GM: You see a well groomed garden. In the middle, on a small hill, you see a gazebo. Player: A gazebo? What colour is it? GM: It’s white, Eric. Player: I use my sword to detect good on it. GM: It’s not good, Eric. It’s a gazebo. Player: (Pause) I call out to it. GM: It won’t answer. It’s a gazebo. Player: I shoot it with my bow (roll to hit). What happened? GM: There is now a gazebo with an arrow sticking out of it. Player: (Pause) Wasn’t it wounded? GM: OF COURSE NOT, ERIC! IT’S A GAZEBO! Player: (Whimper) But that was a +3 arrow! GM: It’s a gazebo, Eric, a GAZEBO! If you really want to try to destroy it, you could try to chop it with an axe, I suppose, or you could try to burn it, but I don’t know why anybody would even try. It’s a @#$%!! gazebo! Player: (Long pause.) I run away. GM: (Thoroughly frustrated) It’s too late. You’ve awakened the gazebo. It catches you and eats you. During this time of year, with Halloween just behind us, what could be more appropriate than a small tribute to the survival horror genre? In Issue 3, we give you a countdown of some of the best survival horror RPGs to be found, in our Top Five Survival Horror RPGs, a discussion on running survival horror games and wonderful material for you to take inspiration from when it comes to building a survival horror setting. We also have some interesting articles that are non-survival horror related; a discussion on testing out custom systems for the first time, the third installment in our History of Gaming series, and a discussion on card advantage and sideboarding in Magic: The Gathering.
We’re also really pleased to announce that Angus Abranson will be taking over the News section. You may remember him from his interview with Brian Nisbet in Issue 1. Oh, and from Leisure Games, Cubicle 7 and CHRONICLE CITY. So, expect some interesting reading about what’s going on and being released in the industry. We’re excited. As always we’ve tried to include something which will be of interest to all flavours of gamer: Games News, RPGs, LARPs, Cardgames, Wargames, Boardgames and Video Games Reviews, Interviews, and some General Interest pieces. Here’s hoping that there’s something here that you’ll enjoy, but if not, if we happen to have missed out on writing about your very favourite game, then maybe you’re just the person to write about it for The Gazebo: Issue 4! Please feel free to get in touch with us about potential articles, gaming events and any other gaming-related thing which takes your fancy. And finally, we are hoping to provide a platform for debate and expression; opinions expressed by contributors are not necessarily ours but perspectives we find interesting. Happy Gaming, Anita Murray & Noirin Curran Editors-in-chief firstname.lastname@example.org You can follow us in between issues @Gazebo_ezine, on Facebook or on G+.
The Gazebo is a free, quarterly e-zine dedicated to gaming in the UK and Ireland.