I've just read the excellent mini-series of articles on Sengoku, and it's put me in the mood for something similar.
The thing is, I've barely played anything in the genre, RTS or otherwise. What appeals to me is the sheer depth and varied outcomes, as well as the decision-making, and I'm really looking for a change of pace after the year's biggest Action/RPG's and such.
Turn-based strikes me as more relaxed, I'm not looking for anything like Starcraft or C&C. Other things that would help include -
- Being somewhat cheap; I'm all but drained on being able to spend more than £10-15 on games for the rest of the year (Thanks to a number of pre-orders).
- Potentially able to run on my 'netbook', which is actually a pretty decent netbook/laptop hybrid, the Asus 1215N. Dual core Atom N525, Ion2 GPU, 2gb DDR3 RAM.
- Intuitive to a new user - I'm not an idiot with no patience, but my vast lack of experience with the genre suggests I'm more likely to become bored and alienated by something obtuse and overly complex.
Games that come to mind, and that may or may not be suitable -
- Europa Universalis III
- King Arthur: The Roleplaying Wargame
- King's Bounty
- Civ 3 + 4
- A Game of Thrones: Genesis (If it was better than it supposedly is)