From: Vermont, USA
ORIGINAL: Adam Parker
Once again, another unexpected release (for me) on checking in, with the wargaming world today! Well done Matrix - this is your year!
Thanks, I think you will love this one too!
The Matrix announcement for this game states "The sequel to Advanced Tactics is rolling off the production line and headed into battle!", which confused me somewhat, as I was never a big fan of AT due to the "clunkiness" I experienced on screen, when the game transitioned between turns.
Yes, that sub-title is not accurate, I'm sorry for the confusion that caused. This is from the same development team, but it is not the sequel to Advanced Tactics. It is instead the start of a new historical wargame series with all the best gameplay elements of AT with a lot more added in and improved.
Decisive Campaigns Warsaw to Paris (DCWtP) appears to be a self contained, bona fide peice of historical goodness.
Indeed it is!
When reading this, looking at the beatifully crafted NATO counters (packed with detail - welcome to the 21st Century) and seeing that 3 massive campaigns are covered - Poland, France and Britain - I just had to exhale "wow". Here's is a game seemingly offering grognardly, boardgame-like intensity.
There are some additional full resolution pics in these two threads as well:
1. This game has cards! How do they work, how are players given them, how many are there?
Well, there are strategic level cards in the campaign phase before and between the battles and there are also strategic card options during the battles and finally each general has some cards that they may be able to use to assist a division or two. The strategic cards are played using PPs and your points carry over in the campaign, so if you spend too many on the strategic level before the battle, you are more limited in your options once the battle starts.
3. What happens once a side clicks "end turn"? In AT the screen went archaically blank - sadly retro for me! Are things different now?
You get to watch the entire AI move and combat, though within the limits of fog of war. A huge improvement over AT, IMHO.
5. I see the rulebook is an ebook - regardless of how the game is purchased. How many pages does it have?
86 Pages in the E-Book manual.
6. A modern approach to marketing in the hobby now days, is to release a rulebook for public perusal to help the buying process along. Can this be done here? I'd really like to see what's inside this game to make up my mind.
Can't post the full manual, but I'll post a pic of the table of contents.
7. Related to (6) - are there any videos we can see?
Not yet, but perhaps in the future!