From: Bedfordshire UK
True story. It was the summer of 1998 and I saw on-line that Avalon Hill had converted my all time favorite game (at that time) to the computer. I believe the cost was around $45.00. I had been out of wargaming since the mid 1980's (board games only) and haven't yet made the plunge into computer wargames. I thought what the heck and called Avalon Hill to order this game. Yes, I actually called to order a game. I had done it before. The last purchase I made from them (Avalon Hill) was Statis Pro Baseball in 1991.
A lady answered the phone and I told her I was interested in purchasing 3rd Reich PC. I currently was running Windows 95 and asked her if the game ran with that O/S. She said not very well. I was shocked by her answer and my excitement at getting back into playing wargames was quickly deflated. I thanked the lady and hung up in disappointment. I think all this happened a month before Avalon Hill went out of business in August of 1998. What a sad day. What a sad event.
But, in 2003 I found 3rd Reich for the PC, installed it and played it on Windows '98. I now can play it on Windows 8.1, 64 bit using DOSBox.
However, my favorite game (AH's 3rd Reich) has been replaced. First by Slitherine's Commander Europe at War - Grand Strategy (CEaW-GS) and now by Matrix's MWiF! Though replaced, I still occasionally fire it up and play a turn or two just to make sure I can. And have figured out how to play this 16-bit 20-year old DOS game on a 64-bit Windows 8.1 computer. The secret is the freeware application DOSBox.
Me to, I am running it in DOSBox with DOSShell front-end, several of my old DOS games are still running in Windows 8.1 with DOSBox.
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