Wargames Magazine Index

More than 3700 articles indexed from Miniature Wargames, Battlegames, Wargames Illustrated, Wargames Soldiers & Strategy, Practical Wargamer, a.o.
Most recent additions: September 2017

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

==> Click here to access the single list complete index <==
(all entries in one big sheet, automatically extracted weekly from the above masterfile)

This page received the
Battlegames Award for Excellence
January 25, 2017
Mostly for my own use (I became tired of spending too many hours browsing through my magazine collection), I started putting together an index for my wargaming magazines. Since this might also be useful to fellow wargamers, the index is open to everyone. The file format is deliberately kept simple (Google Drive spreadhseet). Although a more complex setup might provide better opportunities for flexible use and search, it also often is the deathknell for maintaining files such as this 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).
Donations of old magazines are graciously accepted. I am specifically looking for:
  • I am interested in acquiring issues of Miniature Wargaming (pre issue 361) and Practical Wargamer from those of you who are not interested in keeping them. I won't offer you any money for them, 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: 1-120, 122-148, 149-197, 199-202, 204-224, 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.

How to use?

Access one of the links above (links to a Google Sheet file on Google Drive).
  • To search, use the "Data --> 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. 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. As an experiment, there's also an automatically generated single-tab spreadsheet, which is updated weekly and extracted from the masterfile. Depending on your personal preferences, you can use one or the other.
  • 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 catgeory became too large, but this means some older entries might still fall under the more generic category. I claim no 100% correctness, but if you see obvious errors, please report them.

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
    • 361-402: all issues Miniature Wargames with Battlegames entered.
    • 403+: all issues published so far entered. Starting issue 403 (October 2016), "with Battlegames" was dropped from the title.
    • 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 writings of Wally Simon.
    • Volume 1-6 entered (7 not yet in my library).
  • Vae Victis: selected special issues
  • Wargamers Annual: 
    • Annuals 2010 to 2016, including the Summer specials.
  • Wargamer's Notes:  issues 1-3
    • 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.
    • 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: only a handful in my collection
    • 78+: All issues entered.
What type of articles are 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 comment in the file itself, and I will adjust the entry accordingly.

FAQ

  1. Can you scan a specific article for me?
    Short answer: No, please find a back issue instead.
    Long answer: Especially for newer issues and/or magazines still in print that are offering back issues, I think it would be inappropriate. But even if it would be ok for older magazine articles w.r.t. copyright, I simply don't want to spend the time doing this, except perhaps in exceptional curcumstances.
  2. Can you provide some more information on an article before I order a backcopy?
    This is something I could do. 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 answer within 24 hours.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Can I make a copy of the entire file for my own use?
    Sure, why not? Buy me a beer at the next convention ;-)

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2 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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