Farewell to a faithful friend--in Issue 150 of FIRE AND MOVEMENT
magazine, its editor, Jon Compton, announced he was leaving AND Chris Cummins dropped the news that this was the last issue of the publication (those with issues remaining would be issued a credit voucher). As some of you know, Jon moved from the West Coast to work with Mark Herman over at Booz-Allen Hamilton doing wargaming and so it's to be expected that he doesn't have the time he once had. Doc Decision relates in his publication termination announcement that with electronic venues such as Consimworld and Boardgame Geek, the day of printed reviews has long since passed--and the shrinking circulation of F&M
has been testament to that.
While Decision Games has been careful to say that this is the end for F&M
"in print," I can't quite get over the fact that I will bind up this last issue with all the other issues I have, going back to the very first one, and know I won't have to make room for any more on the wargame magazine shelf. It's now with mixed pride and sorrow I can say I have a complete collection of all FIRE AND MOVEMENT
magazines ever published.
One wonders--are the days of print reviews really gone? I can't speak to the business decisions at Decision Games, but one looks at BATTLES
magazine and sees a renewal/resurgence in that quarter. We'll see if it can be sustained past a few issues. And, despite such websites as this one, Consimworld and Consimworld Forum, Boardgame Geek, Web Grognards, and others, I've yet to see the kind of in-depth reviews and analyses that I'd taken for granted in the pages of FIRE AND MOVEMENT
To all the staffs, publishers, and contributors of FIRE AND MOVEMENT
--both past and present--thanks for so many wonderful years and 150 terrific issues.