By Rob Morgan
It is with great sadness …
Actually, I do from time to time write obituaries, but this one is for a much-loved magazine. A letter which arrived recently, addressed to Society of Twentieth Century Wargamers Member 516, tells me that after 95 issues, each one a valuable 50-page contribution to the world of wargaming, on land, sea and air, The Journal has ceased publication. It would be foolish to say that with only one out of the last five or six issues published at all, it was unexpected.
But, with the two world wars and a thousand other complex conflicts during the 20th century, covering the entire face of the globe, this must be one of the most astonishing wargame closures of recent times. I’m not just saying that because I had a regular column and SOTCW published me for the best of 20 years, but because this really is a loss! I’ve recorded others, of groups which could never, ever, pretend to be anything more than a fringe interest. Magazines like Frontovik of the Eastern Front 1914-21 Society, and Abanderado! and News from the Front representing the Spanish Civil War — all three gone. Yet, for the entire century, arguably the biggest of all the wargames periods from the point of view of gamers, historians and manufacturers, to slip into an abyss in wargames terms is something far worse, and must surely bode ill.
The Solo Wargamers Association may well pick up a few more members with SOTCW’s virtual disappearance. The Journal had some fine writers and carried decent articles on war at sea, but that’s just my narrow view. It’s a demise worth all of us reflecting upon.