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What Brought You To Matrix Games - 5/4/2013 2:50:29 AM   
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Interesting subject particularly in light of the discussions recently on the niche aspect of wargaming and reaching out to a larger audience. So:

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What brought people to Matrix Games?

For me it was back in 2008. I have an interest in military history - particularly WWII and Napoleonic Wars - and had been an avid board game wargamer from my late teens. This culminated in finding World In Flames - greatest game ever. Family commitments effectively ended that hobby but computer wargaming - starting with Civiiization and then John Tiller's Napoleonic games (Waterloo and War In Russia(?)) - took over.

I only stumbled across Matrix by accident through the World In Flames website. I saw the MWIF forum and that was that = been here on the Matrix forums ever since. I have bought a few games while waiting for MWIF - favourite has to be CTGW - but essentially I am filling in the time until the Holy Grail arrives.

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RE: What Brought You To Matrix Games - 5/4/2013 3:37:54 AM   
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I came to matrix and saw the great mr W. joined ten minutes later.

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RE: What Brought You To Matrix Games - 5/4/2013 3:54:40 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: rogo727

I came to matrix and saw the great mr W. joined ten minutes later.
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RE: What Brought You To Matrix Games - 5/4/2013 3:54:44 AM   
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I don't even remember, but it had something to do with steel panthers. That was all they had back then. Played that game for over a decade straight, for some reason i just can't play it anymore. The place sure has grown alot since then.

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RE: What Brought You To Matrix Games - 5/4/2013 4:02:10 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: **budd**

I don't even remember, but it had something to do with steel panthers. That was all they had back then. Played that game for over a decade straight, for some reason i just can't play it anymore. The place sure has grown alot since then.
warspite1

Were you originally around before 2009 then?


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RE: What Brought You To Matrix Games - 5/4/2013 4:08:22 AM   
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guested for around 8 to 10 years before joining, if i rememeber correctly. It was all Steel Panthers, that's what started this place.

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RE: What Brought You To Matrix Games - 5/4/2013 4:13:48 AM   
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Back in 2006, right around when I was graduating high-school, I stumbled across Gary Grigsby's Pacific War, the game was a free download (probably never would have paid for something like that back then) and played it virtually non stop 3-4 hours a night for a week or two, then found War in the East and did the same. Maybe a month or two later while looking for more information on those games I stumbled across War in the Pacific, purchased it, and I've been here ever since. And yes you read that right, I came to Matrix while in High School.

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RE: What Brought You To Matrix Games - 5/4/2013 4:24:09 AM   
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Hard to say 13 years later. I think it was the same reason as **budd** (Steel Panthers World @ War). I was a huge fan of the series in the 90s.

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RE: What Brought You To Matrix Games - 5/4/2013 4:53:14 AM   
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I found Matrix Games about 5 years ago or so. I had Steel Panthers and played from disc on my WIN 98 computer and loved the game. I bought a new computer in 2005 with Win XP and was unable to play the game. I think I googled wargames or something like it and one of the sites was Matrix Games. When I looked at the games available, I saw Steel Panthers - Generals Edition (free I think)! I now have quite a few games from Matrix!

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RE: What Brought You To Matrix Games - 5/4/2013 5:49:36 AM   
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The great range and the sense that you know that Matrix Games works with and listens to its community and so i have come to expect a high standard now from their Games. I like also that they pick up and resurrect some old games - such as the Close Combat series, Harpoon editions, and John Tiller's games.

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RE: What Brought You To Matrix Games - 5/4/2013 5:59:56 AM   
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I was looking for a copy of Pacwar and put it in the search engine and it took me here. It had been so long since I played it that I was looking at War in the Pacific and thinking that was Pacwar. I eventually asked and was straightened out. Pacwar and War in Russia were free, but I ended up getting War in the Pacific, too. It looks like Forge of Freedom was my first purchase, though.

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RE: What Brought You To Matrix Games - 5/4/2013 6:31:12 AM   
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I found Uncommon Valor in a bin for 2$, picked it up, installed it, and did not have a clue what I was supposed to do. So I looked at the box, and found the adress to the website, came here and stayed after that really.


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RE: What Brought You To Matrix Games - 5/4/2013 7:55:40 AM   
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I seem to remember the free download of Steel Panthers... and then the ads for "Uncommon Valor"...

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RE: What Brought You To Matrix Games - 5/4/2013 8:00:39 AM   
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I was a board wargame player and migrated to PC's when I brought my first one.

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RE: What Brought You To Matrix Games - 5/4/2013 8:03:45 AM   
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It was SPWAW, around 2000. It took almost a night to download the 150M(?) release on a dialup modem...

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RE: What Brought You To Matrix Games - 5/4/2013 8:31:08 AM   
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I joined the Matrix Forum because I wanted to post on the MWIF forum. Before I posted I had lurked there for several years.

I became aware of Matrix games around year 2000 because of SPWAW and WIR:ME. First Matrix games I bought was Uncommon Valor and Korsun Pocket (my local hobby store had them and I did not buy online back then). For around 5 years Matrix games has been my primary source for computer games.

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RE: What Brought You To Matrix Games - 5/4/2013 12:49:18 PM   
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Interesting topic.

When I first got connected to the internet in 2006, the very first thing I did was search for TOAW II. I was looking to see if there were any patches for it because it would not run correctly on my xp desktop. The search brought up Matrix and TOAW III which they had released a couple of months earlier. That was when I knew for certain that God exists and that he loves me.

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RE: What Brought You To Matrix Games - 5/4/2013 12:51:15 PM   
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It was uncommon valor that I found this site, played Steel Panthers, v for victory series, and of course Close Combat....Lurked for a while, and finally got the guts to post.

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RE: What Brought You To Matrix Games - 5/4/2013 1:09:39 PM   
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I am a recent member of Matrix forums. I was a fan of war themed board games back in the 1980's and early 90's; mostly with squad leader and a few other types. I didn't even know that these types of games were available for the computer these days until I bought Unity of Command from the Steam website last year. I was curious after playing the game if there were other simular games out there and discovered the Matrix website. Needless to say, I am a big fan now and hope to play their games for years to come.

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RE: What Brought You To Matrix Games - 5/4/2013 2:12:28 PM   
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Combat leader and Close Assault.....

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RE: What Brought You To Matrix Games - 5/4/2013 2:31:39 PM   
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Came to Matrix originally due to Uncommon Valor, circa 2002. I registered and then ignored the website for the most part until 2005-2006. Then I started lurking on the War in the Pacific site. I think my second post was when I joined the community of WiTP:AE as a 'regular', somewhere around 2009. Since then, I've been a forum rat.

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RE: What Brought You To Matrix Games - 5/4/2013 3:34:58 PM   
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Incipient senility is preventing me from remembering just when my first incarnation here began - it was so far in the past. But I seem to recall that some of the discussion on the old Talonsoft board migrated over to the old General Discussion forum at Matrix (a predecessor to this one) sometime in the late '90s. That old forum was before monitors and such and became extremely political and not for the easily offended. So much so, that Matrix eventually outsourced it (there had been a link to it here, not sure what happened to it), but I dropped out before that occurred, it had become so nasty.

I then returned when Matrix got the deal to upgrade TOAW back in 2004 - but couldn't remember my old password, so had to create a new username & such.

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RE: What Brought You To Matrix Games - 5/4/2013 4:39:54 PM   
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I was working on a title the Matix published

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RE: What Brought You To Matrix Games - 5/4/2013 6:04:21 PM   
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Pacwar, then Steel Panthers, then UV led to WiTP, which led to WiTP:AE... Throw in Bombing the Reich at some point... Distant Worlds, Forge of Freedom....

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RE: What Brought You To Matrix Games - 5/4/2013 6:08:31 PM   
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Thanks for taking the trouble to respond guys - just to be clear I was most interested to know how you found Matrix.

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RE: What Brought You To Matrix Games - 5/4/2013 7:10:56 PM   
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2001 there was a section in PC Gamer for war games written by Jim Trotter IIRC? There was an article for the top free games and SPWAW was listed. I came here and had to download the game overnight. Around 425mb at that time. I had never posted in a forum before and lurked for a long time in the SPWAW forum until I had to join and post something. Eventually I play tested some scenarios for Wild Bill Wilder. Great experience. I left to play Combat Mission in late 2003 and didn't spend much time at Matrix until 2006 when I lost my job. With too much free time waiting for a new job, I signed up for testing Panzer Command. Since then I have worked on 5 or 6 more games here.

There is a disturbance in the force since Slith took over. It will be different now around here but worth coming to never the less.

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RE: What Brought You To Matrix Games - 5/4/2013 7:40:30 PM   
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+1 to what some other guys here say; Steel Panthers brought me here.

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RE: What Brought You To Matrix Games - 5/4/2013 7:47:52 PM   
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Uncommon Valor after tracking down the original Pacific War.

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RE: What Brought You To Matrix Games - 5/4/2013 7:52:38 PM   
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steel panthers for me too

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RE: What Brought You To Matrix Games - 5/4/2013 9:18:20 PM   
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SPWaW! Nuff said.

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