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Well, respectively speaking I have been a long time white dwarf reader. I'm sorry to say I'm a bit disappointed.
I remember back in the day W.D. would have a ton of painting articles or hobby articles. Sometimes even
two battle reps. Now days it seems like W.D. is more focused on the PR spin of releases, I say that since the current issue is all Apocalypse and force addition features with little stories, painting guides, and the long revered
conversion corner which used to be in the back of the magazine. Now it seems the back is mostly geared towards
events. So here's what bites my bone.
I think they could be using the events section for additional content, hell, you could even make this months
painting guide at least 3 or 4 more pages and include more guide or you could totally rework it and just place
all the apocalypse crap onto the main web page.
I'm more of a black goblin reader myself and thats what I look for. B.G. does have those nifty little hobby
workshops like i.e. this biweek has installed chaos ect.
Is it just me or is anyone else getting frusterated at the total PR spin? Now days it seems like W.D. is just
filled with advertisements. UGH!
I hear ya, been reading for a long while, and lately just am wowed by the bombardment of advertising and p.r. as compared to painting/modeling/gaming articles in the magazine. There was even a mention of that in one of the WD editorials a couple months ago, that they were trying to put more modeling and painting in, so hopefully we'll see some changes soon.
I think GW hasn't gotten a good grasp on how it's printed material and online stuff should work together. Basically, all the stuff you mentioned has been put online and archived for free for us to look at anytime. Meanwhile, White Dwarf now has considerably less material to work with.
Personally, I feel GW should put WD online, scrap the paper version, and offer it as an E-zine at a lesser cost with more material since they'll be saving on printing on shipping.
They should also have maybe bigger White Dwarf released quarterly in paperback for stores to carry. The bigger issue should highlight releases planned, upcoming tournaments, give several preview battles for new codex releases, and recap tournaments from last quarter.
The other idea, which would never happen, is to dedicate a players section to white dwarf where seasoned gamers can weigh in on different aspects of the game, rules development, etc. Basically, a dedicated section for the players by the players.
I personally think W.D. should scrap Black Goblin. I think they really need to learn how to balance. I feel the stuff that they're putting online could be used in the monthly issue. I also feel it is definitely more of a balancing act than anything else. per say make the W.D. about 20 pages longer and you would have room to fit more micro niches i.e. painting corners and tournament artist coverages like how they featured Bobby Wong's blood angels. After all its those kinds of things I look for that really make me decide if I want to get this or next months issue just by flipping through it at the cashier.
I stopped getting W.D. yearly subscriptions due to lack of content. I say put the P.R. online and take black
goblin into W.D.
Seriously that leads to another point. I also think W.D. should just not be restricted to WHFB and 40k I believe it
would be awesome to get some fanatic stuff in and forge world coverage as well. The only thing that remotely
touches it is the apocalypse issue featuring the gargantuan machines in the battle rep.
I say put more spotlight on the micro niches and bring it back to how it originally was way back in the early
Last edited by BLADERUNNER; October 3rd, 2007 at 11:18. Reason: correcting contradictions... =)
i got some WD's fro '97, people these days bitch about lotr taking up too much space, well back then, you had some kind of nautical warhammer (no, not playing in the bathtub, with little ships on a table) and epic. Well these 2 things also took up a lot of space.
So yeah, as a whole i agree that WD has gone down, but it's always been a magazine about more then just FB and 40K
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I've always been hoping that I'll get more hobby corners and "cunverson korners" I really really miss those. I got loads of ideas from them.
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Heh, yep gothic was the bomb untill it got moved to fanatic, and i dont even know how to get fanatic issues.
It really peeves me off.
Shouldn't this thread be titled:
"White Dward gone so far downhill that it'll never start rolling back up"?