|May 2014||Department||Article Title||Author|
|From the Editor||Jeff Zeitlin|
|Active Measures||The Sounding||Michael Brown|
|Critics’ Corner||Mongoose Traveller Supplement 4: Rescue Ops||Jeff Zeitlin|
|CD-ROM: Traveller20||Jeff Zeitlin|
|Active Measures||Getting Off the Ground: The Wing by Which We Fly||Michael Brown|
|Raconteurs’ Rest||Drop Out [Part 28]||Ken Murphy|
|Doing It My Way||Character Detailing Rules: The RCES Rating System||Paul Walker|
|Confessions of a Newbie Referee||#10: Curse or Blessing?||Timothy Collinson|
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From the Editor
This month’s table of contents is a bit scanty. We’ve still brought you a full issue, though, because this month’s featured adventure is quite elaborate.
One of the constraints that I, as your editor, have imposed on myself with putting the magazine out is that I want to have about the same size issue every month—not sixteen pages this month, fifty-eight next month, and thirty the month after. That means juggling articles for size, rewording, and other stuff that’s the province of an editor. That’s generally invisible to you, though; you just see the issue.
What’s not invisible to you, and is also a constraint on me, is the selection of articles. I want each issue to have a good spread of articles by type—I won’t put out an issue that’s all reviews, or all adventures, or all house-rules, or all stories. (Nor do I want more than two or three articles over my own byline in any issue.) This issue, that started causing problems—while I have plenty of adventures, and the serial stories still have quite some time to go, the selection of other articles is getting a bit thin, and I’m resorting more often than I like to reprinting the oldest articles on the site. That’s where I ask for your help: please, exercise your creativity, and write more for us! Reviews, animal encounters, house rules, starship designs, PC and NPC character profiles, worlds and their cultural traditions… it’s all good. Don’t let the efforts of others scare you off from attempting an article; just because Scott and Sarah Diamond do very well-thought-out animals doesn’t mean that you can’t—I don’t award franchises on a section, so your animals or adventures or reviews or stories or… are considered on the same basis as those of Scott and Sarah, or Michael Brown, or “kafka”, or Ken Murphy or Andrea Vallance, or …. And if you’re one of those people, don’t stop writing—but consider branching out into other sections.
There’ve also been comments to the effect that some readers would like to see more artwork. That falls into the above suggestion; don’t let the likes of Ian Stead, Ndege Diamond, the late Andrew Boulton, etc., scare you off from trying your hand at art.
All of which is sort of a roundabout way of saying that we need more community support, in the form of material for publication; I’d hate to have to do an entire issue of reprints, or go on hiatus because of insufficient material.