From: The Duchy of Cornwall, nr England
@ComradeP. Hanko was taken by force using the german division that starts in Finland.
@ Joel. I started this game on 12th June, and finished around 22nd June. I have tried to point out the changes that I know have been made since, and at the end of the AAR I will give an assessment of how different the game will be between the version I played and the version we have now. I look forward to testing the 1941 Campaign again when you have finished tormenting me with more Blizzard testing!
@ pipewrench. Thank you very much for your comments. The average time for an Axis turn is about 1.5 hours, depending on the season and whether you are on the offensive or defensive. The first turn is always a monster - taking me 3-5 hours. Summer turns take about 2 hours, snow turns 1-2 hours and blizzard and mud can take less than an hour. AI turns will vary according to PC specs, but for me defensive turns take the PC about 10-15 mins, Blizzard turns where the AI is attacking take 30-40 mins to process.
WITE does not use the WIR "order" system. The movement/combat system it uses is probably nearer to the Panzer General system, so you have freedom as to what you move and when you move it. From looking at the other AARs it looks like each tester has his own methods, but I tend to start at the back, using units furthest from the front first, then leave the Motorised/armoured units until last so they can exploit any gaps opened up by the infantry - pretty much like the actual historical doctrines.
Tutorials are high on the agenda at the moment, and the "Alpha" version I have seen looks very good. But we do hope that the different AAR's produced before release will help with the learning process.
As noted in other threads, most of the testers are quite experienced (meaning old!)gamers, and we see WITE as something very, very special and we find it hard to contain our enthusiasm at times. I hope the AAR's produced before launch show how good the game is even at alpha and that you will be able to see how much better it will get by the time you all get your hands on it.
It's only a Game