| ||An amateur publication devoted to historical miniatures. Lots of articles, lots of advertisements from companies which most gamers may be unfamiliar with, and new miniatures rules in every issue.|
|Size||192-page, digest-size newsletter|
|Frequency||6 times per year|
|Subscriptions|| US$35 per year|
In the UK, £22.50 per year, via Caliver Books
Speaking of Hal, subscribing to MWAN is a little bit like adopting an uncle. In every issue, Hal is there to tell us what project he's working on, which figures he's dusted off and finally started to paint, or which battle he finally fought with which old friends who dropped by for a weekend. Reading what Hal is up to gives you that feeling that there are other gamers out there, having a good time.
MWAN describes itself as an "amateur" publication, and rightly so. The articles come in a variety of typefaces and writing styles, some more polished than others. Many of the articles read as though the author just sat down to dash off another letter to Hal. This is not to say that the contents are lightweight -- rather, there is a casual atmosphere about MWAN, sort of a "gamers sharing ideas with other gamers" sort of camaraderie.
And remember -- the Table of Contents is on the last page. (I keep forgetting this, and then I read through the entire magazine until I finally stumble upon the TOC...)
On the other hand, some of the rules systems published have been a bit on the unpolished side. Yet even these could be worked with and improved by interested wargamers.
Most issues also include an article from a designer of a recent commercial set of rules, describing how he created his rules system.
Are all historical periods equally well represented? Well, I've seen articles about Vikings and Samurai, Tiger tanks and (from the Russian Civil War) armored trains. Napoleonics seems to be the most popular period, but it certainly doesn't drown out the other material.
| ||A column (about 4 pages) dedicated to the aerial miniaturist in all eras (WWI to modern) and scales (1/72 to 1/256). He mentions new products, provides overviews of what's available (for instance, he recently listed all figures and kits available in all gaming scales for the Hawker Hurricane), and interesting techniques (for instance, making stands for 1/144-scale aircraft).|
|Skulking in Ye Rear||Howard Whitehouse's column, in which he discusses whatever he's been up to lately|
|David Bonk's Fanion||Another what-I've-been-up-to-lately column, often with notes about events planned for future conventions|
|A Letters to the Editor section||Very extensive|
|Wargaming Magazine Review||Ratings and descriptions of the latest issues of several wargaming publications|
|Wargame Clubs of America||Listings of clubs, and club news from known clubs|
|What's New in Hal's Mailbox||New product descriptions|
|Sutler's Wagon||Readers' ads|
|Upcoming Events||Convention listings|
August '96: MWAN nearly went belly up, but instead raised its subscription rates and is now on slicker paper than before. However, the content is probably about the same as when we first wrote this article.
|20 June 1997||UK subscription information added|
|14 June 1997||reorganized|
|28 August 1996||reorganized|
|25 August 1996||new subscription price|
|24 April 1996||reformatted|
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