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Posts tagged “Slitherine”

Feature: Sim and wargaming news

The Flare Path: Unstitched

Crisis! Geoff, the retired sailmaker who usually stitches together FP news stories, phoned in sick this morning (housemaid's knee). We've experimented with alternative fastenings - velcro, staples, bulldog clips, ant-head sutures... - but none of them are strong and flexible enough to join this week's selection of topical sim and strategy snippets. Unless Irma's ongoing porridge experiments prove successful, I fear today's column will have…

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Feature: Strategic Command 3 beta impressions

The Flare Path And The Sea Lion Tamer

I'm glad Strategic Command 3's camera is a tad myopic. Not being able to see the Panzers parked in Parliament Square... the SS Sturmgrenadiers marching down The Mall... Mosley and Hitler shaking hands on the doorstep of 10 Downing Street, means I can push north towards unconquered Scotland with a spring in my goose-step.

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Waaagh! WH40K: Armageddon – Da Orks Released

Listen up, youse grots! Fings are gonna get orky round 'ere and if you fink dat- 'scuse me. HRRRK. HNNGGRRK. Ahem. Sorry. Little bit snotty in the throat. What I was trying to say is that Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon - Da Orks [official site] is now out. It's a standalone follow-up to 40k: Armageddon, a seriously hexy turn-based strategy game recreating a great war from…

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Turn-Based Marines: Warhammer 40,000 Sanctus Reach

Warhammer strategy games are thick on the ground, and my current favourites cover both the Fantasy and 40k settings. In Fantasyland we have Total Warhammer and in the grimdark future, there's Armageddon, the hexy wargame from publishers Slitherine. Dawn of War III brings RTS to the 41st millennium again soon, but Slitherine have just announced that they'll be returning to the eternal war as well.…

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A New Age: Empires Apart Coming 2017

Empires Apart [official site] is an upcoming RTS that "wants to be Age of Empires at heart", say Slitherine, who have just announced that they'll be publishing DESTINYbit's game when it's ready for release in the second half of 2017. I hadn't heard of the title until today, so I've been digging through old development video blogs like a digital archaeologist. You can see the…

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Feature: Simulation and wargame blather

The Flare Path: Exit Rows And Brexit Rows

Flare Path Air Services isn't like other airlines. Both of the aircraft in our fleet remember where they were when JFK was shot demobbed. Daisy, our DC-3, is as happy hauling live poultry and frozen prawns as lairy tourists and prayerful pilgrims. The WC aboard Old Red, our Piper Cub, consists of a funnel and a beer bottle. And currently we're the only airline in…

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Sengoku Jidai: Shadow of the Shogun Released

"This samurai-stuffed Pike & Shot spin-off is currently my favourite wargame of 2016," our resident warmaster Tim Stone declared when he looked at Sengoku Jidai: Shadow of the Shogun [official site] last week. Unless young Master Stone has flitted to a new warflower like a warhummingbird since then, you can now get into the same groove as our lad. That will bring you one step…

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Feature: Military morsels. Mainly.

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…

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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…

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Feature: Potential but as yet unrealised

Premature Evaluation: Last Days Of Old Earth

Every Monday, Rob Zacny ... Early Access … a worthy in-progress game. Last Days of Old Earth [official site] has tons of potential to be a great strategy game, in much the way a story outline has the potential to be a literary masterpiece.

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Feature: Alphabetical wargame and simulation news

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.

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Deathshed: Pike And Shot – Tercio To Salvo

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…

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Burns Night: Warhammer 40K Armageddon Expansion

Warhammer 40K Armageddon [official site] is a solid wargame - Panzer Corps with Orks and stonking great Titans - and the new ten-mission campaign will make for a pleasant evening of hex-bothering. The Salamanders Chapter of Space Marines are the focus. They're the ones who use volcanoes as jacuzzis and gulp down magma as if it were fizzy pop. They consider fire such a central…

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Feature: Adama Approved

The Bestest Best Strategy 2014 – Distant Worlds: Universe

Moving from the earliest steps toward the stars to space operas and sci-fi dreams that could be responsible for an expanded universe of spin-off novels, Distant Worlds has never seen a horizon that it doesn't want to touch. It copes with the enormous scale by allowing players to pick and choose their responsibilities. Yes, the game was first released four years ago and, yes, it's…

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Feature: There is only Waaagh!

Warhammer 40,000 – Armageddon review

This is the third Warhammer feature I've written in since revisiting Space Hulk a couple of weeks ago. If I'm not careful, I'm going to end up actually going into a Games Workshop and spending all of my Christmas shopping money on a pile of codices. I always liked the books more than the figures, truth be told, and as I was playing through the…

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Feature: Wheels Of Fury

The Bestest Best Racing Game Of 2014: Qvadriga

In what other racing game might your three horsepower engine collapse from over-zealous whipping? Qvadriga is a historical chariot simulator that spins stories of bloody rivalries and daring comebacks alongside its quickly spinning wheels, and that's why we love it. Adam: Of course our favourite racing game of the year is turn-based. Of COURSE it is.

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Waaagh! Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon Released

Games Workshop have been a bit weird with their licensing since the fall of THQ and the end of Relic's glorious Warhammer 40,000 games, greenlighting an unexpected variety of games. Sure, this has lead to humdrum oddities like WH40K: Storm of Vengeance, but I can't imagine they'd have given 40K: Armageddon the go-ahead before either. It's a serious-looking turn-based strategy game by the folks behind…

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