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It is now well over a year since I ceased buying WD. The reason was the increasing simplification, not to say stupidity, of contents, far below what an adult, however fantasy minded, could stand.
My simple question to the forum members is: What has happened to the quality of WD in the last year? Are the bat reps still tragically inept, prestaged and badly written? Is the magazine still nothing but an advertising pamphlet? Is there any chance I could start buying it again and not be disappointed?
It's sad really, the battle report from issue 301 got me back into the hobby and made me spend thousands in GW products.
There's an aritcle in the UK white dwarf each month called Standard Bearer, it's there every month and it's really interesting. it explains why things are happening and how the decisions were made.
Yep, Standard Bearer is just about the only thing worth reading in WD these days as there is no more Index Astartes and Chapter Approved. The rest of the flaws are all too plain too see....
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Im in the same boat. You could really tell a visible change between the good issues, and the now bad ones.....the things that really annoyed me, where the blatent advertisment pages...the whole freaking magazine is a advertisement, i dont need more blatent ones....
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Thanks for the replies! It is as I feared then... May the true WD rest in peace!
In many ways it is still an advertising pamphlet, but I still enjoy the mag.
Yet to each his own.
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I dumped WD not long after they released Black Templars (They should have just called that issue "Black Space Marine"), but I did get the 30th anniversary edition. The quality of the content has improved somewhat, but there is still quite a way to go before it's back to where it was.
Now they're putting rules and such back in WD does broaden its appeal. I've always been fine with WD as an advertising platform, but they just got to be subtle about it like they were in the past.
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I didn't see anything vastly wrong with the Dwarves vs. Orcs battle report in the anniversary edition. I only bought that magazine to get at the BA update, but the batrep turned out to be interesting in comparison to most other ones where the outcome is predicated solely by marketing plans.
I dislike Standard Bearer. It sounds like a good concept, but most of the time it seems all they're actually saying is "We're making these changes, and we think they're great," while not actually explaining...you know...why they're so great. Or why, four months later, they'll publish a Standard Bearer that completely contradicts the earlier one when it says "It seems [such and such] didn't quite work out how we expected, so we're making these changes, and we think they're great." Though it's the general quality of the writing that puts me off sometimes as well. There's spelling mistakes all over the show and most of the battle reports, even if they seem interesting, arrive at our doorstep tasting rather bland. If they had a short fiction section, or reintroduced the Chapter Approved - or a similar series involving the alien races - the amount of entertaining reading one can get out of it would increase significantly.
But I've had enough with bitching about WD, so I console myself by just absorbing all the knowledge it contains (which ain't much) in the fifteen minutes I'm allowed to browse at my newsagents before the owner kicks me out.
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I would suggest you don't buy WD even if you find £4 laying in the road. In fact it would probably be simpler and more cost effective to take that same £4 and throw it down a drain. Quality issues and an attempt to reverse a downturn in sales with an increase in advertising has turn the once mighty Dwarf into a highly frustrating joke. The content that once used to excite gamers is now dumbed down to suit GW's young target audience (and thereby their parent's wallets) and the standard of English language that helped turn me into a (resonably) literate and articulate person has dissapeared. GW/WD used to pride itself on the awards it has won for use of English Language but this focus has now gone. The sad fact is that more mature, experienced gamers are giving up in their hundreds on a failing magazine. I wondered what Standard Bearer would have to say about that?