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Feature: WELL?

The Flare Path: What are they all playing this weekend?

April showers filling my gutters, May blossom spangling my hedge, June bugs headbutting my window... Mother Nature seems to have muddled her months this year. I'm not one for idle gossip as you well know but Mr Valentine at the sweet shop reckons she's back on the gin. Apparently she reeked of the stuff when she came in for her sherbet lemons on Monday. Just…

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Strategy & Cylons: Battlestar Galactica – Deadlock

Strategy publishers Slitherine have sent word that they're working on a Battlestar Galactica game. It goes by the name Battlestar Galactica: Deadlock [official site] and is under development at Black Lab Games, creators of 3D tactical fleet battler Star Hammer. Galactica looks to be similarly based around ship-to-ship combat, focusing on the defense of the Twelve Colonies during the first Cylon war. Expect fleet building…

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Feature: FOB watch

Afghanistan 11 review

Let's see if I can get through this without using the W word. Afghanistan 11 is a w****** (history-steeped military strategy game with influential terrain and plausible, reality-derived unit relationships) but it would be a tragedy if w******* (habitual users of history-steeped military strategy games with influential terrain and plausible, reality-derived unit relationships) were the only people who ever stumbled into its quicksand. The W…

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Panzer Corps 2 announced, using Unreal Engine 4

The Panzer Corps [official site] are showing their age. You can see it in the rust that is accumulating around their joints and hear it in the strained rumble of their engines. Even the hexes look a little worn around the edges these days. It's no surprise really - the old stalwart has seen a lot of action. Five years in the field. Five years…

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Feature: Exciting battles but a dull campaign

Warhammer 40K: Sanctus Reach review

The never-ending conflict between Warhammer 40K’s Orks and the greatest warriors of the Imperium of Man, the Space Marines, is an ouroboros that’s already trapped us all inside it. An infinite war, spawning an infinite number of smaller digital wars on our PCs, making sure we can never, ever escape. Warhammer 40K: Sanctus Reach [official site] is the latest snapshot of the war, a turn-based…

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Waaaaghface! Warhammer 40k: Sanctus Reach released

Warhammer 40,000: Sanctus Reach [official site], the turn-based wargame of grimdark futurewar and wacky fun orky waaagh!, launched last night. It's not quite an adaptation of the tabletop ruleset but I do hear it feels like a streamlined version, which is nice. For all the Warhammer 40k games we have growing on trees, showering the waaaaghpavement with waaaaghfruit and waaaaghleaves that make careless waaaaghchildren slip…

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WH40k: Sanctus Reach shows turn-based strategariting

Dawn of War 3 may be 2017's big exciting Warhammer 40,000 real-time strategy game but I'd forgotten that more ponderous 40k is coming too. Warhammer 40,000: Sanctus Reach [official site] arrives before Dawn of War, later this month, and its strategerisating is turn-based. Sanctus Reach will see the Space Marine space viking Space Wolves scrapping with those lovable Ork space hooligans. Yes, yes I know…

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Feature: Black Friday bargain hunt

The Flare Path: Cheapskate Or Die

'Tis the season to be jolly vigilant. With the six-week Matrix/Slitherine Christmas sale underway and Steam in the midst of a five-day autumnal tariff squeeze, several excruciatingly expensive wargames are currently just expensive, quite a few expensive wargames are now affordable, and a handful of cheap wargames are doing passable impersonations of gift horses. Prowling the various bargain basements like an extra-grumpy Philip Serrell, these…

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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 a…

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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: Alphabetical wargame and simulation news

The Flare Path: AlphaBet Pilot

A is for annus mirabilis2016, 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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