Thursday, 12 September 2019

In the Wargaming Mags!

It was a bit of a quiet summer on the Ren. Troll. Partly this was due to a lack of hobby activity on my part, but also because I ended up writing a slew of magazine articles, which kind of fulfill the same writing urge as blogging. This wasn’t something I set out to do, it just sort of happened. Well the first fruits of those labours can be seen in the newly released issue of Miniature Wagames (#438).

I’ve actually got two pieces in the issue. The first is a couple of pages discussing my starting point in designing a wargame, namely a game’s ‘Core Mechanics’. If you are interested in game design, you might want to have a look. I also get ‘The Last Word’ in the issue, where I write a bit about the rise of 3D printing in wargaming. This piece also features a very large photo of my face (not sure how that’s a selling point, but there you go).

Actually, the issue feels a bit like an Osprey Game Designer party as it also features an interview with Ash Barker about his new expansion for Last Days – including a new scenario, and an interview with Mike Hutchinson about Gaslands Refuelled – also including a new scenario.

My stuff aside, it’s an interesting issue that also includes a couple of cut-out card bunkers, a long interview with the Perry twins, and even a set of rules for historical battles in the Renaissance (no trolls though).


  1. This is great news. Congratulations Joe! For what it's worth, I have three favorite tabletop games...Frostgrave, Rangers of Shadow Deep and...Gaslands!

    I'll definitely be looking for this issue. Unfortunately, in the US, I'm probably looking at a $20 magazine (DOH!).

  2. That's a great advert for Miniature Wargames. I might actually pick up a copy.

  3. I got mine in the post last week and really enjoyed it. I was also on holiday in Yorkshire this summer and we drove over to Whitby, where we found a little steampunk shop containing a copy of Steampunk Soldiers! It's been a Joe McCullough-filled summer!