First of all my deepest congratulations to David Heath and the Matrix team! This accomplishment is some of the best news computer wargamers have ever heard. In the annals of classic wargames, Campaign Series and TOAW have got to be ranked among the top - right up there with Steel Panthers, Combat Mission, Panzer Campaigns, and the Decisive Battle series. To now envision the possibility that these games could be upgraded, enhanced, maintained, and supported on an ongoing basis with a certain level of involvement from the original designers is simply stunning.
Here's my wish list:
1. As stated by Matrix already, a thorough dusting and cleaning of the code so it can be brought up to XP and Direct X 9 standards.
2. Complete involvement of the wargaming comunity in development efforts. I already see the StrategyZoneOnline boys manning the forum moderation duties for the new games, and a superb choice of Brian "Siberian Heat" King as the TOAW development manager. Don Maddox team will do an excellent job supporting these forums. I would like to see similar involvement with Jim von Krieg's Blitzers - especially in the area of the Campaign Series. There is some great expertise in that group. This may be a "perfect storm" moment for many members of the wargaming community to come together to create something truly wonderful for all players.
3. Whatever Jason Petho said Jason has a great deal of knowledge of the game, and his comments should not be taken lightly (and I'm sure they won't). There are more gamers out there as well with good ideas.
4. An affordable game with a single engine for all three games. In effect, combine all of the base scenarios (those that came with the game)for EFII, WF and Rising Sun for $39.99-$49.99 running of a single game engine. This of course would include the XP and Direct X enhancements and at least some of the improvements to the game engine folks have stated. If too much is added to the original offering, and the price get's up int he $60 range it might suffer.
5. Affordable addons. With the base engine deployed a series of affordable add ons very similar in concept to SPWAW's Campaigns would be outstanding if priced accordingly. I would easily pay $20-$25 for say a CD of Gross Deutschland battles, or 4th Armored Division, Battle for Guadalcanal, etc. The Blitz scenarios might be included in this way.
This is truly a great opportunity for wargamers everywhere, and I look forward to the developments with great interest!
Joe "Joss" Osborne