From: San Diego, Ca.
G'day all, This game ships today, this is third game I have bought in the past 12 months due to the manual being released prior to the game. I was happy with the other two and I hope SAS will prove the same satisfying result.
I believe there is some merit in a pre release of a manual to enhance game sales. I have purchased this game purely on the way the manual has been written and the content within. The game appears to be quite detailed. I have read most of the posts and all the info on the games home page, all that info certainly encouraged me to take a closer look, and I was going to wait for the game to be released and read posters comments before purchasing, but after reading manual I purchased the game immediately as I was so impressed on what I saw.
Other publishers should take a leaf out of NWS and AGEOD marketing strategy, and they may increase their sales.
Good manuals will sell more games, in our favoured genre.
I also downloaded the 500+ page manual and am also very impressed. I agree that it's a great marketing tool. Matrix ought to consider putting all their manuals up for download. I think it's a safer business strategy than issuing free demos of the actual game and a lot easier to do.
Good point, downloading the rulebook for GMT's Combat Commander series has led me to purchase the entire series.
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