Sounds and Pictures.

Hello everyone. Wargame Airland Battle is, as I have already said at some length, one of the best games of the last decade. Because of this (and because we mussed up recording some other stuff) me and my friend sovereign decided to do a couple of after action reports on some matches we played recently. I enjoyed making them, I hope you enjoy watching them:





War Stories : Plan West



Hearts of Iron 3
WW2 Grand Strategy, Developed by Paradox Interactive


Story time. Many years ago now, me and two friends (whom I shall call here, Sovereign and Steelzenith, as those are their online handles) had been playing Hearts of Iron three for hours.


The year was 1940. I was playing the distant and watchful America, Steelzenith was playing the French and Sovereign was playing the Brits. Things were going well so far, Steelzenith was holding the Blitzkreig in central France, while pushing the Italians back over the Alps. Sovereign had a small expeditionary force holding south of the (horribly crushed and defeated) Belgium. I was, as yet, unable to intervene. I therefore spent my time organising troops, naming new divisions and slotting them into some semblance of order. I made sure sure that my fleets were well prepared and ready to shepard the doughboy tide across the Atlantic, when the time came.

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War Stories : Plan West

The Hammer of War.


Total War : Warhammer
2016 Grand Strategy/RTT, developed by Creative Assembly


I have enjoyed the sixty something hours I have put into Total War : Warhammer (henceforth TWWH), since its release. However, having seen quite a lot of what it has to offer, I am left with mixed feelings about the game. On the one hand it is the most streamlined, solid and well tested Total War games ever made. It runs like a dream, even on my old jalopy. Further it has a set of extremely satisfying core gameplay loops, which makes it is easy to sink boundless time into. On the other hand, it never becomes more than the sum of its parts. For a game based on such creative and weird intellectual property, it plays things surprisingly safe. In this piece I would like to try and explain why, while I enjoy TWWH, it is also a disappointment.

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The Hammer of War.