Shannon V. OKeets
From: Honolulu, Hawaii
ORIGINAL: Harold Haralson
Are we staying true to the original game or creating a new one?
Whether or not it is staying true to the original game may make a big
difference to a lot of people. People vote with their money.
We're certainly giving it our best shot.
The major change is to use the European map scale worldwide. That has a lot of consequences, since the larger scale used in WIF FE, for everywhere in the world except Europe, meant Australian Design Group had to use a cruder approxiamation of reality. By going to the more detailed scale, we feel MWIF has the responsibilty to improve the accuracy of the 'terrain' shown in each hex.
Here you see what we have done for Japan, and it was an agonizingly long decision, balancing the historical reality of the 'terrain' in Japan, its factories, cities, ports, and rail lines, against how WIF FE plays when defending Japan against Allied attacks (usually late in the war). There is a thread somewhere in this forum where the complete discussion on all aspects of this is available for review by anyone who wants to. My involvement in those decisions was as a player (not project manager/developer), and it was far less than the involvement by some of the other forum members.
Another example we quote often is the change in China where the sheer number of hexes increased by "times 6".
Is MWIF just simply WIF FE transferred to the computer? No.
How much of WIF FE is transferred precisely to MWIF? Disregarding the map scale, I would say 99%. And this is not a number grabbed out of thin air.
Rules as Coded (RAC - which I use as the design specification document for MWIF) is a direct copy of Rules as Written (RAW) that contains 23 entries labeled Deviations. Most Deviations are single sentences that concern: the global map using the unified European scale, unit counters not being turned face down, and the abstraction of chits from physical objects to entries in a computer table. Compare this to the 200+ Clarifications in RAC which came directly from Harry Rowland and represent his answers to questions about WIF over the past 12 years.
Oh, and yes, we are very sensitive on this point.
EDIT: RAC is 154 pages long.
< Message edited by Shannon V. OKeets -- 6/15/2008 7:59:34 PM >
Perfection is an elusive goal.