Weekly Round-Up: Warhammer Live, Carrier Deck, Moar Ships09 Dec 2016 0
Another week down, another week closer to Christmas. It's time for another round-up of the latest happenings in the world of wargaming. Of course, you know what the best thing happening right now is?
Keep an eye out for more in the grim darkness of next week. Probably Thursday.
Games Workshop is preparing to launch their 'Warhammer Live' project on their Twitch channel. Starting December 14th, the company will offer exclusive content 3 days a week, with the current schedule involving:
Wednesday: Age of Sigmar Narrative & Matched Play
Thursday: Behind the Scenes interviews with various departments and teams (including sneak peaks)
Friday: Warhammer 40K battles – 2 a week.
The first week will be free for everyone, and then after that viewers will have to pay a £5 monthly subscription fee in order to watch.
Whilst not a Twitch expert myself, I can't help but feel this kind of thinking fundamentally misses the point and current culture of the popular streaming platform, but it'll be interesting to see how it turns out. More streamed table-top content is good.
Profit for the Profit God
Regardless of their questionable business decisions this past year, it all seems to be paying off for them in the most part. In a recent trading update on their investor website, the company reported an operating profit of £13 million which exceeds the Board's original expectations.
The full report is expected January 10th.
While it's always good to see companies do well, the flip side is that this will probably just entrench the thinking of the current decision makers at GW. This isn't necessarily something to be pleased about if you're one of those who've been turned off by the choices they've made recently.
It's been a fairly active week for Slitherine and Matrix games considering they don't have any more major releases planned for this year. Here's a summary of what's happened:
Panzer Corps iOS Updates
Everyone's favourite turn-based WW2 game has just received an update on iOS. Version 1.30 brings a few changes, but more importantly it adds the 'Gold' package to the App store. The previous version (where you had the base game and then bought everything via IAPS) will no longer be available for sale.
The Gold package offers the base game + all the DLCS in a one off payment, which nets you a significant saving. The downside is that due to Apple's system, there's no way to upgrade to the Gold edition if you've already bought some of the DLCs, so this new update is mainly for new customers. Here is the change-log:
- Special abilities shown in Purchase, Unit Details and New Equipment Available screens.
- Switch type is shown in a popup when "switch" special ability is clicked.
- Extended predictions when planning unit movement.
- Soft Cap tooltip added to old prestige tooltip.
- Added new Gold package to the Shop. Classic package can still be redeemed but can no longer be purchased
In addition to this, there is now also a Panzer Corps 'Lite' version which is completely free. With this app, you get access to the Wehrmacht Tutorial, the first Wehrmact mission “Poland” and then the first few turns of the 'Norway' mission.
iOS Sale Part II
Slitherine/Matrix Games iOS Holiday Sales continue as a second wave of games gets discounted. Our sister site Pocket Tactics has the details.
Carrier Deck Announced
What's this!? A new game approaches! Slitherine/Matrix have announced a brand new game that will join their roster sometime next year.
In their own words:
“Carrier Deck is a fast paced time management game where you will play as the Air Officer on board a CVN-76 in the midst of active war.
Load the right planes and helicopters up and ready them for the required military missions. Manage both launching and landing the planes, avoiding crashes that could spread throughout the deck wrecking multiple planes and damaging the ship.”
This is one of those abstract yet time-intensive games that can be really engaging to play, so we're actually quite excited for this one. Not a wargame per-say, but you try fighting an air war without proper carrier support.
Tigers on the Hunt
- Russian SU 122 now has HEAT rounds (ISU 122 now does not have HEAT rounds)
- Fixed 1024x768 resolution issue for Log Window being too big as well as the Pop up window was not positioned properly
- When firing with an Ordnance/AFV vs target hex that only has AFV, the Infantry Target Type button will be disabled on the Target Type Dialog
- An AFV was sometimes stuck in a Close Combat/Melee even after Close Combat Segment was over
- Broken+ personnel unit in a Brush Hill hex is cannot be interdicted since Brush is not a clear terrain
- Broken+ personnel unit in a Woods Hill hex is cannot be interdicted as Woods is not a clear terrain
- AI, personnel unit firing with Flame Thrower will not now crash the game
And the rest...
We've been covering the the up-coming Corellian Conflict expansion recently, but there's new ships on the way for miniature wargame Star Wars: Armada as well.
Fantasy Flight Games have been reminding us of their existence through two dedicated previous. The first one looks at the Rebel Alliance's new Phoenix Home expansion. Phoenix Home, which debuted in Star Wars: Rebels, is a medium-base ship that has two variants - as a long range command vessel for fighters, or an up-close and personal assault refit.
The Empire get a new small ship in the form of the Imperial Light Cruiser, which is also from Star Wars Rebels. From what they've revealed so far, this small-base ship is designed for long-range sniping and flanking manoeuvres, and has some nifty cards that can combo with it.
It's good to see new ships coming online for Armada, although the campaign expansion is definitely something to be excited about.
UK Games Expo
Last, but certainly not least, it looks like tickets for next year's UK Games Expo have already gone on sale!
They're only selling Entry Tickets at the moment, but more specific Event Tickets will be released early next year. Get pricing and more information here.
That's it for this week – happy hunting!
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