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This discussion provides members with everything they need to know about the Legio Imprint.

What is the Legio Imprint?
How are Legio Imprints made?
Who can work on Legio Imprints?
How can I help create a Legio Imprint?
Legio Imprint Index


If you have a question that isn't answered, please post it as a reply and we'll provide an answer. This discussion will be updated as needed.

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What is the Legio Imprint?

The Legio Imprint is the Bolter & Chainsword's series of irregularly produced e-zines. These e-zines are intended to be a resource for players of the games set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, particularly in the areas related to the Bolter & Chainsword's normal subject matter. The material included in each issue is fan-made, whether developed from articles and discussions here at the Bolter & Chainsword or created expressly for the Legio Imprint.

Issues of the Legio Imprint may be themed (such as the Eye of Terror and Dornian Campaign), or they may be generalist issues. Regardless, they all rely upon hobbyist contributions and can have similar types of articles (battle reports, army features, background, campaigns, house rules, painting/modeling showcases, etc.).

Issues of the Legio Imprint are available for free download and can be viewed on any device that reads pdf documents (e.g., your computer, e-reader, etc.) or printed.
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How are Legio Imprints made?


In most cases, an idea for a project will be proposed as a Legio Imprint Proposal (or Pitch), annotated as a [LIP]. Ideally, the [LIP] will include ideas for article types, though it's possible for other members to suggest additional articles in replies. In addition to discussing articles, members can identify that they're willing to support the project.

Once a project is determined to have sufficient material (i.e., potential articles) and manpower, and when there is room, the project will be initiated as a project in development. Keeping in mind that our goal is to publish these Legio Imprints on a more frequent basis without inundating everyone with issues, we'll probably only allow a small number of projects in development at any one time.

Projects in development will have a sub-forum dedicated to them, allowing the participants to plan and coordinate their efforts.

In general, contributors will focus their efforts on creating the content (i.e., the text and images). Overall format will be the responsibility of the Project Leader, Sponsor, and Chief Librarian. Often, contributors will provide suggestions for format, or they may be provided some format elements by the Project Leader. Article submissions will most often be done as private messages.

Articles will be submitted to the Project Leader who will convert them into formatted articles. When all of the articles are finished, the Project Leader will be able to create the complete issue. The working copy of the issue will be done in Microsoft Word and then converted into a PDF that will be made available to our members for download.

Once the project is completed and available for download, all of the discussions will be moved to an archive. In the interest of not cluttering up the site, the archive won't be visible to our broad membership, but the "staff" can access the discussions and make them available if the issue is put in for revision (since many of the issues will be living documents).

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Who can work on Legio Imprints?

Any member of the Bolter & Chainsword is welcome to help out on issues of the Legio Imprint. If you would like to contribute, contact the project leader, who will notify the admins if permission is allowed (generally limited based on timing). The admins will grant permissions to view the relevant development sub-forums.

Keep in mind that all work for the Legio Imprint is voluntary and no one receives any sort of compensation (the Legio Imprint issues are free, after all).

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How can I help create a Legio Imprint?

There are three basic roles related to the Legio Imprint:
  • Chief Librarian - This is an oversight role performed by the Administrators on a rotating (and very unscheduled) basis. The Chief Librarian coordinates releases of completed Legio Imprints and, through discussion with the "staff" of the B&C (Administrators and Moderators), determines which proposals will be developed.Sponsor - This individual is typically a member of the "staff", but it's possible for anyone to be a Sponsor. The criteria to become a Sponsor include performing successfully as a Project Leader. The Sponsor advises and assists the Project Leader.
  • Project Leader - The Project Leader takes care of the day-to-day work on a project, coordinating the efforts of the various Participants and putting everything together for editing and formatting.
  • Contributors - Most members will serve as Contributors, helping to write articles, create artwork, or otherwise contributing material to an issue. Some Contributors may also serve by assisting the Project Leader in other ways (e.g., editing and formatting).
Usually, members will express their desire to help in the proposal discussion for any issues in which they are interested in participating.

Sometimes, members will become interested in participating after a project has been initiated. In these cases, all they have to do is contact the Project Leader to offer assistance.

Alternately, a member might have an idea for a solo project (typically an LI-L, but occasionally something larger). In these cases, the member can create a proposal for their project via the normal [LIP] discussions. If the Librarians allow, the project will be given approval for development.

Regardless of how the member is participating, it's important to remember that participation requires a degree of commitment. Our goal is to have at least two issues per year, and more if sufficient projects are completed. This can only happen if the members that volunteer carry through on their commitments. This is all fan-created, however, and the intent is for everyone to have fun. So while we expect the promised work to be delivered in a timely manner, you shouldn't expect to be worked like a servitor. We want volunteers to have fun and to enjoy sharing their hard work with others.

Coordination of group projects takes place in the respective project development forums. Herein, the Project Leader and project members will discuss the articles to be developed and keep track of the progress of each article. Usually, the contents of each article will be kept somewhat secret (from the larger board membership) so as to provide a (hopefully pleasant) surprise when the issue is completed, so actual articles will be submitted to the Project Leader by PM. Images for issues will be uploaded to private galleries by members, allowing them to share the images with other project members by sharing the image URLs.

If you are interested in contributing to an issue that is in development, contact the project leader identified in the Issue Notification topic to offer assistance. The project leader will notify the administrators when new members are added to a team and the administrators will give the member permissions, allowing them to see the issue development forum. In cases where assistance isn't needed (often because either the current issue already has a full lineup of articles, the issue is close to completion, or the offer of assistance isn't within the theme of the issue), the member's offer will be kept in mind for a later issue of the Legio Imprint.

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I have a question. Where can I download the Legio Imprint (or subscribe to a mailing list if that is available?) so I can get one as soon as they are released?



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I have a question. Where can I download the Legio Imprint (or subscribe to a mailing list if that is available?) so I can get one as soon as they are released?


You can see the completed Legio Imprints here.

We will post subsequent completed issues in the same topic, so you can subscribe to it for further updates (link).

I'll probably lock the topic so that only the admins can post, which will ensure that you only get updates when we post something there (rather than when members post questions and such).
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