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The Tobril

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the Tobril?
  2. Is it official?
  3. What do I need to read the e-zine?
  4. How much does the Tobril cost?
  5. Who are the people behind it?
  6. Are there any staff openings?
  7. Where can I find back-issues?
  8. Where can I send feedback?

1. What is the Tobril?

The Tobril is a bi-monthly Dragonlance gaming e-zine, published in PDF format.

2. Is it official?

No. None of our content is official, and neither is the Tobril endorsed by Sovereign Press (the current licensee) or Wizards of the Coast. Even when we include articles by published Dragonlance authors, such as John Grubber, the magazine is strictly a fan effort. Should any content become official in the future, it will be marked as such so as to remove any doubt.

3. What do I need to read the e-zine?

We usually put links up for download in either Zip or RAR format. To read the Tobril you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader. You can download it for free from www.adobe.com.

4. How much does the Tobril cost?

Zilch. The Tobril is absolutely free.

5. Who are the people behind it?

The Tobril is a joint effort by three members of the Whitestone Council - Neil Burton, Richard Connery and Luis Fernando De Pippo - who work with various external authors and artists to produce each issue of the magazine (see our Staff page for more information on everyone who has contributed to the magazine).

6. Are there any staff openings?

There are no internal staff openings at the moment, but we will advertise on the site and in the magazine should any become available. However we are always looking for new authors and artists, who can receive commissions off us or submit original work for consideration. If you're at all interested, mail us, remembering to include a sample of work, at submissions@tobrilmagazine.com

7. Where can I find back-issues?

The complete Tobril library can be found in the Library

8. Where can I send feedback?

Please send all your comments, complaints, plaudits, letters, questions and queries to tobril@tobrilmagazine.com

Submissions

  1. Do you accept submissions from fans?
  2. Would I receive any payment if my work was published?
  3. Even if it was a commissioned article?
  4. What is the submissions process?
  5. I'm no artist. Will that be a problem?
  6. If a submission needs some corrections, who will be doing them?
  7. What about copyright? Standards of content?
  8. What does 'Favored Contributor' mean?
  9. How do I reach the status of favored contributor?
  10. What game system should submissions be in?
  11. What format should the gaming content be?

9. Do you accept submissions from fans?

We're completely open to all submissions from any quarter.

10. Would I receive any payment if my work was published?

The Tobril is a free fan magazine and as such cannot pay for submissions.

11. Even if it was a commissioned article?

In this instance 'commissioned' means an article idea that is offered to a contributor who would like to work on the magazine, but who has asked for guidance on the kind of article they should write. So, no.

12. What is the submissions process?

You have two options: first, write a complete first draft of an article, or a reasonably detailed proposal, and send it to our submissions e-mail address at submissions@tobrilmagazine.com; or, second, contact us with a sample of your work, asking to be considered for commissioned features, and including some details on the kinds of articles you'd like to write (rules-heavy, reference, community, etc.).

You should hear back from us almost immediately, though it may be some time before we ultimately ask for a commissioned piece or accept your article for publication. At that point, we'll ask you to formally accept our Contributor Guidelines as the terms under which you'll work with us. Once that's all out of the way, we can get down to business and start working on your articles.

13. I'm no artist. Will that be a problem?

Not in the slightest. We have staff artists who can deliver illustrations or maps to your specifications, although for first-time contributors we're going to want to see a timely and complete first draft before we have them undertake any work. After you've published at least one article with us, we'll be happy to commission art at a much earlier stage (in other words, the more you publish, the more you get).

14. If a submission needs some corrections, who will be doing them?

Members of the Tobril staff will proofread and correct spelling and grammatical errors but will not change the content of an article without discussing those changes with you. Once we've received the first draft, we may suggest a few modifications and ask you to submit a second and final draft.

15. What about copyright? Standards of content?

The Contributor Guidelines contain all of the information you're looking for.

16. What does 'Favored Contributor' mean?

Occasionally we'll spotlight one of our contributors on the web site who has had several articles published or who has received particularly good feedback from the readers, and do a small interview with them. It's one more way for us to say 'thanks' to the authors and artists who make the magazine what it is every issue.

17. How do I reach the status of favored contributor?

You have to have at least three articles published. Beyond that, there are no hard and fast guidelines to follow. Just write the best articles you can and the rest will take care of itself.

18. What game system should submissions be in?

All submissions that contain game-related statistics or mechanics, or that reference published products, should be in the Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 rulesystem, and/or reference D&D 3.5 and Dragonlance products published by Sovereign Press and Wizards of the Coast.

In case you haven't upgraded your D&D 3.0 core books to the new 3.5 revised edition we will help you convert your article, but since the new Dragonlance products are all 3.5, perhaps it's time you should think about upgrading your own game? :-)

19. In what format should the gaming content be submitted?

To make the job of our editors easier and in turn speed up your article review time, we suggest that you include any specific math calculations in your article. For instance, if the cool new minotaur ranger you're including in your article has a 15 bonus to her Survival skill check you should break it down into Ranks, Ability bonus, magical bonus, etc and whether they are conditional bonuses. Put these comments inside double brakets "(())" next to the relevant ability, so we can quickly spot and review them. Remember, the easier you make our editing process the quicker your article can be published.

Here are some examples where these math breakdown calculations should be provided: Abilities, Saving Throws, Skills, Weapon Attack bonuses, Spell DCs, Hit Points and any other mechanic that requires more than two components.

No part of any issue of the Tobril magazine contains Open Game Content.