I also realized that my mapping skills with Inkscape are probably not so bad after all. Maybe I should submit some maps? My maps are easy to reproduce on black and white. Perhaps I should contact some of the authors and submit maps? Or contact the publisher and editor, Ignatius Ümlaut. (I wonder whether that’s his real name.)
Perhaps I should submit some of my maps I have on Flickr?
Also, things I wanted to add regarding the magazines themselves:
I really like the print quality. It’s black and white on the inside, with lots of text. It has little dungeons, wilderness maps, trait tables for dwarves (issue #1) and elves (issue #2) to use as inspiration for your own games, magic items, short interviews, reports on gaming in the 70s, and black and white art. It’s not professional – I think the art gives it away – but the amateur approach also has its charm. And I like the fact that this is overt: No glossy covering up. No, this is by gamers for gamers, with no art budget.
Anyway, the nice quality makes me want to switch my Kobold Quarterly subscription from PDF to print.
Another thing I noticed. You know me: I’m always interested in prices, shipping, etc. On 2008-07-28 First Lulu Order I wrote about the shipping cost: $10.06. Imagine my surprise when the magazines arrived via UPS! The delivery man said it himself: This would have cost around USD 200 if sent from Switzerland. This is amazing. They must have either a. made an expensive mistake, or b. have excellent purchasing agents.