Saturday 17 November 2012

Kobold Quarterly closes because it "ran out of miracles"

Sad news today that the bastion magazine for Pathfinder and Dungeons & Dragons, Kobold Quarterly,  is to close its doors for good after a five and half year run.

Editor-in-chief, Wolfgang Baur, stated that the closure was due to severe time constraints but said that Kobold Press will instead focus its energy on publishing adventures, campaign settings and other RPG material.

"This is a very sad day for me personally, and I know this comes as a disappointment to many of you," Baur said in a statement on his website, "The line on small press magazines these days is, “every issue is a little miracle.” We finally ran out of miracles, but it’s been an absolutely stellar five and a half years with Kobold Quarterly’s contributors, subscribers, and readers."

While Kobold Press recognised Kickstarter as a funding option, they decided that the money raised would not be enough to pay staff on a consistent basis.

But Baur is confident about the future of Kobold Press: "And now, as adventurers do, we will gather in the tavern to hoist mugs of ale and talk about the monsters we slew and the treasures we won. And then we will begin planning and scheming for the next adventure."

Future projects include Player Guides for the Midgard Campaign, the Valhalla Project writing project and two 'top secret' 2013 projects.

The Trollish Delver wishes Baur and his team the very best in the future and we're sorry to see such a great publication close.

[Via Tenkar's Tavern]

- Scott Malthouse

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  1. Totally sucks that this happened, but I'm looking forward to seeing what they do with regards to publishing adventures. Gaming magazines never seem to last as long as they should unless they have the backing of a major publisher, and if that happens, they can often end up as nothing more than glorified catalogues. At least they managed to do what they wanted to do, far as long as they did.

    1. You're right and it's a real shame. I think there are only a handful of print tabletop hobbyist magazines, including White Dwarf, that have managed to stay alive - but as you say they're chock full of adverts.

  2. Gygax Magazine from the new TSR should fill the void. At least as long as they can keep their own miracles coming.