Issue #4 has finally escaped confinement! Sorry about the delay everyone, but regrettably 'real life' got in the way again (don't ask). As the time blew out for the release of issue #4 it was decided to move it back to the end of March/early April. As Encounter is pretty much created on a shoestring these sort of glitches are going to happen from time to time!
This is just a quick update to let everyone know that Encounter #4 is on its way. Because the last issue was so late due to production problems beyond my control, and the subsequent intervention of Christmas / New Year festivities, the next issue is running behind schedule again. It should be ready for release within the next couple of weeks.
Last year was a bit of a test run, just seeing how it all went, but this year I intend to get more organised. Ideally, I'd like to be part preparing an issue ahead. Once the upcoming issue is out of the way I'll probably have more to say about all of that. Anyway, #5 is due at the end of March, so if anyone wants to make a contribution, the issue is open to submissions now.
PS. My e-mail service has a woeful web-based interface that means I seem to keep missing peoples' messages, with things quickly sliding off the first page and getting buried. Sorry if I've missed your e-mail and I'll do my best to go back through it all and get up to date.
I thought would quickly mention that Greg Taylor, cover artist for Encounter #3, is soon to launch a new made-to-order RPG character painting service! If you're interested in getting professional PC portrait done, check out his new site at: www.battlebrush.com
The 'September' issue has finally been let loose! Unavoidable production problems held up the release once again. Hopefully the next issue will actually be released on time! Encounter #3 can be downloaded for FREE from www.encountermagazine.au2.com
Encounter is now seeking submissions for issue #3, which will be due for release at the end of September.
Eventually guidelines will be placed on the 'zine's website, but submissions should be long enough to constitute at least a one page article (rather than a single spell etc.) and be submitted in .rtf or .doc format (without any special formatting). Unfortunately, the timing is a little tight because of the delay in releasing #2, but the submission deadline for Encounter #3 is around 24 August to allow for time to organise artwork and prepare the layout etc. before the end of September.
I'm happy to report that Encounter #2 appears to have been well received, judging from the feedback forwarded my way so far. Thanks to everyone for their positive comments and suggestions! On a related bit of news, since the launch of the 'zine at the end of March the website has received nearly 6,000 hits.
The "June" issue of Encounter has finally been released, over two weeks late, after being delayed by a number of unplanned misadventures. Better late than never! Issue #2 can be downloaded for FREE from www.encountermagazine.au2.com