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War: Gaming on the PC

Post here about war gaming on the PC, games like Steel Panthers, Combat Mission, the various works of John Tiller etc... (this group not really intended for Vassal and the like)

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A Close Combat Retrospective:

Started by Hudson Jul 24, 2013.

HPS Sims Waterloo PBEM Turn 1 report

Started by Hudson Jul 17, 2013.

Squad Battles Tour of Duty AAR: Boots on the Ground

Started by Hudson Jul 10, 2013.

Your Favorite PC Wargames. 19 Replies

Started by Ben Smith. Last reply by Christian A. Strasser Feb 9, 2013.

More playable computer wargame, like a boardgame 17 Replies

Started by Pelle Nilsson. Last reply by Karl Deckard Jan 1, 2013.

Lock n' Load: Heroes of Stalingrad (PC) 6 Replies

Started by Packy. Last reply by Grofaz Dec 27, 2011.

Combat Mission: Battle for Normandy (Battlefront) 1 Reply

Started by Broadsword. Last reply by Tom Liakos Jul 17, 2011.

Matrix Games War in the Pacific 8 Replies

Started by Don Lazov. Last reply by Bill Clancy Sep 19, 2010.

Gary Grigsby's War Between The States 2 Replies

Started by Gerard Snitselaar. Last reply by Gerard Snitselaar Nov 30, 2009.

So does World In Conflict count? 5 Replies

Started by Andy Brown. Last reply by Andy Waller Aug 16, 2009.

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Comment by Lawrence Hung on July 26, 2016 at 8:26pm

I have completed the tutorial scenario in Flashpoint Campaign: Red Storm yesterday. It seems to be not ending at the specific time as the Quick Start Guide suggested but to drag on, until I ended the game manually with contested result in Soviet's favor (60%). The assault order is not good against enemy in the town. Heavy casualties were resulted. Seems you have to capture it with Deliberate Move instead. At one time, the HQ retreated back perhaps in view of the possible Soviet air-strikes. At another time, the psuedo-me Commander was reported to have been killed by the air-strikes. I have been enjoying the game all the time at Nordheim, in particular, the deep blue Rohn river.

Comment by Roger Morley on August 20, 2012 at 5:04pm

@Michael - I can fully understand how a WEGO PBEM could be awkward with your example. I think I will always prefer IGOUGO games over WEGO&RTS games as it allows time to think out strategies (something I really need!).

I have looked up Pride of Nations, and it does look good. I have played (tried to play) World War One, which is also made by the same company (AGEOD) but I found it impossible to play as the mouse movement was horrendous. I checked out their forums, and even though others had the same issues, there seemed to be no real fix. This has, and maybe unfairly based on one game, to want to shy away from AGEOD games.

WW1 was from a set of three, so maybe I should try out the other first before laying poor judgement on AGEOD

Comment by Michael Hopcroft on August 20, 2012 at 4:05pm

@ Roger Morely - the first PBEM game has been very awkward, especially since the game in question is a WEGO game (moves are executed simultaneously). PBEM depends for success on ability to come up with turns quickly without really knowing how it is going to turn out. I've seen two armies slip past each other completely.


If you want a literal game of a lifetime, try Pride of Nations. The full campaign covers seventy years of global history in two-week turns. A full eight-player PBEM game would probably take decades....

Comment by Roger Morley on August 20, 2012 at 2:39pm

@Iain - the John Tiller games are good, so I may look into these games on his website.

I will also be looking at Afrika Korps, as this would be really good to play

Comment by Iain C. Martin on August 19, 2012 at 8:54pm

I really enjoy Panzer Corps and am really looking forward to the new Afrika Korps just released by Matrix.  It's a stand alone if you're new to this revised version of Panzer General. Also when I am allowed to focus (i.e. kids asleep) I really like the Squad Battles series by John Tiller. Just started Vietnam: Tour of Duty. Also playing Modern War and The Few and the Proud.

http://www.matrixgames.com/products/438/details/Panzer.Corps:.Afrik...

Comment by Roger Morley on August 19, 2012 at 7:59am

JEFF - I did look at that game when it came out and nearly bought it. I guess my only concern was that Matrix class the level of complexity as basic, but it does seem to have enough meat in it to be a good basic level game.

i am still considering this one, especially as they are planning an expansion for it.

Comment by Jeff Petraska on August 18, 2012 at 7:32pm

For hex-based wargaming, has anyone tried Unity of Command?  I see it's on sale at Gamersgate right now for $15.  I occasionally hear reasonably good things about its AI on podcasts like Three Moves Ahead.

Comment by Roger Morley on August 18, 2012 at 4:53pm

I have just started Panzer Corps Grand Campaign '39.  I know it is maybe not as detailed as some games ( I have been playing Korsun Pocket quite a bit) but it is still a jolly good game to play.

@ Michael Hopcroft - I have never played a PBEM game. Something that has always interested me and scared me at the same time...lol

Comment by Michael Hopcroft on August 17, 2012 at 12:26pm

On an unrealted note, I am in the wind-down phase of my first PBEM game of Napoleon's Crusades. It's been very interesting, but I've been very inept when playing the Austerlitz campaign. I haven't been beaten in a decisive battle but I'm advancing more slowly than Napoleon did in real life and don't have the time left to take Vienna. I suspect the game will end in a draw.

Comment by Roger Morley on August 16, 2012 at 4:54pm

The 11 games I mentioned were as per wikipedia, but how many actually were releases is anyones guess.

I have quite a few HPS games (only played one game briefly) & JT campaign series ( ihave played this a few times), and the campaign series certainly looks like it is a greatly enhanced and up to date (ish) version of the battleground engine.

I have found a few on ebay, which I will watch and see what happens.

They may be old games, but they do look as if they have a lot going for them still

 

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