Wargamer Weekly: Twenty Years Young10 Jul 2020 3
Apologies for another bout of disruption to the weekly news cycle - in case you didn’t know I was off on paternity leave as my wife gave birth to our second child. Thanks to Ian and Marcello for looking after the site while I was away.
This week has seen a bit of news, the release of the free version of the Warhammer 40K 9th Edition rules, plus the release of Undaunted: North Africa. I’ve also been experimenting more with older content, as some of the features from a few years ago are still relevant today. Next week we should have (hopefully) a review of GMT’s Imperial Struggle, as well as the Panzer Corps 2 Spanish Civil War DLC.
Meanwhile, in the world of war games...
Slitherine Turns 20
In case you weren’t aware, recently Slitherine have been celebrating their 20th birthday. According to Wikipedia the company was actually founded on the 25th June, 2000, but the celebration notices have been going out this past weekend. Their first game was Legion, which is now available on Steam for the first time and these days the label continues to represent the more ‘mainstream’ games that come out of the Matrix/Slitherine duo. For a while they moonlighted as a publisher for Osprey, and their stockroom is probably still full of old Field of Glory table-top books.
Matrix Games was of course founded by David Heath in 1999, who now runs Lock’n Load publishing, but the McNeil’s bought out Matrix Games in 2010. There’s a video they put out, but it’s mainly just accolades from their community. There’s also this post from Iain McNeil talking about the anniversary.
Of course they seem to have left out the fact that they owned and operated a wargames website for a while. Anyone remember that site? God they were assholes. Especially the current Editor.
Panzer Corps 2 - Spanish Civil War DLC
This is more of a reminder - if you pre-ordered or bought the ‘Marshal Edition’ for Panzer Corps 2, the new Spanish Civil War DLC will now be available for you to play. Everyone else will get to purchase it when it’s available for general release next week on July 16th. Our review will be going live then as well.
The DLC will be accompanied by the Version 1.1.4. Patch:
- Unit plates now display new markers for heroes and medals
- Added an option to toggle hex markers (victory hex, secondary objective and supply hex), and a corresponding hotkey (Shift+H)
- Loading screen now shows loading progress (by background gradually transitioning from dark to normal)
- Added three final tactical advisor clips to Tutorial Section
- Added russian and chinese localizations for Spanish campaign
- Various minor tweaks and fixes
- Added 54 camo skins and new colours for Field Marshal Edition and General Edition owners
- Added 9 camo skins for all players
New Game Spotted: Regiments
We missed this one cropping up when it hit Steam, but it seems there’s yet another game trying to claim the crown of the ultimate cold war strategy game. It’s at least trying to be different to the Wargame series, which is more than what could be said for Cold War Game (which has been put into ‘stealth’ mode while it resolves a DMCA Complaint).
So far Regiments is looking pretty neat: The game is set in Germany in 1989, with a European Escalation-style ‘Cold War Gone Hot’ scenario. The steam page talks about focusing on ‘adaptive’ army compositions and controls that reduce the micro of controlling all of the units available. We can’t wait to see more.
Holdfast: Nations at War Update
I love writing about Holdfast. I don’t play it much anymore but it’s a wonderfully bonkers game and reminds me of the good ol’ days when I was part of the ‘95th Rifles’ clan in the Mount & Blade scene. First up for the Napoleonic mod for Warband, and later the stand-alone Napoleonic Wars expansion they released.
Holdfast seems to be going from strength to strength and they’ve just released a major new update that adds a lot more role-playing features. Now you can salute, and even march with your musket shouldered. Bonkers stuff. There’s also a new map and new clan features as well. You can read the full patch notes here.
Undaunted: Normandy Scenario Creation Contest
Osprey are running another contest for their excellent war game, Undaunted: Normandy where they invite members of the community to submit their own scenarios. This year the contest has a specific theme - ‘Surrounded’.
In your scenario, either the German or American forces must have at least one of their starting spawn markers and/or units in a central position on the map. Other than that, you are free to do whatever you want, but we would really love scenarios that capture the feeling of being surrounded by your opponent.
The contest is open until August 28th, 2020 and the winner will receive either a copy of the recently released Undaunted: North Africa, or a copy of Undaunted: Reinforcements when it releases next year. Email your submissions here.
New Game Alert: Strategic Mind The Third
You’ll have seen this on our recently updated Upcoming War Games 2020 feature, but it looks like Starni Games are back. They’re working on a new game in their ‘Strategic Mind’ series which focuses on the exploits of the Soviet Union during WW2. It follows the historical operations, as well as throwing in some alternative history stuff as well.
That’s all we have for you this week - enjoy your weekends!