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What do you think about the current crop of WD writers?
I believe the tradition of promoting talented WD writers like Andy Chambers, Rik Priestly and Gav Thorpe to games development in the 1990s has negatively impacted on the quality of writing in today's WD. When the above writers left the WD team their replacements were not to the same standard and as a consequence the current crop of writers seem to be limited to promotional pieces which fail to include additional background information something the aforementioned writers were fantastic at doing - selling by capturing your imagination.
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I think it is an overall good thing that GW promotes the good writers to rules development or other such areas. It will enhance the quality of the products regarding there area. Altough I do belive that GW makes to little effort to replace the talents with new talents. Quite frankly I think White Dwarf has become a magazine of advertising (no foul there), but to attain it, it has sacrified the quallity it once possesed. I think GW makes a huge mistake going in that direction, as they may hook a few kids into buying the shiny models, but thereby giving up on there regular costumer-base. This is a mistake many companies make, one which leads to there ruin. White Dwarf is only working as long as there is no other competing products like it. Especially in hobby games, this is very important. Lets face it. If there were less monopoly, they would be in humungus problems. Warmachine and other such products is to invisible (they are not represented in the same degree on the shelf), or simply to shallow (opposed to the vast black library and sourcebooks).
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I agree with cebwj on this, White Dwarf may have indeed gone downhill in quality but I think that this is a really common trend in terms of companies that publish their own magazines about their own products. If Warmachine ever accumulates the same player base as Warhammer and 40k, I wouldn't be surprised if No Quarter! becomes more of a vessel for selling the (admittedly awesome) miniatures. They will subsequently be accused of deserting their core fanbase and everyone will move on to the next big thing.
In my opinion, there's only one thing to do about this problem and that's for all of us who think we can write better than the guys at White Dwarf to apply for jobs there. Out with the old and in with us, and let's see if we can't do a better job. A few letters getting them to bring back fan contributions wouldn't hurt either.