Now you know that I have - on a personal level- a pretty poor opinion of Waragemes Magazines. Only 1 WSand S regularly treats you like an Adult of the other 2 One varies from rather good to desperately trivial and the other is a pretty house magazine which sometimes has an article in it.
None of these opinions alter in the slightest my view of where to spend my advertising budget but as it happens the latest MW-368 was another curates egg- good in parts- well part. The only article I enjoyed was John Treadaway on his "School Visit"- More power to you elbow John . Aftet that it was a steady journey downwards to Nausea- which I suspect is another one of those bloody imgi-nations we are supposed to put up with . After this lot I'll be President !! .We are now not only asked to put up with imagi- nations but also imagi- worlds and imagi- gaming - at least according to one of the articles which appeared to pit dervishes against the usual fictional tricorn hatted dudes- there was more to it than that but I couldn't be bothered. It isn't as if its anything new all same old same old been there done that (but stopped doing it when I was about 14)
Then there was a short piece on the complexities of Wargames rules- which was largely a beating up of FOGR and an extolling of the virtues of DBR( much much more of the former than the latter). Now I've never played FOGR - though I have a set but I've played DBR and I don't care how bad FOgR is or isn't, it could not be worse than the complete twaddle that is DBR which for the record bears precisely no resemblence whatsoever to the periods it purports to depict.
However now we come to the worst absolutely the worst book review I have ever read. The most nasueating piece of sycophancy I have ever read in a wargames mag- and I include reviews of Gods Anointed Perry figures and at the end of this review I still don't know what this 60 quid masterpiece is all about other than the fact that it is filled with pictures which don't have any captions and that I'm supoosed to buy the bloody thing because Henry says it Art .
Will the book increase my knowledge of its chosen period? Don't know the review didn't say
Will the book increase my knowledge of Tactics or Strategy- Don't know the review didn't say
Will the book enhance my life- apparently the sun obviously shine of of it or somewhere near it (do you Gentle reader detect just a touch of Sarcasm... a soupcon perhaps???)
Apparently we are supposed to bow down and worship because this is "outside our normal wargaming exsperience"- how would I bloody know the review doesn't tell us what its about
I refer of course to John Rays "A Military Gentleman" now as it happens I don't give a stuff about the book as most modern wargaming books bore me witless and to be truthful even the classic have lost their flavour as I've read 'em all too often and assuming this indeed IS a wargaming book- ther seems to be pretty pictures of nice toys in it- THE REVIEW NEVER TELLS US.
Now if I'm going to spend 60 on books - which I often do- I want to know what I'm buying the only thing I know here is that Henry is panting like a leashed dog in a butchers doorway so all in all
Nah I'll spend my 60 quid on something useful ... Couple of Bottles of Moet for a start