Best of Armchair Arcade, Issues 1 - 8, Volume I, DISCUSSION

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Best of Armchair Arcade
Issues 1 - 8, Volume I
(color cover, b&w interior, not to exceed ~100 pages)

(Rough Draft of Pages, in Order Follows)

Color Cover

Legal Page

Table of Contents

Issue 1 Cover

1 - A Treatise on Videogames
by Matthew D. Barton
2 - Atari - A Tale of Two Systems Part I: Atari 5200 and Atari 7800
by Bill Loguidice
3 - Game Packaging - A Look to the Past When Treasures Beyond the Game Were Within the Box
by Bill Loguidice
4 - Intellivision vs. ColecoVision Parts I and II: BurgerTime and Gambling
by Bill Loguidice
5 - Turrican vs. Metroid: A Complexity Issue
by Matthew D. Barton

Issue 2 Cover

1 - Gay Characters in Videogames
by Matthew D. Barton
2 -Interactive Fiction and Feelies: An Interview with Emily Short
by Bill Loguidice
3 - Early Commodore 64 Platformers: Jumpman, Spelunker, Ultimate Wizard, and Pharaoh’s Curse
by Matthew D. Barton

Issue 3 Cover

1 - Discworld MUD: Slinging Dirt with David Bennett
by Buck Feris
2 - Keeping Things in Perspective: First Person Shooters Vs. Platform Games
by David Torre
3 - Atari 2600 Expanded Homebrew Review: Thrust+ Platinum Edition
by Bill Loguidice
4 - The Videogame in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
by Matthew D. Barton
5 - Good Deal Games: An Interview with Michael Thomasson
by Bill Loguidice
6 - The Power Glove Lives!
by Matt Barton and David Torre
7 - Songbird Productions: An Interview with Carl Forhan
by Bill Loguidice

Issue 4 Cover

1 - The Rise and Fall of Game Audio
by Matt Barton
2 - Keeping Violence in Videogames: The Second Person Perspective--Part I
by Buck Feris
3 - Scorched Parabolas: A History of the Artillery Game
by Matt Barton
4 - Sequential Access: Essay Nybbles
by Bill Loguidice
5 - In Defense of Retro Gaming: A Discussion of Abstraction
by Buck Feris

Issue 5 Cover

1 - On Family Gaming
by Matt Barton
2 - Dungeons & Desktops
by Mat Tschirgi

Issue 6 Cover

1 - Finish Him!: Where have all the Fatalities Gone?
by Mat Tschirgi
2 - Hackers, Slackers, and Shackles: The Future of Free Software Game Development
by Matt Barton
3 - A Game of Concentration: Videogames and ADHD
by Patty McCabe-Remmell
4 - Atari Flashback versus Commodore 64 30-in-1
by Bill Loguidice
5 - Computer Camp Catastrophes
by Mat Tschirgi
6 - Shutting Down Windows: A Hobbyist's Guide to Linux
by David Torre

Issue 7 Cover

1 - A Chat with Chris Crawford
by Mat Tschirgi
2 - Retrogaming and Beyond on Mac OS X
by Mark Vergeer
3 - Character Selection: From Princess to Dwarf
by Christina Loguidice

Issue 8 Cover

1 - x
2 - x
3 - x
etc.

Comments

Bill Loguidice
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OK, that's what I think will

OK, that's what I think will make our "Best of" complete. Once we agree on the contents, I can start to compile it into a fully indexed document. Let's also concentrate on logo selection, our articles and getting the rest of the articles brought over.

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Armchair Arcade, Inc.
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Mat Tschirgi (not verified)
Is this for an "online

Is this for an "online issue" or for an eventual "print issue?"

Do we want to finish converting all our old articles from AA to the new format in our Issue section-- I noticed some of this was done with the older articles.

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Matt Barton
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Best of Issue

I'm a bit confused, too. Do we want to be this inclusive? We also need to decide how many pages we want this thing to end up, and whether we want to revise or update the articles or leave them as-is. My guess would be that we'd make the most cash if we advertised that these articles were updated and/or expanded into a "new edition" and sell that in print. That way, folks ponying up for the print would get some extra content. Maybe we could throw in an introduction and count that as a "bonus article" or some such.

What do you think, Bill? Be nice to earn some extra cash.

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To answer Mat, this is for

To answer Mat, this is for the print issue, not Web version of Issue 8. It will be a POD through Cafe' Press. In order to make it financially viable for potential buyers, it must be less than 100 pages or top out at 100 pages. It will be a color cover, perfect bound, with black and white pages. It will be book quality, smaller than a typical mass market magazine. There will be $0 out of pocket expenses for us. We can earn anywhere from $1 to whatever per purchase, but I don't think we can exceed $1 for it to be a buyable purchase for our readership, particularly when you factor in the cost of shipping for the buyer.

I envisioned it as a literal "best of" - the exact articles available online in a print version. The only extra work would be the layout and another edit to make sure everything is clean. It seems to me the most economical use of our time rather than extending it.

I think our greatest impact will be a concurrent release of that and Issue 8. This "best of" will also be a "forever" product, always available.

Once both of those hit, I wanted to leverage the goodwill and try to land us a magazine publishing deal.

Of course all of the above were my ideas, I could be way off base, but that's what I assumed we were talking about the whole time.

And yes, the rest of the articles need to be coverted to this Website. We also should figure a way to incorporate the mini-descriptions from the old Website for each of the articles.

As for it being as inclusive as it is, if we find we hit or exceed 100 pages, we can start to cut articles and save them for a volume 2. We won't know how it will all lay until I do the desktop publishing part of it. I suspect there are too many articles and we can in fact make at least two volumes to start. In any case, I purposely avoided any articles done by non-AA staffers. We can worry about that at a future date.

Any cash we earn from the print issue or issues would go into the AA pool. I'll probably create a new Paypal account that we all can access. The good thing is that any money held in the Paypal account earns interest.

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Bill Loguidice, Managing Director
Armchair Arcade, Inc.
[ My collection ]
[ http://www.MythCore.com ]

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Mat Tschirgi (not verified)
Have you looked at Lulu as

Have you looked at Lulu as an alternative to Cafe Press? Lulu is another good POD service.

Some exclusive content to the print version would be nice, whether it be new introductions from each member of the editorial staff or the like.

Also the software we'd use for the layout portion is something to consider...

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Mat Tschirgi (not verified)
Lulu VS Cafe Press

For the curious in comparing the two, check out the following links:

Lulu Getting Started Guide

Cafe Press Getting Started

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Matt Barton
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Yes, we need value add

Yes, I must agree with Mat here. We need to add something. However, I'd hate for this to become another time-sink taking us away from generating new content. Perhaps just a good solid proofreading and a few strategic revisions might be the ticket. If nothing else, I'm sure many of the articles have links to expired websites and the like that need to be taken out or modified. We might also update a few based on really excellent comments from the users. I'm not talking about rewriting, but just trying to improve them.

At the very least, we should have a nice introduction to the printed book and perhaps mini-intros to the articles.

I just wonder how many people would actually buy them?

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Bill Loguidice
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First, in regards to layout

First, in regards to layout software, don't worry about it. It will be done in Word, which is fully compatible and will work fine for the purpose.

Second, no problem with the value-adds. I agree. I want a good edit and we can certainly write introductions to each (maybe a paragraph each) giving a fresh perspective on some of the stuff. In any case, if you're all fine with the outline, I can get cracking on the document and then we can work on it from there. And yes, we want to avoid time sinks that detract from new content, which is what we need to be focused primarily on, new written content.

As for people buying them, I thinking this year, maybe 100 or so (so about $100 "profit"). I think it's important for us to have it though for other endeavors. Sometimes just having something gives you great legitimacy.

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Bill Loguidice, Managing Director
Armchair Arcade, Inc.
[ My collection ]
[ http://www.MythCore.com ]

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