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Recent times have been a bit sparse for fans of the really big, hard core strategy format. Lots of strategy and wargames released for sure, but the grognards have been a bit left out. Matrix Games’ Gary Grigsby's War in the West has been one of the few able to scratch the new game itch of the most hard core of the hard core. Now there is news of an update and, even better, of an expansion.

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John Tiller Software are not always good about coming forward and telling us about updates to their games – at least in my experience. Emails with news are rather sporadic and so unless you visit the website pretty frequently is can be easy to miss one or two. Which is what we’ve done and so to put this right, and keep you updated, here is news on a couple of updates …

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Ageod is what you get when two French guys called Philippe decide to make grand strategy games together. Here the creators of To End Al Wars, Civil War II, Alea Jacta Est and many other games talk to Jean Marciniak about the company and some of their catalogue.

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Etherium, the new sci-fi RTS from Tindalos Interactive, gets a new trailer as it approaches launch day, on March 25. Only two days left to benefit from the 10% discount offered to pre-orders and to immediately access the multiplayer beta!

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For those of us of a (ahem) slightly more advanced age, mention chariots racing and we immediately think of Ben Hur, the classic sand and sandals, cast of thousands movie from way back in 1959. In fact, such is the fame of the movie that even mere youngsters have heard of it. One of the iconic moments of the film is, of course, the chariot race. Last year Slitherine released a PC game of Roman chariot races and now it gets the Matrix discount treatment.

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Dudley Walker "Mush" Morton was a dynamic, utterly fearless, yet personable submarine skipper and a natural born leader of fighting men. The nickname of “Mush” was short for “Mush-mouth”, a name he picked up in college because of his decided southern drawl way of talk. Described as a "happy warrior" who exuded happiness, good humor and joy whenever entering into combat. His infectious, positive "can-do" outlook was electric and never failed to fire up his crew. Although prone to take great chances while playing against long odds, he continued winning big against the Japanese and single headedly raised the morale with the entire US Submarine Force with the tales of USS WAHOO's mostly successful five war patrols over ten months.

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Last week, in the process of tackling the efficacy (or lack thereof) of Operation Husky, we wound up discussing how our beloved hobby often provides the kind of historical perspective that you just can’t get from a college classroom. After all, doesn’t the human story consist primarily of the annals of endless military campaigns?

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Deathwatch: Tyranid Invasion is a turn based strategy game, set on the edge of Imperial space, where your Space Marines will engage the Tyranids in a series of tactical engagements. From war ravaged cities, to the insides of Tyranid bio-ships, your mission will see your Kill Team rise in strength and skill as you face ever greater threats and peril.

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Last May, at their annual press conference, Slitherine/Matrix/Ageod (guess we should be adding Shenandoah to that now as well) gave us a preview of an American Civil War game called Brother Against Brother. Like World War 2 it seems that the wargaming community just can’t stop refighting the Civil War, so this will be of interest to a lot of people out there. It was originally slated for a winter 2014 release, but we know what happens to release schedules …

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Despite the odd horror story Kickstarter remains a popular way of getting the funding to bring your new game to market and a few weeks ago we came across one called Call of Combat. To follow up our news item on the game we thought readers would be interested in hearing a bit more about this game and so here we present to you an interview with the games developers KAVA Game Studio.

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