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In COG:EE, is there a way to adjust the screen resolution?

Robear wrote:
In COG:EE, is there a way to adjust the screen resolution?

According to web site it is locked at 1024*768

Ah, okay. That blurs things a bit on a widescreen with a higher native res, but so be it.

Robear wrote:
Thanks Gil! The simple economy mode makes it a must-buy for me. I really enjoy the strategic/tactical mix, but in the first game, the economy system sank me every time I played. Now I hope I can handle it and still keep my troops in the field.

I really like both your system and Ageod's. I think you guys have a much better handle on the strategic Napoleonic side of things, and with the tactical battles you've played to your strengths and their weaknesses. So they are complementary and both are worth having in my opinion. If I could get AGEOD's ACW strategic system with your tactical play, I'd be in heaven. But I'll settle for a few companies continuing to cover the period and I'll support you guys for doing that.

Congrats on finishing what must have been a long and difficult project!

Thanks! We appreciate it.

And you'll definitely find the economy more manageable. Though when the time comes that you've mastered the simple economy, you might want to challenge yourself with the "advanced" one.

So tempted, but have in the past been discouraged by some war games. Not sure I have the patience anymore for some of the deeper period games.

Well, I thought you're supposed to kiss a lot of frogs to find a prince.

NWS (www.nws-online.net) has EU3 Complete for $14.99 as a special. I've bought many games from Chris and he's always prompt and helpful.

Well, with the death of Lighthouse Interactive today, a promising title is in limbo. "East India Company" was one of it's titles. They also published the Sword of the Stars series, Steel Fury and T-34 vs. Tiger.

Oh, that's too bad, sorry to hear that, I really enjoyed Sword of the Stars. Though flawed in some ways, it was still a lot of fun.

The developer of Sword of the Stars (Kerberos) still seems to be going full ahead on their other games and garnering input on Sword of the Stars 2, so I don't know if they have another publisher lined up or not.

With all the love for Sins and Total War which I also like, I've never understood why this game didn't do better. Perhaps it was the long lag time from original release to the first expansion which I think improved the game markedly.

I just wish that someone would make a good space 4X game that supported the old PBEM multiplayer model like Space Empires 4 and Dominions 3.

Stratego wrote:

With all the love for Sins and Total War which I also like, I've never understood why this game didn't do better. Perhaps it was the long lag time from original release to the first expansion which I think improved the game markedly.

I always wondered that too. I think part of it is the 3D map, kind of hard to get used to. Plus it feels a little sterile - I haven't played since the original game was released so not sure how it is now - but the original didn't seem to have a lot of personality going for it. But it was fun, when I get time, I need to get it re-installed and upgraded and give it a whirl again.

I understand from reviews that the first version was just plain bad. It took some real patching to bring the game out, by all accounts.

If anyone wanted to try Crusader Kings, but didn't want to spend too much money, it's the deal of the week on Gamersgate. 10 bucks including the Deus Vult expansion.

Deus Vult is necessary. Still, this is kind of a bizarre game. It's an acquired taste. Good deal though.

Stratego wrote:
With all the love for Sins and Total War which I also like, I've never understood why this game didn't do better. Perhaps it was the long lag time from original release to the first expansion which I think improved the game markedly.

For my part, the reason I never really got into Sword of the Stars was the devleopers. The lead developer and designer participate in the Kerberos forums regularly, and they do not take criticism well. I got tired of myself and others being told we just didn't "get" their masterpiece. Also there was that whole controversy with the head of Kerberos bitching out Tom Chick.

Left a bad taste in my mouth. I agree that on release, the game was not all that great. Patches and the expansion may have improved it, I don't know.

For anyone waiting for War In The Pacific Admiral's Edition, Matrix has written in a forum thread that it will release on or before June 22, 2009.

I've been waiting for Heroes of Stalingrad forever.....

yeah, me too. I wish they'd release the darn thing already.

War in the Pacific AE?! Wow, it's been a long wait. Not even sure if I want it anymore. As for Heroes of Stalingrad, anyone interested in Mark Walker's stuff should check out locknloadgame.com, they have Day of Heroes (think Black Hawk Down the boardgame) for half price for a limited time.

Of *course* you want it! What other games take longer than the conflict to play? (Cue references to Afrika Korps games where Italian units require more water to boil pasta...)

Anyone tried Elven Legacy yet?

Robear wrote:
Anyone tried Elven Legacy yet?

Looks like an expanded/updated Fantasy Wars which isnt a bad thing, but I may wait for the price drop or until I finish my Fantasy Wars Campaign.

I have no one to play Steel Panthers Main Battle Tank PBEM with, so if anyone wants a casual game let me know.

I never played Fantasy Wars, so I'm curious. How is it different from, say, HOMM* or King's Bounty?

I think it plays very different - you can pick it up on the cheap from Gamers Gate - I paid less that 15 dollars, but it may have been a special. I havent played Kings Bounty, but it is now reduced price at Gamers Gate as well. If you havent played Fantasy Wars - pick it up first would be my suggestion.

Theater of War 2 Demo available on Battlefront. Also while not really a wargame so to speak, more like a Company of Heroes is the game Men of War which is actually not half bad. The graphics are pretty darn good, the ability to swap weapons and loadouts with dead soldiers etc... is kind of novel for this type game. The voice acting is awful, but the actual game play itself is fun albeit a tad challenging at times.

Since Sword of the Stars was mentioned a couple of days ago, it's now on Steam with the two expansions. I'm tempted to pick it up so it's in my Steam account and for the expansions, but I'm having a hard time getting past having to re-buy the base game. I kind of hope the days of me buying more than one copy of a game are over (wishful thinking though that may be).

Nightmare wrote:
Since Sword of the Stars was mentioned a couple of days ago, it's now on Steam with the two expansions. I'm tempted to pick it up so it's in my Steam account and for the expansions, but I'm having a hard time getting past having to re-buy the base game. I kind of hope the days of me buying more than one copy of a game are over (wishful thinking though that may be).

You can get the individual expansions at Gamersgate - I picked up the whole pack this morning. Its actually a pretty nice game - the video tutorials are handy and it is pretty streamlined.

This almost passed under my radar until Paradox offered the participation in the beta - East-India Company. Should be out in third quarter 2009. I'm mildly excited with the option to raise excitement level when I learn more about it. It's not pure wargaming, but there definitely will be naval combat.

So has anyone tried Theatre of War 2? Never played the original, but I'm in the mood for a new wargame.