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21 November 2002, 02:23 PM
The Online Journal has returned. Volume 2, Issue 1 is now available on the starwars-rpg.net site RIGHT HERE (http://www.starwars-rpg.net/journal/) .

So, go check out the new Online Journal. While you are there, take a look at the other great websites hosted by starwars-rpg.net.

Coming up in Issue 2 :
A Campaign Setting by Owen KC Stephens
A New Force Adept Tradition
The Imperial Guide to Cold Weather Ops
A Frigid Adventure in the Elrood Sector
And much more...
On websites everywhere December 16th!

A special thanks goes out to Kelly St.Clair, Rodney "Moridin" Thompson, Ben "The Admiral" Flood-Paddock, Chris Curtis, Derek "Nafai" Jones, Bob Rogers and all of the others who helped get the Journal back on its feet. Thank you guys for all of your hard work.

Frobi-Wan Kenobi
21 November 2002, 03:28 PM
I did I quick skim of Issue 1 and it looks amazing!!!

Nova Spice
21 November 2002, 05:16 PM
Wow, I just skimmed through some of the articles (particularly the Dice, Camera, Action article) and I am absolutely blown away! In all seriousness, it seems that while it was sad to see Gamer cancelled, the Online Journal brings the entire community something special!

Great work staff! I haven't been this thrilled in a long time! Woohoo! :D

21 November 2002, 05:34 PM
It looks quite nice! Congratulations to all who worked on it!

The journal should provide a good couple hours of enjoyable Star Wars reading...a good thing. :)

Keep up the good work.

21 November 2002, 06:50 PM
I must concur. I had a blast while laying out the text for the Dice, Camera, Action! article that Kelly wrote. Well, that's a half truth. Chris would recall a couple of days where all of my work was halted as that article was causing InDesign to crash repeatedly, hehe. It's a great read for all players, and just Star Wars fans in general. Some *great* overlooked tips for GMs too.

21 November 2002, 06:57 PM
Doesnít anyone see the pattern? The Journal coming out, America going to war, BUSH, itís the beginning of the end of the world!

Seriously though, though the wait was a nightmare, the result has left me in a near seizure state of happiness. *Kicks himself for not going to GenCon*

21 November 2002, 07:31 PM
I have publicised the Journal's return to the best of my ability, in the following places:

SWRPGNetwork News Headline (http://www.swrpgnetwork.com/news.php?action=headline&newsid=562)
WotC Star Wars RPG Message Boards (http://boards.wizards.com/rpg-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=183;t=003459#000000)
ENWorld Message Boards (http://enworld.cyberstreet.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=31380)
TheForce.Net Jedi Council Message Boards (http://boards.theforce.net/message.asp?topic=9610499&replies=0)
JD Wiker's Message Boards (http://pub35.ezboard.com/fjdwikersboardsfrm2.showMessage?topicID=88.topic)

I've also sent news reports to my contacts at EN World (http://www.enworld.org), GamingReport (http://www.gamingreport.com), TheForce.Net (http://www.theforce.net), Pen & Paper (http://www.pen-paper.net), and RPG.Net (http://www.rpg.net).

I'll keep you guys updated when news reports are posted.

21 November 2002, 07:37 PM
Moridin, as always, thanks for your continued efforts to help make this project a success. That PR will be a fabulous assistance!

21 November 2002, 08:07 PM
News Item at GamingReport (http://www.gamingreport.com/article.php?sid=6311&mode=&order=0)
News Item at TheForce.Net (http://www.theforce.net/rpg/index.shtml#18839)

I also sent mails to the STARWARS-L.

21 November 2002, 08:15 PM
The journal looks great and I would just like to send out a big thanks to all those who invested time on it:D

Talon Razor 'GM'
21 November 2002, 09:43 PM
You guys so rock! Wow! It is so good to see people with that kind of driven motivation do something of this magnitude. This is a historic day in Star Wars Roleplaying. Thanks guys so much!!! I am fired up to start contrubiting.

BTW, what if I wanted to contribute a Graphic Novel series to the Journal? Me and my cousin are starting one that follows a bounty hunter and his somewhat wacky crew. Just wanting to put feelers out about were we could publish this at.

Paul Klein
21 November 2002, 10:18 PM
FANTASTIC job guys!! The Dice, Camera, Action section was well worth the price - er, the, uh... nevermind :)

It's also cool that my "analysis" of the A&EGuide made it in there too. Shocked me a bit as I'm scrolling down to see my name in big bold letters. Thanks for the thought guys B)

Frobi-Wan Kenobi
21 November 2002, 11:09 PM
Gentlemen. you have been TheForce.Netted (http://www.theforce.net/).

22 November 2002, 05:39 AM
Originally posted by FrobiWanKenobi
Gentlemen. you have been TheForce.Netted (http://www.theforce.net/).

Ah, not my first time, after you have had the limelight it gets kinda old really...


Im joking of course. The exposure is very nice, thanks for the heads up Frobi . And I can guarantee that in future issues the visual side of the OJ will be even more impressive, featuringwork from some of SWAG's established talent and it's newer superstars.

So, if you guys come across a particular piece you enjoy or dig, by all means let us know! Only through your feedback and participation will the Online Journal continue to prosper and evolve.


22 November 2002, 12:03 PM
Just wanted to take a moment to say a job well done to everyone involved in the new journal. It looks amazing and has a real solid feeling of professionalism to it. I am highly impressed.

22 November 2002, 12:24 PM
Great job everyone!!!


22 November 2002, 05:25 PM
Pen & Paper News Item (http://www.pen-paper.net/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=648&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0)

Ghost In The Holocron
23 November 2002, 03:23 AM
Congratulations everyone!

( However, I can't seem to get to the journal at www.starwars-rpg.net... seems to have been down since I last checked about 10 hrs ago. Then again, that could be great news as the ravenous SWRPG masses must be hitting the OJ site like crazy since it went up. )

- w.

23 November 2002, 04:55 AM
Ghost In The Holocron , the site is down momentarily. It should be up shortly. Sorry for the inconvenience.

For more information, please see THIS THREAD (http://holonet.swrpgnetwork.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=10390).

The Noghri Jedi
23 November 2002, 02:07 PM
I too would like to give congratulations and appreciation for this issue. It is beautifully laid out and presented.

I however found a small discrepency in the d20 Species Summary for the Gryps'gar. Stats read as "Str, +2 Con, -2 Dex, -4 Int:" instead of the proper "+2 Str, +2 Con, -2 Dex, -4 Int:". And the Automatic langauges read as "Basic, Gryps" instead of the proper "Basic, Gryps'gar".

These are by no means complaints, I know how much of a pain editing is. I just wanted to point them out for others so there's no confusion, and so you could fix it if you chose to.

Once again, well done and welcome back.

The Noghri Jedi
23 November 2002, 02:09 PM
I forgot to include that the discrepecy was in the PDF version of the Journal.


Frobi-Wan Kenobi
23 November 2002, 02:26 PM
Actually the language is Gryps'oro as listed in the d20 commoner stats. The planet is the plain Gryps.

So aside from the small typos did you enjoy the species?

And remember Noghri Jedi that you can simply edit your last post instead of posting a whole new one.

23 November 2002, 02:45 PM
Very nice ... I like the Jedi Hunter

Ghost In The Holocron
23 November 2002, 04:42 PM
Thanks for the reply, AxiustheDark. It really does seem the OJ site went down from too many hits -- since I'd wager a lot of folks could be hitting it for some ideas before their weekend games ( which is what I've done ).

And, to the OJ staff and everyone else, espcially Frobi and Nazgul: My sincere apologies. -- I was supposed to help provide some artwork for some of the articles in this issue. Things just didn't pan out because of some real life difficulties I've been having recently (which also explains my recent dissappearance from Holonet). So I'm very sorry I wasn't able to send in my stuff before the issue was put together. However, things are looking good now and I'm loosening up, getting ready to catch up with all of you. (For what it's worth, I still have a few drafts for the Gryps'Gar and the Jedi Hunter on my desk, I'll be working on these throughout this coming week. I'll post them up on the SWAG galleries when I'm done).

Again, I'm terribly sorry -- and, again, kudos on the OJ's grand return!

24 November 2002, 02:52 AM
Damn! Nice! Major KUDOS out to ya'll!

Been a long time since I have visited the Holonet. My real life has got in the way big time, but hopefully I will now have more time to peruse the forums like I use to.

ij thompson
24 November 2002, 02:44 PM
Well, I just picked up my .pdf copy of the OJ from Staples, double-sided, bound in white cerlox, with clear report covers (b&w pages though, full colour would be way too expensive), and I gotta say... a beautiful job done by all! Talk about a triumphant return!

There's one small quibble about the layout, however - some of the images run off the printable area of most output devices. The front cover, for example, gets cut off all the way around, which clips the headlines. For future issues, leaving at least a 1/4" margin around the image area would be a good idea.

But that's a small thing! Hats off to the organizers, contributors, and publishers!!! :D

24 November 2002, 03:29 PM
How much did that cost you to put together from Kinko's, ij? I'm curious.

ij thompson
24 November 2002, 04:00 PM
Is Kinko the American equivalent? ;)

Anyway, it came to $15.15 Canadian, which includes our 7% sales tax here in Alberta. Full-colour is 76 cents a copy (I don't know if you get a discount for going double-sided), so that gets pretty pricey. Still, I'm pretty tempted, looking at all the great work that's gone into it!

Thatta help?

24 November 2002, 04:17 PM
Originally posted by ij thompson
Is Kinko the American equivalent? ;)

No, sorry, I'm just very tired and my brain is playing tricks on me, replacing one office-supply and copy establishment with another. Sorry.

That helps a great deal. Thanks.

24 November 2002, 07:41 PM
There's one small quibble about the layout, however - some of the images run off the printable area of most output devices. The front cover, for example, gets cut off all the way around, which clips the headlines. For future issues, leaving at least a 1/4" margin around the image area would be a good idea.

Actually, I.J., the document margins are setup well within the standards of even the most modest of ink jet printers. The cover is done that way so that there are no ugly margins when viewed onscreen.

PDF's have a beautiful feature that your print shop should be aware of, and if not, you can certainly request that they turn it on and that's auto-size to print area. It will expand and/or contract the page so that all elements print within the constraints of whatever printing device you are using.

Thanks for all the compliments, though. I wish I had been able to give it a full magazine treatment, but I just did not have the time to do so. You will see each issue trending further and further towards the quality of professionally printed mags, since we will be releasing more, smaller issues, with greater frequency.

ij thompson
24 November 2002, 10:06 PM
Originally posted by Nafai
PDF's have a beautiful feature that your print shop should be aware of, and if not, you can certainly request that they turn it on and that's auto-size to print area. It will expand and/or contract the page so that all elements print within the constraints of whatever printing device you are using.

Whoah, that's cool! I had no idea... thanks for the heads up. :) I know I'm gonna cave, and get one done in full colour, so... armed with that knowledge, I guess I'll be that much happier with the end result.

Woo hoo! :D

evan hansen
25 November 2002, 12:14 PM
Something else fun you can do to increase the quality of printed Journals:

If you have them print everything OTHER than the cover scaled, as Nafai said, on 8.5x11in. (letter), you can then have them print the cover to full size on 11x17in. (tabloid) paper and ask them to trim it to the edges. Since the cover is bled to the edge of the PDF, the trimmed copy will be full-sized 8.5x11 with a full bleed to the edges.

They should have better paper stock available to use for the cover as well.

Total, it shouldn't cost more than the extra cost of the bigger, better paper (not a whole lot for just one sheet) plus like 5-10 cents per cut or something like that. You'd spend, at most, a couple extra dollars to get the fully bled, nice-looking cover.

Just another little trick you can use to get the journal looking that much nicer.

1 December 2002, 10:22 PM
*realizes exactly how lucky he is to have access to professional printing equipment*

.76 Canadian is what, .45 American? That's insane. I had no idea...

Aaaanyhow. Congrats to the entire crew over there. ;)

ij thompson
2 December 2002, 08:32 AM
Dude, I know! :(

I used to work in a printing/copy/graphic design shop, and could have had all this done for free.

Well, I guess you have to make some sacrifices to move into your chosen career! ;)

2 December 2002, 11:57 AM
Hey <b>IJ</b>, did you have them bind it, or was it on 3 hole paper which you could put in a binder?

ij thompson
2 December 2002, 02:08 PM
I had them cerlox bind it, which if you're not familiar, is the sort of plastic 'comb' you see all over the place. If you go with cerlox, though, you'll want to get some covers put on, also. I opted for clear report covers, so as not to cover up that groovy front cover! :) The whole shebang worked out to only a coupla bucks, though 3-hole punching would certainly be much less (if anything)...

Corpus Juris
7 December 2002, 02:36 PM
I just downloaded and flipped through the newest issue of the OJ, and
I must say that I concur with all the praise already given in this forum.

Good work and please keep it coming. :D

This journal is definately a worthy replacement for Star Wars Gamer and WEG's old Adventure Journal.

Only one thing: Will it ever be possible to subscribe to an e-mail notification service so one is up to date with the release of a new edition?

7 December 2002, 03:01 PM
That is a commonly requested feature, so yes, that's quite possible that we'll implement that.

After Issue 2 on the 16th of this month though, we are targetting every six weeks, so hopefully, we'll hit that regularity and you'll know when to expect a new issue.

Frobi-Wan Kenobi
7 December 2002, 03:23 PM
I have an idea that might or might not be feasible to do in the SWOJ - A Force Feedback (or it's analog) section.

Anyway, just an idea.

8 December 2002, 04:29 AM
FrobiWanKenobi, we have given serious thought to such a section. We are looking into putting it in place for Issue 3, if at all possible.

Thanks for the suggestion.

10 December 2002, 03:10 AM
Man. Serves me right for neglecting these boards over the holidays - I didn't know the Journal was finally up!

Thanks to everyone who appreciated the Dice, Camera, Action article. I tried to cover all the "essential ingredients" of the saga, but I'm sure there are some I've missed. (Sorry it almost killed your software, Nafai.)

Thanks also to the fine staff, and especially Axius, my successor, for making it all happen. I know exactly how big a job it is and how much work they all put in. And this was just the first issue...

Frobi-Wan Kenobi
10 December 2002, 05:14 PM
So I'm surfing the SWAG site and I come upon one of the funniest things - an interview of Evan Black done by Nafai. I think that an interview with that style done on members or webmasters here at the HoloNet or even authors of official material. (Maybe you could even get the guy that does the interviews for SWAG to do that piece???)

Everyone that read the first few volumes of Inquest will probably remember the article called 'Swan Song.' Where Rick Swan just went crazy on some weird idea for a page. More often than not that page was one of my favorite parts of the mags. I'll never forget the article about Cardfloppers vs. Dicechuckers.

Just a couple more ideas, I'm looking forward to the next issue.