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Title: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: Skunkfish on 21:55, 31 July 16
Update:

Issue 1 still available, get yours for £3 at http://www.cpcfanzine.com if you missed the Kickstarter.

You can also pre-order Issue 2 or get a four-issue subscription.


Original Post:

Good evening,

So, after debating it internally for well over 20 years and getting close at various points during that time I've decided to launch an Amstrad CPC fanzine.

It will be (imaginatively) titled 'Colour Personal Computing' and the first issue will be out in September (and quarterly thereafter), consisting of at the very least 32 black & white A5 pages but more likely to be 40+.

You can expect it to be packed full of CPC related content; featuring the latest news, reviews of the latest games and applications, interviews with CPC developers, hands-on reports of hardware releases, lots of humour and much, much more.

Why Kickstarter?

Well, I wasn't sure how much demand there would be and wanted to fund a decent print run if possible. The other option would have been to take pre-orders via Paypal or something similar but that didn't seem to offer the same promotional opportunities and I think people would be less likely to send money via an unknown site. The target is a meagre £200, which at £3 a copy should be around 67 copies or so... The more money that gets raised, the bigger and better the fanzine should be, a lot of the content is already written although I'll be holding some stuff back for future issues.

I hope that by raising the profile a little I can try to bring some lapsed CPC users back to the fold and also try to raise the CPC's profile as a viable Retrogaming platform.

You can find the Project's Kickstarter campaign page here: Colour Personal Computing - The Amstrad CPC Fanzine by James Ford — (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/803660556/colour-personal-computing-the-amstrad-cpc-fanzine)

Thanks for your time,

James.




Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: mr_lou on 23:06, 31 July 16
Cheers for fulfilling childhood dreams!  :)
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: ||C|-|E|| on 00:37, 01 August 16
I have already backed! (of course!)  :D Good luck with this!!
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: archcosmo on 09:45, 01 August 16
I've backed this project too  ;D

Do you have any plans on making a digital copy of Issue 1? Print runs can only go for so long, but a digital version can be offered for sale/download as long as you like on a website/itunes/RSS etc etc

thanks
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: reidrac on 10:07, 01 August 16
I'm in!
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: Skunkfish on 10:07, 01 August 16
Thanks for the support guys.

It will be available digitally at some point in the future, at this stage I wanted to focus fully on the printed version as I still love the feeling of having something physical to enjoy and collect.
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: elanstra on 10:39, 01 August 16
Great initiative!


I have a question; If pledging £10 or more, you get the Advertisement Reward. The instructions say You must send your advert by the end of August to meet the printing deadline. I'm currently working on releasing a game, but I don't think it will be ready for this year. Would it be possible to keep the [/size]Advertisement Reward and use it for future issues?

Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: mr_lou on 10:58, 01 August 16
Great initiative!

I have a question; If pledging £10 or more, you get the Advertisement Reward. The instructions say You must send your advert by the end of August to meet the printing deadline. I'm currently working on releasing a game, but I don't think it will be ready for this year. Would it be possible to keep the


You could still use the advert to advertise for your upcoming game.  ;)
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: villain on 11:21, 01 August 16
Is this really going to be b/w? Kind of ironic for "Colour Personal Computing"... ;D I'll be in probably neverthless but I'd rather donate a little bit more and get something in colour. Even if b/w reminds to the good old times of the CPC-fanzines. In any case: good project and good luck!
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: mr_lou on 11:33, 01 August 16
Create it as a blu-ray diskmag-like project instead. Then we'll have colour + physical collectable.  8)
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: villain on 11:38, 01 August 16
Create it as a blu-ray diskmag-like project instead. Then we'll have colour + physical collectable.  8)

Never seen a suitable player inside of our household... :-)
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: Skunkfish on 11:47, 01 August 16
Great initiative!


I have a question; If pledging £10 or more, you get the Advertisement Reward. The instructions say You must send your advert by the end of August to meet the printing deadline. I'm currently working on releasing a game, but I don't think it will be ready for this year. Would it be possible to keep the Advertisement Reward and use it for future issues?
Hi elanstra,

Thanks for your kind words.

I'm still working out how Issues 2 and onwards will be dealt with as I'm sure people will get annoyed with me if I do a Kickstarter every time, but I'd be more than happy to run your advert in a future issue. I'm aiming to work to a 13 week publishing schedule so the second issue should be out shortly before Christmas if that suits you better?

I limited the advertisement reward to 5 for Issue 1 as I thought adverts would give it a nicer feel and give people the opportunity to promote their products but I need to save some room for some words as well :)

Perhaps when I get the details nailed down for the second issue I can get in touch and we can discuss further?

Thanks,

James.
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: Skunkfish on 12:01, 01 August 16
Is this really going to be b/w? Kind of ironic for "Colour Personal Computing"... ;D I'll be in probably neverthless but I'd rather donate a little bit more and get something in colour. Even if b/w reminds to the good old times of the CPC-fanzines. In any case: good project and good luck!

Hi Villain,

Yes, that's the plan. And it took me about a week to notice the irony in my own title!  ::)

I really want to replicate the feel of those old British fanzines from the early 90s such as Artificial Intelligence and Potential Difference, although I was considering either full or part colour at one point. The cost of colour printing seemed quite prohibitive when I was working out my costings (the print quantity is much higher to get a decent price), but perhaps it could be some sort of stretch goal?

Although I've said it will be B/W now on Kickstarter so not sure if I can back-out on that promise?
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: mr_lou on 12:01, 01 August 16
Never seen a suitable player inside of our household... :-)

VLC (and other software media players) play blu-ray ISO files for those who don't want a hardware player.
That way you get both a physical collectable + "digital version" + colours!  8)
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: mr_lou on 12:02, 01 August 16
Although I've said it will be B/W now on Kickstarter so not sure if I can back-out on that promise?

What about just having a few pages in colour?
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: Skunkfish on 12:10, 01 August 16
What about just having a few pages in colour?

That could definitely be an option.
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: elanstra on 12:25, 01 August 16
I'm still working out how Issues 2 and onwards will be dealt with as I'm sure people will get annoyed with me if I do a Kickstarter every time, but I'd be more than happy to run your advert in a future issue.


Thanks for your reply. I pledged already anyway. My first time using Kickstarter  :D


By the way, if the Kickstarter thingy doesn't work. I have heard of people using Best crowdfunding site for artists and creators | Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/) Not sure how well it works. I think people become a patron and pay you an amount per month or something like that.


[EDIT] I even found Amstrad related things there: Patreon: Search (https://www.patreon.com/search?q=amstrad&t=creators)
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: seanb on 12:47, 01 August 16
We know the type of Amstrad related content Kim Justice is creating  :D
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: Skunkfish on 19:33, 01 August 16
Thanks elanstra. I've not heard of Patreon before but looks like it could be an option for the fanzine on an on-going basis, I'll investigate further..
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: reidrac on 17:16, 03 August 16
Btw, FREEZE64 no. 1 was launched recently:

FREEZE64 - THE ULTIMATE COMMODORE 64 GAMING AND CHEATS FANZINE (http://www.c64endings.freeolamail.com/freeze64/freeze64-1.htm)

I don't know what is the quality or about the content, but just as an idea of what other people seem to be doing (£3.50 + shipping, 28 page full-color fanzine).
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: Gryzor on 17:26, 03 August 16
Yay for this, found out by chance yesterday and backed it today. Then I saw the thread :D Crossing fingers, would really love this to come to fruition!


Also, I do like the B&W feel. It really feels nostalgic and is different.
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: Lazy Dude on 21:07, 03 August 16
Any more nostalgic and we may have ourselves the green screen edition!
This looks interesting and I will investigate further
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: Skunkfish on 00:07, 04 August 16
I did have a (very) brief thought about green paper. That idea was best left as a thought I feel...
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: Skunkfish on 00:25, 04 August 16
Thanks for the support guys, much appreciated!
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: jomicamp on 23:12, 05 August 16
I consider it a great idea! I am in!!

My only concern is that my address was not required anywhere while registering to back the campaign ...

Do you consider to include a programming section?

Best regards
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: Skunkfish on 00:43, 06 August 16
I consider it a great idea! I am in!!

My only concern is that my address was not required anywhere while registering to back the campaign ...

Do you consider to include a programming section?

Best regards

Thanks Jomicamp!

Kickstarter seems a bit odd in that way, apparently I need to send out a survey to collect the addresses once the campaign is successful!

I would consider a programming section but I'm useless and there's so many great resources on-line...

I'm open to offers though if anyone would like to contribute something for issue 2?
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: Lazy Dude on 23:42, 06 August 16
I think I'd also add your comment, there's so many great people on-line.  ;D

BACKED!

moneys down, lets see how it goes........
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: pelrun on 09:35, 07 August 16
Kickstarter seems a bit odd in that way, apparently I need to send out a survey to collect the addresses once the campaign is successful!


There's often quite a long delay (sometimes years) between a KS campaign and the rewards being sent out, so it doesn't make sense to get addresses up front. Otherwise you have to deal with a flood of "OMG I've moved how do I update my address" requests.
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: Skunkfish on 11:20, 09 August 16
So, it looked like the campaign was fully funded last night (at 105% of the target) but it seems like one of the backers of the advertisement reward has backed out... I guess that's one of the pitfalls of Kickstarter!

Therefore, there is a space left again on this tier for anyone who wants to advertise their product or service in issue 1 of the fanzine (it can be anything (legal), although I'd love it of course if it was CPC related).

Ten quid will get you an A5 sized black & white advert and a copy of issue 1 of the fanzine. Please see Colour Personal Computing - The Amstrad CPC Fanzine by James Ford — (http://www.cpcfanzine.com) for more details!
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: ||C|-|E|| on 12:46, 09 August 16
It is great to see that the project has been fully funded already!  :D
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: seanb on 17:24, 11 August 16
Just backed this too.
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: reidrac on 16:56, 13 August 16
Suggestion for a future issue: comparative of the best CPC emulators.

I just discovered that CPCE for Win32 works beautifully in Linux with WINE; it has less options than WinAPE, but it is a good alternative. I had no idea!

So that's something I'd love to read in a future issue :)
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: Skunkfish on 22:41, 14 August 16
Suggestion for a future issue: comparative of the best CPC emulators.

I just discovered that CPCE for Win32 works beautifully in Linux with WINE; it has less options than WinAPE, but it is a good alternative. I had no idea!

So that's something I'd love to read in a future issue :)


Great idea! I tend to use WinAPE out of habit but it would certainly be great to compare features side-by-side and push each one to the limit with some of the more challenging pieces of software  ;D

Maybe there could be different awards given out... e.g. best for games, best for sound, best for development, best for compatibility, best for ease of use etc.

EDIT: Reading my comment back I just thought 'Oh, and there should be a best in show' - yes, it's sounding like the CPC emulator equivalent of Crufts.
 
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: Skunkfish on 17:44, 20 August 16
The final 24 hours of the campaign are now approaching, thanks everyone for your support.

I can confirm that issue 1 will feature a full review of Doomsday Lost Echoes as well as the developer interview mentioned previously...
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: Zoe Robinson on 17:58, 20 August 16
Backed last night, when I realised I hadn't backed it before then. Good luck with it. :)
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: CPCOxygen on 00:55, 21 August 16
The final 24 hours of the campaign are now approaching, thanks everyone for your support.

I can confirm that issue 1 will feature a full review of Doomsday Lost Echoes as well as the developer interview mentioned previously...


We both seem to be reviewing the same games LOL  :picard2:
As you can see from the screenshot I'm not finished as I seem to be playing the game more than reviewing it.  ;D  Lets just tell the public they need to read both reviews for the full picture.  :P


(http://www.eightbitmagazine.com/doomsday.jpg)


8-bit Magazine Issue 2 (Amstrad, Commodore, Sinclair & more) by John Kavanagh (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/8bitmagazine/8-bit-magazine-issue-2-amstrad-commodore-sinclair)



Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: ||C|-|E|| on 05:29, 21 August 16
I think that is actually great and exciting that both of you are reviewing the adventure!  :D Our scene is relatively small and it is quite normal for the same production to be reviewed in different magazines. Having complementary points of view is always very good and truly makes the scene better and much more alive  :)
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: Morri on 08:44, 21 August 16
I've backed both projects and I can't wait to read both reviews and each persons different opinions and perspectives.
Couldn't care less that there will be overlapping. The writing styles and layouts will set each project apart.
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: CPCOxygen on 12:01, 21 August 16
I think that is actually great and exciting that both of you are reviewing the adventure!  :D Our scene is relatively small and it is quite normal for the same production to be reviewed in different magazines. Having complementary points of view is always very good and truly makes the scene better and much more alive  :)


Yes, I agree totally. It reminds me of the good old days where you could read a game review on multiple magazines such as AA, ACU and C+VG :-)
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: ||C|-|E|| on 15:29, 21 August 16
Actually, it would be awesome to be able to "go back" to those days, with new periodical magazines and productions that are reviewed in all of them.  I am probably daydreaming, but it would be so great!  :D
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: reidrac on 15:35, 21 August 16
Actually, it would be awesome to be able to "go back" to those days, with new periodical magazines and productions that are reviewed in all of them.  I am probably daydreaming, but it would be so great!  :D

I don't think we can go back to that volume, but if the scene keeps providing of games every year, I would say that there's enough interest for bi-monthly publications like the CPC fanzine.
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: TotO on 17:58, 21 August 16
Quote
C64 / The cheap 8-bit computer that ended up as the world's number 1 best selling computer

When I read that, I can just laugh...  :-\
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: CPCOxygen on 18:24, 21 August 16
When I read that, I can just laugh...  :-\

By US standards the C64 was very cheap in comparison to the Apple II and Atari 8-bits. I know in The UK there were cheaper Computers available. Eight Bit Magazine were referring to the reaction when the computer was released in the US, price and the amount of RAM it came with made it stood out. It was the best selling computer. That doesn't mean it's the best. That's a matter of opinion and what you are looking for in a computer. My favourite will always be the CPC.
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: reidrac on 10:52, 14 September 16
@Skunkfish (http://www.cpcwiki.eu/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=348) Do you have a website for the fanzine?

It would be nice for different reasons; we can use it to refer to people in case they're interested in the fanzine, information about back numbers (even you could put a PDF file once the paper version runs out,I guess).

If you don't have resources to host the page, perhaps you could use a wiki page at cpcwiki.eu.

EDIT: oh, I see you have Colour Personal Computing - The Amstrad CPC Fanzine by James Ford — (http://www.cpcfanzine.com/) domain already... nice!
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: Skunkfish on 23:02, 28 September 16
I've quickly set-up a storefront at www.cpcfanzine.com to let people order the fanzine who missed the Kickstarter.


Not sure if I'll keep it as the cost is a little prohibitive but was the easiest option at the time...


It's taking a bit longer than I'd planned to get the fanzine finished off but I'm really close now, hopefully not too much longer for those waiting.
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: TFM on 18:21, 29 September 16
So, what do people out there think about the new CPC magazine? Was it worth buying? Any comments?
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: mr_lou on 18:31, 29 September 16
So, what do people out there think about the new CPC magazine? Was it worth buying? Any comments?

Don't think anyone has received their copy yet, so it'll be slightly difficult giving any feedback at this point.  ;)
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: Lazy Dude on 12:05, 22 October 16
Bump
[/size][size=78%]any updates?[/size]
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: ukmarkh on 13:08, 22 October 16
Still haven't received my copy, have I been ripped off!
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: mr_lou on 13:15, 22 October 16
Still haven't received my copy, have I been ripped off!

Me neither.
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: Skunkfish on 01:44, 23 October 16
No ripping off taking place, just real-life getting in the way of me getting it finished, printed and out there.

It should be soon, hopefully!
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: ukmarkh on 01:46, 23 October 16
That's good news! Looking forward to it, what release date did you have in mind?
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: Gryzor on 11:31, 23 October 16
*really* looking forward :) :)
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: mr_lou on 21:40, 13 December 16
Any news on this?
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: reidrac on 11:08, 14 December 16
Yes, I'd love an update with a timeline if that's possible; I'm moving house in January and I would hate this to get lost in the mail.

@Skunkfish (http://www.cpcwiki.eu/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=348): another thing I was wondering is if you could share your plans for the fanzine after this first issue.
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: ukmarkh on 23:48, 14 December 16
C'mon now, we shouldn't have to chase for updates! I'm excited, but can't help feel that something isn't right.
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: Neil79 on 00:14, 15 December 16
C'mon now, we shouldn't have to chase for updates! I'm excited, but can't help feel that something isn't right.


Uh hu  :picard:
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: CPCOxygen on 02:38, 15 December 16
Don't give up hope just yet. There are many reasons why it's late and the most common reason is lack of time and that's always the most difficult to explain. Skunkfish will release it, I'm sure.
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: mr_lou on 08:29, 15 December 16
Don't give up hope just yet. There are many reasons why it's late and the most common reason is lack of time and that's always the most difficult to explain. Skunkfish will release it, I'm sure.

I often wonder how everyone else here seems to have time for awesome CPC projects, be it big games or complicated hardware.
Having a family and job doesn't leave me much sparetime to work on 8-bit Memoirs. I have no doubt I'll finish it. There's progress, but no where near the speed that I'm seeing everyone else have with their projects.

So it wouldn't surprise me if this was the case with this project too.

At least I hope time is the only problem. Could be many things. I hope it's nothing health related.
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: Skunkfish on 12:59, 15 December 16
Hi all,

Yes, I'm aware it's horrifically late and I can only apologise :(

I had an amazing few weeks where I got three-quarters of the fanzine done, and unfortunately the last quarter has been a struggle - I'd severely underestimated the time to get it finished and with a change to my work schedule over the past couple of months it's left me with less spare time than I would like.

However, it is still being actively worked on at every opportunity I get, and I'm still planning on attempting to stick to a quarterly publishing schedule after the first issue is out (which will be soon with any luck). I've really enjoyed making it to be honest, it's been a great excuse to spend some time playing the amazing games that have been released and tinkering with hardware like the X-MEM and C4CPC.

I'm aware that people who backed this were expecting the fanzine three months ago. As compensation for the lateness I will be working on some sort of discount for the next issue for those who backed the fanzine.

Thanks for your support and sorry again!

James.
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: Skunkfish on 13:03, 15 December 16
Just to show there is a fanzine somewhat close to being finished, I've attached a preview image of where issue 1 is at.

Too small to see any articles I think, but still don't look if you want don't want any spoilers.
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: mr_lou on 13:09, 15 December 16
As compensation for the lateness I will be working on some sort of discount for the next issue for those who backed the fanzine.

I'm pretty sure I speak for all of us when I say that none of us are interested in any kind of compensation.  We just want to see the project succeed.  :)
But don't rush it. Better to take your time to produce high quality.  :)
Good to know at least it's nothing health related. Too many people crash during winter.
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: Gryzor on 16:23, 15 December 16
Personally, I'm not interested in a discount - I do realise it's a very small project but, at the same time, quite some work for what is not a team of professionals, so I don't mind :)
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: reidrac on 20:32, 15 December 16
Yes, I also want it to succeed; not interested in discounts.

Quarterly sounds great!
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: CPCOxygen on 03:20, 16 December 16
Keep going James, you're almost there! I and I'm sure everyone else here are looking forward to reading it.  :)  Remember, the best projects always tend to run late.  8)
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: EgoTrip on 01:34, 17 December 16
I can see my game
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: SOS on 09:36, 27 December 16
Yes, I'm aware it's horrifically late
No problem, things goes slow this years (all have families and jobs ...)

Bought one  :D
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: Skunkfish on 01:39, 12 January 17
So... After receiving the test copies from the printer today, I'm happy with the quality and have ordered the full production run which should be with me early next week.

That means people should start to receive their copies towards the end of next week! Thanks for your patience with me guys, I hope it will have been worth the wait!
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: Gryzor on 07:30, 12 January 17
Yaaay :) Good news to wake up to!
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: mark_htfc on 20:35, 12 January 17
I was worried when I first saw this was a Kickstarter campaigned and noticed I had missed it, as I thought I might have missed getting issue 1 due to missing it. I noticed on your website that you linked in this thread that I can order it (it might be a good idea to put the link into your first post, as I nearly missed it when reading through).


I have one question though, if I was to order it tonight, how long would you expect for it to arrive? As did you order some extra copies just in-case of extra orders, or would I need to wait for a full print?
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: Skunkfish on 00:15, 13 January 17
Hi Mark,

I've ordered ~20 extra copies so if you were to order it would come out of the main print run and be sent at the same time or directly after the Kickstarter copies. Assuming all comes back fine from the printers on Monday, you should receive late next week/early the following.
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: mark_htfc on 00:24, 13 January 17
Brilliant, I will order a copy tomorrow then when I get into work  :)
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: Skunkfish on 12:17, 17 January 17
Good news, the fanzines came back from the printers and are as expected.

The first batch has gone out in the post today and the remainder will be sent tomorrow - all by UK 1st class / International Standard so hopefully some people will receive their copy as early as tomorrow.

If anyone missed the Kickstarter and would like to purchase a copy, there are still some available at http://www.cpcfanzine.com
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: mark_htfc on 20:21, 17 January 17
Brilliant, hopefully it will not take too long for it to arrive in the post. When I have read it in full I will let you know my thoughts on it  :)
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: mr_lou on 20:49, 17 January 17
When is issue 2 coming out?  ;D
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: Zoe Robinson on 23:31, 17 January 17
Cool. Looking forward to reading it. :)
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: Skunkfish on 00:52, 18 January 17
Brilliant, hopefully it will not take too long for it to arrive in the post. When I have read it in full I will let you know my thoughts on it  :)

Yes, please do!
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: Skunkfish on 00:54, 18 January 17
When is issue 2 coming out?  ;D

Thursday, 13th April with any luck (and yes, I mean 2017!). I'm determined not to be let it be as late as this first one!
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: mr_lou on 07:10, 18 January 17
Thursday, 13th April with any luck (and yes, I mean 2017!). I'm determined not to be let it be as late as this first one!

Hm, well....
My advice is to not focus that much on dates, but let it take the time it needs.
It's easy to see and feel when things have been rushed. Then I'd rather wait a bit longer and get a higher quality.
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: seanb on 16:38, 19 January 17
I noticed in the next time section you mention street fighter 2.
Wouldn't be pulling an AA now would you  ;D
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: kawickboy on 17:29, 19 January 17
I've just discovered the project. That looks great. I've ordered issue 1 + the 4 next ones.
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: seanb on 22:15, 19 January 17
For those of us that backed you on kickstarter what do we need to do for future issues.
Will you contact us?
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: Skunkfish on 01:01, 20 January 17
For those of us that backed you on kickstarter what do we need to do for future issues.
Will you contact us?


Hi Sean,


Not sure if I fully understand the question? Further issues will be available via cpcfanzine.com, I don't think I'll be using Kickstarter for further issues.


Thanks,


James.
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: seanb on 12:13, 20 January 17
Cheers. You've answered it.

Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: Lazy Dude on 13:27, 20 January 17
Arrived home yesterday to see the usual heap of junk on the doormat, pizza leaflets gas bill other usless tat.
Oh yeh and the CPC mag was there too  ;D
It's a good read so far.
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: Zoe Robinson on 20:24, 20 January 17
The fanzine arrived today. I've not had time to read it all yet but what I've perused was good. Well done! :)
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: Lazy Dude on 16:11, 22 January 17
I decided to order an Indian instead of the pizza from the leaflets!
Oh yeh, the mag. Best bit right now is the interview on p28/29 , its stuff like that what takes time and effort to compile. I always like the fact that all parties involved actually take the time to impart their thoughts to the readers. Unlike the immediacy of say a live forum (damn forums!) the interview provides a more considered response for our enjoyment.
Looking forward to issue 2 😎
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: Gryzor on 11:17, 24 January 17
My copy arrived on Friday, so I read it over the weekend. Really lovely stuff, I enjoyed it a lot!


The good: good, original material, good writing and editing (only a few typos), a distinct fanzine variety of humor, diverse articles.
The not-so-good: I wanted more :( . No, I do understand how much work goes into something like that, but I think that with a few pages more it would have shone much more! Also: the choice of font - I'd go for something more retro-like, and also a smaller size.


Thanks for the great work, really looking forward to #2. Oh, heck, it was so nice that even the missus read some of it (she started reading the DDLE review and carried on from there :D )!!
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: mr_lou on 17:37, 24 January 17
And it arrived in Denmark today too.  :)

Looks great! Thanks for mentioning 8-bit Memoirs in the news section!  :)
Will be interesting to see when I find some time for some cosy reading.

My only feedback so far: I feel the font is a tiny little bit too small.
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: Gryzor on 18:21, 24 January 17
Hahaha I like how I asked for smaller fonts, you asked for larger ones :D


The thing is, I love fanzines with lots of text -and because most of them are A5 they cram text in their small pages, thus giving a unique feel...


But, if nothing else, I really don't think the font is too small.
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: mr_lou on 18:24, 24 January 17
Hahaha I like how I asked for smaller fonts, you asked for larger ones :D

Impossible to please everyone.  :)
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: Gryzor on 18:27, 24 January 17
'course it is :D
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: Lazy Dude on 21:10, 24 January 17
Right, what a great idea - a different font size on each page  :D
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: mark_htfc on 22:08, 24 January 17
I finally managed to finish reading through it all this evening, and I must say, I am impressed with the first issue, other than a couple of missspelt grammar etc (only a couple though I might add) I thought the whole way of writing was thoroughly enjoyable.


I think the size of the text for me was perfectly fine, but I can understand why some people might think it was a bit small, although for the size of the magazine, you dont want the text to be too big. I really liked the way did the reviews, I thoroughly enjoyed reading what you though of the games, and I will have to install the emulator back onto my machine so that I can play some of the games.


If I was to ask for something to be changed then it would be the way competitions are done in the future. Getting to the final page, I thought it was a great touch you included a competition for the readers to try and win something but for me personally I would not have taken part, due to the fact I would have had to write in the book to then scan and send you the answers. If you could incorporate this another way so that we could take part without having to physically write in the book I would personally would prefer it (the magazine is too good to write in  :) ).


Finally, in regarding the photos, what would the possibility be, of instead of them being black and white, but have them in green screen instead? I still play my Amstrad with a green screen (mainly because I don't have a Color screen) and I think that'd be a nice retro touch to have in the magazine.
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: CPCOxygen on 22:35, 24 January 17
From what I read so far I think it's fantastic. Eight Bit Magazine even got a mention.  ;D  Font size looks fine for me, easy to read. I think  a smaller font would be a mistake.
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: Skunkfish on 01:00, 25 January 17
Thanks everyone for your feedback and kind words!

I was having a bit of dilemma on the font size. On the one hand, I was finding the A5 size page quite restrictive to get the quantity of text that I wanted on each page. On the other hand, I wanted it to be legible and comfortable to read. Hopefully it sounds like I got the balance about right!

I guess an advantage of a blu-ray disk mag is that the font size can be user-adjustable (other than just moving the page closer).

I'm hoping to make some improvements for Issue 2, mainly in the way that the fanzine is written and put together as it was not done in the most economical fashion. I ended up half-writing articles in Word, copying them into Publisher and then finishing them off weeks later. Also, the lateness itself caused a lot of issues as some parts I'd written (like the news) was hopelessly outdated and had to be rewritten.

What is an obvious space-filler (the CPC Retro Dev screens on Page 30-31) was originally a feature on upcoming games, but the problem was that most of them had been released by the time the rest of the fanzine was ready for print! This time I'm focusing on getting the main features written first, and then more time-specific things like news and previews will get done at the end.

Regarding the competition (the one on page 34, not Eight-Bit magazine), I'll have a think about how I can do it differently next time!

Thanks again,

James.
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: ||C|-|E|| on 01:11, 25 January 17
Let´s see if tomorrow I can finally read mine!  :D   I was in Cambridge for a few days and I will not be able to check the mailbox until tomorrow morning...  :-X
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: reidrac on 21:37, 25 January 17
I had only few minutes to skim through it, will read it later, but I'm happy you updated it with things that happened after the fanzine was delayed. It looks fresh!

Well done and congratulations!
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: reidrac on 09:50, 27 January 17
Las night I finished reading it and I liked it!

The content and the tone was great, and the font size was OK to me; although I think the fanzine would benefit from colour (those screenshots were too dark!).

If anything it could nice if you could get contributions from other people, so you have a bit less work. Do you accept contributions? I think some people around here may be interested.

Looking forward to the next issue!
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: Skunkfish on 11:57, 27 January 17
Yeah, the screenshots took some alteration to get them as good as they are but still not ideal (lots of messing around with the brightness and contrast).

I would seriously consider doing further issues in colour, but the print company I used for Issue 1 is quoting me four-times the price for colour and B&W so I would have to do some shopping around.

I am certainly accepting contributions for future issues and a couple of people have already come forward and offered which is nice.

What I'd really like, is some nice juicy features, written by people who are more au fait with the subject matter than myself. Topics like game development, hardware projects and demo coding...

I'm planning a series on software houses from the CPC's past at the moment, looking at the history, games they produced and what became of them. Hi-Tec Software will be the first target, hopefully for Issue 2.
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: ||C|-|E|| on 12:30, 27 January 17
I still did not receive mine... Royal Mail people must be reading it instead of me  :( :picard:
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: Skunkfish on 13:12, 27 January 17
I still did not receive mine... Royal Mail people must be reading it instead of me  :( :picard:

Drop me a PM with your address, I'll get another copy in the post to you tomorrow!
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: ||C|-|E|| on 14:18, 27 January 17
Thank you!!  :D
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: jomicamp on 16:27, 27 January 17
Hi James,


I will like to pre-order number 2. Is there any possibility to get it in full color? I don´t mind to pay a little bit more.


Congrats for the good job in number 1
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: Skunkfish on 18:24, 27 January 17
Hi jomicamp,

Yes, I'm seriously considering printing further issues in colour. I've add a poll to this topic to see if it would be a popular move.

I think I've found a print company who can do it for a reasonable price, although it depends very much on the quantity I have printed.

Also, their requirements in terms of file-format are different to the previous company, so I will have to see if I can meet those. I may have to print a small batch of Issue 1 in colour, to check the quality - although small batches are not cheap (ordering a single copy to check, would cost almost £30!)
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: mr_lou on 07:40, 28 January 17
Also, the lateness itself caused a lot of issues as some parts I'd written (like the news) was hopelessly outdated and had to be rewritten.

What is an obvious space-filler (the CPC Retro Dev screens on Page 30-31) was originally a feature on upcoming games, but the problem was that most of them had been released by the time the rest of the fanzine was ready for print! This time I'm focusing on getting the main features written first, and then more time-specific things like news and previews will get done at the end.

I think it will be extremely difficult to have a news section in any kind of magazine nowadays. For news stories we have the Internet. And news stories on the Internet will disappear.
A magazine (be it a diskmag or paper version) is better suitable to contain "stories that won't get old". Like, a review of an existing game, won't get old. Not in a retro-computer community anyway. The magazines will thus be interesting many years later, while Internet news are only interesting for a few days.
Instead of "Upcoming releases", a magazine could have "What's stirring", or "Current activity", thus referring only to what's going on at the moment, which can cover both upcoming releases and recently released stuff.
For future reading (10 years later) such a section serves as a historical reminder.
(Meanwhile, the Internet version has been long gone due to various hosting issues, server-updates that kills the site, disagreements between owners etc etc).

Regarding the competition (the one on page 34, not Eight-Bit magazine), I'll have a think about how I can do it differently next time!

Why can't people figure out to take a picture of the competition with their phone, and then solve it on their computer? Or is it really difficult to make a copy at work? Come on guys.
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: Morri on 09:27, 30 January 17
Received my issue all the way on the other side of the world in New Zealand.  8)
Great read, I love your sense of humour and your writing style.
Also thanks for playing and reviewing Coolbox and Let's GO!

I am going to subscribe to your 4 issue offer as soon as I can get my PayPal account to work.  :picard2:
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: Skunkfish on 16:33, 30 January 17
Also thanks for playing and reviewing Coolbox and Let's GO!

Thanks for making them, I really enjoyed playing them!
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: ||C|-|E|| on 00:25, 01 February 17
I finally received and read my copy!!  :D I really enjoyed the magazine, how well is written and your sense of humor! Then, there is that super nice review of our adventure, even with an interview. What can I say...  :-[

Looking forward to the next issue!  :D
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: Skunkfish on 12:13, 02 February 17
I'm pretty much decided now that starting from issue 2, the fanzine will be in full colour.

This means two things...

1. I'm going to have to put up the price up to £4.00 per issue to cover this. All orders (for both single issues and subscriptions) placed at the lower price will be honoured.

2. I'm probably going to have to go back to Kickstarter for the second issue, to try and make sure I can hit the minimum order quantity to make colour printing worthwhile. The price will be the same as via the on-line store.

Although not run for profit, the instructions from my wife are clear: 'Don't make a loss'

Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: seanb on 14:36, 02 February 17
Wish I hadn't held off subscribing to see if you would make it colour now  :D
Looking forward to it so as soon as you have that kickstarter up and running I'll be supporting it.
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: ||C|-|E|| on 15:24, 02 February 17
Me too!  :)
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: mr_lou on 18:44, 28 July 19
So I realize this is an old thread, and it's possible I should have created a new thread instead?

But I just noticed the site isn't online anymore.
Has this fanzine died already?  :(
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: ComSoft6128 on 18:53, 28 July 19
Hope not,

The first two issues were well worth reading.
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: mr_lou on 18:54, 28 July 19
Hope not,

The first two issues were well worth reading.

Absolutely. I have been looking forward to future issues a lot.
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: ProfessorPike on 11:05, 29 July 19
I guess he made a loss  ;D
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: mr_lou on 11:31, 29 July 19
I guess he made a loss  ;D

This project was never about making money. Most CPC related projects aren't. It was a passion - like most CPC projects are.
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: ProfessorPike on 11:46, 29 July 19
This project was never about making money. Most CPC related projects aren't. It was a passion - like most CPC projects are.


I get that, I was making a flippant comment about how (a few posts up) his wife's only instruction was to not make a loss.
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: Gryzor on 14:41, 30 July 19
Been wondering myself, lately... :(
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: tjohnson on 18:21, 30 July 19
Did people pay for a subscription or per magazine?
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: mr_lou on 18:48, 30 July 19
Did people pay for a subscription or per magazine?

I think you could pay for one magazine, or get a discount if paying upfront for more, but I'm not 100% certain that was the case. I think I payed for multiple future issues though, but I can't remember for sure.

I suspect James might have run into some personal health issues. Would be nice to hear from him.
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: Gryzor on 21:14, 30 July 19
Per magazine, I think?
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: Skunkfish on 13:41, 31 July 19
Both... Some people have paid for 4 issue subscriptions (what I potentially should have termed a lifetime subscription).
If anyone wants a refund on their subscription then drop me a DM here.. I have your money set aside in a separate account.

I am still semi-actively working on the fanzine, it's just been 15 minutes here and there due to family and work commitments. When things calm down I'll be able to commit more time to it, since it's something that I really enjoy. I won't be selling subscriptions again to my inability to get issues out in a reasonable timescale!
Title: Re: Kickstarter campaign launched for new Amstrad CPC fanzine
Post by: ComSoft6128 on 13:47, 31 July 19
Thanks Skunkfish,

Thoroughly enjoyed the first two issues and looking forward to a third - whether that is in a month, six months or a year.
I completely understand how "real life" can slow down a project.

Cheers,

Peter