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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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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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One that slipped through the net last week – but better late than never. Windward is an action-filled sandbox game that puts you in control of a ship sailing the high seas of a large procedurally-generated world. Windward started as an arena-based action game that was prototyped in 2012, only to be put on hold in October of that year. It was restarted (almost) completely from scratch on August of 2014, going into Early Access in October as an action-filled naval sandbox game set in a large procedurally generated world.

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Last tear we brought you advance info on a new game from Slitherine called Order of Battle: Pacific. Now Slitherine have published a release date, so read on …

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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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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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As we start another week (well yesterday, I know, but …) it seems a good time to round up the latest bits and pieces of news from Matrix Games, Slitherine, et al. There is, of course, the usual Deal of the Week and a game update or two since we last published any news from Matrix; so read on to see what’s new.

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Initially released last year through Desura, and in January this year on Steam, War, the Game has been developed by Obbe Vermeij (who worked on the GTA franchise for Rockstar). We reviewed the game a couple of weeks ago and we also took the opportunity to catch up with Obbe for a quick interview.

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In 2013 Matrix Games released Command Modern Air/Naval Operations, the successor to the near legendary Harpoon. You can read the review Jim Cobb did for us here. Since then the game, if you can really call such an in depth military simulation a game, has moved on to version 1.07, although we also carried a review of progress to v1.05 which can be read here.

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Every game company usually has a niche in which they define themselves and are in tern defined by the market at large. Dan Verssen Games has made their niche in the industry by providing high quality solitaire games to the war gaming public. While not all of their games are solitaire, their most recent release Fleet Commander Nimitz is the newest title in their solitaire “Commander” series which includes Field Commander Rommel, Field Commander Napoleon and Field Commander Alexander. Like the other games in the series, Fleet Commander Nimitz offers nearly the perfect mix of strategy and tactics.

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