[Threshold] Issue 25 is available!

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[Threshold] Issue 25 is available!

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Issue 25 - Strongholds is ready for download at this link:
http://pandius.com/Threshold_25.pdf
The twenty-fifth issue of Mystara’s premier magazine leads you to explore cities, palaces, castles and secret lairs, refugees or obstacles for brave adventurers!

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Index of the issue:

Imperial Palaces & Castles of Thyatis & Alphatia, using real world example to develop fantasy palaces and castles for the two major powers of the Known World, by Sturm (me), with also an original illustration by Dario Odillo
The City-State of Saffir, a location in Southern Norwold expanded from AC10: “Bestiary of Dragons and Giants” by Giampaolo Agosta (Agathokles)
Specularum’s Stronghold District part 1, part of the detailed Travellers’ Guide to Specularum by Allan Palmer with Giampaolo Agosta (agathokles)
Port Blight, a trading hub and hideout in the Blight Swamp of Western Karameikos, by Irving Galvez
Encounters in the Dymrak Region, completing the detailed description of Eastern Karameikos continuing from issue #23 and #24, by Robin with Allan P
The Tale of the Dark Knight, an evil NPC in the Dymrak region, by Robin
Warriors of the Eternal Sun - part 3, final installment of the tabletop conversion of the classic videogame, continuing from issue #23 and #24, with original illustration by Justin Pfeil aka Warriorneedsfood of Keep on the Borderlands fame!
Mystara Sub-Settings Prt 3 by Sturm (me) final part of the bird's view of the many settings of Mystara, also continuing from previous issues.

As always I am impressed by the quality and quantity of material written by Threshold's authors and I believe you will be too! I will write later more comments on each article.

And do not forget to propose your article for issue 26, which will be dedicated to Heroes, Villains and Organizations. There is still enough space, so send your proposals!

While we do not lack contributors, we are a bit short on the editorial side, so anyone willing to help with this please write here or to the Threshold mail.
Enjoy Threshold Magazine!
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Awesome! Congratulations to the team and contributors!

I love the Sub-setting seriers by Sturm and especially curious about the City-state of Saffir!

Will enjoy reading this issue! :)

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Another great looking issue, I look forward to reading it more fully.

I also like the bookmarks added to the PDF file - that's a very nice addition.
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Perfect timing for the holiday weekend. Thank you to all the authors, editors, and everyone else who makes this magazine a reality. You really don't know how much your amazing efforts are appreciated by the Mystara D&D community.

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Amazing! Thank you very much!
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Great to see you are already on 25 issues.

Well done!
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I have been looking forward to this. I can't wait to jump back on board for the future!
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Nice work! Thanks for the heads up.

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stanles wrote:
Sun May 24, 2020 12:10 pm
I also like the bookmarks added to the PDF file - that's a very nice addition.
Thanks for picking up on that Shawn.
One of issue #24's contributors, John Alton, had asked about that when we published that issue.
I decided it was about time that I overhauled the layout for the magazine and incorporated bookmarks (which are driven by heading styles). I think this had been neglected previously due to variations in the use of heading levels by some authors, but we've managed to tighten this up.

I've also taken on board a suggestion from John about the use of hyphenation to help improve the look of the paragraphs.

Issue #25 also sees a different typeface being used for the main body text (largely cosmetic), as well as some minor tweaks to the general format.

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These available POD anywhere?

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CommanderCrud wrote:
Mon May 25, 2020 6:12 pm
These available POD anywhere?
That's not possible because Threshould obviously contain TSR/Wizards copyrighted material and any print on demand provided from the creators would undermine the essence of the fanzine as a non-profit creation.
Also Threshold cannot be hosted on DMsGuild as Mystara is not one of the settings opened for fan creations. I think it will never be and even if it would be, probably the issues could not be hosted on that site as they are.
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AllanP wrote:
Mon May 25, 2020 6:08 pm
I've also taken on board a suggestion from John about the use of hyphenation to help improve the look of the paragraphs.

Issue #25 also sees a different typeface being used for the main body text (largely cosmetic), as well as some minor tweaks to the general format.
I hadn't noticed the hyphenation or other changes, but they also look good. I bet that dealing with all of that each issue is much more of a time sink than people realise though.
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stanles wrote:
Tue May 26, 2020 12:23 pm
AllanP wrote:
Mon May 25, 2020 6:08 pm
I've also taken on board a suggestion from John about the use of hyphenation to help improve the look of the paragraphs.

Issue #25 also sees a different typeface being used for the main body text (largely cosmetic), as well as some minor tweaks to the general format.
I hadn't noticed the hyphenation or other changes, but they also look good. I bet that dealing with all of that each issue is much more of a time sink than people realise though.
@stanless -
Thanks for the feedback.
Now that the new hyphenation settings and text styles are in place, I can reuse them in the template for future issues.
What takes time is seeing how best to lay the articles across the pages so that they flow well, placing images in the best positions at the appropriate sizes, and tweaking text ti fit. And then there are footnotes - but that's a whole other story.

But people seem to like the look and content of the magazine (well we don't seem to get much critical comment), so that's the important part.

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Congrats Sturm and Team - Yet another fantastic issue.

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