White Dwarf has gone through some major changes, and its clear that it is a completely new magazine with a lot more in depth articles. Not only this, but the future looks bright for magazine with warhammer expansions and new units as inserts within the magazine. Its sure to be a hot item most months.


Our bit today is from a hobbyist that attended to Games Day and was talking to Jervis about the future of White Dwarf. So this is that bit.

From an Attendee of Games Day UK (was not given permission to use a name)
Just home from UK Games Day. I got talking to Jervis and we got onto the subject of the new White Dwarf. He says they plan to keep the same template for the next few months at least. The three columns (him, John Blanche & Jeremy Vettock) was not a one off for the first issue. They are all set to be in each issue. The idea is that they all have a slightly different perspective on the hobby. In the future they may loosen the template a bit but for the moment they will follow the format of this first issue. They are also very keen to make it a magazine that people want to read in its own right not just a sales brochure. He said that the White Dwarf team are keen to receive feedback too. Oddly enough I didn't actually speak to the White Dwarf team in the end. The future looks good in my opinion. 

35 Comments:

  1. I liked the new look WD, battle report was well done, good articles about new stuff and how the they were thought up.
    Overall id say its looking pretty good,and hooe they keep it up!

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  2. Hopefully they all keep the quality and content of the first one. And not that it was just a special issue.

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  3. But what are they going to fill it with if there's no codex/army book released that month?

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    1. Cool battle reports, tactics talk, love for things that haven't gotten an update?

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    2. Conversion and painting tutorials!

      The new WD looks and feels great. Big grats to the team

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    3. I like the new format little bummed that the picture on the spine wasn't finished but the new format and the fact it is going to be sold on newsstands i think is great as i think it will make the hobby more accessible to more people and maybe bring some new blood into the hobby :-)

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  4. I read the WD before and I like the new version too. However I did not like how they cover the painting side of the hobby. 4 or 5 Marines as example along with like 3 colors to use? Seriously?

    Other topic that could need improvement:
    Blatant lies about the product. No, Kharn (or every other SC) got not re-released in finecast with better quality. They use the same molds, like the other metal->finecast models. Instead of just saying the truth and use something like "because of ressource prices, easy of convertability" or whatever, they act like their customers are dumb.

    And get rid of the many pages that show the location of the hobby stores. I don't care where every single GW store in the world is besides those in my own country.

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    1. Seriously. They could save themselves that paper cost. Just put "For a complete listing of GW and Independent stores visit this URL or something, and list them online.

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    2. Not all of the stores listed in that directory were Games Workshop stores, mainly they were stores that carried Games Workshop product.

      I personally liked this as it gives me places to go to when I travel for work or if I have to move, I can scope out the gaming community without having to do all of the footwork.

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    3. hmmm, well there is this amazing thing called a GW website that they can have all of this info on at the click of a button... and instantly updatable so its not several months out of date (there are several non-GW shops listed which have closed in the last few months.)

      I'd also like to see less pages devoted to the new releases - 40+ pages is a bit much...

      Especially as you can see them on the website, with 360 spins in most cases and also sprue shots...

      I've no problem with them saying 'here are this months releaes' but they dont need to do a page for each single item....

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    4. I get the website argument, but you can't beat the paper version for helping some kid who picked up WD in a newsagent, thought "this is awesome" an wants to know where to go.

      WD, whilst now doing a much better job of catering to experienced hobbyists, still needs to be a launch platform for beginners. Store listings are an essential part of that.

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    5. Yes, but if I pick up a WD somewhere in Germany I don't care about shops in France, Italy or Japan.

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    6. Its still a nice visual que to see the reach of the hobby. You may never visit Japan but there is something to be said for knowing the game your playing is being played everywhere.

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    7. just to address the first point about finecast being from the same mold. You are not quite correct there dude.
      They go back to the original sculpt/master model and make a finecast mould over that.
      Say what you like about it but the latest finecast is, in my opinion tremendous.

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    8. Actually, Anon 10:16 AM, I had a WD I'd gotten mailed to me and I was on liberty in Tokyo. I had no internet (Holy *#&% was that plan expensive!) and that list in the back helped me find a GW store I could go to because I had no idea how to find it, but the Japanese guys around me could read the address and tell me where it was. Moral of the story is that it is a very nice tool and I, for one, would be pissed if it went away.

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    9. WD description of the Finecast stuff is purely commercial, so I don't see a real point in their behaviour... They're just trying to sell their models, as usual. Also, it's nice to see how the hobby is widespread, no need to argue.

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  5. When's it out? This saturday? Or was it released last Saturday?

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  6. Have we heard anything on Tau recently thats been credible? Im surprised we havent heard more on DA.

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  7. I tried the new white dwarf of app store and it was really good , at least a battle report with list and tactics viable, not a dummy list who tried to convince you to take chaos spawn just in view to sell them like we already seen it. I personnaly wish to see some hard core list of 2500 pts. The painting section presentation of staff and there comments about the games really please me. GOOD WORK WHITE DWARF just listen your fan and u will make a really great magazine.

    P.S I haved to deal with customer services of white dwarf and they are really effective. Thanks again

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  8. I'd like to see more hobby and painting articles in future but I certainly can't complain about the new look and amount of content. Excellent all around and they're well on their way to making it a 'reading magazine'.

    I suspect we'll see more "Check out this cool thing and how it was done" in months when there isn't a new release, but I've also heard GW wants to make a new release every month, so we'll see.

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  9. I've only received my subscribed WD yesterday, but it does look pretty good - still there IS room for improvement...

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  10. I would love some updates for necromunda and gorkamorka...hell all of the specialist range.but Ya the new format is pretty good so far.I'm glad I got my new subscription 2 months ago,I best the price hike.

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  11. I for one love the new format, but there are definitely a fe kinks that need to be worked out.

    I like the in depth battle reports but I don't think this was an outstanding report. There was some foolishness with the terminator squad not having a special weapon because they didn't have one painted up (they actually say that was the reason for the absence in the report). The tactics were pretty shallow as well, they both just pushed their models forward & saw what happened, no interesting strategy or trickery in this battle.
    On the plus side the amount of documentation was great, lots of pics, & hearing from other people who didn't play the game is a good idea.
    All in all It has a lot of potential.

    The only other problem is the photography, when you're shooting models who are primarily red & black you probably want to choose a backdrop that's not red & black as well; Photography 101 fail. Aside from that I'm excited for the new style of 'cinematic' photography, sure to be great once they figure the kinks out.

    The Kitbash, terrain, & design journal sections were my favorites by far, I really hope they continue & expand on them.

    The price increase is a bummer, but it's far more worth my money than the old WD.

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    1. Oh & WD Rules & minidex expansions please!

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    2. The photography fails were worse than just the backdrop. They failed to properly light the Black and Gold models. Which made many pictures look indistinct and annoying. I think they were trying for some theatrical lighting effects. I would say to them to ignore that and light the models adequately enough so we can enjoy the paintjob.

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    3. I actually felt as if the battle report offered a lot more detail into tactics than previous White Dwarfs. For example, describing using the Rhinos as cover, but also describing the possible drawbacks of that. I thought the reactions from other GW employees was also pretty cool, especially Phill Kelly claiming that "real men use demon weapons". LOL.

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    4. I guess none of you remember the Spearhead expansion that almost none of you play. Or the updates to Cities of Death with new strategms that none of you use. The White Dwarf tries to please you people but it's never enough. Terrorgeist rules before they were in the rule book. Eldar weapon platforms before they were in the Dex. Fliers. Entire Codexes.

      Cut them some slack.

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  12. I love the new white dwarf, so much more information and just feels like a celebration of the hobby rather than new releases only. Also, I am confused, GW has new releases every month and they have for at least 2 years now, if not more.

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  13. I won't be getting the paper version, but I have nothing but praise for the iPad version ... it's a FANTASTIC online magazine, and the ability to 360 and zoom almost all of the photo's was nice to have.

    And to top it off, a years subscription to the online version is cheaper than the paper version ... that works for me!

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  14. Meh. $10US, and sealed so you can't have a peek and decide if you want it. It wasn't worth the cost before, nothing they changed/added made it worth more.

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    1. Doesn't your local store have a copy you can read through? Our local GDub always has a store copy that customers can read through before they buy it to see if they're interested.

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    2. And it will probably only be sealed when there's a poster or other item included

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  15. Meh. $10US, and sealed so you can't have a peek and decide if you want it. It wasn't worth the cost before, nothing they changed/added made it worth more.

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  16. New format has a long way to go. Too many red backgrounds on miniatures - contrast with models lousy. A lot of close photo shots on table top too tight - don't give you overview of battle - old format for photos better. Painting tutorials cramped, book reviews very old style publishing techniques, and mucky look to top of all pages looked well mucky. Colour contrast to some of the product shots like Night Lords upgrade kit quite horrific.

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