From: Appleton, Wisconsin
You would never get to play WIF on a computer, good or bad, sooner or later. You would be stuck playing the boardgame, probably alone with your cat.
Just another Vassal game report to disabuse the notion that you can't play WiF by computer until MWiF is released. I just finished a complete game with Jerome who lives 400 miles from me using Vassal and playing mostly PBEM with some online play to resolve big air and naval combats. We started our game in December of 2008 and finished the beginning of February, 2010. We played right to impulse 7, July-August, 1945. each of us had two week vacations at different times, so the full Global War scenario took us about 13 months to play. We were both playing other WiF PBEM games as well as our local games during the same time period as well.
The most amazing thing about this particular game, from my experience anyway, was how close it was right down to the last impulse. The Allies (Jerome) won in a squeeker by paradropping on Munich, making a successful assault on Leningrad and capturing Shang-hai with US and British Marines to edge me out with 2 extra victory cities, all in the final Allied impulse.
This was an excellent wargaming experience. Jerome and I are about to kick off our 7th game by Vassal this week. This last one was the only one to go the distance, but that was mostly due to me getting blown out earlier in our previous games while trying to get up to speed with my most excellent opponent. I really look forward to MWiF, as it will make PBEM even easier, but Vassal gives me the patience to wait this one out and let Steve do his thing at his own pace. I fully suspect that when all is said and done, Steve will make less then 10 cents an hour on this job.
For those of you who tried Vassal WiF a few years ago and didn't like it.... give it another look. There have been significant improvements in the platform. Everything runs better than it did a under earlier editions including speed of loading, ease of scrolling, interface, etc. Not trying Vassal WiF is like a guy refusing to buy a car in 1950 because it doesn't have power steering, anti-lock brakes and a DVD player. Vassal WiF still gets you where you want to go.
You can't fight in here...this is the war room!