From: Nepean, Ontario
I understand the design brief was to port the board game to a modern windows environment so you could play online. This helps with 2 fundamental problems, lack of opponents and no room to set out the huge maps. They have added a bunch of new stuff as options so the game engine can be radically different than the original. I don't think making vast profits is their main motivation, it is probably love of the game or maybe even obsession
Then let the existing community that already own n’ supports the product release a vassal module if that’s the case......
Mainly because VASSAL doesn't enforce the rules where CWIE does. VASSAL won't do all the bookkeeping where CWIE does. CWIE is so much more than "just a port" to computer, it includes an enforced rule book, a bookkeeper and dozens of optional rules that were always a problem keeping track of the rule changes.... all done for you so you can focus on playing the game.
I too, however, have a problem with the postage to Canada. If they ever do digital download I'll buy it. Plus it's easier to get it by my wife that way....
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