It is always difficult to express a recommendation for players.
There are games that go on a hype, each of which speaks of it as they still are great, and I can not even do anything with it.
There are games that have their quirks, their flaws and edges, but I love them.
I also dislike Advanced Tactics Gold.
Reluctantly, very reluctantly, I've only, after members of a German Strategy Forum were talking very positive about Decisive Campaigns: Case Blue, took the plunge and purchased the game. I am not disappointed!
The operation and the UI is very similar awkward like Advanced Tactics Gold.
You have to get thru this.
Then Decisive Campaigns: Case Blue has many good features that you will discover that outweigh the cumbersome operation.
Decisive Campaigns Case Blue is the scope of a big game but not quite as overwhelming as Gary Grigsby's War in the East.
Both games are just for you, if are not a hectic!
If you are patience and you'll take the time for each move, for each step.
I can pronounce no recommendation.
Look around, explore this forum. Read good AARs. Often they described as good, so well documented and supported it with pictures that you may simply want more, you want this. They will raise in you the desire that “I will do the same – I will act this way!”.
The included action cards and the requirements of the High Command will give you already a sort of RPG feel.
Whatever you decide, please let us know.