Now given the ongoing rumbling debate on sundry blogs about the content or lack thereof of the glossies one wonders if such a majical occourance were to happen to Henry or Guy and they could magically hear the thoughts of Wargamers what would be the result .
So in order to help these poor benighted souls. I thought in a spirit of pure selfless purity !!!!!!!
I'd put down - culled from various blog comments on this and other blogs what chaps DON'T want in a wargames mag- surely much much easier to decide than what they DO want.
no battle reports
no articles about personalities
no articles on modelling or making stuff
no fantasy or sci-fi
no articles or pieces about the state of the hobby
no opinion pieces
|Holmes and Watson looking for a Wargmes mag after the bloggersphere thought police have been past !|
thie rsult would be a pretty thin mag with a pretty thin readership.
We can't seen to get away from the circular argument
"I don't like this its rubbish"
Why is it Rubbish?"
Becasue I don't like it"
Perhaps its time to paraphrase
"You can please some of the Wargamners all of the time and all of the Wargamers some of the time but you CAN'T please all of the Wargamers all of the time."
Now as it happens this debate has somewhat changed my views on the glossy magazines - so 1 positve effect a least. I'm still not an uncritical fan but I'd say that given the pure bloody- minded narrowness of some Wargamers within our broad church- and is that a contradiction ? No probably not .
An old case in point.
Terry (alas no longer with us) was a rock musician - he'd played with the Strawbs and the Alex Harvey band amongst others- had his own recording label and studioand did a lot of session work when I knew him but was fascinated by the Zulu war- I got him some figures and he started diorama building - became a pretty fine painter. So one day there he is in Smiths checking out the magazines - another chap come up and Terry asks for advice- this bloke says he's into Napoleonic so Terry- still a newbie remember says he into the Zulu War- This bloke sniff- looks down his nose and says "Small and uninteresting " and stalks off leaving Terry nonplussed and seething . I appeared at this point I've cut out Terry's expletives regarding snotty nosed snobbish b***** from the narrative
Now over the years variants of that have become not-uncommon.and in some areas its getting worse..
"I only play Wundarules version 6.9 using Exspensicast 32mm figures all others are untermenschen"
So I'm becoming a little less critial as I see the overwhelming tide of negativity in some of the bloggersphere - of which I've been a part- I must do better thinks I . After all we are comparativly few in number we bloggers- compared to the chaps who buy - well My stuff - let alone others and just bloody well get on with it...
The job of magazine editor in todays instant access world is not one I'd relish