The big news is that from issue 129 (next issue!) Flagship will be primarily published in digital format. This will increase our readership substantially as it will be downloadable at no charge. However, we recognise that not everyone has access to the internet, or simply prefers paper copies!
We plan to continue printing a limited number of copies for to readers who prefer paper – naturally we’ll continue to offer paper copies to shops. We also find that printed copies are better for taking to conventions.
We will not increase our advertising charges, which will continue to be
very reasonable (see below). Note that all adverts in the digital version will be available in colour as standard, with the possibility of embedded web links allowing readers to instantly access advertisers’ websites. In the printed version, only the cover and inside cover will be in colour.
Back Cover & associated cover illo. £100
Inside cover £80
Full page £60
Half page £45
Quarter page $30
Despite all these changes, Flagship will continue to cover play-by-mail games, so don’t forget to send us your news! We would be grateful if you could also check your details in Galactic View* and confirm them with us.
With very best wishes,
HELLO AGAIN – it’s good to be back, though I’m still rather bemused. I’m sorry, but I can’t explain why the Flagship website went down in March, just after the copies of #131 came back from our printer. It was probably my fault, somehow, but I don’t know what went wrong. Maybe the problem arose because I mislaid my credit card folder so had to obtain a new card? I really don’t know how it happened. It took some time before I could contact our webmaster (his lap-top had broken) and, of course, no-one could email me to ask why Flagship was suddenly silent. If it’s any comfort, I’ve found this a horrible experience.
I eventually registered for a second email address and send grateful thanks to Martin Helsdon and Thomas Harland, who arranged for me to post the PDF for issue #131 up on Thomas’s website. However, I didn’t realise quite how long it would take for the news of this to come out—in my simple fashion, I’d imagined that everything on the web is instant, but apparently it takes some weeks for Google to trawl through its various postings, so news of the PDF wasn’t immediate.
Fortunately, I should now be able to offer an alternative to the old website.
Paul Goldstone helped to lay out #130 and advise about finding a new printer, Mica Goldstone from KJC Games has offered us an independent section of their website. My gratitude to all! We won’t be owned by KJC, but will remain our own masters and your facility.
Of course, rumours have been flying around, on the age-old principle of Never Mind The Truth—Make It Interesting. I can best illustrate and answer this from the letter which follows below and the comments that follow it…
Little Bird or Turkey?
From a concerned moderator: ‘A little bird tells me that you are considering selling up to KJC Games? I would hope that before you did something like that that you’d talk to me and get other offers/options? Apparently KJC now own your website?’
Editorial reply:’Gosh, no, your little bird is wrong! If I were considering anything of the kind, I would publicise it around the hobby. No KJC do not own the website: they’ve offered hosting, but plan to leave us independent!’
And Mica adds, dryly: ‘Ah, bless. It’s all yours, I have my own headaches which are quite enough…’
I’ll just add that it is taking time to restore the site and gather the material for #131, but I hope to see everything up and running in due course.
Many thanks to all who’ve sent support and encouragement. Remember, Flagship’s aim is to provide a forum for games players and we always aim to mirror your points of view.
While I’m on this subject, I feel myself that we’d benefit from more regular coverage of RPG games now that Robert Rees has resigned. Is anyone keen to supply such material? Just get in touch with me, if so.