Strategy and Wargaming

strategic-command-classic-ww1A great classic game returns, as Strategic Command Classic: WWI is now available!

This release will also include the expansion “Strategic Command WWI – Breakthrough!”, Introducing the armoured train unit. You’ll find all the nice combat features from the Battlefront version like combat unit swapping, improved bombardment options, and so on. The expansion Breakthrough! adds by default a variety of additional scenarios and a range of modding features to the game editor.

Watch the new Strategic Command Classic: WWI Matrix Trailer HERE.

IMPORTANT!

This is not a new game. We are taking over from Battlefront as the publisher of this game. If you already bought the game from Battlefront please read this carefully as we don’t want you to accidentally buy something you might be getting for free!

Read here the full story and what you need to do

Steam version will follow shortly! Stay tuned for further updates!

field-of-glory-ii-immortal-fireBury my body and don’t build any monument. Keep my hands out so the people know the one who won the world had nothing in hand when he died – Alexander the Great

War can have many different shapes. Sometimes, the contenders have dreams of power and hegemony that collide. Sometimes subjugated people have to fight for justice and revenge against their masters. Leaders summon their brethren and subjects into a fight for motives that only a future victory will justify.

Eventually, there is a time when different civilizations can’t coexist peacefully, and different visions of the World engage a mortal fight. What side will you take, when destiny calls?

Field of Glory II: Immortal Fire, the second episode in the series that is bringing back to life highly historically accurate wargaming, is now available!

Follow the Achaemenid Persian Empire in its expansion, the clash between the Greek City-States, the epic deeds of Alexander the Great and the following wars between his generals after his death.

This DLC greatly expands the base game content adding 8 new factions, 10 new units, 30 new Army Lists, 10 new Epic Battles, 4 new historically-based campaigns and 1 what-if campaign!

In addition, the Sandbox Campaigns module has been expanded to include all 108 army lists from Rise of Rome and Immortal Fire.

Get more information about Field of Glory II: Immortal Fire from its official product page.

order-of-battle-panzerkriegBy Ian Boudreau @ The Wargamer

This year, Order of Battle has traveled to two rarely-if-ever seen theaters of World War II combat: Kriegsmarine focused on German naval engagements and several alternative history scenarios, while Burma Road took us to the Malaysian jungles of the Pacific war. Now, with Panzerkrieg, the series is heading back to more familiar territory: the ill-fated German invasion of the Soviet Union.

Read The Review Here

order-of-battle-panzerkriegThe hotly anticipated new expansion to the Order of Battle series is finally here!

Panzerkrieg is the expansion the Artistocrats wanted to make since they started focusing on the European theatre. In Panzerkrieg you will lead the Wehrmacht in the crucial years of ’42 and ’43 on the Eastern Front and relive the epic battles which shaped history like Stalingrad, Kursk and Kharkov. With 12 new scenarios, over 40 new units, new specializations and several gameplay improvements (including new terrain rules) Panzerkrieg is a must-have.

Most importantly, Panzerkrieg can be tied to Blitzkrieg as part of a new mega-campaign. Carry over your core army from one campaign to the next and fight across the whole Eastern Front! The carry-over system itself has been greatly enhanced and Panzerkrieg is tailored to make full use of these improvements.

Furthermore… we have a new trailer for the base game, Order of Battle: World War II.

Order of Battle: World War II is completely free to try. Download it and play through the boot camp as well as the first mission from every campaign for free! Get Order of Battle: World War II here.

order-of-battle-panzerkriegSource: Matrix Games

We’re getting really close to the release of Panzerkrieg. It’s coming out in just two days!

So far we spoke of the new specializations, mechanics and we showed you some of the new units, but today we’ll look at some of the new scenarios. We picked three in particular.

Demyansk Pocket

Following their defeat at Moscow, the Wehrmacht has been forced to retreat. By February 1942 more than 90,000 men have been trapped by the advancing and numerically superior Soviet forces in the so called Demyansk pocket, south of Leningrad.

The airfields at Demyansk and Peski become therefore of vital importance as all supplies will have to be brought in by Luftflotte 1’s airplanes. Historically, the Luftwaffe made a tremendous effort to resupply the divisions encircled in the Demyansk pocket. The Germans were able to break through from the north and re-open a land route to Demyansk in April 1942, but losses in terms of planes and human lives had been steep.

Stalingrad

Few other battles are as iconic and important as the Battle of Stalingrad and now you will be able to live it in Order of Battle! In August 1942 the German offensive was in full swing, and Stalingrad was an important strategic goal on the path to Caucasus.

With enormous effort the 6th Army was able to push the Soviets on the west bank of the Volga, but by November the Soviets counter-attacked and being able to push the Romanian and Hungarian forces on the 6th Army’s flank, managed to surround the Germans. Hitler, once again hoping that the Luftwaffe would be able to supply the surrounded army until a relief force came to the rescue, ordered them to resist at all costs. He was wrong. The 6th Army surrendered on February 1943.

Check out the gameplay notes and a few screenshots here.

 

field-of-glory-ii-immortal-fireThe rivers will run red again with the new expansion of Field of Glory II that we announced last week, Immortal Fire, that will brings you 8 new factions (Achaemenid Persians, Etruscans, Antigonos, Lysimachos, Spartans, Latins, Lydians, Kyrenean Greeks, Thessalian Greeks), 10 new units (including the fearsome Persian Immortals) and 30 new army lists!

Now, we can finally tell you when you will be able to expand your army: Immortal Fire will be released next Tuesday, November the 5th!

Find out more about Field of Glory II: Immortal Fire at the games official webpage.

order-of-battle-panzerkriegPanzerkrieg is one if not the most anticipated expansion in the whole Order of Battle series.

It covers the crucial years of 1942-1943, years which were marked by some of the most impressive and massive battles in all of the war. We’re talking of battles like Sevastapol, Kharkov, Stalingrad, Kursk, and many more.

I bet you’re eager to play it, right? Can you wait one week longer?

That’s right, Panzerkrieg is going to be released on November 30th, one week from now!

We are all looking forward to release. Up until then we will show you more about the game, and we will also write about the scenarios as well as on some novelties in the carry-over system linking Blitzkrieg to Panzerkrieg, so stay tuned.

crusader-kings-2-jade-dragonCrack the Chinese Puzzle in Crusader Kings II: Jade Dragon

Caravans have roamed the Silk Road for centuries, bringing wealth and knowledge from far away. Even the richest rajas of India are humbled by the stories of the mighty Chinese Emperor. Can you navigate the fickle desires of this distant ruler? Choose a life of subservience, in the hope of future rewards, or bide your time until your dynasty is strong enough to invade the Empire itself. Dare to take on new political challenges in Crusader Kings II: Jade Dragon.

Jade Dragon is the newest expansion to Crusader Kings II, the beloved medieval strategy role-playing experience from Paradox Development Studios. In Jade Dragon, the riches and overwhelming power of China sits off map, but makes its presence known through tributaries, armies and demands.

For more information about Crusader Kings II: Jade Dragon, visit the games official website.

 

the-operational-art-of-war-4The Generals and High Officers have gathered in the War Room for hours. On the large tables and all over the walls maps and military charts are displayed, with thousands of counters of different size and colors covering every theater.

The air is dense, and you can feel the pressure. Suddenly, a voice from a speaker captures everyone’s attention. A few words in code are heard from the speaker. The mother of all Operations has begun.

The wait is over. The Operational Art of War IV, the most anticipated wargame of the year, has been released!

Fight on land, sea and air, but beware! Understanding how the new Supply System works is vital to keep your troops fighting and marching!

Finally, the new Battlefield Time Stamp feature takes on TOAW’s unique way of handling game turn resolution and makes it easier for players to plan ahead!

Watch the The Operational Art of War IV – Introduction Trailer HERE.

The Operational Art of War IV is the top-notch military simulation that every wargamer needs! Grab it now!

 

 

Earn Your Stripes in Hearts of Iron IV: Waking the Tiger

A Fractured Nation Confronts Imperialism in Upcoming Paradox Expansion

The Chinese Republic replaced the tottering empire only decades earlier, and is unprepared for its greatest challenge. China is ideologically divided as well, providing an appetizing target for aggressive neighbors. But the Chinese people are resilient and can unite to protect their homeland.

In Hearts of Iron IV: Waking the Tiger, Paradox Development Studio focuses on the Chinese front – the first front of the Second World War. Here, Japan turned its imperialist appetites before the other great powers got involved. New National Focuses dedicated to Nationalist and Communist China guide you through alternate histories that could save or unite the Chinese nation. But under whose guidance?

Features in Hearts of Iron IV: Waking the Tiger include:

  • Chinese National Focuses: Divided and under threat, China has great reserves of manpower and diplomatic flexibility
  • Chain of Command: Unite your armies under a field marshal who can take advantage of the many skills of the generals under his direction.
  • Decisions and Missions: Historical decisions and national missions give your new places to spend Political Power, as you deal with domestic politics or start special projects.
  • General Traits and Abilities: Generals’ traits can now unlock powerful Command Power abilities, allowing great flexibility and creativity.
  • Updated Japanese Focus Tree: More attention to the Asian campaign and alternate history paths, including restoring Civilian Government or allying with the feared Soviets.
  • Updated German Focus Tree: New possible histories for the German Reich, including the chance to replace Hitler with the exiled Kaiser, or lead a democratic Germany against Stalin.
  • Acclimatization: Over time, troops will learn how to survive in the desert or harsh winters, giving these veterans an edge on the battlefield.
  • And More: Capturing battlefield equipment, and a revitalized air war system that has room for Volunteer air wings.

Watch the Hearts of Iron IV: Waking the Tiger announcement trailer HERE.

Hearts of Iron IV: Waking the Tiger will be available soon on major digital distribution channels with the suggested retail price of $19.99 and is available for pre-order now.