Russell’s Quarterly & Wiki-GM-Pedia

Tom Russel released the 4th issue of his well known GM Magazine today. Compared to previous editions, this release is visually friendly, but don’t be fooled – it is still heavy on the text. With an almost unbelieveable 90 pages of a content, the magazine is almost like a book.. so you will likely need to schedule some time off if you want to read through the whole thing.

Nevertheless, the magazine is still interesting and even includes an interview with former GMNews writer, Mark Carroll. The PDF of the magazine can be downloaded here. In my opinion, it is quite amazing how just one person is able to put together something of this magnitude and quality and I think Russell deserves a pat on the back for that.

Also in the news (although slightly dated news); YoYo Games has announced that it will merge its Wiki with the more content full GMPedia operated by the GMKing team. This will no doubt improve the exising Wiki which is almost hanging on by a thread and until now hasn’t had many updates since its first appearance.

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Russell & Craig & Vintage GMing

First stop on today’s news list is the latest issue of Russell’s Quarterly magazine.

Issue 3, like the previous two versions of the magazine is heavily text based with 72 pages worth of content.

Among the pages is a mountain of various articles and reviews covering all aspects of game design, including one article entitled “My Wife Asked Me to Write This” which made me chuckle.

Download it here.

Second on today’s list is Caveman Craig. You may remember this game as the second place winner by Rhys Andrews in the last YoYo Game’s competition. As of this moment the team is already working on a 2nd version of the game, and has released a public 1.5 Beta.

Last for today is caHarkness‘ attempt to push the limits and run Game Maker on less than adequate computing hardware. Specifically a laptop with a 40mhz processor, a few MB of memory and Windows 95. Although recent Game Maker versions 6 – 7 have much higher system requirements, caHarkness believes using GM version 1.1 or 2 on the laptop might be a possibility.
Discussion: Tell us if you’ve ever gotten Game Maker to run on a truly outdated, low-end or vintage PC

MAG: Russell’s Quarterly 2

The second issue of Russell’s Quarterly was released earlier today. This particular magazine differs from its competition by providing articles on a broader range of topics that may not necessarily have anything to do with Game Maker specifically, but pertain to game makers in general.

In terms of visual design, the magazine reads more like a newspaper (not that there is anything wrong with that). Just a word of caution to prospective readers: it is a bit heavy on the text side with about 80 pages worth of content. An odd graphic insert can be found here and there, but not on every page.

It is also worthy to note that the writing in this particular magazine sets a high quality of standard for the competition, and in that sense, reads more professionally.

Click here to download Issue 2