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#1 Edited by indian_boy (115 posts) -

 That’s right, The Luchazine 04 is right here, right now. Grab the high res PDF file here, or the lower res PDF here. Also, you can view an (almost perfect) embedded version of it below!

I AM REQUIRED TO WARN YOU, BY LAW:  

The contents of The Luchazine 04 have been deemed hazardously sexy. A completely revamped art-style, cover art by TurboToaster, interviews/panel discussions with industry greats, as well as amazingly written content (unlike this sentence) are what await you in this issue. Certain brand new features have also been implemented (go on, click on the article names in the Table of Contents, I dare you!) while some old ones have returned (stalk your favourite writers and artists by clicking on their names on the Contributors page). There are a bunch of obviously clickable items, but some hidden goodies too!

All in all, this issue of The Luchazine has brought about some major changes that we are extremely proud of. Let us know what you think, and how you feel about it all. Also, feel free to get your liking on via The Luchazine’s Facebook page.

I’d like to give a huge shout-out to everybody involved in the making of this issue, and would like to thank the readers for their support as well. Anybody else interested in getting involved should keep their eyes peeled on this thread and the off topic forum for when we start recruiting again.

Finally, before I leave you alone, I’d like to point you in the general direction of The Luchacast #4. That’s right, we have an “award-winning” podcast now. It has won awards you know.

We hope you thoroughly enjoy this issue and look forward to seeing your feedback!

P.S. We’ve noticed a strange glitch on the Letter from Above. Sometimes, the hyperlinked items are not clickable. If the PDF is acting up for you, you can find the two hyperlinked items here (Brian Wood Memorial Trust) and here (iTunes) respectively. Also, due to a disgusting mistake that got caught just now, the Defend Your Game article that appears in the issue is only the first draft. You can read the final version of it here. We apologize for this error and will ensure it doesn’t happen again. Also, please note that   buzz_clik is not included in the credits list because his awesome contributions came at the very last possible moment, and there was no time for the list to get edited. 

 

Massive props to pepsicolagirl & boy for figuring out the PDF problems. Here's the   embedded version. Note: If you're seeing white bars on the pages, hit the link to take you to Scribd, and you shouldn't see them when there. Also, if a page does not appear on your computer, hit full screen and it will be there. Its a known glitch on scribd.
#2 Edited by EpicSteve (6499 posts) -

Awesome
 
Thanks to everyone that reads, hope you enjoy the end result of our blood, sweat, and tears. Expect more badassery next month!

#3 Posted by Jadeskye (4368 posts) -

God damn this is a friggin awesome community.

#4 Edited by GoranP (1124 posts) -

Edit: big props to pepsicolagirl & boy for figuring out the PDF problems. Whoooo!
 
This issue was a lot of hard work but a lot of fun! I'm extremely proud of it and the staff. 
 
I'd really appreciate it if someone could help us out with the "streaming" problem, I know many people prefer to stream rather than download.
 
On a side note, I just want to mention that buzz_clik is not included in the credits list because his awesome contributions came at the very last possible moment, and there was no time for the list to get edited.
 
Hope you guys enjoy this issue!

#5 Posted by scarace360 (4828 posts) -

Thats a real hot picture.

#6 Posted by WitchHunter_Z (882 posts) -

Downloading now, I'll let you know what I thought when I'm finished. Cover art is awesome though.

#7 Posted by TheBeast (1931 posts) -

Great work as ever! 
 
Have you tried playing with your PDF export profile before uploading it to Scribd? Might be something it doesn't like there. 
 
Also, I'm not sure if this is deliberate but spreads are now considered a single page, which really messes with my viewer - would be much nicer if every page was an actual separate page in the PDF as it used to be, let my viewer handle the rendering.

#8 Posted by CharlesAlanRatliff (5463 posts) -

I like how this issue says in regards to the contributors, "and they are reasonably awesome...sometimes" . I think this is a hint for all of us to start turning in our work on time! 
 
Oh, and as far as the Defending Your Game article goes, I believe it is only the opening sentences that are from the first draft. The rest seems to be the edited version.

#9 Posted by MattyFTM (14432 posts) -

 The design team have done a phenomenal job on this issue. Seeing my articles presented in such a professional way is amazing. It's a pitty about the issues getting it onto Scribd or similar services (Goran and Abhishek have been up all night trying to get it to work - they're both machines!!!!) but hopefully everyone will view the awesomeness in the PDF.

Moderator
#10 Posted by BackpackKat (464 posts) -

So much awesome by my fellow staff members! Oh and that cover is amazing!

#11 Posted by Red12b (9085 posts) -

Looking good dudes! 

#12 Edited by Red12b (9085 posts) -
@EpicSteve said:

" Awesome  Thanks to everyone that reads, hope you enjoy the end result of our blood, sweat, and tears. Expect more badassery next month! "

I'm gonna hold you to that promise. 
@scarace360
said:

" Thats a real hot picture. "

Fuck yeah it is! 
 
Kat Smith, Turbo_Toaster right? 
 
Awesome work, really fucking ace 
 
hot Hot HOT! 
   
#13 Posted by CFB (121 posts) -

Great work everybody! I can't wait to read through this later.

#14 Posted by MichaelBach (890 posts) -

First time reader here. I'm very impressed with the quality you guys provided, I especially enjoyed the " I wrote this thing about 3D" article and the reviews are great. 
 
Thanks guys, keep up the good work!

#15 Posted by Turbo_Toaster (978 posts) -

I'm so happy I got to do a cover! (Wish I had gone more detailed and that but I digress). These guys are ridiculoso, pro work all around not to mention some serious dedication. MAD EFFING PROPS

#16 Edited by Red12b (9085 posts) -
@Turbo_Toaster:  
It's fuckin awesome,  
 
Although i'd expect nothing less from the person who did this. 
 
http://www.giantbomb.com/podcast/  
 


This looks better than some print magazines, Seriously, very well done guys, love the new format. 
#17 Posted by BraveToaster (12588 posts) -

This is cool. I really need to read all the issues.

#18 Posted by TheBooya (152 posts) -

You guys rock, keep killing it. Now let's see how many misquotes slipped into THIS one ;)

#19 Posted by zepp (229 posts) -

Woah. Just finished skimming through the PDF file, looks awesome! I'll have to come back and actually read it after class. I'm jealous of you guys, your dedication to this site is astounding. I wish I had more time to devote to all things GiantBomb, but alas school and work continue to comsume my life.

#20 Posted by WitchHunter_Z (882 posts) -

Finished reading this one and I continue to be impressed! The new layout is nice and tidy, and the content is great again. My favourite section was definitely the round table, you need to do more of those in the future. Some great opinions and chuckles come out of them. 
 
I did have an odd issue though, whenever I open it with Foxit Reader I got a weird mirrored and flipped version of it. Couldn't find a way to fix it, so I ended up downloading Adobe Acrobat and it worked fine with that. Anyone else use Foxit reader and have this issue?

#21 Posted by CharlesAlanRatliff (5463 posts) -
@jadeskye: Hell yeah it is! 
  

@GoranP said:
 On a side note, I just want to mention that buzz_clik is not included in the credits list because his awesome contributions came at the very last possible moment, and there was no time for the list to get edited.  
Indeed. You guys probably know buzz_click best as either the awesome photoshopper or the dude that makes all those awesome shirts for Giant Bomb/Whiskey Media. For example, the shirt that all yearly subscribers are getting!  
 

 
@MattyFTM
said:  
 Seeing my articles presented in such a professional way is amazing. 
I know! It makes me want to work even harder on my writing just to match up with the design. 
 
 
@MichaelBach said:
" First time reader here.
Hope you stick around! 
 
 
@Red12b said:
" @Turbo_Toaster:  
It's fuckin awesome,  
 
Although i'd expect nothing less from the person who did this. 
 
http://www.giantbomb.com/podcast/ "
Or the person that did all those awesome quest icons that everyone is sure to have seen at least ONE of. It makes me want to quest more just to see those beauties turn to color.
#22 Posted by Karolis (283 posts) -
@indian_boy: try issuu.com for hosting your zine, maybe it's gonna work. Worth a try, anyways.
#23 Edited by CharlesAlanRatliff (5463 posts) -
@Lone_f: That site was giving us issues, as well.  :(  Thanks for the suggestion, though!
#24 Posted by Red12b (9085 posts) -
@TheBooya:  
I got three shit eating grins from the round table,  
 
By your standards it was a good experience, and all I had to pay was zero dollars, 
love it! 
#25 Posted by TheBooya (152 posts) -
@Red12b: It was a ton of fun to do. Especially the making fun of Goran part - he cut most of that stuff out :)
#26 Posted by wefwefasdf (6729 posts) -

This is freaking awesome. Great work guys! I might have missed this, but is there a way to submit articles for approval to get into the Luchazine? 

#27 Posted by Matthew (1914 posts) -

Downloading now.  I expect nothing less than perfection from you guys by now.  Gotta be held to a standard, can't be slacking. 

#28 Posted by aurahack (2289 posts) -

Killer work to everyone :D It's awesome to finally see the magazine find it's comfort zone. Next issue will be insaaaaaane. Extra voweeeeeeels everywheeeeeere.

#29 Posted by natetodamax (19219 posts) -
@SpikeSpiegel said:
" This is freaking awesome. Great work guys! I might have missed this, but is there a way to submit articles for approval to get into the Luchazine?  "
We'll be having a thread in the near future for recruitment, so stay tuned!
#30 Posted by Genjai (300 posts) -

Impressive guys! Seriously impressive!

#31 Posted by JJWeatherman (14569 posts) -

Turned out really well! I just hope we have a smoother experience getting this out to people next month.  :)

#32 Posted by Robitt (351 posts) -

Amazing work!

#33 Posted by CharlesAlanRatliff (5463 posts) -
@TheBooya said:
" @Red12b: It was a ton of fun to do. Especially the making fun of Goran part - he cut most of that stuff out :) "
Don't worry, he cuts most of that stuff out from the Luchacasts, too. 
#34 Posted by LordXavierBritish (6320 posts) -

There better be talking head cut outs in every issue from now on.

#35 Posted by Chaser324 (6741 posts) -

This thing is starting to look extremely professional. Great work duders.
 
Cool to see mention of my devil may care Starcraft II play in the tourney, including an excellent screenshot of the moment when dirt realized that his Protoss cannon rush had failed because I immediately moved my base to the gold expo.

Moderator
#36 Posted by ArbitraryWater (12103 posts) -

As always, I am amazed by the professional quality of this PDF, not to mention the fact that you get some (fairly) important people up for fairly intelligent discussion. Also, one of my blogs is cited as part of the Community Spotlight. Huzzah. Now I just need to get in as an actual Luchazine writer...

Online
#37 Posted by Inf225 (503 posts) -
@Red12b: Corbin Dallas! Corbin Dallas! Help Meeeeee!
 
Lol sorry, one of my favorite movies ever!
 
Aziz! Light!
 
 ...

Sorry I'll stop now.
 
But yea, the Luchazine blows my mind every time! I can't believe all of the effort put into it! Great job guys!
#38 Posted by Marino (4761 posts) -

Once again, incredible work.  The caliber of people getting interviewed seems to go up a notch every time (no disrespect intended to those in the previous issues).  By issue 10 I expect an interview with J Allard. 
 
Seriously though, the overall quality is top notch.  Makes me excited to be contributing to Issue 5.

Staff
#39 Posted by demontium (4710 posts) -

Wow, how do you guys do it?

#40 Posted by MisterMouse (3564 posts) -

It is steadily increasing in quality, keep at it!

#41 Posted by JohnRabbit (102 posts) -

great job; looks sharp.
 
will definitely be keeping an eye out for the recruitment thread.

#42 Posted by Willy105 (4691 posts) -

The new look is amazing.

#43 Posted by MAGZine (438 posts) -

Wow. 
 
It'd have to say that the luchazine really is up to press standards. I've read *far* worse material in newstand copies of mags.

#44 Posted by Willy105 (4691 posts) -
@magzine said:
" Wow.  It'd have to say that the luchazine really is up to press standards. I've read *far* worse material in newstand copies of mags. "
Tell me about. The new EGM was ridiculous.
#45 Posted by Diamond (8634 posts) -

The visual quality is as high as it ever need be.  This particular issue seems to be focused more on previews and reviews for specific games and the interviews, does that sound correct?  I don't agree with the Lara Croft Guardian of Light assessment but I can't really comment much on the rest.
 
You didn't ask my questions to the developers (which is fine), but you seemed to skirt around my questions with about every other question you asked to them.  I might appreciate some personal questions to developers if you can hit the right angle.

#46 Posted by ColMirage (257 posts) -

Getting the upside down issue with Foxit Reader as well :\
 
Had to resort to using Adobe Reader... god damn that thing sucks hard.
 
I only rushed down to the SC2 tourney, I'll read the rest when I get Foxit to stop being a jerk.

#47 Posted by CharlesAlanRatliff (5463 posts) -

The issue is now embedded in the original post via Scribd, though it is still recommended you download it for the highest quality version! Props to pepsicolaboy and pepsicolagirl!

#48 Edited by GoranP (1124 posts) -

Thank you to everyone for your appreciation and critiques, they are always welcome! Also, I measure my worth as a human being with your comments!

@TheBeast:

The 2 page spread is meant to look more like a real mag. We do our best to optimize it so that all sorts of computers can run it smoothly, but some older/less powerful machines may get a bit of hiccuping. Blame Adobe ;)
 

@TheBooya:

Misquoting? That comes when you reveal what you're working on, Adam.
 

@WitchHunter_Z:

I'm not really sure why it did that, but Foxit may not be able to handle all of the layers properly or something, thus freaking out.
 

@SpikeSpiegel:

Like Nate said, we will have a recruitment thread soon :)
 

@Marino:

We're saving J Allard for when he's like 90. Luchazine tell all!
 

@demontium:

A lot of communism and not a lot of sleep.
 

@Willy105:

 Haha, is Obama going to make another appearance?
 

@Diamond:

This is just the final version. I may have asked ;) In all seriousness though, as with all interviews, only the gripping stuff makes the final cut. Nothing personal, internet brother! As for the split, it’s fairly even between features/edis vs previews/reviews. It’s just that the features/edis are early on mostly.  
  
@ColMirage:  Foxit may not be able to handle all of the layers so it might freak out because of that. Not sure though.
 
Edit: sorry for all the big bold stuff, this always happens when I edit a post that has @ replies at someone.
#49 Posted by skelegore (25 posts) -

Outstanding work, this is GOLD

#50 Posted by Ragnorok (15 posts) -

Absolutely fantastic work.  I can't even imagine the amount of man-hours that went into this.