Other Minds Magazine and OM's website is dedicated to J.R.R. Tolkien and his works. This site and the related quarterly magazine have been created by and for Tolkien enthusiasts, scholars, and Tolkien-based role playing gamers.
"I would draw some of the great tales in fullness,
and leave many only placed in the scheme, and sketched.
The cycles should be linked to a majestic whole,
and yet leave scope for OTHER MINDS and hands,
wielding paint and music and drama..."
- John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, from a letter written to Milton Waldman, ca. 1951
The purpose of this publication is to provide Tolkien-related content of interest to Tolkien enthusiasts of all kinds and more specifically, information usable by those who love to use role playing games to enjoy the many facets of J.R.R. Tolkien's imaginary universe containing Middle-earth, Numenor, Endor, Arda and all of Eä, using whatever game system they desire.
This is a community created and focused publication. The Tolkien gaming community runs this series, geared initially for quarterly releases. Eventually we are hoping to have a monthly release cycle.
The zine is revised online, and released as downloads in PDF (or other Formats). This is a NON-COMMERCIAL endeavor, provided by many volunteers world-wide with professional, academic and amateur backgrounds.
Absolutely NO fees will be collected, nor paid for content or publication, however full recognition will be given.
The publication receives content submissions from contributors of essays, maps, artwork, music, modules, source materials, email-based list discussions, wiki pages, web-based discussion boards, web pages, and other sources. Then organized into a magazine format suitable for public release. The first issue will have a limited print run available, but the primary format will be released as PDF. This will be initially be a quarterly publication, with plans down the road to increase it to bi-monthly, and eventually monthly releases.
The following content types are welcomed (and we're open to others if you have suggestions):
- Maps (original)
- Artwork (original)
- Music (original)
- Adventure "modules"
- Campaign "modules"
- Source materials
- Conversions (between or for Tolkien related game systems)
- Letters to the editor
- Event announcements
- Product announcements (Tolkien and Tolkien rpging related)
- Gamers wanted requests (must be Tolkien related)
- GM's wanted requests (must be Tolkien related)
The hope is to try to fill in the gaps left by the loss of Other Hands, ICE Quarterly (MERPS section), and other paper-based as well as electronic publications that have come and gone over the years, that helped contribute to the role playing gaming community focused on gamers who love to play in Middle-earth and it's environs. Other Minds Magazine additionally fills in the voids that have NOT been filled by either the "Tolkien Purist" zines, the company-biased or game-system-specific zines.
This magazine will be completely system-neutral. That means some content will not have any game system mechanics, while other submissions may support specific, or a multitude of systems. This publication will accept submissions for any system used to game in J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth. These systems may include (but by no means be limited to):
- Decipher Lord of the Rings Role Playing Game
- Iron Crown Enterprises Middle-earth Role Playing Game
- d20/D&D (Dungeons & Dragons) adaptations to Middle-earth
- Harnmaster (adapted)
- ICE HARP or Rolemaster (Adapted)
- Runequest (adapted)
Not all content must be game system oriented, but it should have some relevance and usefulness to players or game masters in understanding Tolkien's world, to better their role playing experience therein. This means the zine will be of value not only to
role playing gamers, but also to Tolkien fans and enthusiasts in general who do not role play, however rpging in Tolkien's world will continue to be the primary focused goal.
We are eager for your submissions, to be added to the current content we have received, to "fill up the spaces". Whether you want to write something completely new or you have some essay, adventure or whatever else ready (or almost ready) for publication or review: Do not hesitate to send it to us, so that it might be brought to a wider audience. We also greatly crave as much original artwork as possible, so please don't be shy in submitting your proposals.
If you miss a deadline for submission, please still send it as soon as you can, so we can include it in a future issue. However, it is better to get your submissions completed on time, else we can not guarantee when your contribution will be published if there is a themed issue that does not fit your content the following issue. So please be prompt in meeting the deadlines when ever you you can.
Issues are published in February, May, August, and November.
Proposal submissions can be as simple as an email pitching your idea, how far along you are, and your level of committed timeline. We prefer a more complete draft, but do appreciate a heads up on pieces you may have as works in progress that you are not yet ready to submit.
are generally fairly complete drafts, that still need editorial and staff review, and are not yet final drafts.
are submissions that have been through editorial and staff initial review, but now just need one last editorial review for grammar, punctuation, etc. but do not need any further significant revisions. Generally these drafts are one step away from the finished product being merged into the magazine template.
The submissions deadlines are as follows:
1. February release schedule:
- Proposal Submissions for February Issue, No later than December 15th.
- Initial drafts submitted for editorial and staff commentary and feedback submitted no later than January 1st.
- Finished drafts submitted no later than January 15th.
2. May release schedule:
- Proposal Submissions for May Issue, no later than March 15th.
- Initial drafts submitted for editorial and staff commentary and feedback submitted no later than April 1st.
- Finished drafts submitted no later than April 15th.
3. August release schedule:
- Proposal Submissions for August Issue, no later than June 15th.
- Initial drafts submitted for editorial and staff commentary and feedback submitted no later than July 1st.
- Finished drafts submitted no later than July 15th.
4. November release schedule:
- Proposal Submissions for November Issue, no later than September 15th.
- Initial drafts submitted for editorial and staff commentary and feedback submitted no later than October 1st.
- Finished drafts submitted no later than October 15th.
Please email your submissions (and any questions) to othermindsmagazine at gmail dot com
Format specifications for submissions: Please send your submissions in plain text, Open Office (Writer & Sheet) or Microsoft Office (Word or Excel) formats for text-based submissions (do not send as PDF because we need to be able to reformat the content to fit the magazine layout). For map and art submissions, please only send in standard PNG, GIF JPEG or XCF (GIMP) format (not TIFF, PSD, PUB, or other formats please). Resolution must be at leas 300 dpi, but no greater than 600 dpi.
We have been trying for more than a year to migrate the all the user accounts and the content from the old version of the Other Minds magazine website on Zope Plone 2.5 to Zope Plone 3.x. After talking to their developers, IRC chat rooms, and wasting hundreds of man hours, we are forced to just bite the bullet and manually migrate. Unfortunately this means everyone will have to re-register their accounts on the new site. We are very sorry for this inconvenience...
The DNS changes have been put in place, and the old site, that has been getting more and more crippled and slow, but has all the content, will now be accessible via the URL http://old.omzine.org
The new site during the transition is http://new.omzine.org, but all variants should begin pointing to the new site, and should be complete in the DNS change around the world in the next 3-7 days.
The new site currently (temporarily) has a green color theme, whereas the old site is dark blue header theme.
The new site has much newer software and a lot more features possible, and is MUCH faster and bug free.
We are keeping all the old site content available for now, while we manually migrate all the content by hand from the old site to the new one.
Once all the content is moved, we will decommission the old site (which will speed up the new site even more).
We are sorry that everyone will have to recreate their accounts. If you were an editor, reviewer, or content contributor who had special permissions setup previously, please email us at othermindsmagazine at gmail dot com AFTER you have created you new account on the new website, and we will re-setup your permissions.
ALSO, ATTENTION ALL MICROSOFT EMAIL USERS (HOTMAIL, LIVE, BING, ETC.) YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO REGISTER OR EMAIL US
OR USE ANY OF THE PARTS OF THE SITE THAT REQUIRE YOU RECEIVING AN EMAIL. MICROSOFT REFUSES TO RESPOND TO OUR QUERIES AS TO WHY THEY ARE BLOCKING EMAILS, AND WE HAVE GONE THROUGH ALL THEIR FORMS REPEATEDLY. SO YOU MUST USE AN EMAIL ACCOUNT THAT IS _NOT_ MICROSOFT BASED. Please contact and complain to Microsoft for refusing to respond to us. They state that they only generally respond to blocking issues from large upstream providers, and since we are small, and hosted by a small provider, they continue to ignore us.
Anyhow, after all the dust settles form the transition, everyone should find the new site much more useful, better performing, and good to go for many more years. The previous site ran on the same software for over 3 years.
Thank you very much everyone who has continued support Other Minds Magazine and the supportive community!