If you're old enough to remember the days before the internet took over everything then you may recall the vibrant and active video game fanzine community. Before the web arrived the only way for non-professional writers to get their words in front of others was by making black-and-white photocopied magazines and distributing them to other like-minded individuals by post. While the web has now allowed these same people to reach a wider audience, we miss the good old days of monochrome magazines put together with unbridled enthusiasm, two staples and not much else.
HyperPlay RPG is aiming to recreate the feel of this almost forgotten era. It's a modern-day fanzine with a focus on role-playing titles and Nintendo which takes inspiration from the legendary UK SNES publication Super Play, which blazed a trail in the early '90s by giving heavy coverage to import games, in particular RPGs. It also featured extensive anime and manga reportage, which was something of a first for British magazines at the time.
Issue zero of HyperPlay RPG has been produced to give people a taster of what the magazine will be like, and we were lucky enough to receive a copy ourselves. 40 pages of retro, RPG and cultural coverage are contained within, including features on buying games in Tokyo, a history of Super Play (or SuperPlay, if you prefer) magazine, a guide to getting a bargain on eBay, reviews of classic RPGs and much more besides.
The creators of this publication have made it clear that they're not in this to earn a bucketload of cash - the money pledged by readers will go into production costs alone, which means the more successful the fanzine is, the more issues they can make. Refreshingly, the magazine is being sold on a "pay what you like" basis - it's up for £1.80 an issue on eBay (plus £2 postage) but if you feel that base cost is too high you can make an offer and it will be accepted.
Like fanzines of yesteryear - which are highly collectable these days - it is hoped that the print-only nature of HyperPlay RPG will make each issue a desirable object in years to come. From what we've seen, this is a venture that is well worth supporting, and we'll be keeping an eye on the progress of the magazine in the future.
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Cool iniciative ( & I`m 34)
this seems pretty epic. i'm glad you highlighted this
Keeping it old school. There were printed zines at my local Magic the Gathering shop in the mid 90s. Got a freeze zine with every purchase.
To be honest, the text layout is horrible ... look at these gaps between words.
Anyway, nice initiative.
@opeter I'm sure in their minds, it's justified.
OK. Maybe because of the "retro style".
I used to love getting Fanzines in the post back in the 80s! There was always an air of suspicion in sending off £5 in the post to some random stranger but in all fairness, every one of them came through with the goods. I used to get Fanzines on sci-fi and horror movies, commodore games, Kamen Rider and Kung fu movies, they were all made with genuine passion for the subject and were excellent reads. I'm going to check this one out too! Thanks for the heads up NL
I have never heard of or seen these in the USA. I would have loved these back then! That Final Fantasy IV cover, in particular, is awesome and worth saving. Cecil's classic FF Dark Knight design is still difficult to top! Still one of my favorites in the series. I didn't find out about other titles, such as Bahamut Lagoon, until I started looking around for classic game mods.
Well, what's old is new again, as they say!
No matter how 'irrelevant' they become, there's simply nothing that'll replace magazines for that feel. Also, when the internet goes out in an apocalyptic scenario, then who will you turn to, eh?
Super Play was an awesome mag back in the day. The follow up, N64 Magazine was similarly fantastic. In particular I loved the challenges they'd have each month like trying to get the best score on level 1 of StarFox 64 or the best time on an MK64 track. They even took regional differences into account by having separate score boards for PAL and NTSC games.
Almost out of shot is a boxout regarding an interview with Super Play art aficionado Wil Overton - EXCITE!
I feel like I've seen this before.
@opeter (I was going for a pun: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Typographic_alignment#Justified )
@TJF588: but if you want, you can always justify the spacing between words and letters, so it won't look "that bad".
And then, there is always the option to hypenate the words/text ...
It's not quite "Pay what you like", as eBay forced me to enter 0.99p or more. Still bought it and hoping it's a good read though.
I think I'd get this but international shipping fees are so painful/ Good luck to them though.
I got this months ago. Just waiting for issue one. 😊
Hi everyone! HyperPlay RPG here. The eBay link might suggest we have sold out, but fear not: we have relisted under the same eBay username, kincl4. Try http://ebay.co.uk/itm/201439878050 Still having trouble? Just search HyperPlay RPG on eBay or head to our new website www.hyperplayrpg.com which will be fully operational later today (30 Sept). Thanks for supporting HyperPlay RPG!
PS Will now try answering the above excellent comments
@premko1 Thanks! I'm 35. All the best, Kincl (editor)
@OneBagTravel Great idea! There's a Magic The Gathering centre just round the corner from HyperPlay RPG Towers, so we'll look into that. Thanks, Kincl (editor)
@opeter Thanks for the feedback. We're always looking for ways to improve. Literally, from the feedback we've had, 99% of people love the layout (we were even given an award on Nijanna Art recently). That said, we're always looking to improve! On a related point, we sell the 'zine for pennies and need to use freeware like Scribus, which does have its limitations. But the more support we get, the better the 'zine can be!
@PlywoodStick Love your enthusiasm! And the positive feedback We sell loads to the States, and ship worldwide.
@Kingrat Thanks for your purchase. Should be arriving any day now. We didn't set a lowest limit on offers - left it blank and eBay seem to have imposed that on us - but we have heard about the 99p thing so we are trying to remedy that. Anyway, hopefully you'll think that 99p + £2GBP P&P is good value. Especially when you take into account printer, paper, ink, packaging, and postage costs, not to mention eBay fees, Paypal fees and taxes (eek!)... Honestly, if it were any cheaper, we couldn't afford to eat!
Let us know what you think anyway. Thanks again for supporting HyperPlay RPG, Kincl (ed.)
@neotemplarvellum Hear what you say about the international shipping costs - we only just break even on sales to the States, Canada etc. Check out our website www.hyperplayrpg.com later today though - should be able to get Issue 0 of HyperPlay RPG fanzine even cheaper there
@kincl4: your welcome.
It was not meant as a criticism, just well-intentioned remark. On the bottom website you can find some good advice on how to set a solid spacing between words in Scribus:
<strong>Justifying like a boss in Scribus</strong>
@GVIL Glad you like it and are keen for the next issue! Of the many who have read HyperPlay RPG Issue 0 already, everyone who has commented on it has said they will get Issue 1 too. So we must be doing something right! Thanks for continuing to support us. All the best, Kincl
@opeter Thanks. That's helpful - we've bookmarked that page and will defo look at "bossing" it for Issue 1. Always learning! In the meantime, hopefully you'll find that Issue 0 is still a thing of beauty in the flesh (hardcopy), if you get to see it in all its glory.
@TheDavyStar We do feature Wil in Issue 0, but the interview will have to wait for a later issue - he's a busy man! Watch this space though...
kincl4: of course it is. And as I already wrote, it is a very nice initiative and hope so see more from you guys in the future
Please Nintendo Life, pursue a print magazine! Nintendo have no representation in magazine form in the UK..
check out classic console magazine, way beter and free.
@olrodlegacy check out classic console magazine, its free to download and they are currently working on a print version. its based on all the classic uk and us magazines fom late 80's to early 90's
@YANDMAN We have Retro Gamer for that... what I want is a Nintendo-only one. We've gone from three as recently as 2010 to none now!
@YANDMAN I checked out their site and got the issues that were there- very good
Have they stopped though the last thing is issue 6 July 15 saying coming soon
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