Coaster magazines?

Friday, June 13, 2003 5:46 PM
$100! OMG! That is nuts! My gaming magazine is only costing me like $15 a year.

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Friday, June 13, 2003 5:57 PM
Amusement Business costs $129 per year. However, their magazine is distributed weekly (52 X a year). It's rediculously expensive. Does anyone know if it's any good? Probably noone knows. Who would want to pay $129 per year? I guess that's the price you pay for weekly news.
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Friday, June 13, 2003 6:08 PM
I've received my share of AT and AB sample issues, and frankly they're not that interesting. The business side of the amusement industry isn't as exciting as you think, and largely consists of products and services for your local FEC. Lots of boring product news.

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Friday, June 13, 2003 6:10 PM
I wouldnt pat over $20 - $25 per year for a subscription to a magazine.

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Friday, June 13, 2003 7:14 PM
tacoking:
I recommend joining the ECC (European Coaster Club), which includes a subscription of First Drop magazine. It comes every other month, and membership to the club is only $41.00. Compared to ACE's membership rate of $50 which gets you 4 issues of RollerCoaster! magazine plus the bimonthly ACENews.

I enjoy all off them, as most everyone does, but if you're strapped for cash, the ECC is the way to go. The only problem is all the European coasters that look SO awesome, yet so far away (Balder, Goliath, Expedition GeForce, etc).

I've never seen an issue of Amusement Today, and Amusement Busines is just that - business. Myself, I enjoy business in general, so things like AB and the IAAPA show are of importance to me.

-Matt
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Friday, June 13, 2003 7:19 PM
Thanks, but, Im already a member of FCC(Florida Coaster Club) and I have no money.
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Friday, June 13, 2003 7:51 PM
tacoking:
Considering you're already paying $20/year for a club with no magazine, and you're willing to pay up to $25/year for a magazine alone, I say upgrade to one of the international organizations. You'd not only get your magazine, but you'd also have a larger variety of events to attend.

-Matt D.
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Friday, June 13, 2003 7:55 PM
But I am fine with the FCC. I dont want to be a member of this huge club, and a magazine isnt THAT big of deal, although itd be cool to get one.

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Friday, June 13, 2003 9:36 PM
CoasterBuzz Club has members in five countries and 40 states. We had people representing 13 states at BeastBuzz last weekend at PKI.

Just something to keep in mind for people who question the legitimacy of our "little" club.

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Saturday, June 14, 2003 6:37 AM
Jeff:
I hope you didn't mean I was implying Coasterbuzz was "little" when I replied to the tacoking. In fact, I think that Coasterbuzz ranks up there with other organizations. I was merely giving an example of clubs that provide a magazine for him, since he wanted to pay under $25 for a subscription.

The Coasterbuzz club is in a league of it's own in the enthusisast group community. They are the only large scale web-based only club. This definately has it's advantages, both to members and to you, Jeff.

-Matt
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Saturday, June 14, 2003 7:33 AM
Look at how much it costs to join IAPPA.

(Nice to have inheritance)

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Saturday, June 14, 2003 6:56 PM
Amusement Today does have good articles but they seem late, they just now had articles on TTD, and I expected them last month, if not before that. The interviews and what not are good, but IMHO it is pricey.

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Monday, June 16, 2003 10:46 AM
General Public: I think you are referring to Inside Track, which was an excellent publication that just stopped arriving in the mailboxes of its paying subscribers sometime around '98. In the end, it was similiar to today's Amusement Today (it covered ride openings and news, as well as in-depth industry-related stuff). I can't seem to find out what happened to it or why it stopped publication and screwed its subscribers.

ACE is a great club and RollerCoaster! magazine is great... when it comes out. ACE News is, in my opinion, much better... it seems to me that the better coverage of just about everything is in the newsletter nowadays. Mark Davidson has done great things to that publication!

The ECC is worth joining for First Drop alone... it has fantastic coverage of obscure, far-off (for Americans) coasters as well as outstanding coverage of coasters at our local parks- sometimes, their coverage of U.S. stuff beats that of ACE! I can't think of how many times I have seen the layout of a future U.S. coaster in First Drop and never seen it in ACE News or RollerCoaster! If you want "bang for your buck," you may want to consider the ECC instead of ACE. First Drop comes more frequent than RollerCoaster! and usually takes a LOT longer to read through.

Amusement Today is interesting, but is kind of pricey for a monthly newspaper. It is definitely geared more towards the industry person than the enthusiast... its the place to go if you want to know the reasons why Sea World Orlando added shops and restaurants this year instead of the place to go for a blow-by-blow of Kraken and why is has the best Zero-G roll of any B&M floorless coaster.

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Monday, June 16, 2003 11:10 AM
Does anyone know what happened to Mark Wyatt (the guy who apparently did Inside Track), if he was ever busted?

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Monday, June 16, 2003 11:21 AM
You could always subscribe to that magazine Paul Ruben is the editor of...

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Monday, June 16, 2003 11:26 AM
I've never been able to get an answer from anyone regarding what happened to Wyatt... you would think that he would have been prosecuted or something, because he must have stiffed hundreds, if not thousands, or subscribers (myself included.)

And how come no one ever talks about Park World Magazine? What's the deal with that one? You would think it would have excellent coaster coverage, consider how much that guy gets around!

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-Rob

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Monday, June 16, 2003 11:55 AM
I don't think it actually exists. I happen to think Paul Ruben in an attention-whoring fraud.

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Monday, June 16, 2003 11:57 AM
I think just about everyone knows that! Its amazing how far that guy gets by doing nothing! Does anyone know what he really does... does he have a real job? He's like Al Sharpton!

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-Rob

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Monday, June 16, 2003 2:00 PM
Paul Ruben is "like Al Sharpton". That is the funniest thing I have read in while. Hope Absolutley Reliable picks that up and runs with it.

Jim "not sure why that tickled me so" Wolgamuth

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Tuesday, June 17, 2003 6:20 AM
Dont bother with Park World. I subscribed to it many moons ago and got nothing for it.

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