Wargamer Weekly: A Good Week for War Games

By Joe Robinson 15 Nov 2019 0

This week has been a good week for computer wargamers - between the accessible yet challenging Unity of Command 2, and the hardcore war simulation that is Command: Modern Operations, we’ve had two big games drop. I’m nowhere near confident enough to try CMO but I have been playing around with UoC2 and I concur with Jack’s review - it is pretty good.

It’ll be interesting to see what further games release before the end of the year - we know of one that’s coming at the end of the month (BLOCKS! Julius Caesar) but whether any others turn up or slip into next year is the question.

Meanwhile, in the world of wargaming...

Command: Modern Operations FYI

You'll know from our review yesterday that Command: Modern Operations is out. We thought we'd give it an extra mention today as there are some specifics for existing CMANO owners (and even non-owners) that may be worth paying attention to.

Firstly, as of yesterday, the original CMANO game and its DLCS are no longer available to purchase. IF you purchased them before then they'll still be in your Steam (or Matrix) library and you can still download and play them, but they're not getting any new content as all of the existing features and content have been folded into CMO anyway. The DLCs have also been relisted as new CMO-friendly versions.

If you do own the original CMANO, you're eligible for a 50% discount off the price of CMO (RRP £66.99 / $USD) which is valid until January 31st, 2020. Full details on how that works between Steam/Matrix Store and a few other specific use-cases can be read here.

Games Workshop making it rain

Games Workshops apparently are still doing very well for themselves. In a random (and brief) info burst last Friday on their Investor Relations website, the company mentioned that business is still booming. They are already ahead compared to the previous period last year, and their estimates from the six months leading up to 1 December 2019 will result in a profit of £55 Million.

They also mentioned “Royalties receivable are also significantly ahead of the prior year driven by the timing of guarantee income on signing new licences.”

I’ve always had mixed feelings about GW doing well for itself - the Warhammer properties are fun and well designed for the most part, but the company is definitely greedy on pricing and anecdotal evidence suggestions when Warhammer does well, every other table-top line doesn’t. Still, one of the good things to come out of the current ‘era’ is that we’re seeing a lot more licensed products, which I think accounts for a lot of their growth. We’ll find out when they post a full earnings analysis at the appropriate time.

Libertadores Kickstarter launches

The developer behind the excellent Battles for Spain has launched a Kickstarter for his new title, Libertadores. It’s being helped along by Avalon Digital (who are designing the BLOCKS wargames, like Richard III) who are running the Kickstarter page itself.

Interestingly enough, along with the digital game they are also offering the option to have a physical board game as well. This is a new experiment for them, so it will be interesting to see how many backers want the physical game and whether it proves to be cost-effective. You can check out the Kickstarter page to read more details on how the physical game works compared to the digital one.

If you read our Battles for Spain review you’ll know at least that designer Miguel Santacruz knows his craft, so we have no reason to worry about the digital game. How the physical product will end up is anyone’s guess, so exercise the usual caution if choosing to back that product.

World of Warships Update 0.8.10

I still don’t understand how this game is still in ‘beta’, but as we’ve written before it is quite fun for an arcade naval wargame. If you’re still playing the game and have a thing for Italians, you may be pleased to know that the latest update completes the Italian Cruiser branch, while also including a new special Italian commander and preparations for the new Ranked Battle season. We’ve got a summary vid here if you want to know the full details:

Grand Tactician Release Window

Grand Tactician, the real-time grand strategy wargame set in the American Civil War has posted a new development update that also teases a release window of Summer 2020. It calls it a ‘Delay’ although a release this year was always a bit optimistic, I feel, especially as they don’t want to go down the Early Access route.

The blog post goes into further details on the Economy, Politics and the freedom of action the game allows for.

That's all we've got for you this week - enjoy your weekends!

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