ORIGINAL: Peter Fisla
Yeah, I'm thinking about getting it...however...why for the love of God does the expansion needs to be stand-alone...again!!! Why can't we just have one executable and simply buy the scenario packs like Panzer Crops! Now with with the original game and ROR and Hannibal we will have 3 different applications doing the same thing. I'm assuming there are game engine changes, new features...so what?! Owners of the previous games in the series should get those features too, from my point of view this is a bad idea. Not really happy about it to be honest, this was the reason why I didn't bother with ROR.
A few things worth mentioning:
Panzer Corps works much the same way: Afrika Korps and Allied Corps are both standalone and integrated into Panzer Corps if the user has that installed.
The new engine improvements for Hannibal will be available for the Alea Jacta Est and Birth of Rome players in the form of free patches.
The way the games will work (and if my memory serves right, this is already the case with AJE and BOR) is that launching one will show the scenarios from all the games installed, so there will be no need to switch around the different standalone games, you can stick to always launching one, and you will be able to play whichever scenario.
And with the immense work put into the scenarios covered by the game, there couldn't possibly be a price difference if AGEOD went with the expansion route.
So being standalone as opposed to an expansion is really the same for existing players in all practical considerations.
Where there is notable difference between them is for newcomers to the series.
For example, if somebody wants to game the 2nd Punic War, but he is not comfortable with buying a base game plus expansion for the sake of playing the expansion, should we really deny him the chance of discovering and playing this great series? I don't think so.
This model gives existing fans of the series a reasonable and comfortable solution to have one huge game of Roman era wars, while also leaving the gate open for new people to discover the series. And that is the best solution, I believe.
< Message edited by Tamas -- 6/2/2014 10:20:10 AM >