Post by dungeondevil on Apr 11, 2017 15:13:10 GMT -5
Does anyone know if the Sorcerer's Apprentice magazine is available in PDF form like the rulebooks and the adventures? I don't know of any places that have all 17 (?) available together in one bundle, and Ebay doesn't have much to choose from.
Post by ProfGremlin on Apr 11, 2017 23:24:11 GMT -5
DungeonDevil, check-in with Rick over at Flying Buffalo. They published the 'zine in the first place and their page indicates they have back issues every once in awhile. I take that to mean they trip over an old box in the storeroom and find some issues that were never sold. Just scroll down on the linked page for the listing.
I'll have the deep-fried battered pixie with balrog dipping sauce and a Hobgoblin ale.
Post by bigjackbrass on Apr 12, 2017 1:51:12 GMT -5
The problem with reprinting magazines is generally down to who owns the rights to all of the content. With a supplement or adventure you're dealing with only a few people, but tracking down the rights holders for a magazine is a huge task.
Dragon, White Dwarf, Heroes... they've all had PDF releases that were hastily withdrawn. Although some magazines are available electronically (you can legally obtain copies of Space Gamer andFantasy Gamer, for example) they tend to be the exceptions. Gaming mags rarely made money in print, so it's hard for a publisher to justify the expense and effort involved in republishing them thirty-odd years later.
I've asked Rick this in the past, the answer is along the lines of FBI only had first print rights and it's pretty much impossible to track down current copyright holders to negotiate a digital release.
Your best bet is to try the second hand market though FBI may still have copies of some issues.
"Tunnels & Trolls" and "T&T" are trademarks of Flying Buffalo Inc. "Tunnels & Trolls" was originally created by Ken St. Andre.
If you're looking for the adventures that were in the magazine, Flying Buffalo came out with the "ADVENTURERS COMPENDIUM" a while back that includes the 9 solo adventures and 3 GM adventures that were printed in SA. You can find it here halfway down the page:
Is there content in the mags worth seeking out beyond the adventures?
They were able to get some big name fantasy authors' work to appear in their pages--Roger Zelazny, Karl Edward Wagner, Manly Wade Wellman, Tanith Lee, Frederik Pohl to name but a few. For a "small" game magazine to pull that off is a huge achievement.
Post by peterpanda on Apr 13, 2017 13:45:58 GMT -5
I'm slowly unpacking from our house move of over a year and a half ago (I know, pretty pathetic, but we both work full-time jobs and are raising a kid) and in one of the remaining boxes to be opened is my complete collection of SA magazines. I had a subscription back in the day, although it started with Issue 3 so I had to go to my local "Hobby Lobby" to find Issues 1 and 2. Sadly, the cover for my Issue 1 tore off, although it did so cleanly so I still have them together, just no longer attached. I also have an additional copy of Issue 3 that has blank pages in it due to a printing mistake (apparently this happened to other subscribers as well because FBI sent me a replacement copy).
As Andrew mentioned, one of the most noteworthy achievements of SA was managing to get unique fantasy fiction story contributions from big-name authors. I believe that in some cases the only appearance of the story is in SA which for fans of the author in question makes tracking it down a bit of a challenge.
It was a great magazine but it wasn't profitable so, sadly, it was discontinued.
Post by peterpanda on Apr 24, 2017 13:47:13 GMT -5
My unpacking continues, and just yesterday I uncovered a manila folder containing all of my correspondence with the fine folks at Flying Buffalo, Inc. back in the day. And, by "back in the day," I am referring to 1979-1986. Honestly, I'd forgotten that I'd saved all these letters so it was kind of a neat find for me.
The file contains letters from Debra Wykle, Mike Stackpole, Jason Sato, and, of course, Mr. Grimtooth himself. Anyway, many of the letters pertain to Sorcerer's Apprentice Magazine and my feedback to FBI/Blade on what I liked and what I hoped to see in future issues. The last one, dating from 1986 and from Mike Stackpole, informed me that future issues of SA were going to come out by a Mr. Bob Liddil, located in Peterborough, NH. This is probably old hat news to the folks here, but just in case it's not, I thought I'd pass it along.
The letter mentioned that the folks at FBI would continue to support Bob and had already sent him material for the next issue, but, obviously, it appears things didn't work out.
Just thought this little historical tidbit might be of interest to some.