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Happy Birthday WitP - 7/5/2011 10:38:02 PM   
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I don't know the exact date it went gold, but seven yesrs ago today I downloaded WitP and have been playing 40 hours or more each week since (my wife says more). Best entertainment bargain ever, and that does not include the time on the forums.
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RE: Happy Birthday WitP - 7/5/2011 11:59:49 PM   
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ORIGINAL: TommyG

I don't know the exact date it went gold, but seven yesrs ago today I downloaded WitP and have been playing 40 hours or more each week since (my wife says more). Best entertainment bargain ever, and that does not include the time on the forums.

It went Gold a few weeks before I registered on the forums-June 2002. I believe it was first sold at Origins in Ohio, IIRC.

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RE: Happy Birthday WitP - 7/6/2011 1:10:58 AM   
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PoultryLad, you're referring to UV, though, right?  The OP is referring to WitP, which he says came out in 2004 (I thought it was 2005, but my memory is about as good as Dan Uggla's batting average).

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RE: Happy Birthday WitP - 7/6/2011 1:13:56 AM   
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On a separate note, I do remember when WitP came out.  I was still dedicated fully to UV and had various matches going on against John III and Miller.  After awhile, John III got ahold of WitP and his UV turns became ever-less frequent.  I became jealous of WitP and secretly wished bad things to happen.

In 2005, I finally bought WitP, played about six turns with John III, and quit because it was too involved.  I tried again in 2007.  That time it stuck.  I was fortunate to play John III and Miller in WitP, and now I've played Miller, Q-Ball, and Chez Da Jez in AE.

What fun!

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RE: Happy Birthday WitP - 7/6/2011 8:16:01 AM   
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I remember very clearly what year WITP came out. I got married just a few months before it came out. One of the best years in history. I keep telling my wife that on our anniversery with a smile and a faraway look in my eyes.

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RE: Happy Birthday WitP - 7/6/2011 12:18:53 PM   
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Well remember when I first launched WitP, and just to see whats there started a grand campaign.

Back then I considered myself a UV vet and could hardly believe there was a game dwarfing the
complexity of that strategy gem by a full order of magnitude.

I spent hours just checking at the different units all over the map and the shiny new options
like range settings on the squadron overview. Was unable to keep my jaw from dropping every
couple of seconds.

I think I never felt so noobishly overwhelmed ever again.


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RE: Happy Birthday WitP - 7/6/2011 4:41:24 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: LoBaron

Well remember when I first launched WitP, and just to see whats there started a grand campaign.

Back then I considered myself a UV vet and could hardly believe there was a game dwarfing the
complexity of that strategy gem by a full order of magnitude.

I spent hours just checking at the different units all over the map and the shiny new options
like range settings on the squadron overview. Was unable to keep my jaw from dropping every
couple of seconds.

I think I never felt so noobishly overwhelmed ever again.



Same here! I played a lot of UV PBEM and WitP was just too good to be true.

I've never played any other game a comparable amount of hours. It's certainly the best spent money on entertainment ever.

It's sooo good to know you have a turn in the mailbox waiting, isn't it? Waiting for the whole family to go to sleep and then enjoying a little ... carnage in the Pacific

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RE: Happy Birthday WitP - 7/6/2011 4:55:04 PM   
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I owned WITP a year before starting a campaign. I was afraid that it would become a total "time suck." It was. And, now I am playing two campaigns of AE and it is.....

I have pretty much given up playing any other of my games. And pretty much given up the idea of painting my house this year..

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RE: Happy Birthday WitP - 7/7/2011 5:51:52 AM   
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What a bunch of noobs. I see nobody has mentioned Pacific War yet. It's been almost 20 years since that gem got me started in Pacific theater computer gaming on a grand operational level.

Cheers,
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RE: Happy Birthday WitP - 7/7/2011 6:32:06 AM   
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This thread is titled "Happy Birthday WitP".

The Geezer thread is over in the war room, grandpa.

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RE: Happy Birthday WitP - 7/7/2011 5:07:33 PM   
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quote:

This thread is titled "Happy Birthday WitP".

The Geezer thread is over in the war room, grandpa.


PacWar is the Grandpa of UV/Witp/WitPAE nevertheless

And I started the PacWar curse in 1988.
NO, I am not a Grandpa

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RE: Happy Birthday WitP - 7/7/2011 5:32:06 PM   
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quote:

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quote:

This thread is titled "Happy Birthday WitP".

The Geezer thread is over in the war room, grandpa.


PacWar is the Grandpa of UV/Witp/WitPAE nevertheless

And I started the PacWar curse in 1988.
NO, I am not a Grandpa


Back then there were exactly 3 names I knew about the pacific war: PH, Guadalcanal and Hiroshima. My interest was on the European theatre and there mainly the BoB.
Talonsofts Battle of Britain was my favourite game until I discovered UV, but in ´88 I was still playing things like Bubble Bobble on my C64.

Getting someone from a country whose navy consists of a single gun boat (erm...misleading term...think of it as a "boat" with a "gun") and a handful of barges addicted to the
most complex naval warfare situations in history is enough of a compliment for UV I guess. Probably PacWar would have had the same effect, who knows.

I only ever heard there was a predecessor of UV until I aready owned the game for 2 years.


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RE: Happy Birthday WitP - 7/7/2011 6:47:28 PM   
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Got it as Xmas gift 2004. Played Tutorial once and then straight into Grand Campaign!  Never had UV, put did play old PacWar a lot (as well as WiR).

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RE: Happy Birthday WitP - 7/7/2011 7:22:59 PM   
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Victory Games Pacific War got me into the theater. Now that was a great game I'd love to see remade for the computer. It's operational mechanic was really excellent.

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RE: Happy Birthday WitP - 7/7/2011 8:50:08 PM   
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Lots of nice replies and reminiscing, (I started in the Pacific with Guadalcanal Campaign in 1981), but no one has confirmed when WitP was first available to download. I can't blow out the candles on my WitP cake until I know I got the birthday right.

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RE: Happy Birthday WitP - 7/8/2011 2:34:03 AM   
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ORIGINAL: LoBaron

This thread is titled "Happy Birthday WitP".

The Geezer thread is over in the war room, grandpa.

Be careful lest someone accuse you of elder abuse!

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RE: Happy Birthday WitP - 7/9/2011 6:23:31 PM   
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ORIGINAL: TommyG

Lots of nice replies and reminiscing, (I started in the Pacific with Guadalcanal Campaign in 1981), but no one has confirmed when WitP was first available to download. I can't blow out the candles on my WitP cake until I know I got the birthday right.


TommyG -

I ordered WitP in 2004, upon release (IIRC), and attempting to download the game over a dial up connection, it would download for about 12 or so hours then loose the connection. After multiple attempts, I gave up and waited (impatiently) for the CD to arrive.

What an awesome game!

Mac

< Message edited by Mac Linehan -- 7/9/2011 6:24:07 PM >


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RE: Happy Birthday WitP - 7/10/2011 2:20:03 AM   
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Ahhhhhhh the dial up days. I remember trying to download Quake in the 90s. I never succeeded.

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RE: Happy Birthday WitP - 7/12/2011 5:28:03 AM   
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Well being one of the Beta testers (Grin)I had my hands in it somewhat earlier than most of you, and after all of these years I still get a tingle when I load up for my next PBEM. There are still a number of us Beta testers around from teh original WiTP but it looks nothing like  the current WiTPAE in comparisson to playability and looks........remember the old map?

I came from Steel Panthers/Harpoon to UV and the rest is history.


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RE: Happy Birthday WitP - 7/12/2011 8:35:36 AM   
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I was a Steel Panther - Harpoon player too!!
Whatever happened to Harpoon? Never reallymanaged to evolve.
Could have been modern time WitP

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RE: Happy Birthday WitP - 7/12/2011 11:10:03 AM   
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Yep, same here. I played Harpoon on my Amiga 500 for years.

Remember stories about a project to transfer the Harpoon system into
a 3D enviroment. Really looked forward to this, sadly the idea was stomped
long time ago for obvious reasons.

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RE: Happy Birthday WitP - 7/12/2011 11:17:36 AM   
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Harpoon on PC was pretty good too.
Even if they didn't go 3D and just updated the game it seems reasonable that they could have found a bunch of crazy people like us willing to play it without all the bells and whistles. Especially given the clients base they had.

Maybe it was too early.
I'm guessing that these kind of games appeal only to "mature" people. It takes a while in the IT to get a mature customer base, but I think we should be getting there.
I don't think my 10 year old will be playing FPS forever, hopefully one day he'll decide to use his brain too .... (don't tell anyone but I play Battlefield 2 online too )

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RE: Happy Birthday WitP - 7/12/2011 11:38:03 AM   
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Noone will ever be able to prove there is the slightest correlation between
"WitP AE forum" and "mature". Period.



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RE: Happy Birthday WitP - 7/12/2011 3:17:57 PM   
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ORIGINAL: LoBaron

Noone will ever be able to prove there is the slightest correlation between
"WitP AE forum" and "mature". Period.




Right ....

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RE: Happy Birthday WitP - 7/12/2011 8:17:26 PM   
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ORIGINAL: mc3744

I was a Steel Panther - Harpoon player too!!
Whatever happened to Harpoon? Never reallymanaged to evolve.
Could have been modern time WitP


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