WORMSKIN

11/03/2013

Today I Bitch About: Alarums & Excursions


The only listing for the zine to be found on eBay.

I can't even pirate myself an issue.

What's the d% on getting some early A&E issues scanned into PDF form? Maybe Lee Gold could even sell them via RPGNow. I don't want to sound like a whiny, suckling grog-wannabe here, but it kind of bothers me that the only way to have access to years and years of this material is to (a) be really old and already have them OR (b) spend way too much dough trying to piece together a sad little collection of rusty-stapled, barely legible zines.

This is the fucking INFORMATION AGE!!!!

All of this stuff can/should be preserved in PDF format.

Letting it just rot away in a box in your attic is doing a major disservice to the whole D&D zeitgeist. 

You might as well be skullfucking Wormy.

It's just wrong, man.

20 comments:

  1. Dude, QFT!
    I have about a dozen I bought from Ms. Gold herself.
    But I really want a searchable pdf collection of at the very least the first decade of A&E.

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    1. It's the first all-D&D zine -- and yet we are allowing it to disappear into obscurity. NOT COOL, GROGNARDS.

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  2. I have always felt the same way.

    I wish that someone would scan and archive all of Don Featherstone's old Wargamers Newsletter as well.

    These have no real commercial value anymore. The original issues have a collector's value, but that has little to do with the contents.

    eBay prices are often out of touch with reality. Just search Traveller for many examples.

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  3. Many of the 'zines that Peterson used in Playing at the World need to be scanned for access as well.

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  4. Bowling Green holds the first nine issues in their collection. Perhaps we could get some sympathetic grad student to photograph them.

    http://maurice.bgsu.edu/record=b2953148

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    1. Wishing I knew someone who was a student there :/

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  5. I hear you Gorgon and its a bad state of affairs. I was actually giddy that you put out the free Lovecraftian supplement.
    Degenerate Elite don't get me started on the writings of Don Featherstone. The man was genius but his legacy needs to be preserved for Wargamers the world over.
    I agree not cool at all on all accounts.

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    1. Once Petty Gods sees the light of day (a time that is looking ever nearer lately) I'm thinking a thoroughly expanded and redesigned Lovecraftian Supplement is in order.

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  6. If someone’s willing to pay for it, she’s said she’s willing to do it. But getting the older ones into PDF form is going to be a lot of work. Have you seen the print quality of some of the earlier issues? People used to use really bad stencils, really bad tractor feeds, and so on.

    I wonder how much the Kickstarter would have to be to make this feasible?

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    1. No idea how much but I would be kicking in on that Kickstarter on Day 1.

      A compilation of the first eighty issues or so in hardback format would ease this terrible angst within me.

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  7. I think that the problem is with copyrights. A&E and other fanzines like it were collections of work from a lot of different people. Someone would have to get the rights from all those individuals or their heirs before any issue can legally be distributed.

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  8. I agree, it's a total heartbreaker. It's frustrating to see so much of our hobby's early history lost to copyright laws that assume any creative work is still of commercial interest even forty years later...

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  9. Lee will Xerox copies of it for you at a nominal price (maybe 5 cents a page) which could then be scanned and collected. Clarity varies wildly as noted above

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  10. What jtong said. I've bought scans from Lee myself. It's not onerous. As for a commercial reprint, not saying it should or shouldn't happen, but rights would be a nightmare.

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  11. This could be done SETI@home-style.
    Select a period; I'd go with the first decade.
    People with copies volunteer to scan and cleanup/clarify one or a couple issues each.
    All those scans are sent to the driver behind the project for layout, &c.

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    1. I would be down for something like this. Though after looking at issue #1 I'm thinking a total transcription of the contents is required. Clarifying and cleaning up may not be enough elbow grease.

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    2. This what people over at Comic Book Plus do to get comics in the public domain into digital format and what scanners for Project Gutenberg do, too.

      Of course, A&E isn't in the public domain. But if it was orchestrated with Lee's approval, and if she were nominally in charge of the project, then I don't see the problem, as folks would be working as archive assistants.

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    1. Nope. I've found zero sources for A&E pdfs.

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  13. Back issues are now available in pdf by email or on DVD - $2.00 each.

    http://www.conchord.org/xeno/aande.html

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