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Announcing Threshold: The Mystara Magazine!

Posted: Tue Jun 04, 2013 8:25 pm
by agathokles
Hello all,

the editorial team of the finally-named magazine is glad to announce:


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The Mystara Magazine



Issue 1: Back to the Borderlands of Karameikos

And so, we are back where it all began: whether you came to Mystara through the Expert Set, the Gazetteers, or the AD&D 2e boxed sets, chances are the Grand Duchy of Karameikos was your gateway to the Known World and beyond.
A land of adventure, with dangerous borderlands teeming with hostile goblinoids, giants, and dragons but also magical realms, treasures and relics of distant ages, as well as towns and cities posing their own challenges, the Grand Duchy of Karameikos is, after more than 30 years from its original appearance, still the starting point for many adventurers.
As such, the first issue of Threshold, the Mystara Magazine, aims at spinning new tales from the Grand Duchy, as well as revisiting a few lost gems.


Mission statement
  • The stated aims of Threshold are:
    1. to provide a venue for community members to present material
    2. to promote the Vaults of Pandius and the material there
    3. to increase the exposure of existing and new articles
    4. to encourage authors to revisit and revitalise existing articles
    5. to motivate interest in Mystara in general
  • The issue of what is "canon" is not relevant and will not be touched upon by this publication. Publication in the magazine does not imply any kind of special endorsement.
  • We aim to promote each individual's personal version of Mystara ("My Mystara"), and will introduce a different community member's version in each issue.
  • We also aim to enhance community cohesion, and will interview a different member of the community in each issue.
"Threshold: The Mystara Magazine" is a non-commercial, fan-written magazine. There is no intention to infringe on anyone's rights, and in particular not on those of WotC, which holds the copyright (and trademarks, etc.) on the original material on which the magazine is based.


Call for Contributions
Proposal Deadline: June 21st, 2013
Manuscript Deadline: July 31st, 2013
The Threshold editorial team invites all fans of the Mystara setting to submit contributions to the first issue of the magazine.
We are looking especially for contribution fitting the theme of the first issue, the Grand Duchy of Karameikos.

Threshold accepts (and invites) the submission of extended or revised versions of works having appeared on The Piazza or the Vaults of Pandius.

Contributions may include, but are not limited to, articles (short stories, short adventure modules, NPCs, historical treatises and timelines, geographical entries, new monsters and monster ecologies, etc.) and illustrations (portraits, maps, heraldry, illustrations, etc.)

The Threshold editorial team strives for edition neutrality, but edition specific articles (e.g., conversions) are also accepted.
Statistics for new monsters and NPCs may be included in articles (e.g., adventure modules, new monsters or NPCs) in any version of Dungeons & Dragons. The editorial team also offers help in providing conversions to some specific rules set (including BECMI/RC and 3rd edition). However, they should be limited to the minimum -- for most NPCs, it is sufficient to mention class, level, and alignment. For important NPCs, a one or two lines stat block could be included.


Submission Guidelines
Proposals
All proposal submissions can be sent by mail to the editors at the following address
Threshold.Mystara@gmail.com, and must be received by the deadline of June 21st, 2013. The Threshold editorial team will contact you no later than June 28th, 2013 regarding the status of your proposal.

Submission proposals should be sent inline in the mail, using the following subject format:
[ISSUE1][Proposal]<title of your article>
The mail content should include the following:
  • Proposed article title
  • The type of article being proposed (short story, adventure, geographical location, organization, etc...)
  • A one paragraph description of what the article is about.
  • An estimated word count of the article (articles should range anywhere from 1000 to 7000 words, depending on the type of article submitted).
Manuscripts
Manuscripts should only be submitted after you proposal has been accepted by the Threshold editorial staff, and must be received by the deadline of July 31st, 2013. When submitting a manuscript file, please use the following naming convention:
threshold_1_your_title.<extension>
(extension: see below for recommended file formats)

and the following subject format:
[ISSUE1][Manuscript]<title of your article>
The mail content should include the following:
  • The article title.
  • An attached document containing the article contents.
  • The final word count of the article.
The following guidelines apply to different types of submissions:
  • Illustrations: please submit art and maps in lossless format (e.g., PNG).
  • Articles: manuscript submissions can be sent by mail as plain text, doc(x) or odt, or shared as Google Doc. The issue editor will create a shared document (for each article) to allow the author and editorial team to work on it. Articles can be as short as a single page, or as long as 6 pages, depending on the specific content. The editorial team will do its best to accommodate the contributions, but especially long works may be split over several issues.
  • Other types of contributions: the editorial team will consider on a case by case basis other types of contributions. Please contact us to inquire if and how we can accommodate unusual contribution formats.

Re: Announcing Threshold: The Mystara Magazine!

Posted: Wed Jun 05, 2013 10:13 am
by Yaztromo
Best of luck!!!

Re: Announcing Threshold: The Mystara Magazine!

Posted: Wed Jun 05, 2013 2:44 pm
by Hugin
Oh, so awesome! I definitely am looking forward to these. And perhaps even participating.

Re: Announcing Threshold: The Mystara Magazine!

Posted: Wed Jun 05, 2013 3:57 pm
by Justinov
Fantastic idea.
I hope I can find the time to write one.
Otherwise I really look forward to reading the results.

PS: Shouldn't this thread be made sticky?

Re: Announcing Threshold: The Mystara Magazine!

Posted: Wed Jun 05, 2013 5:03 pm
by agathokles
Thanks for the praise, and hope you can write something (not just for this issue, BTW, there will be other calls for contributions!).

As for making the thread sticky, I think stickies may be a problem, and in any case the call for contribution is relevant only for a relatively short time, so perhaps it might not be that useful.

GP

Re: Announcing Threshold: The Mystara Magazine!

Posted: Thu Jun 06, 2013 12:45 pm
by Justinov
Just a question about the title:
"Back to the Borderlands of Karameikos"

Does the adventure have to take place around the actual borders of Karameikos or in a more general meaning as any wild area of Karameikos excluding city/town adventures?
Since you also state - "towns and cities posing their own challenges" - does it simply mean any adventure/story/information taking place in Karameikos (that is over all regarded as a Borderland)?

Re: Announcing Threshold: The Mystara Magazine!

Posted: Thu Jun 06, 2013 3:19 pm
by agathokles
It's a general title for the issue (and a reference to the Keep), not a constraint on submissions -- it is meant to represent the character of Karameikos as a borderland (compared to the more civilized nations of Thyatis and Darokin, e.g.). Adventures set in Specularum, Kelvin or other civilized/settled regions are definitely ok.

GP

Re: Announcing Threshold: The Mystara Magazine!

Posted: Thu Jun 06, 2013 8:28 pm
by Carillion
I am looking forward to reading this!

Just out of interest, how often will this magazine be published?

Re: Announcing Threshold: The Mystara Magazine!

Posted: Thu Jun 06, 2013 9:00 pm
by Chimpman
Carillion wrote:Just out of interest, how often will this magazine be published?
Right now the intention is once per quarter.

Re: Announcing Threshold: The Mystara Magazine!

Posted: Sat Jun 08, 2013 1:13 pm
by Carillion
Thanks Chimpman for the clarification.

I think I've got some articles on parts of Norwold which could be submitted, but I think I'll leave it until the second magazine, as they aren't in any way linked to Karameikos.

Re: Announcing Threshold: The Mystara Magazine!

Posted: Sat Jun 22, 2013 12:44 am
by Chimpman
Hi Folks!

Just a friendly reminder, but today is the last day to submit proposals for issue #1 of Threshold. Don't worry if you weren't able to participate this time through. There will be more opportunities later this year!

Re: Announcing Threshold: The Mystara Magazine!

Posted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 2:19 pm
by Classicdnd
Whoa, nice! The logo looks absolutely fantastic. (Don't worry, I won't charge a fee for suggesting the name 'Threshold' ;) ^_^). Best of luck with the new 'zine!

Re: Announcing Threshold: The Mystara Magazine!

Posted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 3:07 pm
by agathokles
Thanks! :)

GP

Re: Announcing Threshold: The Mystara Magazine!

Posted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 6:09 pm
by Havard
How about a joint venture between Threshold and Encounter Magazine in the future? :)

-Havard

Re: Announcing Threshold: The Mystara Magazine!

Posted: Mon Jul 15, 2013 7:48 pm
by vinimagus
Hi, people!

Congrats!

I like the name (and the explanation about it)!!!

Can I pls spread the word via MML?

Cheers,
Vinnie (Vini)

Re: Announcing Threshold: The Mystara Magazine!

Posted: Thu Jul 18, 2013 9:26 am
by agathokles
Sure!

GP

Re: Announcing Threshold: The Mystara Magazine!

Posted: Thu Jul 18, 2013 3:47 pm
by vinimagus
Thank you, GP! :)

Re: Announcing Threshold: The Mystara Magazine!

Posted: Fri Aug 02, 2013 8:51 pm
by Big Mac
Nice name. Is there a meaning behind it?

Is the area around the Grand Duchy of Karameikos a threshold?

Re: Announcing Threshold: The Mystara Magazine!

Posted: Fri Aug 02, 2013 9:43 pm
by Chimpman
Big Mac wrote:Nice name. Is there a meaning behind it?

Is the area around the Grand Duchy of Karameikos a threshold?
There's a dual meaning - the obvious one being the dictionary definition "any place or point of entering or beginning" - but there is also a town in Karameikos named Threshold where a lot of Mystara fans have broken their teeth on the setting, so to speak ;) . So it's a combination of meaning and nostalgia that led us to that name.

Re: Announcing Threshold: The Mystara Magazine!

Posted: Mon Aug 05, 2013 7:48 am
by agathokles
Hi folks!

We're now moving into the editing/proofreading phase of the preparation of Issue 1. We have enough articles submitted that we could use some additional help in the proofreading department.
So if you care to volunteer a few hours to proofread an article, drop us a mail at threshold.mystara@gmail.com

Thanks in advance,

GP (for the Threshold editorial board)

Re: Announcing Threshold: The Mystara Magazine!

Posted: Wed Aug 07, 2013 4:44 pm
by Big Mac
Chimpman wrote:
Big Mac wrote:Nice name. Is there a meaning behind it?

Is the area around the Grand Duchy of Karameikos a threshold?
There's a dual meaning - the obvious one being the dictionary definition "any place or point of entering or beginning" - but there is also a town in Karameikos named Threshold where a lot of Mystara fans have broken their teeth on the setting, so to speak ;) . So it's a combination of meaning and nostalgia that led us to that name.
I didn't know about Threshold the town in Karameikos. I think that is an awesome name to pick. :cool:

I hope you have some Threshold-related content at some point, to fit in with the name. :D

Re: Announcing Threshold: The Mystara Magazine!

Posted: Wed Sep 25, 2013 12:40 am
by Morfie
How is Issue #1 progressing? Any news of a estimated release date?

Re: Announcing Threshold: The Mystara Magazine!

Posted: Wed Sep 25, 2013 5:19 pm
by agathokles
End of the month. We've progressed quite far -- and big credits go to AllanP for working so fast on the layout. Basically, we're short of assembling the cover and back cover.

Stay tuned, Threshold is coming soon -- and will give you enough to read to fill the wait for issue 2, believe me ;)

GP

Re: Announcing Threshold: The Mystara Magazine!

Posted: Thu Sep 26, 2013 9:56 pm
by Spellweaver
agathokles wrote: Stay tuned, Threshold is coming soon -- and will give you enough to read to fill the wait for issue 2, believe me ;)
Aye, it is a "monster" ;)

Re: Announcing Threshold: The Mystara Magazine!

Posted: Thu Oct 03, 2013 1:44 pm
by Classicdnd
Havard wrote:How about a joint venture between Threshold and Encounter Magazine in the future? :)

-Havard
Well, I'll happily plug Threshold in the next issue of Encounter (assuming there will be one), and also put a link on Encounter’s website if and when T:TMM obtains a home page. :D