November 7, 2008: Pyramid: The Third Incarnation
This year, Pyramid turned 15 years old. When it started in 1993, Pyramid was a bimonthly print magazine. We were proud of it. It offered a wide variety of articles covering the entire gaming industry, it had a lot of loyal readers, and it won awards. Over time, buying habits changed, and printing costs rose. A print magazine was no longer economical, so after 30 print issues, Pyramid shifted to a weekly subscription access website, complete with archives, newsgroups, and a chat room.
And that was good . . . for a while. Times have changed again.
With more and more content of all kinds available free on the web, subscription sales slumped. We hoped that subscribers would be willing to pay for extra quality. In trying to reach that goal, we made Pyramid SUCH a good deal, in terms of price per word, that all our effort on it earned very little money. The obvious conclusion was to either kill the magazine completely, or bring it in line with other products with similar budgets. We didn't want to kill it, so we reinvented it again.
The new Pyramid will be released monthly in PDF format. Each issue will contain four times the word count of the weekly Pyramid, and will be priced at $7.95 -- in line with our other PDFs of similar size. Each issue will have a specific theme. The first issue -- Tools of the Trade: Wizards -- will upload on Friday, November 21.
We know that some people will drop away because of the increased price, and we're sorry, but this is economic reality. We hope the new format will attract new readers to offset the loss . . . both regulars, and one-shot buyers interested in an issue's specific theme. If not, well, we tried -- this may not work, but the old way wasn't working, so a change was necessary.
What happens to your current subscription?
We'd like to thank everyone who subscribed to both earlier versions of Pyramid, and all the creators who submitted articles over the years. Looking back, we've already had a run to be proud of. Looking forward, we've got a good shot at many more years of quality articles.
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