By Mike Crane
Now that Lone Warrior has gone to .PDF format, as a regular reader I would like to thank everyone who has made the publication and the blog a success up to the present time. Of course, my thanks goes to Richard Barbuto, the editor who has devoted so much time and energy to the publication in the past, and to George Arnold, who has been the able and faithful blog administrator. But I would also like to thank all of the writers who have contributed articles to both. Your articles have been great! Thanks!
I know the advantages — yes, the necessity — of going online with Lone Warrior magazine: no more rising expenses for publishing and postage, beautiful colored pictures, etc., but I must admit that I miss the hard copies with their colorful covers. But, life means change and I will embrace this change also. Reflection really makes me appreciate all of the work that has been done to make it successful thus far.
Reading the thought-provoking article by Rob Morgan in the blog concerning the purpose of the three holes punched in the hard copies started me to wondering about other possible differences that contributors from other countries might encounter.
Do other differences exist? Maybe. The truth is that I have never thought about differences before and I like it that way. The wargaming articles have either been of interest to me or not, but I have never thought about the nationality of the writers until now. Although I have my favorites, I still am not sure who is from where—for example, I think Kevin White is from Great Britain and Marvin Scott is from America but I would not be willing to bet any money on it. Who cares? I love their writing. Anyway, I do know for certain that three British writers — Rob Morgan, Paul Le Long, and Jon Aird — have contributed an extraordinary amount of terrific material to the magazine and the blog. A thousand thanks, my friends! I have enjoyed reading your articles immensely and I have learned more from them than I ever could have learned on my own. The hobby is richer because of your efforts. My hat goes off to you. And again my thanks goes to all who have contributed articles in the past — regardless of where you are from.
So, let us disregard any differences we may find and continue to unite in our support of the solo wargaming hobby. If we will, Lone Warrior magazine and the Lone Warrior Blog will continue to prosper in the digital format for many years to come.