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Large scale strategy games set in the Pacific Theatre of WW2, such as Matrix Games’ War in the Pacific - Admiral's Edition or their upcoming Order of Battle: Pacific, are extremely popular. However, by their very nature these large scale strategy games cannot show the nitty gritty of what actually happened in individual battles and encounters. Fortunately, the Second World War is one of the best documented conflicts of all time and there is an abundance of material available to fill this gap. Here at Wargamer.com we regularly carry historical articles for the Pacific Theatre of Operations penned by regular contributor John Dudek. Here we delve back to August 1942. We hope this adds context to your games.

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A quick heads up for all you Matrix Games fans out there – and also for those who aren’t but may be interested in a price drop. Their current weekly price cut is their battalion level game Battlefront, released back in 2007

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The war has just started. Two inexperienced armies face each other, both planning to attack their enemy in what will be the first full scale engagement of the American Civil War. The resulting battle, called either The First Battle of Bull Run or The First Manassas depending on whether you are Union or Confederate, came as rather a shock to both sides. Instead of deciding the war in a single blow it presaged years of bloody conflict – in fact, although seen as bloody at the time this battle was soon exceeded in terms of casualty rates as the war progressed.

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Welcome to the semi-regular feature War Tapes, where Jake Tucker examines some of the better PC games of years gone by. In this instalment we’re going back to the future with Frozen Synapse.

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Iceberg Interactive have announced that they are publishing a 4x strategy game based on ancient/medieval China. The game, called Oriental Empires, is set to be released on Steam Early Access around the middle of the year. More info if you read on …

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Yesterday we pondered on why we keep playing WW2 games, and now today we see Matrix Games release a new game in what may be the 2nd most popular period – the Civil War. We have already carried a partial teaser AAR and interview with the devs of Brother Against Brother, but now the game itself is release into the wild.

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Space Hulk was definitely one of Games Workshop’s more popular variants of their dystopian Warhammer 40,000 universe – I certainly massively enjoyed the boardgame when it was released, along with all the expansions. PC versions inevitably followed, and the current incarnation, Space Hulk: Ascension is now into its third expansion.

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My favorite editor Nik and I were engaged in a brief email conversation when we somehow slid into the subject of our compatriots’ apparent obsession with World War II. The funny thing was, though I really hadn’t thought about that possibility prior to our exchange, the idea utterly intrigued me! So I thought I’d apply my massive investigative journalistic skills towards determining if such an infatuation actually existed. Did we wargamers harbor a particular fascination for the last global conflagration?

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Another peruse through the games looking for funding and another space game pops up looking for some our hard earned dosh. This one is called Solar Crusaders and is, according to their Kickstarter page, a multiplayer top-down strategy game featuring 4X gameplay elements, sandbox universe, real-time battles, and simulated virtual economy. If that piques your interest read on.

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Hot on the heels of last week’s AAR preview of Matrix Games’ soon to be released Civil War title, Brother Against Brother, we now bring you an exclusive interview with the developers. Eric Babe and Gil Renburg of Western Civilization Software kindly agreed to make time in their busy pre-release schedule to answer a few of our questions. So for further insight into the game and development involved read on …

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