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A new WWI naval game is out. - 2/13/2012 3:27:48 AM   
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There is a new WWI naval game called Steam & Iron The Great War At Sea. There is a thread about the game in the forum on The Wargamer Site and the players seem to really like it.
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RE: A new WWI naval game is out. - 2/13/2012 10:04:21 PM   
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Here's the link in case you want to check it out. Fantastic WWI naval combat game. Very minimal eye candy, but great gameplay.

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RE: A new WWI naval game is out. - 2/13/2012 11:25:46 PM   
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Looks interesting....Hmmmmm....thanks.

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RE: A new WWI naval game is out. - 2/14/2012 10:28:02 AM   
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Naval games aren't usually my thing. Though this does look interesting I must say.
The NWS forum is full of praise it seems.
A possible buy at some point.

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RE: A new WWI naval game is out. - 2/14/2012 12:55:41 PM   
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This is interesting..Lets go and check this game out. Im not into naval games either but I love World War games.

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RE: A new WWI naval game is out. - 2/14/2012 1:46:45 PM   
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Scummy spambots aside, this game looks like it suffers from the same malady that all NWS games do, namely a poorly-designed user interface. I'm sure there's an interesting game underneath, but that's irrelevant if the UI doesn't let you find it.

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RE: A new WWI naval game is out. - 2/14/2012 7:03:24 PM   
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Reminds me of Harpoon.

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RE: A new WWI naval game is out. - 2/14/2012 7:49:19 PM   
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Yikes! No offense meant, but the graphics are, shall I say, very Commador 64ish. I'm sure there's a decent game in there somewhere, just not for me.

Guess it is true. Beauty IS in the eye of the beer-holder.

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RE: A new WWI naval game is out. - 2/14/2012 7:56:27 PM   
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Beauty IS in the eye of the beer-holder.


LOL. How right you are. Time will tell if this game is worthy of our time.

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RE: A new WWI naval game is out. - 2/14/2012 7:57:53 PM   
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WWI harpoon? Sounds interesting. I remember playing Harpoon Classic demo a bit when I was a teen. I have a full version on a cover CD but it's from Win95 era and I can't get it to run on Wine.

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RE: A new WWI naval game is out. - 2/14/2012 8:02:12 PM   
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I can't get it to run on Wine.


Duh, it only runs on BEER.

Wine, sheeeesh.

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RE: A new WWI naval game is out. - 2/14/2012 8:24:52 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Terminus

I'm sure there's an interesting game underneath, but that's irrelevant if the UI doesn't let you find it.


War in the Pacific does seem to contradict this ^^

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RE: A new WWI naval game is out. - 2/14/2012 8:29:11 PM   
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Yikes! No offense meant, but the graphics are, shall I say, very Commador 64ish.

Not really. C64 had a very good palette of colours. It used dark, toned down colours. This game has a very horrible blue as a sea colour which looks like it was taken straight from the CGA palette.But hey, it could be worse. They could have used CGA pink for land.

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RE: A new WWI naval game is out. - 2/14/2012 8:31:14 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Perturabo

quote:

ORIGINAL: Missouri_Rebel

Yikes! No offense meant, but the graphics are, shall I say, very Commador 64ish.

Not really. C64 had a very good palette of colours. It used dark, toned down colours. This game has a very horrible blue as a sea colour which looks like it was taken straight from the CGA palette.But hey, it could be worse. They could have used CGA pink for land.


You *can* use CGA pink for land: the palette is fully editable.

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RE: A new WWI naval game is out. - 2/14/2012 8:56:35 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Vincenzo Beretta


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ORIGINAL: Perturabo

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ORIGINAL: Missouri_Rebel

Yikes! No offense meant, but the graphics are, shall I say, very Commador 64ish.

Not really. C64 had a very good palette of colours. It used dark, toned down colours. This game has a very horrible blue as a sea colour which looks like it was taken straight from the CGA palette.But hey, it could be worse. They could have used CGA pink for land.


You *can* use CGA pink for land: the palette is fully editable.

Good to hear it. If I'll ever buy it, I'll change the palette to the C64 one. Does it have a demo? If it doesn't, has anyone tried to run it on Wine?

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RE: A new WWI naval game is out. - 2/14/2012 9:56:16 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Vincenzo Beretta

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ORIGINAL: Terminus

I'm sure there's an interesting game underneath, but that's irrelevant if the UI doesn't let you find it.


War in the Pacific does seem to contradict this ^^


The UI in WitP AE is MUCH better than this one... And the game is about 10000% complicated.

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RE: A new WWI naval game is out. - 2/15/2012 12:44:30 AM   
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But at least NWS is trying to make the interface better...

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RE: A new WWI naval game is out. - 2/15/2012 1:58:51 AM   
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Can't compare to WITP as it does not do tactical battles.

The game is a actually only needs a few points and clicks if your playing Admiral Level (no micromanagement) based on the video AARs. Graphics does reminds me of Harpoon Classic.

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RE: A new WWI naval game is out. - 2/15/2012 2:35:18 AM   
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ORIGINAL: Terminus


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ORIGINAL: Terminus

I'm sure there's an interesting game underneath, but that's irrelevant if the UI doesn't let you find it.


War in the Pacific does seem to contradict this ^^


The UI in WitP AE is MUCH better than this one... And the game is about 10000% complicated.


Ah, so you have SAI! Can go you go more in-depth about this UIs comparison? What is your overall impression of the game after playing it? (I'm especially interested in what do you think about the three different levels of Command & Control)


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RE: A new WWI naval game is out. - 2/15/2012 5:34:00 AM   
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the video AARs.

Link, plz?

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RE: A new WWI naval game is out. - 2/15/2012 5:53:42 AM   
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The videos show the game played at different command levels. However I would suggest you to watch the third and the fourth, since they show the current state of the game (v. 1.0 had some annoying Access Violation errors).

[SAI] AAR: Jutland
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGnto88-BgU

[SAI] Jutland HSF [Adm]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hdq_gTTASM

[SAI] Jutland HSF [Cpt] v1.01
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lV81hv5oN9o

[SAI] Operational Jutland [Cpt] v1.01
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEAOyERAook

Edit: these AARs are also based on the biggest battle in the scenario list (Jutland after all ) Smaller battles allow to player to concentrate on smaller details: factors like own smoke obscuring the gunners vision, position of the sun in the sky, hit locations and such are all factored in the game, but it is impossible to really track them in Jutland. In a smaller batttle, though, they can become crucial.

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RE: A new WWI naval game is out. - 2/15/2012 11:53:31 AM   
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Watched much of the videos and while there are some minor glitches to the UI (play speed not sticking for one) and ,as the commentator stated, a few enhancements warranted, I was surprisingly impressed. When I stated earlier that the game was not for me it wasn't because I found the graphics too off, more to do with the fact that I never had too much of an interest in naval warfare even if I did give WITP a go. Makes for one heck of a learning curve when you don't even understand the basics.

I'm trying to find some info on the smaller battles but have been unsuccessful at this point. If anyone has some links to either an AAR or video it would be appreciated. I'd like to see some more close up screens or play.

Maybe it is the excitement of the the unknown but my interest is certainly perked.

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RE: A new WWI naval game is out. - 2/15/2012 12:14:42 PM   
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Here is a screen of part of the video that I found interesting. Look at the wake from the DD during its evasion maneuvers. Very cool. I assume the black circles are shell hits and misses but I could be wrong.

Note+ Quality of screen here is bad because I enlarged a youtube vid and then captured.






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RE: A new WWI naval game is out. - 2/15/2012 12:27:56 PM   
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NWS posted the manuals for download to give a taste of the game:

http://www.navalwarfare.net/files/SAI/SAI-PLAYERS_MANUAL.pdf
http://www.navalwarfare.net/files/SAI/SAI-SCENARIO_EDITOR_MANUAL.pdf
http://www.navalwarfare.net/files/SAI/SAI-SHIP_DESIGNER_MANUAL.pdf

The Player's Manual is only 14 pages long. This is a game that factors in a lot of variables, but learning the basics is quite easy.

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RE: A new WWI naval game is out. - 2/15/2012 12:39:01 PM   
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Here is a screen of part of the video that I found interesting. Look at the wake from the DD during its evasion maneuvers. Very cool. I assume the black circles are shell hits and misses but I could be wrong.


The white circles are shell splashes, but the black ones are the smoke emitted by the ships' funnels. Smoke "moves" according to the ship's speed, and the wind strength and direction - and can foul gunnery.

Also, at this zoom level you can see the ships' turrets. Those pictured here are not firing, but in battle situations the turrets rotate towards the enemy - that's if they are not jammed or destroyed of course.

Since in this picture the sun is setting in the east, the "glare" warning is displayed on the upper left. Ships looking or firing towards the setting sun (or raising sun in the morning) suffer a penalty both in spotting and accuracy.

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RE: A new WWI naval game is out. - 2/15/2012 1:11:02 PM   
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Thanks for all the info Vincenzo, I'm reading the manuals now.

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RE: A new WWI naval game is out. - 2/15/2012 3:29:44 PM   
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Ah, so you have SAI! Can go you go more in-depth about this UIs comparison? What is your overall impression of the game after playing it? (I'm especially interested in what do you think about the three different levels of Command & Control)



Game, set, match.

To be honest, the UI was a bit clunky with the first release. But the developer, Fredrik, actually welcomes suggestions and constructive criticism...and has added in hotkeys for zoom and for moving the map. So with these additions, the UI is much better and you can use both hands to easily move the map and keep your eye on the action.

Those of you who dismiss this game because of the admittedly ancient graphics, are missing out on a very accomplished game. We often complain because we get all the chrome without the content. SAI is all about the content, and none of the chrome.




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RE: A new WWI naval game is out. - 2/15/2012 4:37:38 PM   
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You may have sold me on this baby......I may give it a try.
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ORIGINAL: Vincenzo Beretta

Ah, so you have SAI! Can go you go more in-depth about this UIs comparison? What is your overall impression of the game after playing it? (I'm especially interested in what do you think about the three different levels of Command & Control)



Game, set, match.

To be honest, the UI was a bit clunky with the first release. But the developer, Fredrik, actually welcomes suggestions and constructive criticism...and has added in hotkeys for zoom and for moving the map. So with these additions, the UI is much better and you can use both hands to easily move the map and keep your eye on the action.

Those of you who dismiss this game because of the admittedly ancient graphics, are missing out on a very accomplished game. We often complain because we get all the chrome without the content. SAI is all about the content, and none of the chrome.






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RE: A new WWI naval game is out. - 2/15/2012 5:07:05 PM   
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For any of those still on the fence because of the UI, I am dense to the point having to wear a helmet and have my wife feed me...and I had the UI down in about 15-20minutes of playing and now it is mostly invisible to me (could stand a tweak or two...but better than most IMO).

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RE: A new WWI naval game is out. - 2/15/2012 5:27:15 PM   
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I think I'll stay away from any game that the suns "Sets in the EAST" (per vincenzo)

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