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I've been playing a lot of Men of War: Assault Squad in preparation for the sequel that'll be released in February. It's probably one of my favorite RTS of all time despite it having the worst user experience UI I've ever seen. The thing that stands out the most about the game is its unique battle engine. You can literally go into a third person perspective with any unit on the battlefield and control it to the best of its ability. It's one of the only games where real life armor penetration is taken into consideration and the lethality in the game is enormous. After all, if you hit a pack of flesh and blood soldiers with a volley of 20mm, they're going die terribly.
This got me thinking about Flames of War too. I would play that game in a heartbeat if it had a bigger following. They're the only ones who have an established WWII themed minis game out there and I think they fit a very niche market. Maybe too niche when you consider that not a lot of people play it in my area. Most people have never heard of it and is not willing to try another game system that requires hundreds of dollars to play. When you look at the minis, I'm not sure if they're worth the dollars you spend on it when you can find perfectly fine replacements from a kid's toy box.
Just some wild ideas running through my head:
- If I could start my own gaming company, I would definitely like to work with a similar engine to that used in MoW: AS. It's a great engine that really offers players the ability to min-max their game and really separates the better players from the rest. That's the biggest winner for me.
- If more people played FoW in my area, I would be very intrigued in giving it a go. The prices are not very attractive to me, but the gameplay looks pretty solid.
- I wonder if a WWII 15mm game that comes with pre-painted minis on a medium scale (not skirmish, not epic) would do well if they were well priced. All plastic minis, think X-Wing quality stuff, but WWII themed and with good rules. I would jump on that shit in a second.
That's about it! Oh, and I'll be playing a 1500 game with my Dark Eldar this Thursday. It's my first real game off Vassal in a while and it should be pretty fun.