A friend over on BrokenForum has been writing a superb Command Ops AAR where day by day he recounts the battle for Bastogne on the same days in December that those historic events occurred all those years ago. The result is a superb retelling of history along with the interesting perspective of someone playing through the battle in the excellent Command Ops: Battles from the Bulge game engine. Go have a read, Fishbreath has done an excellent job!
Nikolaj has started a Battles from the Bulge AAR with the Elseborn Ridge scenario. It’s a great read and well illustrated and if you’re interested in BFTB I recommend having a read. Nikolaj does a great job of explaining what he’s doing, why, and where it’s going right (or wrong!). I just wish the damn game wasn’t so expensive!
Spelk over on SugarFreeGamer.com has written a nice wee AAR on a Battles from the Bulge tutorial. It’s a nice short introduction to the game and worth a read.
The long-awaited sequel to Conquest of the Aegean, the hard-core real-time wargame, is out. Battles from the Bulge can be bought from the Matrix store for.. what.. this is a typo, right? … ok so it’s not. Right. Well. If you wish to buy BFTB you can go and buy it for EIGHTY US DOLLARS. Yes, $80. Note, this doesn’t even get you a printed manual!
I really wish I knew what those guys at Matrix Games smoked. They like to wring their hands about how wargames are so niche and hard they are to make and how much loving work goes into them and oh we’re such precious little snowflakes. But this just doesn’t wash with me. If Steam can put up weird little niche games and then cut their price to the bone while seeing sales lift 31000% (yes, that’s right, go google it) and great profits to their devs, then why can’t Matrix get creative with their niche?
I’ve blogged about this before and nothing has changed and nothing is likely to. I guess I’ll give up on any plan to play BFTB this year. Hell, based on Matrix’s strategy of keeping prices high until simply removing the product from stock I doubt I’ll ever play it.
I just wish wargames developers would start courting Impulse (or vice versa). Those guys know how to sell games.
I’ve been a bit of fan of Conquest of the Aegean and I’m looking forward to Battles from the Bulge, the sequel to COTA by Panther Games. One issue people had with COTA was that it was a full-priced game and relatively unusual; plenty of gamers were reluctant to drop the cash to try it out. But never fear! Arjuna, a Panther Games developer, has informed fans that there will be a demo for Battles from the Bulge! At last, the curious will get a chance to try Panther Games’ unique take on strategy and the fans will be able to endlessly bug their friends to give the game a go.
We’ve previously listed Battles from the Bulge as one of the games we’re looking forward to. With that in mind I think it’s appropriate to link through to a completed AAR on the BFTB forum. It should give you a pretty good idea of the sort of game BFTB is and how it differs from Conquest of the Aegean. Enjoy!