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Tuesday, 21 February 2017
All Fur Coat and No knickers!
And now onto a little rant / critque.
I like to read in bed and I am currently re reading my collection of Practical Wargamer magazines that were edited by Stuart Asquith in the late 1980's and early 1990's. [ I live the life ]
I always loved that magazine and still find them an interesting read. Its a bit sad really because I can virtually remember the details of my favourite articles from the magazine without having to read them.
Anyway the latest Wargames Illustrated dropped through the letterbox this week which unfortunately caused me to compare the two magazines. Its a wasted exercise in some respects because one has to accept that things move on and readers want a different experience from what was originally in the Practical Wargamer.
I mean in a lot of respects the WI has to be better in that its production values are so much higher, with better quality images of the figures and just a more professional feel to the whole thing.
But like most things nowadays it may look better but the looks are deceptive. [ I always think of supermarket apples, they look wonderful and taste of absolutely nothing ]
The WI seems like a hefty tome of wargaming goodness, but for me it was just well, 'all fur coat and no knickers.'
We had 'articles' [ advertisements] about the new Flames of War rules which I suppose should excite someone. Then we had an 'article' about a new rulebook called Maelstorm's Edge [Good name] and a new set of figures to go with this new concept. I took the time to read the thing, and came away with a Groundhog Day moment. Hadn't I read something similar several times before in earlier issues concerning other futuristic worlds and other ranges of figures?
We then had a scenario regarding the up and coming Battlegroup Tobruk supplement which is about to be released. [ Advertisement, product placement? ] Then I enjoyed? a piece about a new continent for the Congo rules [ South America!] Followed by a Rules Showcase for Flames of War. [ You know where I'm going with this]
By this time I was beginning to simply flick through the glossy pages looking for anything that I might enjoy. 'Godslayer' concerning a set of rules? [advertisement ] to be released in April which is about a pseudo fantasy Bronze Age game. [FFS ]
I flicked onto a Perry Miniatures affair regarding their Desert range and their future plans. [advertisement ] I was really beginning to struggle by now to be honest. Barry Hilton held my attention briefly regarding a scenario for 1694 but it is a very neat way to keep one's range of figures for that period in public view. I shouldn't be too critical of Barry's enterprising efforts I suppose.
I finally found a brief article regarding the German's use of reconditioned tanks at the close of the war mildly interesting. But it was just a nibble of interest. There needed to be more depth to what could have been informative to say the least.
So my point is this. Should I be alive in ten plus years time, would I make the effort to sit an re read the WI as I am currently doing with Practical Wargamer, absolutely not for so many reasons.
It may look like a Wargames Magazine, it may have lovely photographs of stuff that wargamers should like, it may give itself the title of the Premier Tabletop Gaming Magazine but frankly it ain't.
There were some lovely real advertisements [on a positive note], which will no doubt lead onto a new series of 'articles' sometime soon.