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Posts tagged “Slitherine”

Buzz Aldrin’s Space Program Manager Semi-Lifts Off

Woah, woah, WOAH. You do NOT want to go to space in an alpha, unfinished, early access rocket. That's just asking for trouble. Things were tricky enough in Apollo 13 as they were - imagine if they set off in a craft they knew was full of bugs and had a missing door and just the word PLACEHOLDER in yellow paint where the oxygen recycler…

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Turn-Based Chariot Racer Qvadriga Is In Beta

I dropped a pun just so I could have the words "Turn-Based Chariot Racer" at the top of RPS for an hour, though there's actually a real-time mode as well. QVADRIGA, you have given me that pleasure, so I will return the favour and tell cheering masses that you are now in beta, a word the pleases me because stole it from the Greeks. Now…

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Feature: Shakedown Cruise

Command: Modern Air Naval Operations review

ACRONYM GLOSSARY (Please memorise before proceeding)ASW - Anti Submarine Warfare. AEW - Airborne Early Warning. SEAD - Suppression of Enemy Air Defences. DICASS - Directional Command Active Sonobuoy System. SSN - Nuclear-powered submarine. ITWPWT - Innocent Trawler in the Wrong Place at the Wrong Time. CMANO - Command: Modern Air Naval Operations. CHR - Compendious Harpoon Replacement. ESS - Essentially Ship-Shape. DSDDB - Despite Shoal of Disappointing Deficiencies…

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Feature: Simulation & wargame blather

The Flare Path: Toad Array

Toady in Flare Path: brief thoughts on the latest Matrix Games/Slitherine pricing controversy, Ilya Shevchenko reflects on the DCS WWII Kickstarter campaign, the Foxer is renamed the Fuchser in honour of Steel Beasts 3.0, and 'today' and 'misspelled' are mispelled.

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Feature: simulation & wargame blather

The Flare Path: A Fraud In Fredericksburg

Wargame publishing leviathan Slitherine held their 2013 press conference last Friday. Fredericksburg, Virginia was the venue and I was there! In spirit. Physically I was in a small room in Staines, Surrey eating fig rolls and reading Nevil Shute's 'Pastoral' but I'm determined not to let a minor detail like that get in the way of pithy reportage. With the help of half a bottle of Auntie…

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Phwoarhammer: Warhammer 40K: Armageddon

I've been all around the world. I've worked in the Australian desert, getting up in the middle of the night and toiling until the sun's heat boiled the sweat off my skin. I've stood within a few hundred metres of the man-made hole to hell in Chernobyl, pondering the invisible fire that lay under the crumbling concrete sarcophagus. I've visited an island on a Scottish…

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Feature: Simulation & wargame news

The Flare Path: Parleys With A Warlord

Every day is D-Day -1 for the busy Seabees at Slitherine Software. An Epsom-based outfit that started life constructing singular sword-and-sandal TBSs, is now, thanks to a slew of acquisitions and a dazzlingly dynamic approach to talent spotting/signing, the dominant force in PC wargame publishing. During the coming year, company chieftain Iain McNeil will be overseeing more than fifty releases. Realising I knew little about…

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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: Beyond Visual Range

The Flare Path lights are dimmed today, the wind socks are at half mast. Jim Mackonochie, one of the most influential, approachable, and well-liked figures in flight simulation died on Tuesday. If you've flown a faithfully simulated military jet at any point during the last quarter century, there's a good chance you've enjoyed a game that Jim signed or nurtured. Though most closely associated with…

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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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Feature: Alpha Obtainium

Impressions: Pandora – First Contact

The version of Pandora: First Contact that I've been playing since last week is far from complete - it's stable and packed with potential but the tech tree and map generation are just two major features that are due to experience major overhauls. When the game in question is a strategic task of exploration and colonisation on an alien planet not a thousand light years…

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Waaagh-Face: Slitherine Announce Turn-Based 40K Game

First there was SPACE HULK SPACE HULK SPACE HULK SPACE HULK SPACE HULK and now there's, erm, a turn-based Warhammer 40K strategy game of indeterminate nature a turn-based Warhammer 40K strategy game of indeterminate nature a turn-based Warhammer 40K strategy game of indeterminate nature! A few days ago, Games Workshop announced that they had made a deal with the developer but I didn't expect news…

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Waaagh! Slitherine Gets Warhammer 40K License

Huh, I didn't expect this. The disintegration of THQ seems to have resulted in Games Workshop renting its Warhammer 40,000 license to all and sundry rather than keeping them locked up in one place. So we've got Space Hulk coming from Full Control, potentially, maybe, who knows Relic keeping hold of something Dawn of War-related when Sega snapped them up, and now strategy publisher/developer Slitherine…

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Patton The Head: Legends Of War

Legends of War has a peculiar trailer. At just over thirty seconds long, I hoped it would be a video of a computer-generated General Patton flexing and chewing bullets. 'LEGEND OF WAR', the title would be written in explosions, and then Old Blood and Guts would drive a tank out of the screen and start doing wheelies all around my flat. Instead, the video denigrates…

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Manage To Mars: Buzz Aldrin’s Space Program Manager

Creepily-named publisher Slitherine send word that they're going to be launching a space-project management game with Buzz Aldrin's name on it later this year (and his advice was sought in researching the development, apparently). In Buzz Aldrin's Space Program Manager you will be tasked with a sandbox management scenario in which you must train astronauts and their support staff, while at the same time doing…

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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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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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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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Panzer Corps Demo Out, Game Half Price

Panzer Corps, a game I am more likely to eat than play, has just released a demo. Which is splendid news if you're not a giant strategy wimp like me, but rather a brave, strong, firmly-featured type. Within the demo you'll find six missions from the unenigmatically named Bootcamp Campaign, as well as the invasion of Poland (cripes) and "the first few turns of the…

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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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