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The elephant in the room - 11/20/2012 4:14:55 PM   
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My main reason to post this is to see gauge the amount of interest in what I am about to talk about.

Threads and threads and more threads have been written about why we do not have a newer version or new game that is like Age of Rifles.

The Horse and Musket series are fine game but I believe that when they started to deal with only Frederick's battles thay lost more and more of their fan base. The original Horse and Musket game had scenarios from throughout the 18th century.

What if we could have a series of games set in the 18th and 19th centuries and instead of being an Age of Rifles clone it was a Battles of Napoleon done with 21st century programming.

These would be tactical wargames but with some operational twists ie what ifs.

First would naturally come Napoleon's battles followed by Battles of the 18th century then maybe a separate Battles of the American Revolution. Perhaps if sales were good enough Battles of Moltke. Perhaps at the end of the series a scenario editor could be released.

I am not a programmer and therefore have relatively no knowledge of the time and hair pulling that this would involve.

I purposely left out the Civil war because of Brother Against Brother that Matrix is already working on.

Does anyone know of any company/programmer who is workoing on anything like this.

Thanks for reading this.

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RE: The elephant in the room - 11/20/2012 5:17:13 PM   
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Here is the issue as I see it. The era when it comes to PC games isn't one of the big sellers. So I'd imagine Slitherine\matrix would only be interested in a developer who has a proven track record for great games which would mean more people would buy into it than normal when it comes to this era. I think if a new developer came along they'd have a job convincing Matrix\Slitherine the game would sell.

Napoleonic games will sell more but anything more obscure your limiting sales of your future game. No matter which way you look at it it's all about sales..thats why you see loads of WW2 games and to a lesser extent Civil War..even though the developer would rather do another era they know it would be hard to convince a publisher it's worth it. Thats why when Tiller makes those sorts of games you should lap them up even though it's ian old engine..because if he wasn't doing it no one would be.

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RE: The elephant in the room - 11/20/2012 5:45:35 PM   
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+1 to what Wodin said plus gone are the days where a developer makes an editor that can cover such a wide assortment of OOBs, uniforms, etc as was done with AOR. I'm guessing that developers think they can make more money with releasing multiple era specific games (ie. Tiller, et al) vs. a wargame construction kit (ie. AOR).

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RE: The elephant in the room - 11/20/2012 7:15:54 PM   
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I have always been a fan of wargame engines with editors like Age of Rifles and TANKS!..Hated the day they would no longer play on my computers, and many of the original classics (Steel Panthers included) really need reworks as the market is alive and well, even in bad $$ times..
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RE: The elephant in the room - 11/20/2012 8:57:04 PM   
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Are you ultimately saying too many threads are being started?????????

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