From: Detroit Mi, USA
ORIGINAL: Shannon V. OKeets
ORIGINAL: Shannon V. OKeets
so in simple terms there will be one game, glorious scope, PBEMable, army, navy, air across the globe - sold!!!
never played the board game, and get slightly confused by the MWIF and WIF FE abbreviations - assumed it would all be WIF and broke into a sweat
So then, this seems to be exactly the game I last played minus DOD II. Which is the 5th edition.
Wow! I am really looking forward to it now because I will know everything in the rules. Just never played it without DOD II, so that should be interesting for me. I would give my left testicle if I knew how to do the Matrix way of pbem gaming, but unless I, somehow, am able to get someone to come over here to show me how to do it, I will never know how to do it and that is so unfortunate because this is the one game that I will really want to do that.
It is easy to get confused. I try to avoid abbreviations but some of them have so penetrated my normal vocabulary and I am not even aware that I am using them.
WIF is World in Flames, usually used to refer to a host of paper map & cardboard counter games by Australian Design Group (ADG) built around the gaming system they first developed in the mid-1980's.
WIF FE is Final Edition of WIF which is a well-defined set of rules for WIF from the late 1990's. Prior to WIF FE, there had been numerous editions of the game with evolving rule sets.
CWIF is a computerized version of WIF developed by ADG with graphics and player interface from the late 1990's (e.g., Windows 98). It only enables play on a single computer with one or two humans - no internet, no PBEM, no AI opponent. ADG's web site has this product for sale.
MWIF is Matrix Games' computerized version of WIF, under a licensing agreement with ADG. I am developing MWIF under contract to Matrix and I started with the 100,000 lines of source code for CWIF in July of 2005. I am now over 300,000 lines of source code for MWIF.
MWIF is built using an enhance depiction of the units and map, which includes 2000+ bitmaps for the air and naval units, 5000+ bitmaps for the coastal hexes covering the entire globe, and 7000+ bitmaps for the rivers. The player interface design for all 100+ forms that appear while you are playing the game have been enhanced to use specially designed Theme Engine components; these replace the standard Windows components used in CWIF.
WIF as a gaming system is continuously been modified by ADG. For instance, in the 2008 Annual magazine they published this month, there are 3 more 'add-ons' to the game. That magazine also includes a long list of rule clarifications and a shorter list of rules errata.
MWIF product 1 includes most of the add-on modules for the WIF gaming system. However, it does not include all of them. Excluded are: the new add-ons just announced this month by ADG, the pre-1939 add-on (Days of Decision), post-1945 add-ons (Patton in Flames and America in Flames) and the addition of counters representing leaders (Leaders in Flames). MWIF does include all the other add-ons to the 'classic' WIF game (e.g., Ships in Flames, Planes in Flames, Convoys in Flames).
MWIF product 1 also includes internet play, PBEM, and an AI Opponent.
As mentioned by Fred above, there is a list of additional player interface features that have been pushed out of MWIF product 1 and assigned to the ill-defined "MWIF products 2 and 3". For instance, animated replay of a previously played game based on its game record log is a feature near and dear to my heart but adding that to MWIF product 1 would delay its release.
OK, I'm a little confused here.
The last time I played, it was the complete 5th edition including mech in flames with asia, africa, and planes in flames, but before patton in flames and ships in flames along with DOD II. What I am a little confused about is, I thought the final edition WiF inincluded America aflame which I never got to play.
My understanding from this is: america aflame is not represented here, but yet MWiF is representitive of the final edition here. Could you please clarify that for me?
The above is an accurate statement of what modules/add-ons are in MWIF, though that is done by listing which ones aren't.
Don't know what I did, but my quote is stated unfer the boxed in area