From: College Station, Texas
Wow, we got a real hornet's nest here! There are the RTM folks v.s the Turn Based (and si-move) folks. Plus, we got people who think CC and CM are crap, v.s. those who bought them but the thousands. Personally, Close Combat IS dated, but it was a groundbreaker, and a major sucess IMNSHO. CM has had three good iterations.
At to real time games.....I love HOI2, but how can you call a game that covers 10 years but can be finished (solo) in one month "REAL TIME". Get real. You can pause the single player mode, too. If we had a real real time game, the computer would always win solo, 'cause most of us are not physically trained to multi task as fast as war demands!
I didn't count, but it appeared that most of the posts did not have the phrase ASL in it. Too bad. It was a great game, and with the advances in graphis and multiple processors, I think it can be done. I do like Paradox (but not as well as Matrix. I only hope the do NOT try to make it a real time game. The phase system worked well for Avalon Hill, and I'd like to see them retain it.
One final question:TO RAVENHOOD....Nice Icon, it begs the inevatable question...Boy or Girl? I know that's not PC, but the ladies seem to be making inroads into the gaming industry. Having read many of your posts, I will make the sexist guess that you are male, because you know a hell of a lot about computer wargaming, and statistically, there are more males involved. If I'm wrong, I beg your pardon.
"Ideological conviction will trump logistics, numbers, and firepower every time"
J. Stalin, 1936-1941...A. Hitler, 1933-1945. W. Churchill (very rarely, and usually in North Africa). F. D. Roosvelt (smart enough to let the generals run the war).