The reasons are the usual ones, not enough subscribers, leading to not enough money.
It’s sad. I kinda liked the two issues I’ve read. Playground covered some really weird and interesting stuff, stuff that I probably would never have run into otherwise. It documented a play culture very different from what I’m used to. It’s not what I would have been interested in playing, but it was interesting to read about. While the Nordic scene has a fairly solid tradition of documenting what they’re up to in the annual Knutepunkt books (next year in Finland!), with Playground we’re losing a more journalistic and approachable take on matters, as well as the articles about stuff that’s not quite roleplaying games but looks kinda like it if you squint like this…
I must shoulder my own blame in this – I never subscribed. Hey, it was €12 at the store, four issues a year, with a subscription for €60. That’s kinda steep for an unemployed student, even though I wanted to support the project.
Well, I will be buying the two issues that are left. I will read them and shelve them with my issues of Dragon, Dungeon, Polyhedron, Living Greyhawk Journal, Magus and Roolipelaaja, other gaming magazines that didn’t make it.