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For tactical Generaling, I'd go with the Scourge of War series, American Civil War games. You can limit yourself to first person and messengers for communications with your units. It's pretty hard core and presents some of the problems faced by commanders in an interesting way.

PeterS wrote:

I picked it up and decided to give it a run as France in the 1939 start. That... did not end well. I'll have to try another country next. China if I want a challenge, the US or UK/Commonwealth if I want something easier :D

China is actually pretty easy, and a little boring - you just feed in troops and create tougher and tougher defensive positions for the Japanese to crack.

I think Italy is the most interesting country to play - you have very limited resources that have to be used carefully, and your supply situation in Africa is so bad that when you switch to playing Germany or Russia the supply problems seem minimal by comparison.

Robear wrote:

For tactical Generaling, I'd go with the Scourge of War series, American Civil War games. You can limit yourself to first person and messengers for communications with your units. It's pretty hard core and presents some of the problems faced by commanders in an interesting way.

I've always been curious about these. Are they good/fun? Which one should one get, Gettysburg or Waterloo?

Gettysburg. Waterloo, I don't think they ever managed to get an effective AI together, and the scale defeated them... Last I heard, anyway.

The game gives you the essential commands that a leader (company and up, I think, although it might be brigade) would be able to give his units. It requires that the leader be in voice range, or use horse-bound messengers, thus putting in place a time delay for orders. There is a also a strong morale engine, so as your units take casualties and see others nearby faltering, they will falter too.

It's an interesting experience.

Thank you!

Hey friends, anyone have an opinion on Decisive Campaigns: Barbarossa? The RPG/political elements look FASCINATING to me. Thanks!

Veloxi wrote:

Hey friends, anyone have an opinion on Decisive Campaigns: Barbarossa? The RPG/political elements look FASCINATING to me. Thanks!

I loved DC: Blitzkrieg and thought Barbarossa would be even better. But for some reason, it just didn't grab me when I played it. Not sure if it was the game or just my head space at the time but I remember coming away a little disappointed. I think I'm in the minority with that opinion though.

Veloxi wrote:

Hey friends, anyone have an opinion on Decisive Campaigns: Barbarossa? The RPG/political elements look FASCINATING to me. Thanks!

Hadn’t heard about that but it sounds intriguing.

Veloxi wrote:

Hey friends, anyone have an opinion on Decisive Campaigns: Barbarossa? The RPG/political elements look FASCINATING to me. Thanks!

I really liked it. I think that it's probably the first wargame that I've played that makes you consider the pressure that a general gets from up the command chain. Adds interesting 'meta' choices too.