GWJ Strategy Gaming Group: Semi-final voting for summer 2022 game

Didn't we say that games had to be at least a year old? Wouldn't that discount Crusader Kings 3?

Stellaris?

So I just realized there's a big strategy sale on Steam right now through Monday morning. I'm open to doing final voting starting at noon tomorrow PST to give everyone a chance to take advantage of the sale. And here's the updated list - the only change I have to make is that CK 3 is too new for the house rules. So I will change that to CK 2.


Company of Heroes 2 (top pick carrying over from last time)
Crusader Kings 2
Endless Space 2
Europa Universalis 4 (my pic)
Into the Breach
Planetfall
Stellaris
Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus

A few in that list that I'd definitely enjoy playing. Here's a couple of nominations from me before the final voting.

TBS: Gladius - Relics of War

RTS: Battlefleet Gothic Armada II

So here's the proposed second game list. Please vote for your top 3 games. (Sorry for not doing this sooner I had to take care of some IRL stuff yesterday).

Battlefield Gothic 2
Company of Heroes 2
Crusader Kings 2
Endless Space 2
Europa Universalis 4
Gladius: Relics of War
Into the Breach
Planetfall
Stellaris
Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus

1. Into the Breach
2. Stellaris
3. Company of Heroes 2

I was also interested in Planetfall but with that sale ending its price is going to triple in about an hour.

Voting for 3 that I have:

1. Endless Space 2
2. Company of Heroes 2
3. Planetfall

1. Into the Breach
2. Company of heroes 2
3 WH40k Mechanicus.

1: Endless Space 2
2: Planetfall
3: Company of Heroes 2

Into the Breach
Endless Space 2

I don't have any of these, and these are probably the only ones I'd pick up if they win.

Endless Space 2
Into the Breach
Europa Universalis 4

1: Planetfall
2: Company of Heroes 2
3: Endless Space 2

Just a note Age of Wonders: Planetfall is on Game Pass PC and Xbox currently. I picked it up in July's Humble Choice.

Endless Space 2
Europa Universalis 4
Company of Heroes 2
Planetfall
Crusader Kings 2
Stellaris

Planetfall, Stellaris, Mechanicus, in that order.

tboon wrote:

Endless Space 2
Europa Universalis 4
Company of Heroes 2
Planetfall
Crusader Kings 2
Stellaris

I see you're messing up every club's voting. It's a pick 3, silly.

Godzilla Blitz wrote:
tboon wrote:

Endless Space 2
Europa Universalis 4
Company of Heroes 2
Planetfall
Crusader Kings 2
Stellaris

I see you're messing up every club's voting. It's a pick 3, silly.

Been a hard couple of weeks for me... Sorry JD, updated vote below.

Endless Space 2
Europa Universalis 4
Company of Heroes 2

Stellaris
40k: Mechanicus
Planetfall

Console gaming only for me at the mo, but thought I'd pop in and vote for...

1. Into the Breach*

*on Switch

Gladius: Relics of War
Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus
Battlefield Gothic 2

Neutrino wrote:

Gladius: Relics of War
Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus
Battlefield Gothic 2

Hmmm...I sense a subtle theme with your picks.

quasiChaos wrote:
Neutrino wrote:

Gladius: Relics of War
Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus
Battlefield Gothic 2

Hmmm...I sense a subtle theme with your picks.

Hehe, It's wasn't fully intentional, but when I noticed it myself that solidified my third choice

Mechanicus
Company of Heroes 2
Stellaris

I'm going to give the final vote till Friday but here are the current standings. I'm interested in all of the top three so I'll hold my vote unless we need to break a tie.

Company of Heroes 2: 7
Endless Space: 6
WH 40K Mechanicus: 5
Into the Breach: 4
Stellaris: 4
Planetfall: 4
Battlefield Gothic: 1
EU 4: 1
Gladius: 1

CoH isn't even a strategy game! Sigh... (It's arcade tactical with resource management...)

Robear wrote:

CoH isn't even a strategy game! Sigh... (It's arcade tactical with resource management...)

Alternatively, we could pick a more meaty strategy game and then organize a few rounds of multiplayer CoH during the GWJ international days.

jdzappa wrote:
Robear wrote:

CoH isn't even a strategy game! Sigh... (It's arcade tactical with resource management...)

Alternatively, we could pick a more meaty strategy game and then organize a few rounds of multiplayer CoH during the GWJ international days.

I was surprised to see CoH in the list as I thought it more of a tactical game and don't most people play it multiplayer anyway? I'd perhaps be up for trying out a multiplayer game as part of GWJ International Days.

There's seven on the list I'd be happy to play (or at least try out), they are not at the top right now though

Both Mechanicus and Into the Breach are much more tactical games than ‘strategy’ games - so was Battletech. I’m slightly at a loss as to what the problem is here?

If we’re nitpicking over what constitutes ‘strategy’ then I’m out. Good grief.

No didn’t mean it that way, please don’t drop on account of my stressful morning Sorbicol.

Robear wrote:

CoH isn't even a strategy game! Sigh... (It's arcade tactical with resource management...)

I believe that the Ardennes expansion has a strategy layer.

Sorbicol wrote:

Both Mechanicus and Into the Breach are much more tactical games than ‘strategy’ games - so was Battletech. I’m slightly at a loss as to what the problem is here?

If we’re nitpicking over what constitutes ‘strategy’ then I’m out. Good grief.

My goal starting the group is to first and foremost have fun. I don’t want to set a limit on strategy beyond ruling out games that obviously don’t fit - aka Fortnite or Mario Kart. If we want to eventually play Starcraft, Warcraft 3 or even FIFA Manager I wouldn’t be against it.

CoH has a decent single story campaign that would be fun even if you’re not into multiplayer.