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Scourge of War: Waterloo has made its way to Steam and is currently on sale

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Unless your current residence consists of living under a rock somewhere, you likely know that this year, 2015, is the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. And as expected there have been more than a plethora of books, films and games gracing the public to honor the event. It is within this environment that NORBSOFTDEV (NSD) has thrown its hat into the ring by expanding its very well received Scourge of War (SOW) series to include Wellington and Napoleon doing battle on 18 June 1815 once more near the sleepy hamlets of la Belle Alliance and Waterloo. In doing so they have taken a plunge into the unknown as the Napoleonic Wars were vastly different in almost every conceivable way than the American Civil War. Thus there were undoubtedly many opportunities to stumble

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Strategy gamers young and old understand full well the iconic vision of the Eastern Hordes galloping into fearsome battles across China, the Middle East, and Europe. No student of world history or warfare can ignore the devastating and immense accomplishments of one of the most feared fighting forces in the history of man: The Mongols. The very name brings forth images of massive armies of horse archers and the pillage and capture of cities from Beijing to Baghdad. Unstoppable in their progress, these fearsome steppe warriors make it into almost every incarnation of game that centers around the Middle Ages.

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If it doesn’t top the list of “what ifs” of World War 2 it must be near the top – we’re talking Operation Sea Lion, the planned German invasion of Britain. Today Slitherine/Matrix announce that they are to release a Sea Lion campaign DLC for their massively successful Panzer Corps franchise.

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As well as the newly announced Pike and Shot Campaigns, the Slitherine/Matrix/Ageod group also have another Early Modern period game in the works – Ageod’s Thirty Years War.

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Given my latent prognosticative proclivities, my lovely and longsuffering wife frequently refers to me as being psychic. I know what you’re thinking, but no, she doesn’t say I’m psychotic – at least not out loud. And this piece is a perfect example of one of those interesting and ongoing synchronicities. You see, the second I started ruminating about my ongoing love affair with Norm Koger’s, The Operational Art of War series, not only did the surprise 3.4.1.9 TOAW III update come out, but Matrix announced an upcoming TOAW IV sequel.

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Slitherine’s rather excellent early modern era wargamer, Pike and Shot, is getting a new feature – and it’s rather a biggie. The latest version brings a campaign system to the otherwise tactical battle game, so instead of being stand alone battles with no impact on the progress of the war, your successes and failures can have strategic meaning.

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First, please allow me to offer my sincere apologies for being so late with this one, but as the great John Lennon once said, “Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.” Not only that, but Scourge of War: Waterloo is not the kind of endeavor you can wrap your mind around in one or two afternoons.

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The kurultai has concluded and good news, my lord! You have been chosen the Great Khan! Paradox Development Studio arms you with new territories, new armies and new ways of ruling the restless hordes at your disposal in Horse Lords, the newest expansion to Crusader Kings II, our best-selling medieval strategy simulation.

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We start this week’s news off with notice of a short duration sale by Matrix Games of all the Panzer Corps series. Available direct from their store or on Steam if that is your preferred purchase route.

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With the newest expansion for Paradox’s hit medieval history game only a week away, Crusader Kings II lead designer Henrik Fåhraeus has taken time out of his busy schedule to shoot a short video outlining some of the major changes that Horse Lords will bring.

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The hard fought and highly costly U-boat submarine war in the Atlantic began within hours of Germany's invasion of Poland on 1 September 1939 and continued right up to the final German surrender to the Allies in May 1945. This titanic, savage struggle had all the niceties and nuances of a bitter, no holds barred, bare knuckle, bar room brawl with little quarter given and few prisoners taken by either side. To give you an idea of the fervent intensity of the fighting, 40,000 Germans served in U-boats in WWII. 30,000 never returned. In spite of this, U-Boats were without a doubt the most cost effective weapon in Germany's naval arsenal in their battle against the Allies during the war. Their continued use nearly starved Great Britain into surrender during the first few years of the war. Even England's Prime Minister Winston Churchill later confessed "The only thing that truly scared me during the entire war were the U-boat attacks upon our supply convoys."

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Following in Paradox's savvy strategy of releasing incremental - though sometimes monumental - updates to their game, “Common Sense” seeks to enhance many of the gameplay mechanics of the present game with a battery of new features.

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Amazingly, one of the defining moments in the twentieth century has gone virtually unnoticed by the gaming industry. The Russian Revolution and Civil War has, in the main, only been touched on in scenarios for games like The Operational Art of War, however, Revolution Under Siege covers the whole shooting match.

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Last week we reported in the snippets we’d extracted from the Slitherine Group’s annual get together that they had signed a contract with BAE Systems for collaboration and development – although what of was, unsurprisingly, not mentioned.

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The summer sale seasons continues apace with Paradox offering a whole raft of their games at discount prices. The discounted games include a range of Paradox’s grand strategy titles which should appeal to our readers.

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Richard Bodley Scott of Byzantine Games tells us that a major new mod for Slitherine’s highly successful Pike and Shot game is now available for download. The mod has been in development for some time and covers Japanese warfare of the early modern period - the famous Sengoku Jidai period.

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Paradox have now given notice of when the latest expansion to Crusader Kings II, Horse Lords, will be available for all you would be Genghis Khans to ride your ponies to world domination …

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With all the excitement around the 200th anniversary of Waterloo last week we managed to miss this announcement from Matrix Games – there is a Gold version of Revolution Under Siege coming with some significant updates included.

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As announced today at Slitherine HQ there is a simultaneous refight of the decisive battle using the recently released Scourge of War: Waterloo PC game and the Field of Glory: Napoleonic miniature wargames rules.

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Those who follow us on Twitter (and if not, why not … @Wargamerdotcom) you will have seen a few pictures of a miniatures wargame being set up on a large table all bearing a resemblance to a certain battlefield that was of some importance 200 years ago tomorrow …

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Hearts of Iron IV is the latest iteration of Paradox Interactive’s successful World War 2 grand strategy title. However, I have to confess that the last version was, for me, a failure as I just couldn’t get into it at all. Therefore, it was with some trepidation that I accepted an invitation from Paradox to a two day multi-player event being held just outside of London – that’s a lot of time to commit to something you really may not like from the off. This was not helped by having very little time to get to know the game with the beta that was kindly provided and having to get going with game from the start of the event. So how did it work out; read on …

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As previously announced by Paradox Interactive the lasts expansion for Europa Universalis IV is now available. This time the focus is on national development, but also includes an update to the diplomacy system.

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Well that confused me. I’m sure Scourge of War: Waterloo wasn’t due out until Thursday, but in a surprise move akin to Napoleon leaving Elba (OK, maybe that’s getting a bit carried away) Matrix Games have released the title today.

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Following the success of last week’s giveaway we think you deserve another one. This time our good friends over at Paradox Interactive have promised us Steam keys for the next Europa Universalis IV expansion, Common Sense due to be released on 9th June.

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On Monday we brought you our first impressions of Matrix Games soon to be released Napoleonic game, Scourge of War: Waterloo, and now we bring you more information on the game courtesy of the development team at NorbSoft.

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In a flurry of horse related similes Paradox Interactive have announced that the 8th – yes, 8th! – expansion to their hugely successful Crusader Kings II franchise is heading our way. Mongols, Turks and the like are the order of the day this time as the nomad hordes aim to decent onto your PC.

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Two hundred years ago we were already well on our way through the “100 days” of Napoleon’s return to the French throne in 1815, however, we are also now only 10 days away from the release by Matrix Games of the latest in the Scourge of War series – Waterloo. Brought to us by (American) Civil War veterans, NorbSoft, Scourge of War – Waterloo is due for release on 11June a week ahead of the actual 200th anniversary date of the battle. However, we have been given a pre-release version to have a play around with and so we now bring you our first impressions of the game. A full review will be forthcoming as soon as we can after the actual release of the game on the 11th.

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First there was Armageddon where the main forces of the Imperium of Man were the Armageddon Steel Legion. Then came the Salamander Space Marines followed by the Blood Angels. Now it is the turn of the third, and we think final, chapter to have a pop at the invading Orks – the Ultramarines.

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War Tapes is an almost monthly column by Jake Tucker which looks at some of the finest strategy games of years gone by. This month we pop a spy camera under the door to look at Killhouse Studio’s Door Kicker. Flash Out!

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