Knockspell #1 from Mythmere Games is now available in PDF here via Lulu. I'll personally be waiting for the print version, which should be available for order soon according to the announcement thread over at the Swords & Wizardry forum.
To quote Matt Finch of Mythmere Games in regard to the basic mission of Knockspell magazine:
"Knockspell Magazine is intended as a general gaming magazine for all out-of-print fantasy RPGs that use D&D-style systems. That includes Original D&D, Advanced D&D, OSRIC (1e), Swords & Wizardry (both Core and WhiteBox), and Goblinoid Games' Labyrinth Lord. There might also be articles about Castles & Crusades and BFRPG (Basic Fantasy Roleplaying Game). Because of licensing requirements, specific game resources will be identified by the name of the retro-clone, not the trademark: Swords & Wizardry (0e), OSRIC (1e) or Labyrinth Lord (Basic).
The magazine's goal is to re-invent a particular approach to gaming - where the gamer is respected as a hobbyist, not treated like a consumer. We're going to treat the whole batch of Gygax-type fantasy games as roughly compatible with all the rest, assuming that the reader has the intelligence to tinker and convert. And we're going to treat the rules as secondary to the fantasy. In other words, we're hoping to publish a magazine that harks back to the days in which people saw fantasy games as a wide-open horizon of possibilities instead of a particular product line with "official" rules. Because what's actually changed, folks? Nothing but attitudes, trained by an increasingly corporate approach by game publishers. The open horizon is still there, still ready to be explored, still infinite in possibilities."
I've been anticipating the release of this, as have many others, for quite a while now. I'm looking forward to adding another resource of fan-created material to my repertoire.
Many of the names involved might be familiar to readers here, including: Tim Kask, Allan Grohe, Scot Hoover, James Maliszewski, James Boney, Gabor Lux, Mike Davidson, Akrasia, Robert Lionheart, Jeff Talanian, Michael Curtis, Salvatore Macri, Matt Finch, and bringing up the rear, yours truly, David Bowman.
Hats off to all involved, and especially to Pete Mullen. That cover is fantastic!
~Sham, Quixotic Referee