Introducing Talespinner Magazine
Talespinner is a new magazine by Ganesha Games. It is a PDF and trade paperback publication entirely dedicated to our roleplaying games (Tales of Blades and Heroes and Familiars). Two issues will be published per year (more if it is a big hit!). Unlike Free Hack, this magazine will have a cover price (not determined yet). Here is some info if you are interested:
Talespinner is a collection of materials, ready-to-play scenarios, errata, clarifications, playtest rules, playable races, random encounter and loot tables, designer’s notes, ready-to-run characters, character templates, interviews and sneak previews for the Tales of Blades and Heroes and the Familiars roleplaying games produced by Ganesha Games. Adventures and other “playable” materials will be double statted for “old school” games like Labyrinth Lord and possibly other games sytems. This will hopefully increase the magazine’s circulation outside of the Ganesha inner circle.
Talespinner will be printed and sold through Amazon’s Createspace and Lulu, so the print version ships from your country. A Kindle version will also be available.
Contributing to Talespinner
If you have a good idea for a magic item, a monster, a complete scenario, an alternative magic system, a well-developed NPC or a detailed adventuring location, a nice campaign idea, or even short fantasy fiction, game-related poetry, or a session write up from your campaign, we encourage you to submit them to Talespinner Magazine for publication. Please send us a short outline before you write the whole thing using the contact form on www.ganeshagames.net or as an email attachment sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Formats of Submitted Materials
All material should be written for the current editions of Tales of Blades and Heroes or Familiars or any of their spin off games and should be sent as text only (.txt), OpenOffice (.odt), Microsoft Word (.doc) or RTF (.rtf) format. You may also include game stat blocks for other systems as long as these systems are public domain or the respective copyright holders have expressed their consent for third-party publication of game materials through an open game license or a similar, freely available legal document. If you are uncertain whether the copyrights holders want you to write materials using their game systems, please contact them and obtain a written statement. In no case will Talespinner Magazine accept materials based on, or heavily derived from, copyrighted intellectual properties without a written authorization from the copyright holders. In plain English, this means we cannot print TBH scenarios or write-ups of the characters from your favorite novel or movie unless you also obtain permission from the copyright holders.
Talespinner is a role-playing game magazine. However, if you write a wargaming article on the integration of our skirmish wargaming systems with our RPG systems, we could publish it on Talespinner. If your material is pure wargaming, then we will use it for Free Hack.
Illustrations (maps, diagrams etc) are best sent as original digital files or grayscale scans at 300 dpi. For vector illustrations, we prefer Xara Designer (.xar), Standard Vector Graphics (.svg) or DrawPlus (.dpp) formats. Bitmap image files are best sent as grayscale uncompressed PNGs or TIFFs, scanned at 300 dpi. If the files are too large to be sent as email attachments, you can use a free service such as www.yousendit.com to send a zipped file up to 100 Mb in size.
At this time, Tailspinner is a labor-of-love, print-on-demand publication. The magazine is not likely to reach break-even point. The only compensation for your efforts will be a free PDF copy of the magazine, and the possibility to buy the print version at cost if you want one or more tangible copies.
Some materials written for Talespinner Magazine may make their way into a supplement in the future, in an expanded or revised version. If that happens, we will also credit your work in the book and send you a free copy of that supplement. In any case, you agree that all materials printed in Talespinner Magazine become property of Ganesha Games.
Manufacturers who want their figures showcased and reviewed on the magazine are encouraged to mail samples to our street address:
C/O Andrea Sfiligoi
Via Clerici 42
Drop me an email first, as I have literally thousands of miniatures and have access to several wargaming clubs, so I might already have your figures.
Talespinner is a house organ so, in general, we will not print reviews of other game systems. However, we will make an exception for those products which are systemless or are presented in a generic manner that could be useful for players of our games.
Clubs, Stores, Conventions
Clubs, stores and conventions where our games are sold or played always get free advertising on Talespinner. If you are looking for a group or a GM in your area, feel free to drop us a note.
Advertising is $10 per page pre-paid via paypal. Ads can be in full color in the PDF version of the magazine but will be in black and white in the print version of the magazine. Ads should be submitted as 300 DPI, 6×9 inches PNG images.
Talespinner publishes two issues per year. Materials for the Summer Issue must be submitted within the month of June. Materials for the Winter issue must be submitted by end of October.
The first issue of Talespinner will be available at the end of August 2012. Watch this space for details, page count etc.
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