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Another One Bites The Dust

Video Game Trader just bit the dust.

I can't say I'm surprised, the market is rough out there, but I am still disappointed.  I joined the staff early on, I think #4 was my first issue, back when it was an electronic only publication.  I was the resident reviewer of home-brew games.  It was an amazing time.

Eventually, the magazine went to a special print edition for a convention.  It came out roughly the same time as the Morbid Myths Halloween Special 2007 from Alterna Comics.  If you really pressed me, I can't say for sure which was the first instance of me in actual print, although I'm pretty sure it was Morbid Myths (it was delayed a few weeks, that's why the two landed neck and neck).  But still, I was part of a video game magazine, a dream come true.

Eventually, going in print was a regular occurrence for the mag, and I was in heaven, getting extra copies as if to prove to myself this was really happening.  Eventually, my reviews weren't sought after, but my feature articles were.  So I was still there.  From the time I started, I was only out of a handful of issues, a pretty impressive run if I do say so myself.

The feature article writing was borne of me being stubborn, I didn't want to leave the mag.  Thomas Sansone, the publisher, was a great guy, and EIC Nathan Dunsmore was fantastic.  They let us have our voices and guided us as needed.

It's still kind of hard to believe it's over.  So I am preparing my customary comfort food, a nice big pot of jambalaya, and will raise my bowl to a wonderful magazine that took a chance on a seat-of-his-pants writer and became one of the high points of his life.  Good luck to all of you, and may we meet again in better days.

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