Posted by: KitchenJedi on Jun 13, 2010
No, it's not what it seems.
I was extremely interested when the "D20 Girls Magazine Summer Sampler" showed up in my e-mail yesterday. The text accompanying the e-zine sounded promising:
Well, the highly anticipated D20 Girls Magazine is right around the
corner. But just cause we like to tease a bit. Here is a sample of
what you can expect to see in the upcoming edition. The full edition
is 32 pages, higher resolution, and filled with alot more content. You
can pick up a print edition at Origins 2010 for only $10. Read the not
from the publisher inside the magazine to find other ways you can also
get a copy! Anyway, feedback is appreciated and I hope you like our
Ideally, based on the cover, the magazine offers an inside look into the world of female gaming.
Sadly, once you open the cover, it becomes apparent that this compares with Playboy's insistence that people will buy the magazine merely to read the articles. Yes, I said it. (I know, I actually DO read the articles... but I'm not stupid. I know that my husband isn't interested in learning about what the articles say.) The entire spread is interspersed around a pictorial wet dream that assumes "the position".
Now, there is a small bit of merit--- there are the promised articles. However, it's over-shadowed heavily in light of what is obviously the primary focus of the e-zine.
It begs the question, if I'm a hot gamer-chick, can I get my photo taken of me licking a d12 while suggestively laying across a battle mat, my pile of washable markers next to me and my hair spread across my DMG 3.5? Oh, and can that be construed an "inside perspective on the female gamer?" Wouldn't it me more accurate to show me in my stained Wonder Woman t-shirt, sitting at the head of a dining room table with all the mismatched chairs, surrounded by a random assortment of guys- my hair in a messy ponytail and my glasses sitting on the end of my nose. Oh yeah, and don't forget one of my kids wandering into the scene with queso all over his face...
Oh yeah... I'm definitely subscribing.
written by Jack R Stewart, June 30, 2010