Something Clash of Steel did that no other wargame of that scale has ever managed, save Wastelands Interactive, is giving control of only one part of the alliance over to player control. Sometimes you just want to be Russia and not have to worry about D-Day, or vice-versa.
That's not what happened in my game lol
A few comments:
1) Clash of Steel is not that good. AI is bad, so way too easy, no matter which side you play.
2) Strategic Command has better AI, but still way too simplistic. One example: As Germany, put all your diplomatic effort into allying with Turkey from turn 1, take Egypt soonest (easy), and once Turkey joins, (1) you get the entire Near East and (2) taking Russia is a peace of cake, since it will concentrate on defending the Caucasus against your Turkish/Italian diversion, and you can roll over it from the West; in short: the AI is easy to fool!
3) No, World in Flames is not the best WW2 boardgame; it´s an operational game turned strategic, which makes it unbearably over-detailed and clunky. is the best WW2 strategy game, nothing else even comes close.
There is even an (abandoned) computer version, AI is crappy and pbem not really possible, but I am playing it against myself, because the game is that good!
4) Abandonware: There is an acid test, and it´s really easy: If the game is still being sold, then it´s not abandonware. But if the only way to get it is from abandonware sites, then it can truely be considered abandoned.
Take Gary Grigsby´s Kampfgruppe, which is so old that no one even remembers its existence. I am absolutely sure no one objects to my download of a hacked version. (Unhacked, it couldn´t even be played on a current system. )
If there was any way of getting Clash of Steel on my new computer in a way that supported the original developers I'd do it in an instant, if it ends up on GOG (which i hope it will) I'll buy it in an instant, but it's not, and buying a bunch of floppies for 100 or so dollars from some guy on ebay which gives no money to the developers is just a waste of time.
Funny though, everyone here seems to have a different acid test for this thing,
Think I'll buy Strategic Command though, it's on GOG for 5 bucks and it looks like it could be a lot of fun just for laughs if anything.
Heh internet lawyers. This is legal, that is illegal. ROFL. Guy just wants to play some old game that no one gives two craps about, but now the thread is nearly derailed.
This thread is about CoS, advice on how to play, and similar games. You have legal advice, keep it to yourself and stop confusing people with half-correct information.
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