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Whitestreak10 Sep 2021 10:41 a.m. PST

Is anyone experiencing their FLGS not being able to get WI in via their distributor?

How about those with direct subscriptions? Have you been getting your copies?

I've been going through my shop, Viking Hobbies in Sacramento, CA, for about 20 years and now the owner says she can't get any through any of her distributors – something about it being too expensive for them to ship to the U.S.

If so, it's too bad.

I'm not sure if I want to go the electronic version path.

Titchmonster10 Sep 2021 11:31 a.m. PST

Mine have be b delayed and one never showed up. All in all not bad considering all the postal issues worldwide.

Blasted Brains10 Sep 2021 12:25 p.m. PST

I recently bought an Australian model railroading magazine in Roseville, Ca., without carefully checking the price (a bunch of other items in the mix) – turns out it was about $17.00 USD US! A lot of that was the cost of getting the magazine to here from the 'antipodes'.

Been a customer at Viking since 1986 – but harder and harder to find things to buy since so few historical related items make it into the stores anymore. Pretty much just buying an occasional Osprey. Postage costs may cause those to rise soon?

As to WI? Gave up on that magazine at issue 180. Tried buying one now and then along the way but just not worth it anymore. Yeah, I know, pretty pictures – almost exclusively of 28 mm and pretty much every article is just a product advertisement in disguise. WSS not quite so bad but I've finally given up on it, too. Too many theme issues that are of zero interest so why bother?

Personal logo Murphy Sponsoring Member of TMP10 Sep 2021 12:38 p.m. PST

" Too many theme issues that are of zero interest so why bother?"

Hm…good points.
I'm wondering though; what is it that you want out of a magazine dedicated to our hobby then?

FABET0110 Sep 2021 1:54 p.m. PST

I've given up on getting my gaming mags from US stores. I order them from North Star about every other month and I often have them two months before I see them on the shelves here.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP10 Sep 2021 2:49 p.m. PST

Murphy, BB will have to speak for himself, but I understand his problem. What I look for is (are?)

Rules too short to be commercially viable.
Painting guides--as opposed to uniform guides
Terrain-making advice
Product reviews
Convention reviews

That's apart from anything which ties into a specific period or set of rules I'm interested in, of course.

But a scenario which is unintelligible without a particular set of rules is unlikely to be of use to me. And an article on, say "Using The Phantom and the Jungle Patrol in Sharp Practice" isn't of use to anyone who isn't both a fan of The Phantom and a user of those particular rules. There's a lot of both of those going on. As for pictures, I can get as many pictures of nice-looking wargame tables as I want for free on the Internet. What I need are pictures which lend clarity to the article--maps, tables showing the battle under discussion, or tables showing the type of troops being discussed. What was good practice 30 years ago is less helpful today.

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP10 Sep 2021 6:45 p.m. PST


I subscribe to both "Medieval Wargaming" and "Wargames, Soldiers, and Strategy" (WSS) from Karwansaray Publlishers in the Netherlands. they initially had mailing delays at the beginning of the pandemic but have solved them by a remailer here in the US. I get my issues within a couple of weeks of completion of printing.

I really enjoy WSS magazine. As Robert stated, it has almost everything he wants. Although some of their themes aren't really of interest, I do like to read them because they expand my knowledge of military history.

But to each, his own.


LaserGrenadier Supporting Member of TMP11 Sep 2021 5:21 a.m. PST

I have had the same experience as Titchmonster: all delayed, one missing. Checking the WI site recently I found that magazine subscriptions were no longer available for the US, only electronic subscriptions.

John Leahy11 Sep 2021 6:03 a.m. PST

I have been a combined digital and hard copy subscriber of WI for a few years now. Missed one issue. They have a new distributor who is much better. WSS I do as a digital subscription.

Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP11 Sep 2021 7:42 a.m. PST

I've been subscribing to WI and WSS for years, no problems.

Whitestreak12 Sep 2021 12:48 p.m. PST

I think I'm going to have to consider my funds and probably go with a WS&S sub, and then give the electronic subscription to WI a try.

I hope that they don't require an Apple product, though.

John Leahy13 Sep 2021 2:50 a.m. PST

I use a kindle and my Windows PC. No issue there.



Federico14 Sep 2021 5:57 a.m. PST

Hi all I dropped my subscrption to WI after many years since I missed 4 out of the last 6 numbers since Jauary 2021 including Issue Nr. 400 that meanwhile was sold out. Pretty much disappointing also because they told they'd send two of the missing issues that were never receuved as well. They reported a non performing PO provider which the allegedly changed…
It seems they are having problems with neewsstand dealers here in EU/Italy as well as I have seen only a three issues on sale since JAnuary

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