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Personal logo aegiscg47 Supporting Member of TMP16 Apr 2019 6:36 a.m. PST

First, lots of thanks for all of the feedback and emails I received after the last issue, which convinced me to carry this project forward for as long as possible! Issue #51 is now available and features battle reports for Saga, F&F ACW, BKC2, Ronin, and Hail Caesar. There are two new Engagements scenarios, several game reviews, and a look back at fantasy war-games from the 70s and 80s. You can download the current issue by going here:
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JonFreitag16 Apr 2019 7:55 a.m. PST

Terrific article on the state of playtesting!

alan L16 Apr 2019 8:02 a.m. PST

Great to see Warning Order's demise was grossly exaggerated! Many thanks for continuing it. It is always a great read.

Big Red Supporting Member of TMP16 Apr 2019 8:22 a.m. PST

Thanks for the Editorial – it was interesting. Playtesting is very important as well as editing and production control. Outsourcing to another continent may well reduce overall costs but editing and production can also go out the window.

As a side note, overall, Avalon Hill did a pretty good job of playtesting and paying attention to customer feed back. But they also published a few turkeys and some of their best games were designed by other companies, including SPI.

Memento Mori16 Apr 2019 8:40 a.m. PST

Thank you for publishing such an interesting resource i look forward to every edition

Jcfrog Supporting Member of TMP16 Apr 2019 9:56 a.m. PST

Great thanks for way too far away! So many thoughts we share.
I enjoy reading it and fully appreciate the amount of effort to give this to us.

mghFond16 Apr 2019 11:20 a.m. PST

So glad to see Warning Order is going to continue, I love your stuff, never miss reading one. Thanks!

Skeets Supporting Member of TMP16 Apr 2019 4:17 p.m. PST

Thanks for the good work, I check the site regularly to see when the next issue is available.

gavandjosh0216 Apr 2019 4:19 p.m. PST

liked it.

raylev3 Supporting Member of TMP16 Apr 2019 5:33 p.m. PST

I look forward to every issue!

Schogun17 Apr 2019 8:35 a.m. PST

Thanks for your efforts! I have enjoyed reading every issue. Knowing your group has played a lot of BK2, I am interested in your opinion of BK4 in future issues.

Personal logo Andrew Walters Supporting Member of TMP17 Apr 2019 10:46 a.m. PST

Very happy to see #51!

Russ Lockwood18 Apr 2019 3:27 p.m. PST

Brilliant editorial on playtesting, which is currently near and dear to my heart as I'm playtesting ATO #52's game Operation Ichi-Go (1944 Japanese offensive in China to capture US B-29 bases and clear the RR line to French Indochina).

I'm saving the rest for a leisurely read!

Personal logo War Artisan Sponsoring Member of TMP19 Apr 2019 9:18 p.m. PST

The arrival of #51 was the occasion for much happiness here. I'm looking forward to spending some quality time with this issue.

As for the editorial, it's about time a prominent voice in the hobby called out publishers for their shoddy workmanship and chided gamers (who apparently aren't aware that, in wargame publishing as in all free markets, if you expect less, you will get less) for supporting it without complaint. I wonder how many of the same gamers who passively accept whatever unfinished or broken system certain publishers (not naming any names, but you can find them in many threads here on TMP and elsewhere) foist on them and submissively house-rule them into some kind of usable condition would just repair an appliance that didn't work as advertised instead of returning it for a refund.

Russ Lockwood25 Apr 2019 7:53 p.m. PST

Trends in Game Prep was interesting. Guess I'm old school -- putting on a 19-player, 14-table Snappy Nappy Campaign in a Day (1814 Campaign) this Sunday … which was started back in February. (see the BlundersontheDanube blog for past SN CiaD)

However, these big games share one thing -- multiple people contribute to making it work. I certainly don't have enough cloth and felt, much less miniatures, to do this type of game. I mean 14 tables at 4x6 feet per table is a lot of square feet. It certainly isn't going to win any awards for best terrain (the photos in your magazine showcases considerable talent!), but it'll do.

Anyway, a half dozen folks are contributing minis, terrain, rulers, dice and other accessories, and the prep and set-up time. And that's part of the social aspect of the hobby.

I always like the reminiscences of various games that came and went on my shelf. Sometimes I kick myself for selling some of them off, other times I congratulate myself for doing so!

SaltCon recap was great -- a round of applause to whosever minis those were.

Liked the game recaps, but especially liked the samurai recap. great little backstory and sounds like a fantastic bit of skull bashing.

Excellent issue.

Marc the plastics fan01 May 2019 2:22 p.m. PST

Yep. Having invested in BKC it is always good to read your BatReps

Good to see WO continue

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