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HistoryWargaming23 Mar 2019 12:50 p.m. PST

Part of the History of Wargaming is a large digital archive that is used for research. I have digitised the Wargamer's Newsletter, but sadly the early issues disintegrated due to age. I am looking for issues up to issue 31. The magazine was key to the development of wargaming, it would be a shame if the future had no copies of the earliest issues.

All Sir Garnett24 Mar 2019 5:00 a.m. PST

Any chance of seeing these in future available to buy as pdfs via say Wargame Vault?

HistoryWargaming24 Mar 2019 12:56 p.m. PST

I will try and make them available. Don's family would like an edited volume of highlights of the magazine. I just have a number of other books to get published first!

Old Contemptibles24 Mar 2019 5:03 p.m. PST

I wish Magweb was still with us.

Russ Lockwood28 Mar 2019 2:21 p.m. PST

Thanks. I founded and ran MagWeb, and met and corresponded with Don over the years. He always wrote to me when I sent him a royalty check. I had 71 of the 214 issues, all in electronic format, up on MagWeb when MagWeb closed in 2009. I can tell you that WN, like other early magazines, scanning and editing 'em took a long, long time.

Just a FYI on WN… as MagWeb is gone, online copyright went back to Don's estate. Complicating matters, back in 2013 (?), I believe the European Union changed their copyright regulations (and the US reciprocated) whereby online rights needed to be specified instead of assumed -- so the online copyrights to articles written by other authors are back with those original authors. Letters to the Editor are exempt and belong to the publication. I think that's how it works, but it's been a while since I had to read up on it.

John Currie productions has reprinted much of Don's books. I don't know what demand there is for Don's work, but John would be the one to contact. I edit the Wally Simon Secrets of Wargame Design series (and have the rights from the estate), so there is interest in seeing solutions to wargaming conundrums (what is old is new again).

HistoryWargaming02 Apr 2019 11:59 p.m. PST

MagWeb was a tremendous resource. Thank you

Personal logo PaulCollins Supporting Member of TMP04 Apr 2019 6:58 a.m. PST

Yes, thank you very much for all you did with MagWeb. It was my single favorite site to go to.

Tomsurbiton19 May 2019 10:04 a.m. PST

As a teenager in the 70s,I read one issue,which was full of interest, and included part of a series about a what if invasion of Britain by Napoleon. I've always wondered how that turned out, and would love to be able to dip in and out of the WN.

Normal Guy Supporting Member of TMP25 May 2019 7:46 a.m. PST

Yes, Russ, MagWeb was a wonderful source that you provided. The one down side to it was that after it was gone, I discovered how much I missed having ready access to so many things. What a wonderful problem.

ChristianLindke24 Feb 2020 7:57 p.m. PST

Is it possible to purchase digital copies of any issues at this time?

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