.
I've heard of no such scheme. WOTC has promised paper compilations of online content, but those will normal distribution channel releases.
Originally Posted by ronpyatt
The constant bugbears to such a project are (no surprise) art costs and shipping times. But I do think the industry is ready for a high production gaming magazine to take Dragon and Dungeon's place.
Starting a magazine though is no small task. You need millions to start a magazine that goes the book store, hobby store, three tiered distributor route. So far I have heard of no such capital pile pooling anywhere but of course that doesn't mean its not happening.