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Feature: Simulation & wargame blather

The Flare Path: Reductions Reveille

Wakey-wakey, rise and spend! Jackie is blowing her utility trumpet because she wants the world to know that three old wargames have just had their prices slashed. As conveying detailed sale information with valveless brass instruments is notoriously tricky, it will be left up to Jackie's assistant Jean (Out of picture. Armed with a Glockenspiel 17.) to explain that the games in question are John…

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Feature: Simulation & wargame blather

The Flare Path: Indecent Proposal

In the summer of 2001 I bought a copy of This Blessed Plot at a village fête for 20p, never suspecting that the hefty tome was destined to sit unfinished on my bookshelf for the next twelve years. My failure to get any further than chapter 3 - 'Russell Bretherton' - I've always blamed on Hugo Young, Russell Bretherton, or Tim Stone (Perhaps I'm not as…

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Patton Patrol: Close Combat – Panthers In The Fog

Close Combat: Panthers in the Fog, AKA Close Combat: Normandy VIII, featured in last week's Flare Path, announcing itself with what is surely one of the most underwhelming trailers in the history of moving images. It's not even an honest trailer, the sort that shows the reality of the game in 'action' - that would be fine because at least it would be informative. The…

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Alea Jacta Est Announced! Again?

Piling in on the current overwhelming trend towards Latin game-titles, Alea Jacta Est is a grand strategy game by Ageod, to be published by Matrix games. They report in their reveal announcement that "An incredible amount of detail and historical accuracy has been packed into Alea Jacta Est from terrain to units to even the dilemmas and troubles the leaders of Rome actually faced hundreds…

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Exquisite Corps: Panzer Corps – Afrika Korps

Corps, corps, korps. Panzer Corps, a Panzer General for the new generation, looks a lot like it could have been from the previous generation, or even the one before. It's the kind of game I imagine my grandpa would have played on his rickety Victrola while riding a Penny Farthing. It apparently maintains the high quality of its spiritual forefather, which means I really should…

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Feature: Simulation & wargame news

The Flare Path: Flustered By Flux

Did you know that Flare Path had an older brother - an older brother that met an untimely end? Tarquin Flare Path hated change and hatched a plot to purge it from the world. If it hadn't been for a vigilant off-duty bobby, a faulty Schottky transistor, and an escaped circus tiger, you and I would dwell in a perpetual June 14th 1997. Poor old…

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Team Assault: Baptism Of Fire Bursts Into Action

Apparently taking some cues from Silent Storm (a good thing), Zeal Game Studio's Team Assault: Baptism of Fire is a turn-based, skirmish level WWII tactical wargame. With an emphasis on realism, including morale management, and bullets that penetrate cover and have a tendency to kill rather than chip away at health bars, it sounds like exactly the sort of thing I often rudely expect other…

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Matrix Games’ Seasonal Strategy Sale

‘Tis the season to report that many a thing is on sale. The latest discounts to come to my attention are over at Matrix Games, eminently serious-minded purveyors of complex strategic delicacies It’s not often that these grizzled veterans emerge into the wilds – they hate breaking cover - so the only hope for a discount is usually when Matrix have their own sales and…

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Further Expansion: Distant Worlds – Legends

I conceal my love for Distant Worlds quite well by never actually mentioning the game but I do love it, very much. If I actually owned a physical copy rather than a digital download, I'd probably give it a hug occasionally. Now, the gigantically scaled but manageable space strategy behemoth has received a second expansion pack, following last year's Return of the Shakturi. The core…

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Tanks Across Europe: Panzer Corps Out Now

World War II strategy game Panzer Corps is available right now. You can get it from either Slitherine here or Matrix Games here. It's priced at £26.99/$39.99 for a download or £33.99/$49.99 for a download + shiny plastic disc edition. For your money, you get four hundred different types of unit, including Tanks, Planes, Cars, Guns, Boats and all sorts. I've embedded a trailer underneath…

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Coming And Göring: Panzer Corps Dated

Alas, my headline puns can never beat Quinns'. But never mind that. Panzer Corps, Slitherine's homage to hexagonal, historical Herr Hitler simulator Panzer General, is due to be released July 11, it's been revealed. At this point I would like to apologise for the absurd amount of H in the preceding sentence. Would you like some quite dull-looking but probably very unrepresentative screenshots? Go on.…

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Frozen Synapse Thaws Soon – New Trailer

Kieron and Quintin's excitement about Mode 7's Frozen Synapse has been somewhat infectious, which means it's safe to say there's rather a lot of people looking forward to the imminent release of the fast-paced simultaneous turn-based action strategy-em-up. It's so soon! This Thursday! And it's found itself a publisher in Matrix Games. There's some new pictures, one of them moving, below.

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Panzer Command: Ostfront Has A Demo

Hello. Do you like commanding Panzers? I bet you do. And you're in luck, because tankcentric wargame Panzer Command has a demo out for Ostfront, its new iteration based on the full breadth of landwar action on World War II's Eastern Front. As I understand it, there's a significant amount of commanding Panzers involved, as you can see by watching the trailer which I've posted…

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School is a Battlefield: Battlefield Academy

No demo yet, but the just released Battlefield Academy does seem at least its own thing, which is always intriguing. Well, if not totally own thing, a continuation of something which was its own thing. Battle Academy was a 2004 webgame for the BBC - which is still available - and Slitherine has made a stand alone expanded commercial re-imagining with the aid of John…

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The Cost Of War: Battles From The Bulge

A wargame dev can disappoint his customers in thousands of ingenious ways. Getting the armour thickness wrong on a Panther glacis plate usually works, as does neglecting to model Russian anti-tank dogs, Polish cavalry, and Bren gun tripods. Strangely, one of the least used methods is steep pricing. Command Ops: Battles from the Bulge a game I talked about excitedly earlier in the year has…

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Not Giving a 4X (Demo): Distant Worlds

The forums have been all over this. While I've yet to play it - it doesn't have a demo - Distant Worlds seems definitely worth a plug. It's from Code Force and is a real-time 4X game, basically. Bar all the scope of the genre, its defining feature is how much can be automated beneath you. As in, the empire's civilians will go about and…

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Go West! Operation Barbarossa Demo

I appear to be coming over Tim Stone. And before a horrible image is conjured in the communal RPS-reader mind by that sentence, I better progress to the point quickly. A demo for Operation Barbarossa - The Struggle For Russia is now available. There's over 150 upgradeable units in the full game and prominently features hexes - which will be a theme for my blogging…

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Man Solo: Smugglers IV Demo

I've been easing into the morning with a demo of Matrix-published Niels Bauer Games-developed turn-based space-exploration thing. It's basically Elite... but turn-based. Get missions, screw your reputation, shoot mercenaries and similar. At least with the equipment in the demo - they stress there's a lot more in the full version - the combats are pretty repetitive, but it basically seems like a more-complicated long-form version…

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Military (Wargame) Spending Budget Slashed

Putting on my Tim Stone hat, I noticed that strategy-specialists Matrix games have celebrated the US tax day by giving away the full version of their War Engine game. That's very different to how RPS celebrates its tax day - that is, with a cheery bout of tax evasion. Don't be confused by the fantasy screenshot - the War Engine is a general purpose wargame…

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