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I just started getting into magazine games in the last year or so. I have now realized -- they're easier to sneak past the wife!!
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And if they're the kind where you can subscribe, you can get them regularly and automatically and no one's the wiser.

Many, many years ago I purchased an SPI S&T Lifetime Subscription for, I think, $99. That was within a year or so of when I purchased a new car for $2,400 if memory serves, so it was a LOT of money.

But I got a ton of games for years until SPI went belly up and TSR stiffed the S&T subscribers.
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I find them strangely addictive, the relative obscurity of both topic and game itself.

Plus the shelf space saving is enormous.
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I count 11 magazine games, or about a seventh of my collection.

But though I subbed to S&T back in the day -- before games began being embedded -- and at the time, loved the concept (6 games a year for, what, $12-$13?) and played the hell out of many of the games (The Flight of the Goeben was a huge hit for me) -- I bought those 11 individually (published by the likes of Multi-Man Publishing, Against the Odds and Battles Magazine).

My tastes are relatively specific, and if a magazine has published, or will publish, on a topic that grabs me, I'll get it. In other words, I won't subscribe: I don't need someone else deciding what games I acquire.

[The downside of that? I may miss out on some terrific non-game content. I have really enjoyed reading the two issues of Battles Magazine that I bought, for instance.]

I am glad magazine games exist, and that back issues are (mostly) available...they can narrowcast a battle or campaign that wouldn't justify a full-box treatment, and so give me more opportunities to solo different Eastern Front or Western Front 1940 titles.

Best magazine game I've played in the last 12 months? This is an easy call: War of Tanks: France 1940 – The Breakthrough at Dinant. Runner-up: Autumn For Barbarossa.

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Kidding aside (well, sorta -- they really ARE easier to sneak around with), the magazine itself is a big draw for me. I always learn from them. I have noticed that the writing is a little fast and loose sometimes, but that's ok. A recent article in S&T about the Chinese civil wars and how all that overlapped with the Japanese invasion was fascinating to me. I'm a late bloomer with history, my interest having been sparked by these damn games. So a lot of stuff in the mags that's old hat to old hands, I eagerly devour!
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Magnus Maximus wrote:
Kidding aside (well, sorta -- they really ARE easier to sneak around with), the magazine itself is a big draw for me. I always learn from them. I have noticed that the writing is a little fast and loose sometimes, but that's ok. A recent article in S&T about the Chinese civil wars and how all that overlapped with the Japanese invasion was fascinating to me. I'm a late bloomer with history, my interest having been sparked by these damn games. So a lot of stuff in the mags that's old hat to old hands, I eagerly devour!


Agreed. The magazines are kind of a 101 level discussion of the subject matter. It's a quick way to get an understanding of the broader concepts of a particular event. They've lead me to other books to get more detailed information.
As for the games, I like that they are fairly quick and easy to learn.
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There have been some really good magazine games over the many years they've been produced. Of course, there have been far more "just okay" games and even a few dogs/barkers. To me it's been worth sifting through the chaff to find the few worthwhile kernels at quite a reasonable price.

I've enjoyed a lot of the journals, much of which has been based on military history. But quite a few are house organs, variants, and reviews--I like them even more (mostly because I've got a huge military history library so most of the military history articles are on things I already know a lot about). In that vein, my preferred magazines with games in them are:

AGAINST THE ODDS (LPS) -- mix of military history and articles on design theory. Been a bit irregular in the publishing schedule as of late. Has Annual issues on top of the regular issues.

C3i (GMT house organ) -- chock full of variant materials, history, and oodles of extra components for games; frequently a complete game most recently.

SPECIAL OPERATIONS (MMP house organ) -- analyses of MMP games and variants.

BATTLES magazine -- gorgeous graphics and reviews. Very irregular publishing schedule, though.

PAPER WARS (Compass Games) -- reviews. Redoes old out of print titles (most recently from Simulations Canada) and occasionally a few new designs.

COUNTERFACT (One Small Step Games) -- Game analyses and reviews.

YAAH! (Flying Pig Games) -- Game analyses and reviews. Compact, quick-playing games in the magazine.
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A good rundown, to which I would add Vae Victis. While it's in French, translations of the rules for the games are usually quickly released, and as rusty as my French might be, I can get a sense of what they have to say in the reviews. The list of newly published military history books in each is also valuable. Half of each issue is devoted to miniatures, which, if nothing else, can be pretty to look at.

Addendum: Throw in the larger counters, the high quality art work, and the tendency to publish games within families in particular historical periods, and you get pretty high play value.
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Magnus Maximus wrote:
I just started getting into magazine games in the last year or so. I have now realized -- they're easier to sneak past the wife!!


My wife: "Anything in the mail today?"
Me: "Oh, nothing much."
My wife: "Are you sure?"
Me: "Well, yeah. I mean, no. Uh..."
My wife: "What did you buy?"
Me: [Under my breath] "Crap. How does she do it...?"
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jpr755 wrote:
Magnus Maximus wrote:
I just started getting into magazine games in the last year or so. I have now realized -- they're easier to sneak past the wife!!


My wife: "Anything in the mail today?"
Me: "Oh, nothing much."
My wife: "Are you sure?"
Me: "Well, yeah. I mean, no. Uh..."
My wife: "What did you buy?"
Me: [Under my breath] "Crap. How does she do it...?"


Q: What’d you get in the mail?
A: A history magazine.
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jpr755 wrote:
Magnus Maximus wrote:
I just started getting into magazine games in the last year or so. I have now realized -- they're easier to sneak past the wife!!


My wife: "Anything in the mail today?"
Me: "Oh, nothing much."
My wife: "Are you sure?"
Me: "Well, yeah. I mean, no. Uh..."
My wife: "What did you buy?"
Me: [Under my breath] "Crap. How does she do it...?"


Use Homer Simpson's strategy:

Homer wrote:
It's a pornography store. I was buying pornography.

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dirubin wrote:
jpr755 wrote:
Magnus Maximus wrote:
I just started getting into magazine games in the last year or so. I have now realized -- they're easier to sneak past the wife!!


My wife: "Anything in the mail today?"
Me: "Oh, nothing much."
My wife: "Are you sure?"
Me: "Well, yeah. I mean, no. Uh..."
My wife: "What did you buy?"
Me: [Under my breath] "Crap. How does she do it...?"


Q: What’d you get in the mail?
A: A history magazine.


"It says cover price 39.99 with complete historical game..."

Damn yoooooou Decision Gaaaaaaames
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Christina thanks for reminding me of VV. I've registered and ordered one of their back issues, first of many.
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Magnus Maximus wrote:
dirubin wrote:
jpr755 wrote:
Magnus Maximus wrote:
I just started getting into magazine games in the last year or so. I have now realized -- they're easier to sneak past the wife!!


My wife: "Anything in the mail today?"
Me: "Oh, nothing much."
My wife: "Are you sure?"
Me: "Well, yeah. I mean, no. Uh..."
My wife: "What did you buy?"
Me: [Under my breath] "Crap. How does she do it...?"


Q: What’d you get in the mail?
A: A history magazine.


"It says cover price 39.99 with complete historical game..."

Damn yoooooou Decision Gaaaaaaames


I’m waaay behind. My subscription ended with #163. Back then, Decision Games was still sending them out in plain brown envelopes. Which seems highly appropriate, cf. above post by
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dirubin wrote:
Magnus Maximus wrote:
dirubin wrote:
jpr755 wrote:
Magnus Maximus wrote:
I just started getting into magazine games in the last year or so. I have now realized -- they're easier to sneak past the wife!!


My wife: "Anything in the mail today?"
Me: "Oh, nothing much."
My wife: "Are you sure?"
Me: "Well, yeah. I mean, no. Uh..."
My wife: "What did you buy?"
Me: [Under my breath] "Crap. How does she do it...?"


Q: What’d you get in the mail?
A: A history magazine.


"It says cover price 39.99 with complete historical game..."

Damn yoooooou Decision Gaaaaaaames


I’m waaay behind. My subscription ended with #163. Back then, Decision Games was still sending them out in plain brown envelopes. Which seems highly appropriate, cf. above post by
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They might; I don't know as I don't have a sub. I order them from coolstuff -- there's a branch down the road so I'm able to get around shipping costs. They just come in clear Ziplocs. The folks behind the counter are always slightly befuddled by the fact that I'm there to pick up a magazine.
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Magnus Maximus wrote:

They might; I don't know as I don't have a sub. I order them from coolstuff -- there's a branch down the road so I'm able to get around shipping costs. They just come in clear Ziplocs. The folks behind the counter are always slightly befuddled by the fact that I'm there to pick up a magazine.


When I was at the Coolstuff booth at Dice Tower Con last year, and I picked up a copy of Simple GBoH 2nd Edition, the guy was like "Uhhh, is anything missing?" Naw man, just a plastic baggie filled with rules and charts. A wargamer's dream.
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I always read these accounts of having to sneak stuff in past the wife. From the start, we have never had a problem. She sews and knits and here knitting room is much larger, messier, and has more stuff in it then my combination of models and wargames. She also has tons of stuff in the garage.

My favorite story was we were in one of those commercial hobby stores and they had a model of the USS Wasp LHA1 available for $349. It was on sale for 25% off (as were all plastic models). It definitely passed the weight test. We wandered around the store for a while and I checked it 3 times. finally I decided that it was too much for the value I would get out of it and at the same time I wanted to buy 3 Saturn IB models from Real Space Models for a similar price. So I finally said no.

Went to work on Monday, and lo, there it was sitting on my workbench. (I had already ordered the Saturn's). I said why did you do that? She said, you are so hard to buy stuff for that I just bought it as a present. Also, I got a good price. The clerk when he looked at the price said it 49.00. I said, no it's 349. He said, no ma'am, its 49.00. Our daughter was with her and my wife said, "Is that what it say?" No, mom. 349. She said, again, sir I think you should check the price. Ma'am, the clerk says, I know how to read the price and its 49.00. But I forget to take off the 25% discount for models, so it is only 37.00. My wife said, I'd really appreciate it if you would check the price again. Clerk says "MA'AM I KNOW HOW TO READ!" Okay, my wife said, while thinking 'sometimes you just have to let people be stupid."

This month I bought Iron Sky, MBT-FRG, MBT-BAOR, and No Retreat France/Poland and not a complaint.

On the other hand, I've bought her this nifty sewing table that tilts and elevates, has storage room underneath, a passel of quilting templates, and what I find to be the world's best cutting mat and rolling cutter (it comes in left and right hand versions) for a couple thousand and a fancy sewing machine for another few thousand.

It's all about potential,. the more stuff you have, the more potential you have. Our potential is pretty unlimited, but we are now in the position where we realize our potential exceeds our time, so we are both cutting back, but neither of us complain when someone brings a new project in the house (except me when she finds another damn cat. 6 is too many, on the other hand, she didn't bat an eye when I bought an AR-15).

So, I'm a lucky guy.
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