I was with great joy and relief that I heard the following news earlier today:
“I’m delighted to announce that Battlegames is in the process of being
acquired by Atlantic Publishers and will therefore become a stable-mate to
Miniature Wargames. Deals of this kind obviously take time, but negotiations
are proceeding extremely well and we are aiming to complete the handover by
After six years of hard work to establish Battlegames in a highly
competitive market, I am delighted that the magazine will now have the
backing of Atlantic’s highly professional and experienced team to help
ensure that it has a bright future.
Battlegames will remain a stand-alone, bi-monthly publication and I shall
continue to edit, design and occasionally write for the magazine. I am
particularly pleased that Atlantic have asked me to keep the content, look
and ‘feel’ of Battlegames virtually unchanged, maintaining its distinct
niche in the hobby.
Atlantic have promised to honour all existing subscriptions and readers will
be pleased to hear that I am setting to work immediately on issue 27, which
we hope to publish over the Christmas/New Year holiday.
As you can imagine, there are a number of technical issues to solve
concerning the handover of subscription administration and so forth, but we
are working to resolve these as soon as possible. In the meantime, it will
be possible to subscribe via the Battlegames website again by next Monday,
21st November. Single issue and digital purchases will be transferred to
Atlantic after the official handover date, which will be announced at the
The sheer volume of supportive emails and calls that I have received over
the last couple of weeks has been phenomenal and I want to thank everyone
who has been in touch. This includes the editors of Wargames Soldiers and
Strategy, Wargames Illustrated and Dadi e Piombo, who all expressed their
personal support and I truly appreciate their having done so.
I’d like to take this opportunity to send a special thank you to Andrew
Hubback of Miniature Wargames, with whom I have always had cordial relations
and who has been a fantastic supporter of my Combat Stress Appeal, which has
now raised more than £10,000. It was Andrew’s intervention which initiated
the contact with Atlantic that has led to such a fruitful outcome for all
concerned and I shall, of course, always be grateful to him for that.
I’m sure that many of you will have questions, but once again, in order to
prevent another tidal wave of emails, I shall be mostly communicating via
the email newsletter and press releases such as this to reach the maximum
audience as quickly as possible. But the most important facts are:
* Battlegames has a secure, long-term future
* Issues will appear more regularly than ever before
* I will remain the primary contact point for all Editorial matters
* The style and content of the magazine will remain independent and
* ALL subscriptions will be honoured so NOBODY will lose any money paid
* After the official handover date, all financial transactions will be
transferred to Atlantic Editions Limited
Further updates will follow in due course. Once again, thank you all for the
extraordinary support you have given me during this difficult time.”
Fantastic news indeed, I’m sure you’ll agree. I hope you will join me in wishing Henry all the very best for what is suddenly a much brighter future.