From: Living in the fair city of Melbourne, Australia
It is quite popular on Steam nowadays to have players purchase a game in alpha state as “early access”: these buyers get to start playing the game in whatever pre-release condition exists and can contribute to the beta testing of the product before it truly goes gold. And when it is released to the general public, those early access participants (in most cases) get the game for free as they have already paid some price for it in currency and user input.
Maybe too popular, Tim. My experiences with the Early Access program vary greatly: from greatly enjoying it (the case with Spacebase DF-9, Double Fine's take on the "Dwarf-Fortress-In-Space" concept), regretting it because it's spoiling the main show (the case with Wasteland 2, I was a KS backer for that, and I already uninstalled it for the time being, to reserve it) or feeling totally ripped off (like with Bohemia Interactive's Take On Mars). I am under the impression that some developers get into that with little planning and very little chances of actually delivering. Yet indeed, it's a model which might work for computer wargames quite well.
Going back to the Korsun topic. I've got a quite complete Eastern Front estab for 1944 which needs to be reviewed to see that the modeling makes sense(hence the reference to the "Red Army from Hell"), that I was looking forward to use in a set of scenarios covering the same subject matter as the OCS game "Baltic Gap". I'd be happy to switch my attention from the northern bogs and forests, to the banks of the Dnepr, if someone would like to work with me to do the mapping of the AO (going roughly from Vinnitsa to Krivoi Rog). "Working with me" would mean that I would be helping with and overseeing the map making, rather than actually tracing the map (since I have quite limited spare time).
If there are any takers, feel free to contact me.
Wite2 - Lead Tester