Edward Ganaden
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Just would like to know if the new magazine Knucklebones is worth subscribing. Is it (or will it be) the magazine for gamers like Guitar Magazine is for guitarists? I'd also like some backstory on it. Does BGG give it a clean bill of health and best wishes, so to speak? Well, just wondering...
 
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I have enjoyed the issues that I have read so far. Enough that I just sent a check for a subscription. I have really enjoyed some the historical articles (like the history of Ravensburger).

 
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I feel that it is. Personally though, I am a big fan of Acoustic Guitar Magazine

There is plenty of variety in each issue, so you are sure to find something that suits your tastes. Some articles are history of well known games, and then there are some great Bio's, and a ton of reviews that are fun to read to get to know some of the games you may have been interested in learning more about, or perhaps never had an interest in until reading about them in the magazine.

I consider it an enhancement to my hobby. I think you would too.
 
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I enjoy it, but if you're looking for strategy and tactics, it's probably not the magazine for you. It has reviews, history, bios, and interviews with designers and other gaming professionals. It doesn't have much in the way of how to articles - which is fine by me, but might not be what you want.
 
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As stated before...It is lighter fare. You can find more data and opinions right here in an hour than you can find in the magazine. But I will say that EVERY issue has been an improvement over their previous issue (I've read 'em all). I expect it to keep improving and possibly find a nice "groove". I don't regret my subscription.

They also have a monthy contest where you have a chance to win (guess what?), more games.
 
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I enjoy Knucklebones and especially enjoy the articles that profile designers or artists. Each issue also features several 'capsule' reviews of games. Contributors include Ward Batty, Greg Schloesser, Don Greenwood and Skip Maloney among others.

The production values are good and the mixture of game articles and reviews to puzzles and brain teasers in each issue is about 80/20.

You can look at their website www.kbones.com to see the contents of past issues.

Alternately, you can try a local book store like Barnes and Noble or Books A Million, both of which carry the magazine locally here, and pick up an issue.
 
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Good magazine. Sure, it's not the ultimate print journal for die-hard Geeks, but it has something for everyone, and definitely leans towards the Euro-game side of things.

I just think it's nice to receive a magazine that covers my hobby, in a format that is readable and enjoyable by non-gamers, and looks decent sitting on my coffee table.
 
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I like it. thumbsup
 
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I like it. I enjoy reading it. It has quality articles and the reviews are good. But for some reason, I haven't been able to muster up the desire to subscribe.

I second (or third) the suggestion to pick up a copy and read it for yourself first.
 
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I subscribe and I like it. My only complaint is that it focuses on puzzles near the end of each issue, which I have no interest in. That said, I really enjoy the reviews, their top game lists, the features, etc. With the demise of Games International, I'm really glad that Knucklebones is out there...
 
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There are two sides of me that peruse the magazine every month. One side is the guy who is a regular contributor to the magazine and is thus, likely to be biased. The other side is the gamer, who's thankful for a magazine that addresses his interests in a way that other game magazines do not. It's something of a reverse GAMES Magazine. GAMES (for whom I have also been a contributor) is a pencil puzzle magazine with sections devoted to stories about games. Knucklebones is the opposite. I was, as a freelance contributor, impressed with the overall production quality of this magazine when I received my first 'contributor copy.' I continue to read the articles (the ones that I haven't written) every month, including the reviews, which I find are an excellent blend of new and old releases.
I think you're getting sound advice here. . purchase a copy at your local Barnes & Noble and see if it's your cup of tea. If it is, have another cup. Then, if it continues to please, super-size with a subscription.
 
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I pick it up at my FLGS. I like it because it offers different perspectives that we don't often see on BGG. It won't replace BGG, but I'm glad it's around.
 
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If you are a subscriber to Games International... hold off a bit on purchasing a subscription.
 
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I like it for 2 reasons: the people who contribute are all top notch and I enjoy reading their material wherever it is written; and I met the publisher as GAMA--seemed to be a real decent guy. I also enjoy the fact that its about games!
 
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I've only read one issue so far, but I really liked it. I agree totally with the poster who described it as the opposite of Games magazine; it is kind of a yin to Games' yang, with the focus being flipped. I looked for the latest issue last week but didn't see it at all; hopefully next time I'm near a Borders it will be in. My only reluctance in subscribing would be that it's a new niche magazine and I don't know how long it will last; I've lost money in the past subscribing to other such publications (in totally unrelated areas of interest) that I loved and devoured every month that then suddenly went *poof* without a trace.
 
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I feel that the editor has just learned about all the great designer games on the market, and she's eager to help others do the same. My assignments with the magazine have been an interesting mix of the tried-and-true (history of Monopoly; history of Rummikub) with the new and different (profile of Alea; the experiences of self-publishers like Andrea Meyer, Alan Moon, and Frank Branham; reviews of Power Grid, Tower of Babel, and Ars Mysteriorum among others). Knucklebones differs quite a bit in scope from GAMES, so I hope both magazines continue to survive -- and not just because I write for both publications.
 
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Try the free trial issue

http://www.kbones.com/subscribe/trial.asp
 
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I have seen the last three issues and found something of interest in each one. Very good, not great.
 
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It's a good magazine but don't subscribe, buy it at the bookstore. This way, the sales will encourage the bookstore to keep carrying it and it may reach new readers/gamers.

Well I guess you can subscribe if you want but I have bought every issue so far at my local B&N because I want it to stay on the shelf and I hope my purchase will help that happen.

It's worth getting either way.
 
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