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Considering the vast amount of wargame wealth that’s come our 2015 way, it seems a wee bit avaricious to long for more. But that’s exactly what I’m doing! I guess that’s a good thing though, because if we weren’t buying, they wouldn’t be developing. Sometimes, I swear I can hear my hard drive creaking under the duress of all those glorious bytes. But despite those vast PC riches, there are three-and-a-half upcoming games to which I’m anticipating with great glee.

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Following on from last week’s review of Order of Battle: Pacific we thought we’d bring you a historical piece that links in with it. In this instalment John Dudek take a look at The Battle of the Coral Sea which, with the hindsight we have, proved to be something of a turning point in the war in the Pacific in World War 2.

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Before you dismiss this statement as sacrilegious, please remember that I still have that life size poster of Gary Grigsby hanging on my bedroom wall. But with all due respect to one of our founding fathers, given the vast complexities of the particular conflict, like Goldilocks in that ursine abode, no one has managed to get that Second World War Pacific theatre just right. Until now! So at the risk of exposing my blatantly bald head, my hat’s off to The Artistocrats for finally doing that island hopping campaign justice. Though I still say they’re tied with Muzzy Lane for strangest wargame developer company name ever.

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A whole load of news and updates from Matrix Games to bring you this morning covering the weekly discount, an update and a new beta program for you to participate in. Click the link for the nitty gritty …

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“Will there be a Mac version?” or “When will this be out on Mac?” are common questions when a new game is released, often followed by an evasive or holding reply from the publisher leaving the gamer none the wiser. The sad fact for people looking for wargames on the Mac is that the market segment is pretty small – let’s be honest, the PC is the norm for a games machine – and so the economics of porting a game to the Mac are usually a bit marginal.

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Maybe it’s because I’m a Brit and we’re much more aware of the European action in WW2, but the vast Pacific Theatre has never really been of much interest to me. However, that may all be about to change thanks to the release of Order of Battle: Pacific by Slitherine. With basic game mechanisms that are similar to games such as Panzer Corps it looks like it will be easy to pick up and play and so on that basis I set my sights on the Far East and fired up the game. Here are my initial impressions.

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Over the last couple of weeks Slitherine have been pushing their new “Panzer Corps Plus” game, Order of Battle: Pacific, pretty hard. It certainly seems that they’re seeing it as one of their bigger releases for this year – indeed “a game that takes wargaming to a new level by upgrading every single game element and rebooting the genre for a new generation of players” according to the PR …

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Last week we published an interview with Lukas Nijsten of The Artistocrats about their new game, Order of Battle: Pacific due out shortly and published by Slitherine. When we asked about some additional information about the game, gameplay, and the like they suggested that perhaps the best way for our readers to find out was to watch a game in progress. And so they have kindly allowed us to embed a video of the game being played by two of their producers.

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Last Saturday, 25 April, was ANZAC Day when Australia and New Zealand take time to remember those who died for their countries in various conflicts. However, it is the fighting at Gallipoli in World War 1that is most usually associated with ANZAC Day and is seen as a defining moment in the history of the two nations and a major factor in their progress to independent statehood. Whilst the tragedy and heroism of the fighting at Gallipoli is remembered the naval actions that were a prelude have a lower profile. Today we take a look at the failed naval operations of March 1915.

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Last year we brought you advance info on a new game from Slitherine called Order of Battle: Pacific. Now that the release date is close we got in touch with the developers, The Artistocrats, for an interview and Lukas Nijsten kindly agreed to answer a few questions in his no doubt scarse free time in the run up to launch.

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