In a few days time the EON crew are going to vacate the premises and encamp to a local hostelry for a few hours to discuss how best to evolve the magazine. This will be a significant event. We don’t get out much for one thing. For another, while we’ve often made changes to the magazine, as and when required, we’ve never really set aside the time to have a proper group ponder about its long-term future design and editorial.
Aside from the masthead on the front cover (the logo bit), everything is up for discussion. Not everything will be changed – in fact a lot will generally stay the same – but we figure its high time we tweak the design, drop a few things that are perhaps less relevant than they once were and maybe bring in a few fresh ideas.
I have a personal wishlist of changes that I’ll be bringing to the meeting, all of which will be mulled over by the team. Some of them will probably laughed off the agenda, others embraced. In no particular order, some are:
- Closer integration with CSM. Perhaps a quarterly CSM Report, letting us know what has been discussed during the preceding three months. (I should run this past Mynxee, I guess.)
- Allow for half-page ads. (Design Guy won’t like this.)
- With the awesome ISK Guide having a near-monopoly on player guides, maybe it’s time to change the emphasis of the ‘Insider Guides’ at the back of the mag?
- More ‘Postcards from the Edge‘
- Possibly drop the ‘In Character’ pages. (I do like them, but it seems harder and harder to be an EVE legend these days.) Maybe have a directory of legends at the back?
- Drop Alliance Profiles down to a page each. Perhaps bring in corp profiles as well?
- Bring in more low-sec stuff. Not sure how though.
- Thinking of making Testflight less about specific hulls or ship classes and having more “challenges”.
Enough of my wispy brain thoughts, we’d love to hear instead what you consider needs a rethink or a change. If you’re an ex-reader, was there too much developer stuff and not enough reporting of in-game events turning you off? If you’ve read the magazine every issue since October 2005, tell us what you especially love and what you don’t. Do you think standards slipped in any part of the magazine? Fiction not as exciting as it once was? Tell us. Be as harsh or as creative as you want. We want to know!