From: Vermont, USA
Hi Panzer Leader,
ORIGINAL: Panzer Leader R.I.P.
Hi, another COmbat Missionary here, excitedly awaiting this release.
I cant wait to play another 3D we-go tactical WW2 wargame! It has been awhile. I am most excited to hear that this game has a campaign game, and also the abilty to play scenarios. I hope a 'quick-battle' feature is put into the game.
Thanks for your interest. In addition to the campaign scenarios which can be played as set battles, we've included two "skirmish" scenarios. One is an almost entirely infantry battle and the other is a "variety" battle with a little of everything in the first release, including some units that don't show up in the campaign (such as the Tiger). With the point buy system and the placement options, you can use the variety skirmish to get a pretty high degree of "quick battle" replayability on a unique map that's designed for a balanced fight.
With that said, I just played one of the campaign scenarios head to head via PBEM and it was a very different experience from playing it in the campaign due to the tactics my opponent chose (and the fact that I was playing the side that's normally played by the AI in the campaign). Very close run, very fun and I think replayability overall will be good.
One of the things that made CM so excellent was its re-playabilty, and the reason it was replayable, was the ability for the customer to build scenarios, operations and MAPS. I understand a map editor is not available, but we have the scenario/campaign option right? As long as we use pre-made maps?
That's right. Until the map editor is finished, you'll have to use the maps that came with the game. However, the data, scenarios and campaign structure are all editable and modifiable. Creating new scenarios does not take long and you can string them together in your own campaigns. Note that we also tried to make the maps representative without being too specific, so they should be pretty well reusable for battles in this general area and timeframe.
Also, if we can only use pre-made maps, can we expect some level of support, i.e. the developers releasing new maps/scenarios as time progresses.
Yes, we're planning on several expansions and a map editor. I'm also working on a couple of bonus scenarios using existing maps, for release after the game is available.
Also, how much customizeabilty is their with modding? Will the BMPs be moddable, and also will the unit data be moddable?
Yes and yes, pretty much everything is moddable. You can add your own units to the game, modify the existing ones, tweak armor, weaponry, etc.
I am eager for this game to succeed, and look forward to it, my only concern is the level of continuting support it will get thru the developers AND thru a community given the proper tools.
Thanks, our plans are for ongoing support, expansion and growth. Obviously, the community plays a strong role in those plans so it's great to see the expressions of interest.