By Rob Morgan
Thanks to George Arnold’s generosity, I’ve been reading a journal I’d heard of in the past few months, but never seen — the MidWest Wargamers Association Newsletter, known as MWAN. I’d never heard of the association either, but to produce a journal of this size and quality, it must have been something! This isn’t in any sense a review, rather it’s my impression of the publication, which is very, very positive. I can see why it is, or was, a force in American wargaming, but find it hard to understand why MWAN didn’t seem to cross the Atlantic in any more than an apparent trickle?
Almost 200(!) pages of articles, comment, reviews, and modelling. Sets of rules and a vast selection of adverts for everything under the sun in wargames, many from businesses that came as a surprise to me. A bigger surprise was to find a single issue of anything to do with wargaming which had three articles by Don Featherstone in it! In this case, the articles were also new to me, and dealt with medieval warfare, as usual brilliantly written.
The only issue I’ve now seen, No. 126, dates from Winter 2003, and it reveals a rich seam in wargaming history of which I knew nothing at all, but would very much like to learn more. Is there an archive? An index? There was only one small disappointment for me, where was naval wargaming to be found?