EON has an excellent reputation in the EVE Online community, so much so that I have been tempted to subscribe, even at the rather steep price. ($56 for four quarterly issues.)
I hope that EQuinox will carry on that publishing tradition and become a high quality resource for the EQII community.
But just to sweeten the deal, SOE is offering a slot in the upcoming Rise of Kunark beta program for anybody who pre-orders a subscription to EQuinox. From the official announcement:
EQuinox is the first official print magazine entirely dedicated to EverQuest II, its players, creators and the myriad possibilities that await adventurers in the world of Norrath! EQuinox is a community driven magazine written by players, developers and EQII enthusiasts providing insight, information and excitement to the world of EQII the likes of which has never before been available in print.
Available for purchase exclusively through the Station Store, EQuinox is 68 pages of glossy, full-color news, interviews, features, columns, previews, fan fiction, original content and in-depth guides to life in EQII. EQuinox is produced by a dedicated team of writers and designers from within the EQII community and beyond. For more information and updates please visit, www.equinox-magazine.com.
To celebrate this upcoming release, SOE is offering, with the valid pre-order of the EQuinox magazine, an invitation* to the beta program for EverQuest II Rise of Kunark–the highly anticipated expansion pack. By pre-ordering the EQuinox magazine, subject to the terms and conditions listed below, you are automatically registered for entry into the beta program and will have the chance to play the expansion before its commercial release.
The expected release date is August 9, 2007. All release dates are estimates only and are subject to change. Cancellations for pre-orders will be accepted until midnight (Pacific Daylight Time), August 8, 2007.
August 8th is not far off, so act soon. You can find the full announcement, details, and order form here.