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Author:  Wizball 87 [ Tue Nov 01, 2005 12:21 pm ]
Post subject:  Retro Gamer - Back Up & Running in December 2005!

Anyone else received the letter from Imagine Publishing today? As a previous subscriber to (that now defunct) Retro Gamer i got a letter stating IP have purchased the rights, and shall be re-launching the mag on December 8th (priced £4.99). "As a gesture of goodwill" old subscribers will be receiving 3 free copies.........although old subscriptions will NOT be honoured or carried forward. I guess this was as expected..............but whats everyone's thoughts on this? Will you be subscribing??

The letter comments on the Imagine team having a 'proven background' in videogames, and were responsible for a number of the UK's most popular magazines, "including Zzap".

Comments?

Author:  CraigGrannell [ Tue Nov 01, 2005 12:43 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Retro Gamer - Back Up & Running in December 2005!

I'm actually surprised that they're not honouring subs, to be honest. While the three free issues is a nice gesture, I fell they'd have got more goodwill (and therefore more sales) by doing so. That said, Imagine is a fairly small publisher, so perhaps it couldn't take the hit, and three free issues is certainly better than nothing.

I didn't subscribe to RG—in fact, the only issue I bought after the first two was #18, and that's only because I was heavily involved with the Zzap! tribute. I doubt I'll subscribe to the "new" RG either, although as Darran's involved, I may well pick up the first couple of issues. It'll be interesting to see what the "including Zzap" comment means. I know Markie's doing the design, but I wonder whether other ex-Newsfield staff are involved, too?

Author:  gordon [ Tue Nov 01, 2005 3:19 pm ]
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Dan Gilbert, presumably. ;)

Author:  Lloyd Mangram [ Tue Nov 01, 2005 3:55 pm ]
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gordon wrote:
Dan Gilbert, presumably. ;)


hehe

Btw, (thread hijack ltd) congrats you and Kati with 'number 3'! :D
Ace! All's well and all that?

Have you tried Thalamus Publishing for your new novel, with a nice cover from Oli? hehe :wink:

Author:  Professor Brian Strain [ Tue Nov 01, 2005 4:35 pm ]
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Craig, it's unrealistic to expect Imagine to take on ALL of Live's subscriber commitment. We're talking a lot of people, many of whom re-subscribed in June/July and are owed multiple issues.

Up to three free of the new RG is a great gesture, and I hope it works. I will subscribe.. and I hope to be involved on the writing side too.


Markie's just signed up to the Retro Survival forum ;)

Author:  CraigGrannell [ Tue Nov 01, 2005 4:55 pm ]
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Professor Brian Strain wrote:
Craig, it's unrealistic to expect Imagine to take on ALL of Live's subscriber commitment. We're talking a lot of people, many of whom re-subscribed in June/July and are owed multiple issues.

Um, I know, hence why I said this: "That said, Imagine is a fairly small publisher, so perhaps it couldn't take the hit, and three free issues is certainly better than nothing."

Author:  Mayhem [ Tue Nov 01, 2005 5:44 pm ]
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2000-2500 people x 10-12 issues (potentially) owed... that's a LOT of revenue not being earned if they honoured it all. So I'm not really surprised. I'm surprised they are doing anything tbh, but t'is good that they are at least...

Author:  gordon [ Tue Nov 01, 2005 6:07 pm ]
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Mr.Zzapback wrote:
Btw, (thread hijack ltd) congrats you and Kati with 'number 3'! :D
Ace! All's well and all that?


Everything's fine. And thanks. :)

Quote:
Have you tried Thalamus Publishing for your new novel, with a nice cover from Oli? hehe :wink:


No, but I've got someone else interested; someone setting up a new publishing house. So at the moment it's good news.

/end of thread hijack.

Author:  savva0122 [ Tue Nov 01, 2005 8:03 pm ]
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Hi got my letter to from Imagine today, on balance I was quite pleased as you say I don't think they are obliged to do anything. I have to say I probably won't subscribe though, will purchase the mag through the website if that's possible, doesn't appear to be at the moment but hopefully by March when I've had the three "free" issues then there will be another mechanism. Not sure I fancy relying on Smiths.

Author:  Jax [ Wed Nov 02, 2005 12:42 pm ]
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got my letter in the post yesterday, and in balance 3 issues free is a nice
gesture, and and as has been pointed out already, they are a new small
publisher.

will I be re-subscribing? Hell Yeah 8) , and is it my
imagination or are there even more Retro publications now
than ever?

It really seems that the old is the new ..errrr New :lol:

Author:  EnglishRob [ Fri Nov 04, 2005 9:16 pm ]
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It's great news about the magazine.

I was really disapointed when Live Publishing went under. Hope the original Retro Gamer staff will be writing for the magazine.

Rob

Author:  Professor Brian Strain [ Mon Nov 07, 2005 1:34 pm ]
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EnglishRob wrote:
It's great news about the magazine.

I was really disapointed when Live Publishing went under. Hope the original Retro Gamer staff will be writing for the magazine.

Rob


At the moment that's unknown. The actual STAFF (employed by Live) may not be involved, or only involved as freelance. A lot of the freelancers from old RG are definitely interested in new RG.

Author:  EnglishRob [ Mon Nov 07, 2005 4:02 pm ]
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Hopefully it'll be as good as the old magazine. It's nice to have a portable fix of retroness... i.e. in magazine form which doesn't require being stuck in front of a computer.

Rob

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