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D20 Girls Magazine - January 2013
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D20 Girls Magazine - January 2013
Publisher: Le Nurd Mystique, LLC
by Albert Y. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/15/2013 14:34:08

This magazine was put together well and looked good. It just didn't have the topics I was looking for in a gaming magazine.



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[4 of 5 Stars!]
D20 Girls Magazine - January 2013
Publisher: Le Nurd Mystique, LLC
by Anthony G. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/28/2013 12:47:43

No gameplay-related content, including the advertising. Cover and title seem built to attract the opposite demo of the content's target audience.

This 75-page mag (PDF is 36 two-page spreads, a cover, and a back ad) is built in the general format of a supermarket lifestyle/fashion magazine but with a nerd-culture tilt.

  • 19 full-page cosplay/pinup photos, plus 7 pages of either cosplayer interviews, or cosplayer blurbs with photos
  • 14 pages of relationship-related content (8 pages of wedding content, 3 pages on dating, 2 pages on relationship-related music playlists, 1-page relationship advice column)
  • 7 pages on corsets (2 pages of corset-related cosplay)
  • 3-page essay on cosplay/Fake Geek Girl bullying
  • 3 page interview with a voice actor
  • 2 pages of random photos
  • 2 pages of movie-review capsules
  • 2 pages on non-cosplay crafts
  • 2 page review/article of a children's building toy set
  • 2 pages on new year's resolutions
  • 1 non-advertising page on things to buy

Rather than a broad and fairly shallow focus on nerd subcultures, I expected to see at least some content related to actually playing games (reviews, ads, essays, game content; the closest it comes is in the "Nerdy Dates" article, recommending rolling characters as a date night) or more content on women in games or the games industry. (There's only the essay on cosplay culture, the Fake Geek Girl phenomenon, and related bullying; even the interviewed voice actor is male.) Instead, it looks and reads like a Cosmo built for FLGSs.

Layout is rough in places (fonts seems to swap back and forth within a couple articles) and cluttered in general. The PDF is a beast to use: two-page spreads, unaligned page numbers, no bookmarks, and a two-page ad rotated 90 degrees at the end.

A different title and better product description would set more appropriate expectations. People looking for tabletop-related content geared toward women--or any tabletop content at all--should look elsewhere; this is for cosplayers at best, and cosplay stalkers at worst.



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D20 Girls Magazine - January 2013
Publisher: Le Nurd Mystique, LLC
by Matthew C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/20/2013 12:15:05

A quality magazine that details many aspects of the geek culture from dating ideas to cosplay. The article on staying true to your interests instead of being "bullied into what is considered "normal" is an amazing read.



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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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