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White Dwarf 324 (US edition) breakdown
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Old 19 Dec 2006, 18:49   #1 (permalink)
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Default White Dwarf 324 (US edition) breakdown

Here's a quick breakdown, by page-count, of what to expect in the current US edition of White Dwarf.

Ads: Pages devoted to advertising, either Explcit Advertising or 'articles' that do nothing more than showcase new products.

Hobby: Pages devoted to the hobbist element: painting, conversions, model showcases, background, etc.

Gaming: Pages devoted to the gamer element: Battle reports, tacticas, and the like.

40k: Pages devoted primarily to 40k.
Fantasy: Pages devoted primarily to Fantasy
LotR: Pages devoted primarily to Lord of the Rings
Other: Pages devoted to specialist games, black library, hobby tools, etc.
Magazine: Pages devoted to White Dwarf itself (editorials, Subscription drives, etc)




[table]
[tr]
[td][/td]
[td]Ads[/td]
[td]Hobby[/td]
[td]Game[/td]
[td]Total[/td]
[/tr]

[tr]
[td]40K[/td]
[td]5[/td]
[td]9[/td]
[td]10[/td]
[td]24[/td]
[/tr]

[tr]
[td]Fantasy[/td]
[td]24[/td]
[td]27[/td]
[td]20[/td]
[td]71[/td]
[/tr]

[tr]
[td]LotR[/td]
[td]2[/td]
[td]0[/td]
[td]12[/td]
[td]14[/td]
[/tr]

[tr]
[td]Other[/td]
[td]8[/td]
[td]6[/td]
[td]2[/td]
[td]16[/td]
[/tr]

[tr]
[td]Magazine [/td]
[td]16[/td]
[td]0[/td]
[td]4[/td]
[td]20[/td]
[/tr]

[tr]
[td]Totals[/td]
[td]55[/td]
[td]42[/td]
[td]48[/td]
[td]145[/td]
[/tr]
[/table]


I have to wonder if the amount of blatant advertizing is really necessary, afterall, the majority of people reading the magazine are already into the hobby.
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Old 19 Dec 2006, 19:04   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: White Dwarf 324 (US edition) breakdown

And lets not forget that a large number of the stuff that isn't an outright add is what I call an "add-ticle" where they throw a token amount of somewhat useful (but usually painfully obvious) content into what is essentially 5 pages of "isn't the flavour of the month great?"

WD has been on a downward slide for years now. WD 230 probably had more wothwhile content in 2 pages than current issue has in the entire magazine
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Yeah, and then they think they can make up for poor sales by offering ridiculous contests: If you are a subscriber, you can win one of every battleforce. Here's a limited edition figure available only to subscribers...

I guess it's cheaper to give away $2000 in battleforces once than to have to come up with quality material every month. I'd still prefer it if they took the time to realize that some of their most popular features in the past have been Chapter Approved and battle reports between real armies that aren't just a showcase where the newest release wins the game.
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