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Hello all. I recently picked up the latest North American White Dwarf, issue 312, and was very impressed. We at LO have (rather justifiably) been ripping on WD lately, deploring its choice of coverage, biased Batreps, and other things. Well, I must say that issue 312 is definitely a step in the right direction.
It is important that we be critical of our hobby and its creators so as to keep the games sharp and the staff on their toes. But we must also remember to give positive feedback when it is due. It is important for the WD staff (should any of them visit LO) to see what we readers like, so they keep on doing it. In my opinion, they did an excellent job on this issue, and I want to see many more like it in the future.
There was a change in structure this time around, with LOTR coverage being placed smack dab in the middle of the magazine, between WFB and 40k. Personally, I liked this. Even though I only play Fantasy now, I still read the 40k section, and having the LOTR section (which, lets admit, very few of us like, but its not going anywhere for a while anyway) in the middle is nice because this time it didn't feel like the last 30 pages of the mag were useless.
Also, both Fantasy and 40k coverage focused on their newest respective armies (Dwarfs and Black Templars), but they had comments and some articles on other armies as well. The 40k coverage even had army-specific tips for how to beat Black Templars...that's what we want to see! With articles and coverage like this, nearly everyone can get something out of WD. Before, the army-of-the-month would get exclusive coverage as if the WD writers forgot about the majority of their readers who have no interest in picking up the new army. If Dwarfs are coming out, fill us in on them because their interested, but include other armies, articles, and tips too because the rest of us non-Dwarf players don't want to feel forgotten in the meantime. That's exactly what they did this time, and it worked well.
Also, I must say that the WFB batrep, following the design of the previous DE vs. HE one, is terrific. I still haven't read it all the way through, but the armies were more or less balanced, and each sported a heavy special character. But what I like most about this design is the giant picture of the actual gaming table on each and every page. This mimics old Batreps from a few years back, and it is sublime. Recent BR's have had small pictures of the models and the table, accompanied by maps with icons denoting unit types and troop movements. It was nice enough, but having to constantly check back to see which icons represented which units was a headache, and made the Batreps hard to keep track of or visualize. Now that they are printing a giant pic of the actual table with the actual units on it on each page, showing the step-by-step process of the battle, its a dream.
So, to summarize: WELL DONE WHITE DWARF STAFF!
Are all the problems fixed? Well no, but we'll never be rid of all of them. All I can say is that this issue is heads-and-shoulders above recent issues, and I want to see more of the same in the future. Said issues will make this avid reader ready, willing, and able to part with his coin each month.
Excellent! The Aus WD was also good recently. ^_^ Its getting better...
Merry Christmas Housten (and mike!) long time no type/see! Hows it been? Good to see you back again!
Yeah, I hope this keeps up. Since about WD issue 285 or so, its been gradually going downhill. Now, over 25 issues later, they seem to have gotten back into their groove. Its just one issue, so maybe I'm counting my chickens, but we can all dream.
Lord Yossanrion, good to be back. I took some time away from GW, but now I'm concentrating solely on Fantasy, and couldn't be more pleased. See you around. Merry Christmas to you, Mike, and everyone at LO.