Thank you, Nikolas, this is most welcome.
I decided to take the plunge and buy it. I put quite a lot of time into learning new tactical/battlefield sims so it’s no small decision. A 3-part gameplay video I watched on YouTube almost put me off the game. To be fair, it’s from the initial wide release and the guy admits that he’s at the bottom of the learning curve but he makes such a mess of the scenario he makes for himself that I found myself asking, as I sometimes did in Combat Mission, “do I want to spend HOURS getting my a$$ handed to me?” The truth is that I never really mind this as long as the AI is playing fair and isn’t “cheating” via hidden LOS advantages, etc. In the end, I realised that the videos were misleading; the poor guy plays so badly that I had no chance to assess the quality of the AI; he uses the FAST move command all the time so the dug-in enemy armor gets the jump on his moving vehicles and he sends vehicles into forested terrain unescorted by infantry. When I play it for the first time later today, I am hoping that the game will reward me if I do not make these mistakes but use sound tactics instead, take my time and do recon. And I will read the manual thoroughly, as usual, although if there is a more home printer-friendly version of it out there, I’d love to know about it because the standard-issue manual is going to be very expensive to print at home.