Monday, January 27, 2014
Magazines - worth the investment?
Firstly a renewal reminder for WSS dropped through the letter box. £52 for two years - nearly two battalions worth of figures for the Ramillies project. I decided to spend a few days thinking about that.
Then MWBG No. 370 was delivered.
This issue appears to reinforce my conclusion that the magazines aren't worth while anymore.
Why do we buy them in the first place (or rather why do I buy them)?
For news of up and coming ranges? A number of websites do that already including "Wargame News & Terrain" who regularly feature in the column to the left.
For "How to Articles"? Lots of blogs do that and in greater detail than the magazine is able to depict.
For "History"? Hardly, since there is so much out there in the ether if we just "google" it - and especially since Henry desires MWBG to be wargame led rather than by the history.
For the eye candy? Not much of it in evidence over the last few issues of any of the magazines. Duncan used to have some terrific photos when WI first launched but recently it seems a poor show.
For articles on how to recreate battle X? Sometimes. Although the over long Salamanca series was one issue too long for me, most of them get it right provided I have an interest in the period.
I think I may have answered my opening question here. I actually spent as much time looking at the adverts in MWBG370 than I did reading the mag.
I always certain columns (Siggins, Kinch & the cover article for WSS). I always skip certain articles (Fantasy Facts & boardgames reviews). I only ever read terrain articles if the photographs look good (this months haystacks in MWBG were anything but good IMO).
So overall I don't think I'll be renewing my subscription. The difficulty will be making sure I convert that saving into lead.