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Banana Man07 Nov 2018 12:43 p.m. PST

I subbed to Miniature Wargames recently. Enjoyed the previous issue (up to a point), but the current issue is awful, so I unsubbed. I thought the magazine was aimed at historical gamers, but there is too much fantasy/sci-fi stuff in it for me.

I'll be sticking with WSS from now on.

22ndFoot07 Nov 2018 12:52 p.m. PST

Dropped it a while ago for the same reason. WSS is definately the best option.

Northern Monkey07 Nov 2018 1:31 p.m. PST

Ditto. Sorry to say this, but it may as well merge with TTGN if it isn't going to focus on historical wargaming. Like so many wargame shows, the idea of being inclusive and letting in a few sci-if and fantasy games quickly shifts to a majority of such games.

I'm not complaining about sci if, but that genre has its own mags, we need more and not less historical gaming.

Banana Man07 Nov 2018 1:36 p.m. PST

Glad to hear I'm not alone. I was taken in by the blurb on their site that stated it covered historical wargaming, whereas their Tabletop Gaming mag covered the rest.

BillyNM07 Nov 2018 2:28 p.m. PST

I gave up on MW a long time ago, but what is WSS?

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP07 Nov 2018 2:33 p.m. PST

Wargames, Soldiers, and Strategy by Karwansaay Publishers.

I've been subscribed to it for over a year and thoroughly enjoy it.


Ney Ney07 Nov 2018 2:55 p.m. PST

Mini Wargames lost it when they lost Henry Hyde. I quite enjoy WSS and Wargaems Illustrtaed from time to time but don't get Mini Wargame at all.

Personal logo aegiscg47 Supporting Member of TMP07 Nov 2018 3:45 p.m. PST

At one time I used to get MWAN, The Courier, War-games Illustrated, and Miniature War-games, but after thinking about it I stopped and haven't purchased a war-games magazine in almost 10 years. I just came to the realization that what was there in the magazines that I couldn't find elsewhere? Was I buying them for nostalgia purposes, force of habit, etc.? How many times can you read about some group gaming the Battle of Gettysburg?

"Back in the day", magazines provided inspiration to start new periods or continue with your painting projects, plus there was maybe uniform info or orders of battle that were difficult to locate. Most of what we got out of the magazines was looking through the ads! With so many companies now online, videos, images, reviews, etc., I just found that magazines were a waste of time.

coopman07 Nov 2018 5:46 p.m. PST

Do you get the printed version or the pdf version?

forrester07 Nov 2018 11:49 p.m. PST

I tend to take a magazine away on holiday but otherwise rarely buy for the same reasons as aegiscg47. For me they have become of decreasing value especially as my areas of interests have narrowed a lot.

Green Tiger08 Nov 2018 3:04 a.m. PST

I have found that none of the current wargames magazines seem to reflect what I consider to be my hobby – perhaps I just do it differently to everyone else but I used to find them inspiring and interesting – I actually WANT to buy a magazine every month but I tend to flick through and say "Naaah" these days.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP08 Nov 2018 3:59 a.m. PST

Northern Monkey and Banana Man, did either of you watch me being beaten up on another thread for suggesting that mixing historical miniatures with fantasy/SF didn't work out well for historicals?

Yeah, I'd love for us to have a magazine of our own. But we have had several. Some days, I just pull out a binder of back issues, looking for stuff I'd forgotten or missed.

Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP08 Nov 2018 2:04 p.m. PST

I quit MW when McFarlane moved on ages ago.

I'll still buy random issues if there's something of interest therein, but don't collect and keep them as I do with WI and WSS.

None of them are without a mostly useless issue now and again.

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP08 Nov 2018 7:48 p.m. PST

I fondly remember the Courier And it's all historical policy. Who recalls Dick Bryant's motto. "Have you converted a fantasy player this month!"

Gecoren09 Nov 2018 10:34 a.m. PST

Aegiscg47, it is my job as the editor of Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy is to make sure that every issue is something new and not a waste of time.

I like to provide unique perspectives on wargaming. We had a Russian Napoleonic issue with no French. Likewise, we had a British Napoleonic issue with no Peninsula nor 100 days. There's plenty to cover without reruns of Gettysburg.


Fried Flintstone10 Nov 2018 4:04 p.m. PST

Agree that MW has seriously lost its way. I don't understand why they gave the job of editor to someone who doesn't seem to like historical gaming.

Personal logo War Artisan Sponsoring Member of TMP10 Nov 2018 10:04 p.m. PST

I don't understand

That's easy. It's because they stand to gain more subscribers by appealing to a broader audience than they stand to lose by alienating hardcore historical gamers.

And yes, I dropped my subscription also.

Old Contemptibles14 Nov 2018 12:29 p.m. PST

"I fondly remember the Courier And it's all historical policy. Who recalls Dick Bryant's motto. "Have you converted a fantasy player this month!"

Yes I do remember. I think he also use to ask something like "Are you in the life?" Meaning, how committed are you to the Historical Miniature Gaming Hobby?

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