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Dave Baxter
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I recently picked up the latest issue of Strategy and Tactics for the Harold Buchanan game and was surprised at the quality of the magazine - I feel like I've heard such mixed things about the current state of that mag that I never thought about it once.

I think C3i is a beautifully produced magazine, and I read Special Ops because I love MMPs game...what else am I missing? What are the best CURRENT wargaming mags circa 2019?
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If you can read French : Vae Victis

https://www.vaevictismag.fr/en/

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VaeVictis magazine. https://www.vaevictismag.fr/en/

Well, the games are in English but the magazine is in French... but the games are top notch ;-)

PS. ok, I'm not partial.
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How ironic, just the other day I said "all the effort I've put into learning ASL I could have just learned French."

Alas, I'm not that good at either.

How about Against The Odds? I've heard good things...
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Battles.
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Battles, when it is not awfully delayed. As a reviewer, I can't be objective of course.

In French, Vae Victis is a mixed bag : some articles are really informative and argumentative, while others are just utter fanboysm ( barely could I read seriously an article on a VV game in VV for instance ). Speaking of the games, counters & map art is always fine, when not gorgeous. Their interest is very mixed once again : some are really stimulating for their reduced size, some are just dull and boring. However, you don't have to buy the game version. Also note that part of the magazine deals with miniatures games ( a good point if you like both of course ).
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I should note I'm looking for magazines that have well informed articles about the history, not just in it for the games.
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Para Bellum Magazine



All of the components are top notch (for magazine standard).

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https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgamefamily/51363/magazine-par...

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https://www.nobleknight.com/Products/Para-Bellum-Magazine
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Assuming you are not looking for a game, just a magazine, War Diary is a good one. Yes, I have made some contributions to it but it's not my magazine.
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War Diary (independent publisher, no game)

Modern War (Decision Games. Choice of game or no game editions)
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I only ordered one issue (which included Night Drop 2 Pegasus Bridge), but I was very impressed with Battles magazine. All of the articles were top notch, in English (just to be clear), and even my non-wargaming daughter (who is a recent graduate from a renowned design school) commented on the excellent graphic design and layout. I have a Vae Victus game (on Cassino) which is only above average, not amazing, and I assume from the issue listing that the accompanying games are similar, but I can't verify my opinion unless I but more Vae Victus games....

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I really like Paper Wars Magazine and its games. The games are lower complexity, but I'm fine with that and the magazine is a good read.
 
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Streaky wrote:
I should note I'm looking for magazines that have well informed articles about the history, not just in it for the games.


In that case : Ancient Warfare Magazine. In English, the ideal mix between scholarly and readable and not afraid to tackle controversial topics.

https://www.karwansaraypublishers.com/ancient-warfare-magazi...

I'm subscribed to the printed edition, but the digital ones are a steal at a few dollars per issue.
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The best for articles about history are the Decision games family, S&T, Modern War, and World War II. The game is just a supplement to the magazine and there is little, if any, wargaming discussion.

Almost all of the other focus more on gaming than history, with the historical article confined to the topic of the game, in most cases.


For pure history, I really like Ancient Warfare and Medieval Warfare, https://www.karwansaraypublishers.com/ancient-warfare-magazi...
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eddy_sterckx wrote:
Streaky wrote:
I should note I'm looking for magazines that have well informed articles about the history, not just in it for the games.


In that case : Ancient Warfare Magazine. In English, the ideal mix between scholarly and readable and not afraid to tackle controversial topics.

https://www.karwansaraypublishers.com/ancient-warfare-magazi...

I'm subscribed to the printed edition, but the digital ones are a steal at a few dollars per issue.



Ha.

It's like we are an advertising team!
 
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DegenerateElite wrote:
eddy_sterckx wrote:
Streaky wrote:
I should note I'm looking for magazines that have well informed articles about the history, not just in it for the games.


In that case : Ancient Warfare Magazine. In English, the ideal mix between scholarly and readable and not afraid to tackle controversial topics.

https://www.karwansaraypublishers.com/ancient-warfare-magazi...

I'm subscribed to the printed edition, but the digital ones are a steal at a few dollars per issue.



Ha.

It's like we are an advertising team!


LOL - indeed - I'm usually buying single issues of Medieval Warfare Magazine, for specific topics I'm interested in, but Ancients is really the stuff that fascinates me as the science isn't settled and new ideas pop-up all the time.
 
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VaeVictis as mentioned by many others - for my money the best hobby variety magazine. A broad range of topics, some history articles, and despite not being a miniatures gamer, I nonetheless enjoy and read the minis articles and scenarios. The biggest thing I like about it is that you can choose to subscribe to the magazine only without having to get the attached game. That makes an annual subscription (six issues) on par with about 1.5 of any of the other wargame magazines out there.

I quite like the articles in Against the Odds. I'm less wild about their gaming annuals - yes they contain multiple games about the topic, but not a lot of articles. Their games are very attractive to look at and are non-standard (for some value of non-standard) in look and feel from most other wargames.

I write for Yaah! so have a positive bias, but overall I like it and it's one of the few publications that isn't strictly focused on historical games - there have been a few SF/RPG articles and scenarios.

I like C3i a lot - top notch production quality. That said, if you're not big into GMT games, you'll get less out of it than those of us that are.

I'm conflicted about Battles (no pun intended) - its irregular and unreliable publishing history has made me avoid it, but it's a magazine I want to love. Fortunately I read French so I just subscribe to VaeVictis.

I like S&T and buy the occasional issue.

For the price of most of these magazines I'd rather buy a game from Hollandspiele.
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DegenerateElite wrote:
The best for articles about history are the Decision games family, S&T, Modern War, and World War II. The game is just a supplement to the magazine and there is little, if any, wargaming discussion.


Are these available at bookstores or only on the website?
 
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geneaber wrote:
DegenerateElite wrote:
The best for articles about history are the Decision games family, S&T, Modern War, and World War II. The game is just a supplement to the magazine and there is little, if any, wargaming discussion.


Are these available at bookstores or only on the website?



I've seen them at Barnes and Noble before. Only the magazine version with no game though.
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