In case you haven’t heard yet, there are basically TWO White Dwarf publications now.
One is $4 US and will come out weekly to showcase new releases etc, and the other will release monthly for $12 US and contains all the content that the other does not.
So where does that leave us? Does anyone even care? Is there a power struggle between the White Dwarf Studio and Games Workshop HQ?
Heck I don’t even know anymore, and honestly I’m probably the last person to ask.
Regardless let’s take a look at the “new format”.
Warhammer Visions is a 220 page “bumper sized” publication that comes in three languages. Note I said three languages, not three language versions. So every paragraph of every page has three translations.
It’s basically written by the old White Dwarf staff, and contains most of the same articles that it’s featured since the last format change back in September 2012.
Out is Jervis Johnson’s mailbag and other gabby articles. In are all the short, picture heavy features that are ideal for this new format. Kit Bash, Paint Splatter, Army of the Month, Blanchistu, and Parade Ground are all back, as well the monthly Battle Report.
Let’s break down by the numbers.
The White Dwarf (Warhammer Visions) is 220 pages, comes in a smaller format, and contains no new release material / ads. It costs $12 US. The old White Dwarf was 150 pages, contained about 100 pages of actual content and recently began to cost $10 US.
If you compare them on a page by page basis, the new one costs about 19 cents per page compared to the old one at 15 cents.
You can of course make several more intelligent comparisons based on the physical page size reduction of Warhammer Visions and the fact that it’s printed in three languages now as well.
However you look at it though, Warhammer Visions is basically a White Dwarf minus new release features, and lengthy articles.