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Deal of the week - 3/10/2014 2:21:18 PM   
Iain McNeil


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Hi guys,

we had a slight technical glitch with the deal of the week and needed to re-upload and test some files today. This means a slightly delay and it will be going live tomorrow. Thanks for your patience!

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RE: Deal of the week - 3/10/2014 2:44:42 PM   
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Thanks Iain for the heads up, I was just about to ask when it will be available.

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RE: Deal of the week - 3/10/2014 8:03:14 PM   
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I hope it's Distant Worlds

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RE: Deal of the week - 3/10/2014 9:03:07 PM   
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I hope it's Distant Worlds


Thomas, you read my mind!

Patrick

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RE: Deal of the week - 3/10/2014 10:27:52 PM   
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If it is you may be a lot better off holding on for Distant Worlds Universe.

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RE: Deal of the week - 3/11/2014 1:15:23 AM   
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It better not be I already own the whole series.

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RE: Deal of the week - 3/11/2014 10:11:14 AM   
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Its the first game we published as Slitherine, which was not developed internally and its a great one.

Commander Europe at War for $9.99 is unbelievable value and it comes with countless man years of expansions as it includes the free community created Grand Strategy 3.0.

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RE: Deal of the week - 3/11/2014 11:21:49 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Iain McNeil

Its the first game we published as Slitherine, which was not developed internally and its a great one.

Commander Europe at War for $9.99 is unbelievable value and it comes with countless man years of expansions as it includes the free community created Grand Strategy 3.0.


Great deal! And a great game!

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RE: Deal of the week - 3/11/2014 5:40:06 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Richtschnur

I hope it's Distant Worlds


Thomas, you read my mind!

Patrick



*Dang* Doh*


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RE: Deal of the week - 3/11/2014 7:15:17 PM   
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If it is you may be a lot better off holding on for Distant Worlds Universe.


John, by Universe, do you mean Distant Worlds and all the expansions?

Patrick

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RE: Deal of the week - 3/11/2014 7:54:22 PM   
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I have just pulled the trigger on Commander: Europe At War. I have not have a chance to check it out apart from a very quick look but I like what I have seen so far.

Many thanks for this.

Best wishes,
Steve

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RE: Deal of the week - 3/11/2014 11:02:54 PM   
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Hi shunwick,

You should DL the latest "Grand Strategy" mod. It really is a vast improvement on the game.

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RE: Deal of the week - 3/11/2014 11:12:22 PM   
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Hi shunwick,

You should DL the latest "Grand Strategy" mod. It really is a vast improvement on the game.


According to the blurb about the deal, this is already part of the download package.

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RE: Deal of the week - 3/11/2014 11:48:36 PM   
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Wings 7 - I believe the upcoming Universe expansion will be a standalone including all of the previous releases plus it's own additions. Details on it are a bit scant however.

BAL - I don't think it is included but it is free to download

Gary - I've not played that much of any version of Grand Strategy but my impression is that it adds a great deal in terms of detail and historicity to the game which unfortunately the AI is incapable of handling. Thus it probably greatly improves the multi-player game but worsens the single player game. Am I being too harsh ?

Then again at the price it is at in the sale buy it anyway, you'll definitely get your money's worth.

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RE: Deal of the week - 3/12/2014 6:35:10 AM   
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The Version on Sale is 3.0 Grand Strategy Version! No Patch & Mod needed!

Best Regards

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RE: Deal of the week - 3/12/2014 10:57:55 AM   
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Wolfe,

According to the Grand Strategy documentation (and there is a lot of it) the mod does not do anything to help the AI but it does not make it worse either. It is the same as the base (patched) version of the game.

Best wishes,
Steve


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RE: Deal of the week - 3/12/2014 10:59:29 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: shunwick

I have just pulled the trigger on Commander: Europe At War. I have not have a chance to check it out apart from a very quick look but I like what I have seen so far.

Many thanks for this.

Best wishes,
Steve
warspite1

Can you let me know what you think once you've had a chance to get a more detailed look please?


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RE: Deal of the week - 3/12/2014 11:05:06 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: warspite1


quote:

ORIGINAL: shunwick

I have just pulled the trigger on Commander: Europe At War. I have not have a chance to check it out apart from a very quick look but I like what I have seen so far.

Many thanks for this.

Best wishes,
Steve
warspite1

Can you let me know what you think once you've had a chance to get a more detailed look please?



I will try but there really is is a lot of documentation and it is only on sale for a week. I made the decision to buy it after reading the comments of several people here and at over at the Slitherine site. It is a widely liked game.

Best wishes,
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RE: Deal of the week - 3/12/2014 11:08:10 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: shunwick


quote:

ORIGINAL: warspite1


quote:

ORIGINAL: shunwick

I have just pulled the trigger on Commander: Europe At War. I have not have a chance to check it out apart from a very quick look but I like what I have seen so far.

Many thanks for this.

Best wishes,
Steve
warspite1

Can you let me know what you think once you've had a chance to get a more detailed look please?



I will try but there really is is a lot of documentation and it is only on sale for a week. I made the decision to buy it after reading the comments of several people here and at over at the Slitherine site. It is a widely liked game.

Best wishes,
Steve
warspite1

Okay thanks - if you get the time then that would be great.


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RE: Deal of the week - 3/13/2014 10:13:35 PM   
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Warspite1,

Keep in mind this is a first impressions look at Commander: Europe at War Grand Strategy.

The game was created in Java, a strange choice and one that limits the resolution to 1064 x 768. It also requires a bit of tinkering with the compatibility options but it runs fine on my Vista laptop and my 8.1 desktop.

There is a reason the music is turned off by default but since I never have music on while playing wargames it is no loss for me.

Graphics are functional with the map and the UI clear and uncluttered. You can have little 3D type graphics for the units or NATO counters - and the large counter set is very nice. There are 3 zoom levels for the map and the graphics style, particularly the muted colours, gives a WWII feel to the game for me at least.

The game mechanics are relatively simple and easy to pick up. But that does not mean beer and pretzels. After downloading the game I tried my hand at defeating Poland and abandoned that game in 1940. Hmm…. it was time to read the manual.

The manual for the game runs to about 35 pages and does a reasonable job of giving an overview of the game. The manual for the Grand Strategy mod runs to 650 pages and includes advice on tactics, strategy and the kitchen sink.

The game has plenty of strategic depth with considerable subtlety thrown in for good measure. Playing the game requires a clear strategic plan and careful planning. It is a game, as far as I can tell at this point, that I can get my teeth into.

The ai is not particularly good. For learning the game mechanics and possibly a game or two it is fine. But the real beauty of this game, I suspect, is with PBEM or Hotseat.

Overall, I am very happy with this game especially at the Deal of the Week price. It has the quality of making you think – of analysing the latest campaign, what went right, what I did wrong, what I could do better.

Best wishes,
Steve

< Message edited by shunwick -- 3/13/2014 11:14:39 PM >


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RE: Deal of the week - 3/13/2014 11:46:13 PM   
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Had to pick it up at that price! I really enjoy the Commander series, they really seem to hit the sweet spot for me when it comes to that scale of strategy.

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RE: Deal of the week - 3/13/2014 11:58:44 PM   
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It also requires a bit of tinkering with the compatibility options but it runs fine on my Vista laptop and my 8.1 desktop.




Any suggestions on what you did here? I tried running GS 3.0 and it would stick at the loading screen. Deleted it all and went back to Gold (version 1.12) and still stuck at the loading screen.

Thanks!

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RE: Deal of the week - 3/14/2014 12:54:04 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Challerain


quote:

ORIGINAL: shunwick

It also requires a bit of tinkering with the compatibility options but it runs fine on my Vista laptop and my 8.1 desktop.




Any suggestions on what you did here? I tried running GS 3.0 and it would stick at the loading screen. Deleted it all and went back to Gold (version 1.12) and still stuck at the loading screen.

Thanks!


Challerain,

Hmmm.. Never had that problem on either of my machines. The Vista laptop I had to set to XP SP2 compatibility to get the game to work correctly and I also set the Run as Administrator flag. The 8.1 desktop had trouble without any compatibility settings, so I changed that to XP SP2 but that was worse. I had to visit the ctrl-alt-delli to exit the game. But it works ok on Vista compatibility.

Windows 8.1 is a strange beast. My machine, which is a middling thing and nothing special, ultimately runs everything I throw at it. However, I know it is problematical for other people. The Rome Total War forum on steam is full of Windows 8 or 8.1 RTW does not work threads. My computer runs it without any hitch at all.

Sorry that I cannot be any more help. I do hope you get it working.

Best wishes,
Steve

PS. The place to go to if you are still having problems is the Slitherine tech support forum for CAeW. There are a bunch of really helpful and knowledgeable guys over there and they might be able to help. Here is the link: http://www.slitherine.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=33

< Message edited by shunwick -- 3/14/2014 5:22:44 PM >


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RE: Deal of the week - 3/14/2014 6:53:09 PM   
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Thanks Steve....I'll pop over there and check it out

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RE: Deal of the week - 3/14/2014 7:11:56 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: shunwick

Warspite1,

Keep in mind this is a first impressions look at Commander: Europe at War Grand Strategy.

The game was created in Java, a strange choice and one that limits the resolution to 1064 x 768. It also requires a bit of tinkering with the compatibility options but it runs fine on my Vista laptop and my 8.1 desktop.

There is a reason the music is turned off by default but since I never have music on while playing wargames it is no loss for me.

Graphics are functional with the map and the UI clear and uncluttered. You can have little 3D type graphics for the units or NATO counters - and the large counter set is very nice. There are 3 zoom levels for the map and the graphics style, particularly the muted colours, gives a WWII feel to the game for me at least.

The game mechanics are relatively simple and easy to pick up. But that does not mean beer and pretzels. After downloading the game I tried my hand at defeating Poland and abandoned that game in 1940. Hmm…. it was time to read the manual.

The manual for the game runs to about 35 pages and does a reasonable job of giving an overview of the game. The manual for the Grand Strategy mod runs to 650 pages and includes advice on tactics, strategy and the kitchen sink.

The game has plenty of strategic depth with considerable subtlety thrown in for good measure. Playing the game requires a clear strategic plan and careful planning. It is a game, as far as I can tell at this point, that I can get my teeth into.

The ai is not particularly good. For learning the game mechanics and possibly a game or two it is fine. But the real beauty of this game, I suspect, is with PBEM or Hotseat.

Overall, I am very happy with this game especially at the Deal of the Week price. It has the quality of making you think – of analysing the latest campaign, what went right, what I did wrong, what I could do better.

Best wishes,
Steve
warspite1

Thanks a lot - will decide this weekend.


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RE: Deal of the week - 3/14/2014 8:02:29 PM   
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Crap, they got me! Had to buy it on the deal.

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