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