ORIGINAL: KG Erwin
The thing about SPWaW that fascinates me is not in the tank vs tank battles, but campaigns that involve primarily infantry forces. Of course, I focus on the Pacific theater, in which armor played an important but secondary role. For the USMC, the Shermans and the flame tanks were vital in destroying Japanese fortifications in the "corkscrew and blowtorch" techniques in the 1944-45 battles. This type of war was a bloody slugfest, but the Marines fought two different wars from 1942-45. In 1942-43, it was primarily in the jungles of the southern islands, in which the Japanese still relied on the offensive. In 1944-45, the fighting switched to amphibious assaults on barren rocky islands and attrition war. The 1942-45 USMC campaign is a tough one to get through, and using "low-carnage" settings makes it even tougher. I end up definitely appreciating the Marines' reorganizations through each year to upgrade their firepower, and one fully realizes why the Marines did this.
In the past 5 years, the Enhanced SPWaW crew built upon the earlier work I did on the USMC OOB, and I must say that it is now one of the the most historically accurate OOBs in any tactical game. This is primarily due to the magnificent work of author Gordon Rottman in his detailed reference books which served as our sources. I bought nearly every book Mr. Rottman wrote on the USMC in WWII, and these volumes are valued parts of my military history collection.
I agree the tank vs tank aspect is the best. I like how the armor values coupled with penetration chances are based on luck plus mathmatics. Most games use hitpoints so you just keep shooting at a tank to wear down its hitpoints which is tedious and repetitive. Steel Panthers is much more interesting cause a brewed up tank is very good thing! Also, there is suppression and damage to systems to add more reality.
And where is Wild Bill? He is the best mission designer in the world!
Stress is the confusion created when ones own mind over rides the bodies desire to choke the living **** out of some asshole who really deserves it!