My original experience with gaming started like most here with Avalon hill et al. All the Sqd ldr. Games, Napoleonic’s etc. I remember playing Panzer something other on my Commodore 64, horrid graphics ( at the ime it was boffo lol) etc. BUT it was a game!
My first tiller game was waterloo, the graphics were stunning, units etc…….they produced all the campaigns as standalones there after. And because each year/campaign was separate and they wanted to actually get the games out, they went away from the original graphics, which I discovered after e-mailing back and forth with one of the dev team , Rich Hamilton-were hand painted. Yup, a labor of love to be sure, it took months. Just for the maps. They had to go with a simplified block computer generated design( the Mechanics of the gamew however remained the same) , my upset was great, that’s how I came about emailing the dev. Team. But, I had to agree they had no choice. It was wait years&years for another campaign or……..so, I got used to it.
Change sux at times, but its necessary, I get that.
Bundling? I never expected to get 4-5 Campaigns in one re: they ( HPS Simulations) didn’t put them out that way, ever, so I never got used to getting say 3 for one as we do now with JTCS.
Now, today here in lies the rub imho- you are turning the clock back…. We did have to buy the unbundled version, those of us who have been playing it since it came out, the original TS- WF, EF, then EFII etc. so we paid separately, fine …………………years later great, they were now bundled, but to get the new expanded version, updates etc. we paid again…….now, we are going to step back in time? And go unbundled? And it appears, appears being the operative word, there may be no sppt. for the mods? Views/appearance will change, etc.?
The old (present) will wither, on the hopes that new community under the new paradigm will grow, as it did for the present mod community?
I am trying to figure out whats to gain? For Matrix, and for me as a gamer who loves this series as it is.
Its going to take a lot to make me pony up more $$ especially for something I have paid for twice ( and frankly even if I had only paid once) already. Add let me add the $$ is not the issue, I can afford it, but I don’t and won’t throw money around for change for the sake of change without real benefit……
So, in closing, I can be convinced, I never say never, BUT, I have 2 questions- , why and what for? Why is this change happening, exactly and what makes this an attractive alternative to what stands now?