Posts Tagged ‘Slitherine’

The Flare Path: Topical Titbits

Q’s tail is a trip hazard. V and J often fall over in high winds. B lacks dignity*. Rain tends to collect in M and U… Many letters of the alphabet have inherent flaws but here at The Flare Path we treat all 26 with equal respect when we’re compiling one of our breathtakingly superficial alphabetical sim and wargaming news round-ups.

* It’s easily transformed into a cartoon bum.

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Tankyou Very Much: Panzer Corps Free Weekend

Panzer Corps [official site], the heir to the Panzer General series of WWII strategy games, is free to play this weekend through Steam. The free weekend has already begun (unlike the actual weekend, I grumble into my third coffee of the morning) and “during that time there will be a 75% discount on the base game and a 50% discount on all the DLCs” say publishers Slitherine. That’s £3.74 for the base game and £30.49 for the gargantuan collection. A splendid opportunity to take these monstrous vehicles for a test drive.

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The Flare Path: AlphaBet Pilot

A is for annus mirabilis

2016, you’ve an awful lot to live up to. I’ve been computer wargaming for over three decades now, and I can’t recall a better year than the one just gone. Vietnam ’65, Rule the Waves, Pike & Shot: Campaigns, Decisive Campaigns: Barbarossa… for any grognard partial to bold designs, unusual settings, and absorbing, plausible action, the temptations were many. Read the rest of this entry »

Board ‘Em Up: Legions Of Steel Goes From Tabletop To PC

Often when I’m in a pub I’ll regail strangers with great tales of how I’ll one day make my millions by pitching game developers great ideas I’ve stolen from board games I once played in a recroom during the ’90s. It’s a great tragedy that Studio Nyx got there ahead of me with Legions of Steel [official site], which if you’re old enough you might recognise as an old tactical board game about saving humanity from mechanical jerks.

The original rule-set has been recreated for its PC release by the French studio – The game’s out now and you can watch in action below:

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Have You Played… Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

I put off playing Slitherine’s hexual take on Games Workshop’s reliably ridiculous sci-fi tabletop game for the longest time. On paper, Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon [official site] sounded like exactly the Epic-scale adaptation I’ve long wanted from an Only War simulator, but I feared that it couldn’t possibly live up to it in practice.

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Realms Of Possibility: Sovereignty – Crown Of Kings

I’d be the King Bee in a spelling tournament, even if RPS’ own word management systems do insist on drawing squiggly red lines under my British “favours” and “honours”. It’s imported from the colonies, you see, the RPS machinery. It drinks coffee, we take tea, my dears. Despite my ability to put the right letters in the right order, certain words always have me reaching for the dictionary.com tab. “Bureaucracy” is a common culprit and thanks to strategy and wargame publisher Slitherine, I’ve learned that “sovereignty” is another.

Chances are, it’s a word I’ll be using quite often in the coming months because fantasy strategy game Sovereignty: Crown of Kings has just entered Early Access and demands attention.

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Deathshed: Pike And Shot – Tercio To Salvo

yes, it looks like a gang of sheds having a war

Pike And Shot: Tercio To Salvo [official site] is an intimidating name for an expansion. You might know what a pike is, you almost certainly know what a shot is, but what the devil is a Tercio? An abrupt Italian Count? And what about Salvo? A cut-price branded soothing skin ointment?

Fear not. Even if you don’t know a keil from a kurassier, Pike And Shot is a splendid wargame and will help you to familiarise yourself with the intricacies of European warfare from the Italian Wars through to the early 17th century. Tim Stone applied his considerable knowledge to the original release last year and, judging by the too-few hours I’ve spent with it, I’d highly recommend it as well.

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