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12:40pm on Sunday, 4th May, 2014:

Red Herring


Red Herring was a subscription magazine that ran for 16 issues from 1991 to 1994. Its subject matter was adventure games: reviews, walkthroughs, hints, articles and ads. It was mainly for text adventures, but it did have some reviews of MUDs and point-and-click adventures. The content was thoughtful, and accompanied by witty illustrations.

At its height, Red Herring had 250 subscribers, but as adventure games fell by the wayside the number dropped to 60 and the magazine folded. Here's a scan of the front page of the last issue:

I have all 16 issues, but don't really have a need to keep them any more. More to the point, I don't have room on my bookshelf in my newly-refurbished office any more. If there's anyone out there who collects historical games-related magazines and who wants them, they're free to a good home.

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