Wargamer Weekly: Death, Dishonour & (Grim) Darkness

By Joe Robinson 05 May 2017 0

Wargamer Weekly makes its triumphant return with a massive summary of the latest and greatest wargaming news. Matrix have had a busy week, as well as a few other game announcements as well. We finish off with a note of a certain wargame's impending new edition. Enjoy!

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Your friendly neighbourhood wargames company has been busy since they returned from their annual Home of Wargames event last week. Plenty of things to get behind no matter your taste:

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WarfareSims have published a number of blog articles looking at the new features for their upcoming Chains of War expansion for CMANO. The most recent one covers new weapon systems; High-energy lasers, Tactical EMPs & Railguns. Past blogs have looked at Aircraft Damage and Communications Disruption.

Meanwhile, English Civil War, one of the last AGE-engine AGEOD games, has been given a release date. You can choose between the King or the Parliament on May 11th, 2017. I’ll probably do what I always do and have Lasagne.

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Hey now, that Sanctus Reach game was pretty good, wasn’t it? Would be great if they could release more content for i- OH WAIT THEY ARE. Legacy of the Weirdboy is due out soon, but you can help make it the best Weirdboy it can be by signing up to be a beta tester.

If you’re an infidel and game on Mac, you’ll be pleased to know that Panzer Corps Gold has now hit the Mac App Store. It’s a little hard to find, but trust us, it’s there – to celebrate, Slitherine are running a 75% discount on the Gold bundle, which is an insane amount of game for your money.

Finally, if you’ve been interested in reading more about the Operational Art of War IV, make sure you read up on Bob Cross’ in-depth analysis of the concept of Battlefield Timestamps. It was published at the end of April but hasn’t been mentioned here yet, so always worth bringing up.

Hearts of Iron 4 Expansion

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Finally some progressive news for Hearts of Iron IV – we’ve received words of a new expansion. Death or Dishonor is being classed as a ‘Country Pack’, which we believe is similar to what they’ve done with the ‘Story Packs’ in Stellaris with Leviathans. As far as we understand it, these expansions are a step below expansions like Utopia, which are more sweeping. Together for Victory is also probably a ‘Country Pack’.

The only other things we have for reference are EUIV and CK2, whose DLC libraries are quite large now. Rooting amongst the options there, you can see some are priced more than others which equate to some kind of internal measurement in terms of features and purpose.

Anyway – D&D, as well as being one of the hardest choices you’ll have make (I might go for Fish this time), focuses on Hungary, Romania, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia. With new National Focus trees, this expansion tries to bring to life the midfield that was central Europe during WW2.

Go here for all of the Dev Diaries they’ve done so far relating to this and the 1.2 Oak update.

Tank Warfare: Tunisia 1943

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Could be mistaken here, but it feels like this game has been announced & subsequently released in the space between this update and our last one. In any case, this is game is out and you can read our own thoughts Graviteam’s latest on Monday, when James’ review goes live.

Making History: The Second World War

You may or may not have noticed but Factus Games acquired the rights to the Making History wargame series last year. Factus Games are/were a brand-new studio set up by one of the original designers who took the franchise off of Muzzy Lane’s hands, and they’ve finally revealed what they’ve been working on this past year.

Making History: The Second World War is going to be the fourth game in the series set during this conflict, but Factus’ first release. It’s using the same engine & mechanics from The Great War, and they’re aiming for a Spring 2017 release. So, soon, then?

In the Grim Darkness of the Far Future, There is only 8th Edition

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Anyone who’s anyone (apart from Bill, maybe) knows that Warhammer 40K 8th Edition is a thing and that it’s on its way soon.

Games Workshop has been talking about a lot of different aspects, and even put up a handy FAQ about general things relating to 8th Edition. Did you know: The core rules are going to be free!?

We could report on everything that’s been said so far but one of our newer writers, Martynas, is already penning some thoughts on the matter, so we’ll save ourselves for his musings.

That’s all for this week’s update – have a good weekend! This article discusses games developed and/or published by members of the Slitherine Group. For more information, please consult the About Us page.

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