It's not all about the gaming...
One of the joys of being a Frugal Gamer, apart from a general sense of smugness, is the money saved. Now this may seem obvious, but I have come to realise that the money I'm not spending on gaming is money that I can splash out on other things. A case in point was yesterday when I went into town (Plymouth) for a stroll, I passed Games Workshop and had a little peer in through the window, all I could see was huge piles of the new edition of Space Hulk. Now I promised myself years ago that if SH was ever re-released, I'd be straight out to buy myself a copy, however, I restrained myself and instead spent my gaming pennies on sitting out in the sunshine by the sea, eating lunch with a friend. Very civilized...
It also goes to show that those 'must have' purchases aren't compulsory, which brings me nicely onto the subject of magazines.
I used to read White Dwarf as a youngster and loved it. It's changed a lot over the years, it used to cover a lot of games, feature reviews and take external advertising. I won't bang on about this, though incidently it is one of the things that marks out the older gamers, harping on about how WD has gone downhill, blah blah blah.
Sorry, where was I? Oh yes, magazines. I don't buy WD anymore, I used to buy Wargames Illustrated and recently stopped getting it as well. I thought that I could never survive without a monthly Wargames Magazine, but I found that I was getting the majority of my gaming news from various internet sites, so what was I buying the magazines for? The main reason I found was the 'in-depth' articles and the wonderful photos of painted miniatures and terrain inside. However, for £4 plus a month, I'm not sure I was really getting my money's worth, so I stopped my subscriptions.
I haven't missed reading the magazines, which is a pretty good sign and like I said above, I've been putting the money saved to good use!