Hey Lords and Ladies,
Today I would like to introduce you to a fan project from the German Forge of Empires community: Three months ago, a couple of fans banded together to create the first fan magazine for our favourite game: The Forge Times. Since then, four editions already appeared. The magazine includes information about new updates, interviews and competitions with great prizes.
We’re very glad to have such dedicated fans, and of course try to support them with partners for interviews, graphics and stuff for competitions and lotteries. The Forge Times are only available in German so far – if you’re interested in doing something similar in other languages, we’d appreciate and support your efforts as well – You can see the newest edition here and check how it’s done: www.forgetimes.tk
Here is an interview with Daniel, the chief editor of The Forge Times:
Please introduce yourself
Hey, my name is Daniel (Joker 1544), I’m 17 years old and I’m living in NRW, near to Oberhausen. At the moment I’m training to be a laboratory assistant. My hobbies are swimming, meeting friends and videogames.
How did you get in touch with Forge of Empires?
I found a bonus code for Forge of Empires in the german game magazine „Computer Bild Spiele“. I really liked it right from the beginning, so I’m still playing.
Since when are you playing?
I’m playing since the Open Beta.
How often are you playing Forge of Empires?
As soon as my pc is on, I start to play Forge of Empires. Most of the time it runs in the background, so I can regularly collect supplies and gold. I also have my own guild; therefore I look for new players and help out my mates.
Also my neighbors get regular visits from my troops….
What do you like most about the game?
I like the way how InnoGames managed to connect city-building and strategy parts of the game. In contrast to Grepolis or Tribal Wars, you don’t have to fight other players to proceed and reach new ages. Forge of Empires is more about cooperation, which you can see for example in the new feature, the Great Buildings.
What are your wishes for the future of Forge of Empires?
More variety. Only PvP and collecting resources is quiet boring after a while. I’m looking forward to the new guild wars and all the other cool features that will hopefully release soon.
How did you come up with the idea to produce a Forge of Empires fan magazine?
That was a spontaneous idea. I realized that Forge of Empires had no own fan magazine, so I asked several CoMas for support. Their reaction was very positive and so I started to work.
From where do you get the ideas for the articles?
We have several categories in every edition for example Updates or Interviews. At the beginning of a month I write a plan for new articles to my editors. But some of our articles we write spontaneously or we got questions from our readers that we’d like to answer.
What are your plans with your magazine?
Our goal is to reach more readers and to become an important information source for all Forge of Empires fans.
Tell everything you want
I would like to thank my editors, David, Nico, Julian and our tech guru Andy. I also wish to extend a big thank you to InnoGames for the great game and support.