I started wargaming at the age of 12 but it may have been earlier on the PC
19 years later I still have fun killing extra time with it. IP that means Liveplay on-line wargames can be a bit intensive. These guys are talking about Hexagon and BoardGame Wargame Style PC games. It's a very fun area if you like detail and you really can appreciate it. Though there is a lot of great RTS fun games, that are very intricate but tend to appeal to a younger generation...
Strategic Command 1 and 2 are great, get those on BattleFront.Com, SC2 is the latest title and you can Download it pretty cheap. Any player can start with that WW2 game.
Matrix is a bit more complicated war games, though Gargy Grigby's WW2 games, World at War and the new addition are simple enough and available for beginners...
You have to decide if you want a pure Battle game, a War Game, a Series of Battles, an entire Age... You can decide now, For Battlefields what was suggested is great. I get bored with that, I want the Economic/Political/Intrigue/Masterpiece stuff. Paradox's Europa Unversalis II was a Classic, it is like Crack Cocaine of Epic Games...Though not as battlefield intensive as Matrix. Still yet another game that requires a lot of energy, and is better played against other players. You also have to decide if you want Play by Email and play by Internet... Depends how much time you've got, there are plenty of Matrix Games with PBEM easy time crunching games.
Anyone who is reasonably intelligent can learn them. I did as 12-13-14 years old... You have to read and tinker, don't get discouraged and have fun. There are dozens of great titles from every age, genre and all types of interfaces.
If all this information is a bit daunting I suggest you start by doing this
Goto Battlefront.com download the Strategic Command 1 demo, then after you fight that a week, try the Strategic Command2 Demo... Really easy interface, WW2 medium Light
Panzer General is played by a lot of the same crowd that is a battle game... you'll fight mini campaigns as a remeber, and is a pure joy to play, real streamlined but as I recall you don't see much economics, politics, diplomacy and MultiPlayer lags. Plus it's older
but simplicity is key, wargames are meant to appeal to a different aspect of the Gamer, You really got have the feel in your bones for the hardcore stuff, don't waste your money till you've tried them all, like eating different Cheeseburgers or Icecream ;)
I was thinking of getting into war games...I'm older 62 and am tired of kitty games...
I want something not impossible for me to learn and very immersive ......Would you recommend this game..or any others here for that matter?
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