The Editor of
Tactical Wargamer's Journal is always looking for high-quality
articles to include in future issues.
provide original research and analysis on topics within TWJ's scope
of coverage. This is defined to include commercial board wargames,
miniatures (or "table-top") wargames and PC wargames that simulate
land warfare in the 20th and 21st Centuries, specifically at the
man-to-man, squad/section, and platoon/company level. The aim of TWJ
is to explore both the history of land warfare in this period at
that level, as well as the history of the commercial wargaming hobby
Types of Articles
TWJ welcomes queries
regarding a wide range of articles, and has a number of running
features that may interest prospective authors.
Diversity of Design: analyses
of methods of modelling particular types of equipment, units, or
other detail, with comparisons and contrasts across different
Minis & Modders: information
articles on uniforms, insignia, vehicle markings and other
topics related to cosmetic appearance of soldiers, equipment and
comparing and contrasting two or more games that portray the
same subject, or alternately, multiple scenarios of the same
game that portray the same action.
Wargaming & Reality: a study
of "real world" military procedures and practices and how they
influence game design.
Other types of
articles that have seen print or would be of interest to the editor
After Action Reports (AARs) -
preferably with two players and a neutral commentator and
heavily illustrated, a good AAR will feature analysis of game
play and comment on the accuracy of the game design itself.
"How to" articles regarding elements
of game/scenario design, whether for specific games or as
Game play/strategy articles
Game variants, including scenarios.
Of most interest would be those variants/scenarios accompanied
by designer and playtest notes.
Military history pieces, putting
smaller tactical actions into context.
Unit histories, particularly of
those units singled out by game/scenario designers for special
attention, with discussion of how those units are portrayed
uniquely in tactical wargames.
Industry history, exploring the
history of commercial tactical wargaming itself.
To date, each issue
of TWJ has been "themed" with articles in each issue generally
concentrating around single subjects.
Issue 1 - the Eastern Front 1941-45
Issue 2 - the U.S. Army in Normandy
Issue 3 - the British Commonwealth
in North-West Europe 1944-45
Future issues hope to explore more of
the conflicts of the 20th and 21st Centuries. These topics will be
governed by reader appeal and availability of material/submissions.
Articles in TWJ are
for the most part thoroughly researched from primary and secondary
sources and include footnotes for the benefit of the reader, in the
manner of a scholarly journal. Submissions should generally be
written in this manner, i.e. in the third person.
If you are interested
in writing for Tactical Wargamer's Journal, please contact the
Editor of Tactical Wargamer's Journal.
There is no set
schedule for remuneration. If accepted for publication, you will
receive at minimum an electronic copy of the issue in which your
article sees print. Further remuneration is negotiable by contacting
Electronic submissions must be in Microsoft Word or Open Office,
with the documents sent as attachment(s) to:
Attention of the Editor of Tactical Wargamer's Journal. Please
do not send your manuscript as PDF or in other formats. If there are
technical difficulties in sending your manuscript as an MS Word or
Open Office file, please contact us about alternatives.