This September saw the return of the once mighty White Dwarf to a larger monthly format that was promised to be stuffed full of great content for both new comers and veteran gamers alike. Behold!
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So with that shameless plug out of the way, what do you get from the revitalized magazine? Well, first and foremost is the free miniature on the cover. Anything free is always nice, and the slaughterpreist does makes the magazine great value.
So what else is there? Another good reason to get this magazine is the expanded rules sets for many of the specialty games that GW have released recently. These rules will inject a bit of life back into those games and keep them on the tabletop, and perhaps they will keep adding more rules for these games in future issues.
It also has the much heralded return of the Battle Report! These were easily my favourite part of the old OLD White Dwarf, and it is shame the report inside this issue is a bit of a let down. I was disappointed to see it was AoS rather than 40k (and I like AoS!) but I also found that the new format suffered from a bad case of ‘trying to reinvent the wheel’.
As for the other regular features, The Four Warlords article is a nice idea to bring back and I look forward to seeing how it develops over time. Army of the Month is a good feature, Illuminations is a ripping collection of artwork, while Ultimate Guide is a background piece delving into various fluff. Army Focus and Hall of Fame give a nice bit of background and inside knowledge into various miniatures, while Sprues and Glue and Paint Splatter offer well-intentioned advice on painting and conversions. Temporal Distort looks back at old issues of WD (reminding you just how good it used to be) while ‘Eavy Metal is, well, ‘Eavy Metal, and Parade Ground is an extension of the ‘Eavy Metal section under a different guise
Having read it cover to cover in a matter of mere seconds, my initial impression is that the White Dwarf we knew and loved is indeed back and headed in the right direction. It is not there yet, but it is hard to argue with 150 pages of (almost) advert free content. A free miniature helps too, but they can’t do that forever – only time will tell if the new direction and content will stand on its own two feet.