Wargames Magazine Index

Over 6000 articles indexed from Miniature Wargames, Battlegames, Wargames Illustrated, Wargames Soldiers & Strategy, Practical Wargamer, etc.
Most recent additions: August 2019

 ==>  Click here to access the complete index <==
(masterfile, each magazine has its own tab in the spreadsheet) 

==> Click here to access the single tab index <==
(composite file, extracted from masterfile, all tabs concatenated) 

This project was covered extensively during Henry Hyde's Battlechat #14, January 2019

This page received the
Battlegames Award for Excellence
January 25, 2017
Mostly for my own use (I became tired of spending too many hours searching through my magazine collection), I started putting together an index for my wargaming magazines and periodicals. Since this might also be useful to fellow wargamers, the index is open to everyone. The file format is deliberately kept simple (Google Drive spreadsheet). Although a more complex setup might provide better opportunities for flexible use and search, it also often is the death-knell for maintaining files such as this one in the long run.

Thanks to:  

  • Robert McLean who donated a dozen of Practical Wargamer and Miniature Wargames in April 2016, and then again donated more Practical Wargamer (35 issues) in April 2017.
  • Jim Duncan, who brought 50 issues of Miniature Wargames - and Wargames Illustrated 111 (which I was missing!) to CRISIS 2016 and donated them to this project.
  • Pascal Toupy, who provided me with a copy of Wargames Illustrated issue 51 and Wargames World 5, thereby completing  this series (March 2017).
  • Graham Tuer, who donated 170 issues of Miniature Wargames, including issues 1-50 (April 2018).
  • Whirlwind, who provided many missing copies of Miniature Wargames (January 2019).
  • Robert Kime, who donated a number of issues of Practical Wargamer (January 2019).

Donations of old magazines are graciously accepted. I am specifically looking for:

I won't offer you any money for donated issues, but I'll take them off your hands and free up your storage space. Even if you have only a few issues to give away, please consider donating them :-).
  • Missing issues of Miniature Wargames: 207, 214, 217, 218, 219, 223, 237, 240, 248, 251, 252, 254, 255, 277, 281-311, 313-360
  • Missing issues of Practical Wargamers: November 1993 - April 1995, July 1995 - February 1996, May 1996 - July 1997, September 1997, November 1997 - February 1998, September 1998 - November 1998, February 1999.
  • Missing issues of Wargames Illustrated: anything starting from issue 262
  • Missing issues of WSS: (still need to do a proper count)

How to use?

Access one of the links above (links to a Google Sheet file on Google Drive).
  • To search, use the "Data --> Create Filter View" operation. This allows you to select data fields based on values, such that you can easily search for all articles related to the Ancients period, or list all articles containing a scenario, etc. You can enter multiple filter conditions for different fields. Alternatively, you can search for any keyword in the entire file.
  • Note that different magazines all have their own tab in the spreadsheet in the masterfile.The single-tab file has all entries concatenated. This file should be extracted automatically from the masterfile when you open it, but let me know if you experience problems.
  • A remark w.r.t period: Some periods have subcategories. E.g. for WW2 you'll find some subtheatres such as WW2/Africa or WW2/Marketgarden. Often, I introduced those at a later stage when a category became too large, but this means some older entries might still fall under the more generic category. I claim no 100% correctness, so if you see obvious errors, please report them. 
  • See also this blogpost for some examples.

Current contents (alphabetical order)

  • Battlegames: 1-34 (complete, all issues indexed)
  • Classic Wargamer's Journal: issues 0-4
    • CWJ was a publication by Phil Olley, and 5 issues appeared during 2010-2011.
  • Miniature Wargames
    • 1-360: ~270 issues entered.
    • 361-402: all issues Miniature Wargames with Battlegames entered.
    • 403-current: all issues published so far entered. Starting issue 403 (October 2016), "with Battlegames" was dropped from the title.
    • Issue 1 was published April 1983.
    • Henry Hyde (former editor of Miniature Wargames w Battlegames) has provided me with pdf files containing an extensive index for issues 1-350.
    • For additional digital content, see here (newest) or   here (recent issues) or here (older issues).
    •  Back issues: see publisher's website.
  • Practical Wargamer: ~30 issues entered. Many issues are still missing.
    • PW was published from Autumn 1987 to February 1999 (Vol 13, 1).
  • Secrets of Wargame Design: series based on the writings of Wally Simon.
    • Volumes 1-8
  • Vae Victis:
    • selected special issues
  • Wargamers Annual: 
    • Annuals 2010 to 2018, including the Summer specials.
  • Wargamer's Notes:  issues 1-5
    • digital pdf magazine, 1st issue published January 2017
  • Wargames Illustrated
    • 1-259 all entered. These are the "black cover" issues (September 1987 to May 2009), up to the the takeover of the magazine by Battlefront in 2009.
    • A few issues from 260+ have been indexed.
    • For issues starting from 260 (June 2009), see publisher's website
    • Special issues of Wargames World (spin-off from Wargames Illustrated during the late 80s):  issues 1-5.
  • Wargames Journal
    • Sampler issue
  • Wargames, Soldiers, Strategy (WSS)
    • pre-78: slowly working on a backlog of issues that were donated.
    • 78+: All issues entered.
    • Issue 54 is the first WSS ""new style" by Karawansay.
  •  Books
    • I have also entered specific chapters from wargaming books.
      • Battle Notes for Wargamers - Donald Featherstone
      • Wargaming Ancient and Medieval Periods - Donald Featherstone
      • Wargaming Pike-and-Shot - Donald Featherstone
      • Wargaming in History vols 1-12, published by Ken Trotman 
      • Refighting History vols 1-6, published by Partizan Press 
      • Buildings for the Military Modeler - Ian Weekley 

What type of article is included?

  • All articles that relate to gaming (rules, scenarios, history, campaigns, ...)
  • Columns and opinion pieces: some of them (personal selection). Columns are a good read at the time of publication, but often lose relevance several years later.
  • What is not included?
    • Reviews of products are not included. This would be useful if indexed by product, but that is way too much work. Exceptions are extensive reviews, typically mixed in with designer notes.
    • Reports of conventions and gaming days are not included. Again, the relevance is debatable several years after the facts.
    • Articles that deal with other outdated material, such as discussion of computer games or websites.
Data for each article:
  • Besides the usual (title, author, issue number, ...) I also have listed the period using common abbreviations, and added a checkmark whether the article contains a scenario / rules / campaign information / historical background / modeling. The Misc category indicates anything else, and that should be obvious from the Remarks column, which might also contain additional info that could facilitate searching or locating a specific article.
  • If you spot errors, want to make additions for a certain entry, ... please let me know, and I will adjust the entry accordingly.

FAQ

  1. Can you scan a specific article for me?
    Short answer: It depends.
    Long answer: Especially for newer issues and/or magazines still in print that are offering back issues, I think it would be inappropriate. I also think it would not be very polite if the original author is still active in the hobby. But for older material, I can always help out fellow wargamers.
  2. Do you have pdf's of all the magazines?
    I have pdf's of some issues - not all. Most of my issues are in my collection as hardcopies. I still subscribe to the physical copies of current magazines. Whether I have an issue as a pdf or hardcopy is also indicated in the index.
    I do have a long-term plan of making older material more readily available as downloads, but this hasn't materialised yet.
  3. Can you provide some more information on an article before I order a backcopy?
    This is something I can do quite easily. E.g. an article that provides a set of rules, but you would like to know whether these are skirmish rules or grand-tactical; or you would like to know how much history an article really contains about a specific battle. However, bear in mind I do this as a hobby project, so I feel no obligation to provide you with an answer within 24 hours.
  4. When will issue such-and-so be included?
    I will only enter the issues that are physically (or digitally) in my collection. If anyone wants to add other content, please contact me and perhaps we can set something up. If you have a similar index of your own, I can always include it in the additional links provided below.
  5. Are existing entries updated or corrected?
    Yes. When I look up articles for my own use, I regularly update the relevant entry. Usually this means adding some more notes in the remarks section. Occasionally, a specific article entry is substantially corrected, e.g. when it was mislabeled or categorized in a different period.
  6. Can I make a (partial) copy of the entire file for my own use?
    Sure, why not? Buy me a beer at the next convention ;-)
  7. Why are you doing this?
    As I explained before, I became tired of browsing through my magazine collection in search of a specific article. But there is also a second consideration. I firmly believe the history of our hobby deserves being documented, and keeping a collection of magazines is a little effort on my part to make this happen.

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14 comments:

  1. Just was this linked from TMP. Fantastic resource! Thank you so much for all of your hard work and for sharing this with the rest of us!

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    1. Good to hear you find it useful! My plan is to update the index gradually, so that it will remain useful, especially for more recent issues of various magazines.

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  2. Well done, it must have taken a lot of effort.

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    1. Thanks!
      I started entering my collection of magazines somewhere during 2015, a few issues per day. Now, it's mostly adding new issues when they arrive, and correcting existing entries when I look something up. Now and then, someone donates a big batch of old magazines, and I start working again :-)

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  3. I'd be willing to help you out with my wargaming magazine Strategicon, 1998-2001, as well as any The Courier 1976-2000 - Stephen Phenow

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    1. Thanks for the offer! If you a spreadsheet in the same lay-out as the current database, I can easily incorporate it in the current document. The important thing is to keep the same number of columns. If there are less columns, I can always add a blank column, but of the information would be organized in more columns than I currently have, it will be a problem ...

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  4. Thank you so much for this fantastic asset. I was able to find Beer-mats in Wargames by Ian Scott on making 1/3000 or 1/1200 scale naval fleets from my collection of Miniature Wargames No33 Feb 1986. Member, Peterborough Wargames Club.

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    1. I'm glad the index was useful to you. That's why I'm doing it (mostly for my own use as well of course :-)).
      And if you have any old magazines you want to get rid of, please consider donating them!

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    2. I found issues 1 - 6 of wargames journal as pdf files on archive.org website

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    3. Yup, have them, but didn't enter them yet.

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  5. Brilliant resource thank you for compiling it

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  6. Hello Phil,

    You may want to take a look at the following to add to your indexed collection:
    http://www.wargamedevelopments.org/nugget.htm

    Best Wishes
    Mark

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    1. I know about the nugget, but it's also a lot of work to enter all those issues ;-)
      It seems to me the articles in the nugget are mostly connected to COW games, providing after-reports (onside and offside). I think they might not be that interesting to a larger audience, and the nugget itself already has an index at the end of each issue to track the games that were present at the last COW.

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