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Wild Surge: Full Article List and Call for Contributors

typo_tillytypo_tilly Member Posts: 5,702
Wild Surge is currently on hiatus. But feel free to go through our backlog of 16 issues. :smile:

If you'd like to write an article or draw art for an article, email [email protected] or send me or @deltago a message. :)

The sorts of articles we're looking for are book reviews, mod reviews, game reviews, game first impressions, character overviews, custom D&D rules (e.g., for BG, IWD, or pen and paper), and similar things. If you'd like to draw art for articles (e.g., like the shields in the 5e dwarven defender rules article), give us a shout.

Our primary focus are IE games, then other D&D games and books, then other RPGs, then other genres. For every issue, we're aiming to have a game or book review, a mod review, a poem, and Corpse's Corner. Most articles are 500 to 3000 words. We post theme issues, where most articles match the issue's theme.

If you have any general questions about contributing, feel free to ask here. If you have a specific article you want to write, send a message to me or @deltago.

Current Issues

Issue 1: d Infinity
Cover Art Bartosz “O_Bruce” Rudy
The Poem: Finding the Familiar Mark “Lord Rumfish” Burton
We Need a Name! (and other fan suggestions) Julius Borisov
A Wizard’s Life: Interview with Elminster Tyler “deltago” Smith
Demivrgvs’ Item and Spell Revisions Mods Chris “semiticgod” Dix
Customizing D&D’s 5e Ruleset: Shields Ashe “Vallmyr” Leggett
God’s Take on Tyranny: Review Mike “God” Millaire
Corpse’s Corner Andy “Anduin” Beale

Issue 2: Dwarves
Cover Art Bartosz “O_Bruce” Rudy
The Poem: Inscription from a Dwarven Rune Mark “Lord Rumfish” Burton
History of Dwarves Julius “Bengoshi” Borisov
The Top Ten Dwarves Paul “Grum” Abels
An Alien’s Novel Idea, a book review Marcelo “mlnevese” Esteves
Why you should play a dwarf Chris “Tresset” Ethier
The Mod Highlight: SCS Chris “semiticgod” Dix
The Modding Tutorial, part 1 Lava Del’Vortel
Dwarves, The Game review Tyler “deltago” Smith
D6: Custom D&D 5e Rules, The Dwarven Defender Ashe “Vallmyr” Leggett
Corpse’s Corner Andy “Anduin” Beale

Issue 3: Dragonspear and Torment
Cover Art Bartosz “O_Bruce” Rudy
The Poem: Happy Birthday, Dragonspear Mark “Lord Rumfish” Burton
Dragonspear Review Chris “semiticgod” Dix
Andromeda, First Impressions Tyler “Deltago” Smith
D6: Custom D&D 5e Rules, The Kitsune Ashe “Vallmyr” Leggett
The Modding Tutorial, part 2 – Banters Lava Del’Vortel
Totally Called PST:EE Britta “Buttercheese” H.
Torment: Tides of Numenera Review Tilly “Typo_Tilly” Underwood
Corpse’s Corner Andy “Anduin” Beale

Issue 4: Villains
Cover Art Bartosz “O_Bruce” Rudy
The Poem: We Want You Mark “Lord Rumfish” Burton
Sarevok vs. Irenicus Shannon “Nonnahswriter” Ozog
5 Games where the player is the villain Tyler “Deltago” Smith
The Modding Tutorial, part 3 Lava Del’Vortel
A Suped-Up Vanilla N “CrevsDaak” Clotta
Injustice 2 Review Tyler “Deltago” Smith
Corpse’s Corner Andy “Anduin” Beale

Issue 5: Thieves
Cover Art Bartosz “O_Bruce” Rudy
The Poem: Taker of the Gold Andy “Anduin” Beale
Silk: Character Highlight Marcelo "mlnevese" Esteves
D6: Custom D&D 5e Rules, Shadowdancer Ashe “Vallmyr” Leggett
Persona 5 Review Shannon "Nonnahswriter" Ozog
Icewind Dale Mega Mod Review (sarevok57) Chris "semiticgod" Dix
The Modding Tutorial, part 4 (Romances and Friendships) Lava Del'Vortel
Pool of Radiance Review Andy “Anduin” Beale
Lander's Adventures, chapter 1 (Nightlight Visitor) Tilly "typo_tilly" Underwood
Corpse's Corner Andy “Anduin” Beale

Issue 6: Ghosts and Spirits
Cover Art Scott "Lord-Jyssev" Fischer
The Poem: A Ghostly Pause Before Wailing Andy "Anduin" Beale
Meet the Marags Marcelo "mlnevese" Esteves
Diablo 3: Rise of the Necromancer Review Bartosz "O_Bruce" Rudy
Icewind Dale 2: Weeping Widow Inn Tyler "deltago" Smith
Pillars of Eternity Review Ashe “Vallmyr” Leggett
A Ballad for a King Shannon "Nonnahswriter" Ozog
Durlag's Story Tilly "typo_tilly" Underwood
Modder Freebie: The Crumbling Chapel Scott "Lord-Jyssev" Fischer
Corpse's Corner Andy "Anduin" Beale

Issue 7: Sounds of Gaming
Cover Art Andrii Shafetov
The Poem: The Rambling of Sidekicks Tilly "typo_tilly" Underwood
Infinity Engine: The Score Ryley "Fandraxx" McKiernan
An Interview with Jacob Burgess Tyler "deltago" Smith
A Good Book Speaks Volumes Marcelo "mlnevese" Esteves
Modding Tutorial Part 5: Soundsets and Voiced Dialogue Lava Del'Vortel
Music of Past Times Andy "Anduin" Beale
Reviews of Lords of Waterdeep & Tomb of Annihilation Tyler "deltago" Smith
Corpse's Corner Shandaxx

Issue 8: Neverwinter
Cover Art Andrii Shafetov
The Poem: The city of summer, spring, and fall Andy "Anduin" Beale
Waking the Witch: An Interview with Rob Bartel Tyler "deltago" Smith
Before Neverwinter Nights, There was Neverwinter Nights Andy "Anduin" Beale
Unlocking the Secrets of the Vault: An interview with niv ...............
Neverwinter Nights: The Opus Ryley "Fandraxx" McKiernan
A Guide to Neverwinter Night’s Persistent Worlds Tyler "deltago" Smith
Shadows of Undrentide Review Andy "Anduin" Beale
Neverwinter Nights 2 Opinion Pieces ComeandSee and mr_otyugh
A Look at D&D’s 4e Neverwinter Campaign Setting Tyler "deltago" Smith
Corpse's Corner Andy "Anduin" Beale

Issue 9: Chickens
Cover Art Andrii Shafetov
The Poem: Chicken Chicken! Andy "Anduin" Beale
In Search of the Hyper Chicken Tyler "deltago" Smith
The Chicken Quests of Baldur’s Gate Chris "semiticgod" Dix
Continuing the Search for the Hyper Chicken Tyler "deltago" Smith
An Interview with Davide Matthew "Dragonspear" Brown
Hyper Chicken Badge: Speculation Tyler "deltago" Smith
Thayan Labs Presents: Cluckendoom Rik Kirtaniya
Metal Album reviews: Pink Bubbles Go Ape Ryley "Fandraxx" McKiernan
A Peek into the Vault: Chicken Theme Tyler "deltago" Smith
A Review of Troma’s Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead Shannon "Nonnahswriter" Ozog
Chicku game review Tyler "deltago" Smith
Corpse's Corner Andy "Anduin" Beale

Issue 10: Fan Fiction
Cover Art Andrii Shafetov
Nobleman Chase Luc Roumen
The Tale of the Necromancer Rik Kirtaniya
The Entropy Blade Adantilus
Alienna: The Start Shannon Ozog
Where the Water Tastes Like Wine game review Tyler "deltago" Smith
Corpse's Corner Andy "Anduin" Beale

Issue 11: Magic
Cover Art Andrii Shafetov
The Poem: Magic is... Andy Beale
Melting the Ice: Soloing IWD:EE Rik Kirtaniya
Supplementing 5e: An Interview with Mark Burton Tyler Smith
A Wizard’s Concoction: A look at Ravnica Shannon Ozog
A Kind of Magic: Magic in Literature Marcelo Esteves
Forgotten Lore: Review of Magic of Faerûn Tyler Smith
On the Nature of Sigils Rik Kirtaniya
Metal Album reviews: Heroes of Mighty Magic Ryley McKiernan
Sacrifice: A game review Tilly Underwood
Corpse’s Corner Andy Beale

Issue 12: Giants
Cover Art Andrii Shafetov
The Poem: A Giant Farce Andy Beale
A Look at Yaga-Shura Tilly Underwood
Giants of the Realm: Giantcraft Review Tyler Smith
Metal Album Review: Giants of Canaan Ryley McKiernan
Chasing the Giant: Review of Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire Tyler Smith
The Ruins of Mehrihnmar Rik Kirtaniya
Godzilla Anime Trilogy Review Tilly Underwood
Giants: Citizen Kabuto Game Review Tilly Underwood
A Soundtrack of Two Gods: Giants: Citizen Kabuto Album Review Ryley McKiernan
Corpse’s Corner Andy Beale

Issue 13: Loot
Cover Art Andrii Shafetov
The Poem: Beauty in Nature Tyler Smith
The Degeneration of Loot Tyler Smith
Interview With Luke Rideout Tilly Underwood
Baldur’s Gate Loot Sheet Rik Kirtaniya
Creating Synergy: Loot in NWN PW Tyler Smith
Valuable Discoveries: Loot in Fantasies Marcelo Esteves
Treasure Island Book Review Tilly Underwood
Metal Album Reviews: Down in The Dark by Blazon Stone Ryley McKiernan
Red Dead Redemption 2 Review Tyler Smith
Red Dead Redemption 2 Soundtrack Review Ryley McKiernan

Issue 14: Time
Cover Art Andrii Shafetov
The Poem: Troubled Times Tilly Underwood
The Cultural Concepts of Time Marcelo Esteves
A Look Back at Chrono Trigger Tilly Underwood
Lessons Worth Dying For: Happy Death Day Review Chris Dix
Chrono Series OST Review Ryley McKiernan
Prince of Persia: Warrior Within Review Rik Kirtaniya
Retro Review Presents: The Lost Vikings Tilly Underwood
Metal Album Reviews: The Mystery of Time by Avantasia Ryley McKiernan
Tower of Time Review Tyler Smith
Just In Time: Axis & Allies Announced Tilly Underwood

Issue 15: Star Wars
Cover Art Andrii Shafetov
The Poem: Shot First Tyler Smith
Upcoming In The Star Wars Universe Tyler Smith
Ranking the Star Wars Movies Tilly Underwood
A Look at The Legends of the Old Republic Tyler Smith
Knights of the Old Republic First Impressions Rik Kirtaniya
A Look At Star Wars Holiday Special Tilly Underwood
The Score of Star Wars Ryley McKiernan
Reviewing Star Wars Toy Documentaries Tyler Smith
A Look At The Ewok Movies Tilly Underwood
Fandraxx Metal Album Review: Iron Maiden’s Somewhere in Time Ryley McKiernan
Corpse’s Corner Shandaxx

Issue 16: Goblins
Cover Art Andrii Shafetov
The Poem: Step Lightly Tilly Underwood
Making M’Khiin: Andrew Foley Interview Chris Dix, Tyler Smith, and Tilly Underwood
Goblin Grandma: A Reminiscing Appreciation of M’Khiin Chris Dix
First Impressions of Goblins of Elderstone Tyler Smith
Goblin Quest Review Tilly Underwood
Redefining 1/3 Challenge Rating: An Interview with Ellipsis Stephens Tilly Underwood and Tyler Smith
Guide to Goblins: 5e Tilly Underwood
Troll 2 Movie Review Tyler Smith
Metal Album Review: Rhapsody’s The Emerald Sword Saga Ryley McKiernan
Mushroom Moonshiner Lolien

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  • Papa_LouPapa_Lou Member Posts: 264
    I'd definitely be interested in this. I love the idea of a community magazine, and have been watching the zine closely since the days when the name "The Monthly Turnip" was still being discussed (I know it was only a few months ago, but that makes me sound like a really dedicated fan ;) )

    I'd like my submission to be topical, if at all possible. Would I be able to know the theme for July's issue beforehand? That way I could possibly focus on a game with said theme to review, or some such thing.

  • mlnevesemlnevese Member, Moderator Posts: 10,153
    O_Bruce said:

    That's off-topic, but everytime I see JuliousBorrisov "Promote" someone, the icon always remind me of a middle finger for some reason. I find it hilarious.

    I should promote this... :)

  • mlnevesemlnevese Member, Moderator Posts: 10,153
    @typo_tilly Wait. Are we going to reveal even the secret rituals in the wild surge behind the scenes? Is nothing sacred anymore? :)

  • typo_tillytypo_tilly Member Posts: 5,702
    XD Maybe.

    The secret ingredient is Dradeel's Belladonna Bun-cakes. ;)

  • typo_tillytypo_tilly Member Posts: 5,702
    edited November 2017
    Well it seems to me that the theme of next year's first issue has been decided for us -- NWN! :D

    Send me or deltago a message if you're interested in reviewing NWN campaigns, especially if you want to review player made campaigns or other great mods you know about! Also, if you'd like to write about making mods or making neat character builds. Or if you have other ideas involving NWN. :)

    EDIT - Also, if there are any devs on the board reading this, we'd love to ask you a few questions about your time working on the original NWN or enhanced NWN. :3

  • AnduinAnduin Member Posts: 5,745
    Who is this person showing interest in gnomes... mummies... and mummified gnomes...


    I smell a @Shandaxx

    We need NWN reviews for all the official mods!

    typo_tilly[Deleted User]mlneveselolien
  • typo_tillytypo_tilly Member Posts: 5,702
    It could be anyone. :u No one here, for sure. ;)

  • DragonspearDragonspear Member Posts: 1,835


    I was thinking about this since I saw these yesterday. With so many forumites on here, and the breadth of time of the Forum.

    Could you maybe have a "meet the forumite" section. Where you get to know important or influential forumites here?

    I see you did one for Elminster, but there are many an interesting forumite around here.

    Dunno, just a thought.

    As a follow-up to that. I'd have to make time for it, but I could see if I could make time. I dunno, call the feature Alaundo's Alehouse or something based on the old off-topic forum that I'd also shamelessly ported from Gamefaqs back in the day.

    I'll also shoot an email to you about the idea.

  • AnduinAnduin Member Posts: 5,745
    I'm still waiting for a pint...

  • Rik_KirtaniyaRik_Kirtaniya Member Posts: 1,741
    @typo_tilly I wish to become a contributor to the Wild Surge! :) I've send you a PM as well.

  • deltagodeltago Member Posts: 7,763
    Latest Issue is here

    And we need the communities help for our next issue:

    Know any games (besides Baldur's Gate Trilogy obviously) that have interactive chickens?!

    We know of Dungeon Keeper and Hearthstone.
    There is Slime Rancher, NWN: SoU and even Rise of the Tomb Raider.
    There is even an easter egg Chicken in Gears of War.
    Zelda series counts even though they aren't really called chickens, and then there is Pokémon's Torchic and Combusken which sorta look like chickens... I guess.

    But do you all know any others?

  • NimranNimran Member Posts: 4,848
    You can kick chickens in Fable.

  • ThacoBellThacoBell Member Posts: 12,009
    Kingdoms of Amalur has chicken a fire breathing chicken. Never did, encounter it. Probably requires large amounts of normal chicken abuse.

  • tbone1tbone1 Member Posts: 1,996
    edited March 2018
    I remember The Vicious Chicken of Bristol from “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”, but not what it involved

  • deltagodeltago Member Posts: 7,763
    Imma gonna tag @themazingness here as he requested this from Beamdog in the last art contest.

  • themazingnessthemazingness Member, Mobile Tester Posts: 698
    deltago said:

    Imma gonna tag @themazingness here as he requested this from Beamdog in the last art contest.

    Thank you! And cool contest! Sadly, what I had in mind was for PST, not BG. IDK if I'll be able to come up with something by April 20th for BG.

  • typo_tillytypo_tilly Member Posts: 5,702
    Remember that the limit is 5,000 words, but you can write a short scene or encounter as long as it's a complete short story. :)

  • deltagodeltago Member Posts: 7,763
    Our Fan Fic contest is now closed. If you submitted and have not received a follow up email, contact us ASAP. Winners will be announced in our June Issue! Chicken Issue is out soon.

  • lroumenlroumen Member Posts: 2,287
    The contest is/was a good idea. I had great fun coming up with something goofy.

  • typo_tillytypo_tilly Member Posts: 5,702
    edited July 2018
    Do you use a NWN (1 or 2) mod that adds or overhauls spells or adds magic classes?

    Send me a message if you'd like to write an article describing it and recommending it. :)

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