From: Melbourne Australia
ORIGINAL: The SNAFU
Oh the grand old days of boardgames. There are so many Grogs who got their start on Avolon Hill and others. WITE often gets me thinking of my all time favorite AH game, Stalingrad.
They remain grand days for me right now! I've really been diappointed with PC game design the last couple of years in not being able to answer the intuitiveness/user interface/psychological modelling/artificial intelligence/bug freedom combination that suits my personal gaming tastes.
So much so that this calendar year alone I've bought 18 board war games and 0 PC war games
The pleasure of this for me, has been to see that there is currently so much life in our hobby that it is just pulsing with developer enthusiasm, designer ingenuity and production polish, to the extent that it feels like we're back in the hey days of the 60's and 70's when the hobby was about to explode onto the market. It's been a real pleasure supporting the production houses of GMT Games, DVG Games, Z-Man Games and Lock n' Lock Publishing lately.
So when you remember that there are designs such at GG's WitE due for eventual release, to me it's just an extension of this pleasurable rennaisance that I've been participating in.
There are at least 2 strategic East Front board games due for release to give WitE a run for its money. One by award winning designer Ted Racier of Paths of Glory fame called "Stalin's War" and the other a mounted-map re-development of "No Retreat the Russian Front" by Carl Paradis - both by GMT. Both work at the Corps level which differs from War in the East which is good to see but both have also been sponsoring some interesting debate that has had me review my own expectations as to what an East Front title should offer the gamer in 2010.
So I look forward to what WitE will offer. And blessed with some help or a very easy to manage user's manual , I really hope to have some thought provoking fun in the months to come.