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I agree with this. I like intermediate and complex games and to me, I think the most important things are (1) a comprehensive non-changing manual, and (2) an awesome UI that you hardly have to refer to the manual, but if you do, well, see my bullet #1. Therefore, it is a quality of life issue in that I like to play tons of games and there is only so much free time. I do not like games where you have to be a forum dweller and the manual is either sparse or changes so much that the one that comes with the game is useless, or a combination of sparse and useless.
To me the God of Wargaming (Vic) is the best. Look at all of his works or art (Decisive Campaigns, Advance Tactics). The manuals he creates contain everything you need to know, and the UI.., come on, it is a 10. Therefore, when he puts out a game, I know that if I sit and study his manuals for say 6-10 hours, I am good to go..., forever. And the UI takes over and guides you down the rest of the road. Next to Vic, there are some that are close (Endless Space 2 for example, though not high in complexity). Europa Universalis has a great UI, but fails in that with every DLC, it brings new rules and changes to the base rules – so you need to be a forum dweller to function properly. Same with HOI 4 (which I love and follow anyway). An example of a total fail is TOAW, Admiral’s Edition, etc.., The manuals suck, and the UI suck so you must live the forum and You tube to become functional, and throughtout this painful process, things change. Check out TOAW forum that just came out.., see how many pages and pages of questions.., that will never stop. So if you do not read it every 2-3 days, you will forever be hopelessly behind.
Go to Vic’s site and check out Shadow Empire, there is not much information there but when you see his past work and he methodically asks for input from all who have valid points (not arrogant like the creators of TOAW), you know his products are a must-buy because the time you spend will pay you back 100 fold with enjoyment.
So yeah, I think the war game world is better than ever.
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