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Big Changes for White Dwarf.

September 14th, 2012 by Mad Dave 2 Comments

Games Workshops monthly magazine has been around for a very long time and most table top gamers will have at the very least read a few copies or like me have been buying it on and of for 20+ years.

Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone initially produced a newsletter called Owl and Weasel, which ran for twenty-five issues from February 1975 before it evolved into White Dwarf.

Originally scheduled for May/June 1977 but first published one month later on a bimonthly schedule with an initial print run of 4,000, White Dwarf continued the fantasy and science fiction role-playing and board-gaming theme developed in Owl and Weasel but, owing to the increase in available space, began to produce reviews, articles and scenarios to a greater depth than had previously been possible.

During this period the magazine included lots of features such as the satirical comic strip Thrud the Barbarian and Dave Langford’s “Critical Mass” book review column, as well as a comical advertising series “The Androx Diaries”, and always had cameos and full scenarios for a broad selection of the most popular games of the time, as well as a more rough and informal editorial style.

In the mid-late 1980s, however, there was a repositioning from being a general periodical covering all aspects and publishers within the hobby niche to a focus almost exclusively on Games Workshop’s own products and publications. The last Dungeons and Dragons article appeared in issue 93, with the changeover being relatively abrupt and obvious by issue #100. In this respect it took over some of the aspects of the Citadel Journal, an intermittent publication that supported the Warhammer Fantasy Battle game. The magazine has always been a conduit for new rules and ideas for GW games as well as a means to showcase developments. It often includes scenarios, campaigns, hobby news, photos of recently released miniatures and tips on building terrain and constructing or converting miniatures.

Today, the magazine focuses exclusively on miniature wargames and thoroughly covers the models, miniatures and related paraphernalia created by Games Workshop. It has carried the tagline “Games Workshop’s monthly gaming supplement & Citadel miniatures catalogue” for a long period.

The magazine has went through many changes over the years but recently has became stagnant and in a lot of minds it was purely a large expensive advert for new GW minis with articles mainly featuring those new miniatures, but all that is about to change.

In just over a week’s time the pages of White Dwarf will change forever. Miniatures will be shown in a new light, battle reports will be reborn and new articles will be read for the first time. Even the classic logo that sat at the head of the magazine for the last 20 years will disappear into the Hall of Legends.

On September 22nd 2012, White Dwarf will be reborn; bigger, better and more exciting than ever before.

As news goes, that’s pretty exciting stuff, I think you’ll agree. For the last half-year a crack team of designers have been pulling White Dwarf apart at the seams, re-forging it into something incredibly exciting. Everything is new, nothing’s the same. Even the paper is a higher quality, that’s the degree to which the magazine has changed…… more

So what would you like to see in the new White Dwarf? Be sure and tell us below.



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I'm Mad Dave one of the team's growing collection of tabletop gaming nerds. I was raised on a healthy diet of TV like Blake 7, Doctor Who and Star Trek with a side of sword and sorcery / sc-fi movies and a large dollop of board games like Cluedo, RISK and Hero Quest. You know your a gaming nerd if: You bring toy soldiers to work? You bring toy soldiers to work and you work has nothing to do with toy soldiers? Most of you jackets / coats have dice in one of the pockets? You hate throwing away packaging because you know it's actually a ruined building or field generator? You have a collection of old packaging? You can find something relevant to your hobby i.e. books, magazines, figures etc in almost every room in your house? I no I'm a nerd because I've done all of the above, how many of these made you smile and nod yes to?

  • Chris Averiss

    Great write up, but alas this has all been done before, a couple of times over the years. White Dwarf used to a cornerstone of ‘hobbygoodness’………I hope it is something a little bit special that helps out in the long run. The current format has cost them alot of readers and customers

    • Mad Dave

      It will still be largely an ad for their products but I would like to see new articles on tactics, modelling etc that they used to do also rules updates clarifications etc. Am I asking for to much? lol

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