Here is some thoughts on war games - and what I like and don't like. Think of it as my Theses... Remember these are my thoughts and not everyone's... Please make suggestions!
Art is as important as the rules, there is simply no excuse for a professionally published game to have poor artwork.
Today’s war game publishers are not yesterday’s publishers. BE PATIENT! These people have day jobs. They might not be able to respond to questions for days and sometimes weeks.
Computers are a games friend. No game will ever need to be lost to history again.
Computers are a games friend. Rules books should be printable. Watermarks for an owner of these are OK.
After a game has been out of print for a year and won't be reprinted for at least two years - an electronic version of the game should be published.
Rules need to be clear, consistent and usable. So unless the designer indicates that only the most experienced players need apply and everyone else can go …, then time should be taken to create a "tiered" system introducing concepts on a gradual basis
Euro games are not the enemy of war games.
Miniature games are not the enemy of war games
Computer games are not the enemy of war games
Old games are not necessarily good games - DAMN a lot of older games were bad and holy cow the artwork sucked!
World War II is not the only war that people would want to game.