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ROF: New Gaming Reviews

  • Aug. 12th, 2011 at 3:20 PM

You can read the gaming reviews for the August issue on the magazine's website. Matt Staggs reviews The Mutant Epoch, Red Tide: Adventure in a Crimson World, and Black Bag Jobs, and Matt London reviews Portal 2.

ROF: New Gaming Reviews

  • Jun. 7th, 2011 at 6:31 PM

The June 2011 gaming reviews by Matt London & Matt Staggs will be appearing in issue 100, but they'll also be on the website as usual, and they're currently available.  They cover:

Soldiers of Fortune

Bookhounds of London


Wrath of Ashardalon

Dragon Age II

ROF: April Gaming Column

  • Apr. 12th, 2011 at 6:01 PM

Matt London's gaming column for the April 2011 issue has been posted on the website.

Realms of Fantasy Does Broadway

  • Mar. 4th, 2011 at 4:02 PM

Hi All,

So a little while back I had said that in addition to the usual content you've come to know and love in RoF, we also have some interesting interesting special features planned in upcoming issues in attempt to branch out and keep our fingers on the pulses of all the realms of fantasy.  With this in mind, I'm pleased to share with you all the idea behind the first of these special feature articles.  

Realms of Fantasy will be covering Broadway for the first time.  In particular, we'll be covering dark fantasy on Broadway, with specific coverage given to the Addams Family musical.  Why the Addams Family and why dark fantasy in particular?  Because we'll be including this feature as part of our April dark fantasy issue that's currently in production.

Broadway is an important part of the creative arts that hasn't received enough coverage in speculative fiction.  The connections between Broadway, fantasy, and dark fantasy are all significant, and we're looking forward to shining a brighter light on the ties between these fields. The Addams Family is the most recent dark fantasy musical to hit Broadway, almost one year ago.  For this special dark fantasy issue, we can't think of a better way to help break some new ground for the magazine than covering Broadway's latest offering in this vein, which also happens to be America's favorite macabre family.

We're excited to be taking our readers to this previously uncharted realm of fantasy.  We hope you all enjoy it, and we look forward to bringing you more unique coverage of the fantasy field going forward.  

The gaming column for the February 2011 issue can now be found on the website.  Also, contributor copies have arrived!  They'll be out with Monday's mail.

ROF: Goodbye and Welcome Back

  • Feb. 3rd, 2011 at 4:52 PM

Trent Zelazny's last day as a copy editor with us was a few days ago.  I'd like to thank for his work on the magazine.  Also, I'd like to welcome Matt Staggs back to the magazine.  He'll be returning to the gaming column, joining Matt London as its co-columnist.  Matt S. will be covering board games, dice games, miniatures, RPGs, etc.  Matt L. will continue covering video games.

ROF: Nonfiction and Art Updates

  • Jan. 10th, 2011 at 9:51 PM

We're continuing to get caught up at the magazine.  The last columns for the April issue were handed in a few days ago.  A big thanks to our wonderful columnists for delivering their pieces on a shortened deadline while we get the magazine caught up.  In fact, with this latest deadline come and gone, I'm happy to report that the nonfiction department is now caught up.  We're back to the usual lead time for deadlines, and once we publish the February 2011 issue, we'll have burned through all of the nonfiction inventory handed in during the previous regime.

Shawna also did a buying run a few days ago, which led to me sending out the latest round of art assignments.  Here are the artists I'm working with this time around:

Carol Heyer

Cyril van der Haegen

Billy Norrby

Thomas Canty

Peter Ferguson

Carol and Peter are both artists I've worked with before.  I've never worked with Thomas, Cyril, or Billy before, though Thomas appeared in the magazine before I started overseeing the artwork.  Cyril and Billy will both be gracing our pages for the first time.  I'm still trying to get the art department caught up scheduling-wise, though I was very happy with the pieces handed in for our February issue and I have faith in the talented crew I've rounded up this time.  And with so many of the other departments now caught up, it should be a lot easier to get the art department back to its old schedule ...and thank goodness for that!  Issue 100 is pretty much just around the corner at this point, and that's going to require more planning than usual.  So the more caught up we are for this the better.   


ROF: Movie Column: Bad News/Good News

  • Dec. 27th, 2010 at 8:39 PM

So as you may recall, I had mentioned that before RoF ceased operations under Tir Na Nog Press, the nonfiction columnists had already handed in their work for the February 2011 issue.  Since all of the columnists returned to RoF under Damanation Books, the plan became to use all of the materials they'd previously handed in.  Given the short deadline we were under to get this February issue ready under the new publishers, there wasn't much of a choice in the matter.

However, as you've probably noticed, due to the change in publishers, it ended up causing us to push the publication date back a little for this February issue.  This ended up throwing a slight monkey wrench in the Movie/TV column.  Our columnist had turned in a roundup on winter fantasy movies.  The problem is that with the new publication date for the February issue, by the time it came out this roundup would be very dated to be running in a national print magazine.  Therefore, we decided it was best not to run this feature in the February issue.

That's the bad news.  Now here's the good news, which is twofold.  First, there is still going to be a movie feature in the February 2011 issue.  Our columnist had handed in two pieces for her column for this issue, the other being a piece about foreign horror films.  We'll still be running this piece as planned.  Now here's the second piece of good news: while the movie roundup piece would be somewhat dated by the time the February issue comes out, it will still be rather relevant if we were to post it now on the magazine's website.  So rather than see this piece go to waste, we went ahead and did this.

You can now read the 2010/2011 winter movie roundup for free over here.  And come the April issue of RoF, the movie/TV column will be back to its usual length.   

ROF: Nonfiction and Copy Editing: Update

  • Nov. 15th, 2010 at 12:52 AM

 Hi Everyone,

So there's still lots of left to do, but things are starting to round into shape.  In the nonfiction department, the columnists had handed in their columns for the February 2011 issue before the magazine announced its closure.  So this makes things somewhat easier for everyone.  All the nonfiction columns for this issue are currently with the copy editors, with fiction following shortly.  Deadlines have been passed along to them, and deadlines have also been passed along to the nonfiction columnists for the April & June 2011 issues.  We're getting there ...  

Hi Everyone,

I just wanted to let you know that as of today all of the nonfiction columnists have agreed to return to their old positions with the magazine. This includes Theodora Goss. I mention her specifically because a few months before the magazine closed, I had announced her as the magazine’s new Folkroots editor. Sadly, her work never appeared in the magazine. We had some Folkroots pieces in inventory that were already paid for that we needed to publish first. Theodora’s tenure as Folkroots editor was set to begin with the February 2011 issue, along with an article she had already handed in before the magazine’s closure. So in addition to our February 2011 issue being the first one under the new publishers, it will also be the first issue with Theodora Goss as Folkroots editor.

I also want to mention that two out of three of our copy editors have also agreed to return. The third one is currently out of town and unreachable.

I’m thrilled to have the old (and new) staff back. They’re all terrific to work with and they’re all quite good at their jobs. Having them all back will make for a much smoother transition under new ownership. There’s lots of left to do, but this is a major piece of the puzzle that’s now in place very early into the process.

More news when I have it.


Douglas Cohen

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