2, Issue 1
November 8, 1999
the Mouth of Madness:
it took us a little longer than we had originally planned, but
hey...we're back! It feels great to be back. I thought
I was going to go insane there (a little more than normal) since
we were working on such cool stuff, and I couldn't show it to
anyone. But hey...we're back. Yee haw!
new? Well, no doubt you've noticed the new design by now. Our
two head art directors, Mike Sanzone and Dan Zalkus really outdid
themselves on the new look. The new color scheme really looks
like nothing else out there, and isn't quite as bare as the old
one was. I love it.
you notice the new illustrations? Dan Zalkus did a whopping 23
new black, white and blue illustrations for all of our columns
(you'll note a new one right up there). Pretty spiffy, eh? Dan
really did a great job on these...just wait until you see them
all. In addition to those, Mike Sanzone did seven new full-color
illustrations for other pages, such as the About, Submissions,
and Feedback sections. Mike's a real goofball, and his interpretations
of each of those are fantastic.
got some new staff members here as well. First and foremost is
Russell "RadPipe" Lauzon, our new Features Editor. Russell is
doing a heck of a job here, making sure that we've got a kickass
new cover story every week (in other words, helping me out greatly).
He's also got his own column, "Down the Pipe" that starts this
issue. Look for that to run on Friday.
also added Rowan "Sumaleth" Crawford to the regular staff here.
Rowan is the author of several cover stories, including the "Five
Years of Doom" piece, and "When
it's Done!" amongst others. He also contributed a lot of great
cover illustrations, including one for "Totally
Tribal" (my personal favorite of his) and of course, our
E3 '99 article. Rowan will be working with Russell to make
sure every cover story has an accompanying illustration, but he'll
also be writing our new column, "Under
Cover", which gives a little bit of background info about
the artist for each week's cover, including details on how they
do their magic, and some extra artwork as well. This week's cover
is by Christopher "Derelict" Greenhaw, who was actually hired
by Rogue Entertainment to work on their game, American McGee's
Alice because of his illustration. How cool is that? Read
all about it in "Under Cover".
got some great stuff lined up for you this week, including an
exclusive new screenshot from Quake III: Arena, that we'll
be running tomorrow. Pretty cool, huh? If that wasn't enough for
you, be sure to stop by our IRC launch party tonight (Monday,
November 8) at 10:00 EST in #loonygames at irc.yossman.net (a
full server list, and IRC clients can be found at
this page). The party will be big, kids...make sure
you drop by. In addition to myself, Rowan, Russell, Mike, Dan,
and other loonygames staff members, we'll be joined by tons of
industry folk, including id Software's Paul Steed and Dave "Zoid"
Kirsch, Raven's Jake Simpson and Kenn Hoekstra, Epic's Brandon
"GreenMarine" Reinhart, and even John Romero will be dropping
by. But that's just a few of them! Believe me, you won't want
to miss this one.
this is going to be a fun week here at loonygames. We've got a
ton of great content for you, a few surprises, and lots more.
But hey...next week's going to get even better, with the relaunch
of "Birth of a Gamer" (at long last!), our new multiplayer gaming
column, "Game, Set, Match" and even a new classic gaming column
by yours truly. Yep, it's going to be a scene, kids...be sure
to check it all out.
next week, stay loony!
Jason "loonyboi" Bergman is the editor in chief here