A New Magazine?
A few weeks back my friend Kit La Touche raised the question “why aren’t there more Gypsy Brewery-like behaviors in game design?” 
I had to ask what he meant, and he described a scenario in which a brewery does not maintain its own facilities and instead travels around doing collaborative efforts with other breweries.
The analogy of the brewery facility in this case is that of the publishing imprint. So we could theoretically work together to put something out under a co-branded Transneptune/Brooklyn Indie games label. It strikes me as a really good excuse to go visit my friends, too — with the added benefit that it could lead to additional product/income.
Will Hindmarch chimed in that the description sounded like Freelancers – except that most freelancers are not given real credit as collaborators (with some exceptions). I can think of a handful of reasons why that might be for more formally organized businesses, but its frankly silly for independents not to.
Add this to Rob Donoghue’s thoughtful G+ post  about a gaming-focused version of Marco Arment’s new “The Magazine” app (which publishes four thousand-word essays about technology on a twice-monthly basis), and you have a really interesting idea for a new kind of gaming magazine.
There have been/are a few gaming magazines of note. I read Dungeon in the past while its counterpart Dragon was the more essential one. Star Wars Gamer sadly died before its time, and I don’t know the status of RPGirl zine. Which leaves Kobold Quarterly which is really quite specific in its focus as a D&D/Pathfinder/Other-Medieval-Fantasy-RPG extension.
Much of Rob’s thoughts about “The Magazine” occupy a tough space for games as a lot of the concern is about the iOS Newsstand feature vs. general mobile platform delivery. I’m personally much more aimed at platform agnostics and could put together a mobile-friendly web site without much trouble; and then offer individual access/download.
I’m curious if there is a market for such a thing. We’re certainly not short of potential content — it seems like it might just need the means to make it happen.
If you’re interested in either subscribing to such a thing, or producing paid content for such an endeavor – please let me know.