Mac is easily my choice for front man for modified tweaked fussed over versions of the original SP2 (which if I am not mistaken is what we all call SP "Modern" by any number of various labels.
If we buy it (Combat Leader), it will produce benefitial ripples. If we don't buy it, well even a total doofus can see Matrix won't be floggin a dead horse (and that means your add ons too).
Combat Leader is the future. Matrix has made this abundantly clear. Asking for someone to twist the arm of SSI to allow Matrix to do what Matrix has no intention of doing seems a trifle bit odd eh.
I have ordered a copy of SP2 (the actual original version, not a tweaked messed with offered for free thing). I am getting it through a vendor that deals in all manner of software (inluding older wargaming favourites).
It won't look as good as Steel Panthers WaW version 7.1
But I ordered it knowing that in advance.
Still at 12 bucks it's not such a bad thing to get a game a lot of us liked.
I suppose I could go and download the free offerings (heck I might yet do that). But considering the volume of people categorically saying this version is more accurate than that version, it's hard to see what option is worth the effort.
I think Combat Leader will be miles ahead of any version of Steel Panthers. It stands to reason that supporting Combat Leader, will ensure it provides the "Modern" crowd with the best Modern game possible, when the Modern Module arrives.
I can see parallels with SP 1 then 2 then 3 and then all of Matrix's version updates with the evolution of Squad Leader actually.
Squad Leader was the most perfect game then they made Coss of Iron and proved you could improve on perfection. They made Crescendo of Doom and showed that anything was possible. GI Anvil of Victory was awesome, but it was clear all the great ideas were not benefiting the whole.
That is what has happened to Steel Panthers I think. To many good ideas that are of no real value to the whole.
Thats why I am waiting for Combat Leader. All the best ideas plus all the ideas that have been waiting, molded into a game made from the beginning to use all of those ideas.
I LIKE that my life bothers them,
Why should I be the only one bothered by it eh.