Strategy and Wargaming

strategic-command-world-war-1By Bill Gray @ Wargamer

This was a great Thanksgiving weekend for a couple of reasons. The first was not only that the wife and daughter took off for a weekend of Black Friday shopping, but more importantly, I wasn’t with them. The second was that left me an entire three days to put Slitherine/Fury Software’s Strategic Command: World War I, a sequel/do-over of their classic game of the same name. God bless us everyone, I had a blast, and not just from a creeping drumfire barrage.

Read on…

strategic-command-world-war-1The Great War Begins

Strategic Command: World War I is released and it’s time for you to relive the War the should have Ended all Wars.

Choose which bloc you want to lead, The Triple Entente or the Central Powers, and witness firsthand the importance of strategic planning coupled with the need for cooperation between all the nations on your side.

Discover new groundbreaking technologies, employ new tactics on the battlefield and try the hardest as you can to break the enemy’s morale with any action!

Unique World War I gameplay mechanics have been implemented for an ever greater dose of realism and historical accuracy. Develop impenetrable trench systems, block enemy sea routes with naval mines, use early aircraft models to scout the enemy and direct focused artillery fire on them. Or undermine the enemy’s will to resist through diplomacy and political intrigue before striking.

Watch the Strategic Command: World War I Release Trailer HERE.

Grab the game now on the Matrix Games Store, and on SteamStrategic Command: World War I is also part of the “Strategic Command Complete” Bundle.

imperator-romeSource: Blue’s News

A free weekend for Imperator: Rome is currently underway on Steam, offering three days to sample this historical grand strategy game for Windows, Linux, and macOS. If this inspires you to cross the Rubicon to buy the game, it is on sale for 33% off. Here’s word on this chance to carpe diem:

Imperator: Rome is the newest grand strategy title from Paradox Development Studio. Set in the tumultuous centuries from Alexander’s Successor Empires in the East to the foundation of the Roman Empire, Imperator: Rome invites you to relive the pageantry and challenges of empire building in the classical era. Manage your population, keep an eye out for treachery, and keep faith with your gods.

command-modern-operationsMatrix Games has announced that Kushan Gaming has recently volunteered to curate the community scenario pack for Command: Modern Operations.

This release will work for both CMO and CMANO. More information available on this page.

You can download the pack from HERE.

For Steam users, a Steam Collection for the entire pack has been set up – Community Scenario Pack (Official).

Kudos to Kushan Gaming for this excellent job!

23 scenarios have been added so far:

  • Operation Eagle Guardian, 2019
  • Operación Gomorra, 2010
  • SandBox Nations #1
  • Plum Blossoms Do Not Fall Lightly, 2025
  • Mediterranean Fury 1 – The Road to Byzantium
  • Mediterranean Fury 2 – Syrian Surprise
  • Mediterranean Fury 5 – Serbia Right!
  • Black Sea, 2019
  • Battles of the 3rd WW, Tattletale, 1991
  • The V-Bombers
  • The Battle of Palmdale, 1956
  • Iwo Jima Goes to Mozambique, 2024
  • Operation Scarlet Lance, 1966
  • The Hustlers
  • Hat Yai Air Raid, 2019
  • The Great Arctic War – Arctic Cod Conflict, 2030
  • The Battle of Chiapas, 2020
  • WW3 D-Day Part 1
  • The Penang Affair, 1955
  • Close down Mukran, 1985
  • South of Crete, 1985
  • For The Honour Of The Republic, 1991
  • Incirlik, 2021

order-of-battle-red-steelIt is the winter of 1942, and the Red Army is about to turn the tide of World War II.

Order of Battle: Red Steel brings you back to the most pivotal chapter of the war. Take command of the forces of the Soviet Union and push back the Wehrmacht, for the Motherland!

It is the second installment of the “Red” trilogy of DLCs which put you in the shoes (or boots) of generals like Zhukov or Konev. The new campaign starts just when Red Star ended, and those who want can play Red Star and Red Steel in sequence, importing their savegames from one campaign to the next and retaining their core army, unlocked commanders and specializations.

Red Steel has 16 new scenarios. Action begins in January 1942 with Soviet attacks at Staritsa, still not far from Moscow. During the harsh Russian Winter, you will need to remain on the offensive as the German army staggers, until the tide begins to turn again in spring 1942.

Then we make a little detour to the Crimean Front, which offers a somewhat different challenge due to its peculiar geographical features.

In summer 1942 the Wehrmacht launches a new grand summer offensive which finally leads to the crucial battle of Stalingrad. This battle plays a major role in Red Steel, and the various developments related to it are featured in several scenarios from autumn 1942 to January 1943.

In the last stage of the campaign, the Germans recover again with another victory at Kharkov. The final scenario gives the player a glimpse of the Kuban air battles, where Luftwaffe and VVS – the Soviet air force – clashed in intense air combat with massive numbers of aircraft involved over the Kuban region in the Caucasus.

Red Steel also adds new unlockable Commanders as well as new Specializations focused on the Lend-Lease aid program, allowing you to get access to American and British planes, tanks and trucks.

Order of Battle: Red Steel is bound for release in Q1 2020. You can take part in the Beta by applying HERE.

strategic-command-world-war-1Strategic Command: World War I is ready to break through your lines.

Mark the day on your calendar, as General Mobilization will begin on the Matrix Games Store, and on Steam beginning December 5th. Be ready to relive the Great War from the opening shots of 1914 to the final offensives, in a massive 20 mile per hex map covering Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and the Atlantic.

Key Features:

  • 3 campaigns (1914 Call to Arms, 1914 Triple Alliance (where Italy joins the Central Powers) and 1917 Fate of Nations)
  • New unit types added including ANZACs, Mountain Corps and Ground Attack Aircraft
  • Automated Entrenching reducing micromanagement to the minimum
  • Armies that have developed their trench warfare skills will be able to move and entrench
  • Enhanced Fog of War clearly shows the limits of your units’ spotting range
  • Germany’s use of Unrestricted Naval Warfare fully overhauled

Get more information about Strategic Command: World War I from its official product page.

Source: Blue’s News

Company of Heroes 2 is now available for free on Steam for keeps for those who grab their copy of the real-time strategy sequel over the weekend. The game’s DLC is also now on sale, but there’s an additional freebie for those who sign up for their newsletter, as they will get the game’s Victory at Stalingrad for nothing. Here’s word:

There really is no better opportunity for strategy fans to get their hands on this great historical title, engage in its thrilling tactical combat and claim victory over the Eastern Front of World War II. Newcomers to the award-winning World War II RTS series can expect countless hours of single and multiplayer gameplay, where victory on the battlefield relies on the ability to out-think the opponent. Download COH2 for free now and kick off your single player campaign, wielding the might of the Red Army marching for Berlin or dive straight into various intense online multiplayer missions.

command-modern-operationsToday marks the release of Command: Modern Operations. C: MO  is an evolution of C: MANO, but it’s also a revolution on its own as it takes every single element and system of the original simulation to the next level. Everything from engine, database, maps, editing, accessibility, progression has been revamped and reshaped.

Watch the Command: Modern Operations release trailer HERE.

C: MO is a giant leap forward in the genre as it effectively takes what was a single self-contained experience and develops it into an open service with multiple opportunities for plug-ins, mods, scenario-editing and more. The integration with other software developed by external companies is a key pillar for the future development of this game as it effectively becomes a gigantic open simulation of global conflicts.

A totally new engine; more than half a TeraByte of high resolution maps covering every corner of our planet; a cyclopean database with more than 30.000 entries for every weapon, missile, ship, satellite, ground installation, submarine, plane, vehicle and ship that has taken the field from 1946 to present day in almost every Nation.

Command: Modern Operations is the premier military simulator for any possible engagement in a modern scenario, from counter-terrorism operations to nuclear tactical warfare.

Easier, deeper, greater and faster. A wide range of tools to manage the battlefield with a modern, crispier and improved graphics user-interface to give players full control of their forces and sensors. Knowledge is the key to win today’s battles.

Existing owners of Command: Modern Air/Naval Operations will receive a 50% discount to help them transition to Modern Operations. Also, all the previously owned official DLCs (a total of 15 products) will be available for free to all Modern Operations owners. Do you have any questions about what happens with the transition from CMANO to CMO? Read the full FAQ HERE.

Grab Command: Modern Operations now from the Matrix Games store or via Steam.

If you are eager to see the game in action, follow our double stream we are going to have on our official Twitch Channel.

The show starts on 6 pm GMT / 1 pm EST / 10 AM PST and continues on 12 PM GMT / 7 PM EST / 4 PM PST.

crusader-kings-3Video First in a Series About the Game’s Development and Design

Paradox Development Studio has released an introduction to an upcoming series of videos about the development of Crusader Kings III. In this opening video, Game Director Henrik Fåhraeus lays out his vision for the game, speaking about his history with the franchise and his aspirations for the upcoming grand strategy game.

Future installments of this video series will include summaries of information revealed in the previous month’s Developer Diaries so people can follow along with the game’s development.

Crusader Kings III is the sequel to Paradox’s beloved medieval strategy role-playing game. It was announced last month at the annual Paradox Convention and is scheduled for release in 2020.

command-modern-operationsCommand: Modern Operations will be released in a few days, on November 14th, on the Matrix Games store and on Steam.

Have a look at the Gameplay Trailer HERE! Check out the great 2-hours long preview Kushan Gaming has done with CMO!

The already legendary game of modern cross-domain operations returns with an all-new UI, even more refined simulation mechanics and a host of new features and content. Command: Modern Operations allows you to simulate every military engagement from post World War II to the present day.

Find out more about Command: Modern Operations at the games official webpage.